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'Get the red out' "We have red ramps and cycle tracks right across the county that is disintegrating in front of our eyes"

A council motion has been unanimously agreed asking that Dun Laoghaire Rathdown will no longer allow the use of the red material that was used by developers when installing ramps in estates. Local Councillor, Lettie McCarthy By Rachel Murray had raised the motion. “It simply is not acceptable that the Council incur major expense replacing ramps, made cyclists and pedestrians”. As soon as this survey is completfrom this red material in estates ed, it is intended that an application recently taking in charge,” she said. “This material appears to have no will be submitted to the NTA durability and should not be used. We (National Transportation Authority) have red ramps and cycle tracks right for grant assistance towards the costs across the County that is disintegrat- involved. ing in front of our eyes”, she added. If funding assistance is provided as A county-wide survey is underway set out above, there will be additional at present to assess the condition of funding provided from the Council's these types of ramps throughout the county. The primary purpose of this survey is to establish the number of ramps which are in need of repair and/or re-construction and to estimate the extent of funding required to undertake such works. Cllr McCarthy explained, “Residents in Belarmine are constantly on to me complaining about one ramp in particular that is in a very bad state, one resident told me they get sea sickness driving over it. It is also very dangerous for both

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own resources (Road Maintenance & Traffic Sections Budgets) with a view to having a fund available to carry out necessary repairs to these ramps. A spokesperson for the council has confirmed to the Sandyford Informer that the ramps survey is near completion and that an application will be made to the NTA in the next few days. The extent to which ramps can repaired/ re-constructed will depend on the outcome of this application and the level of funding which can be allocated to it.

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Sandyford Community Centre

A Baby & Toddler Group (children to be accompanied by parents!) will begin on Friday the 11th of October, between 10am and 11.30am. Refreshments (Tea/Coffee etc.) will be provided. The cost is €2 per adult with children free. All welcome. A meeting will be held on Friday the 18th of October in the Sandyford Community Centre @ 2pm for people or representatives from organisations interested in helping set up and run a new group called the Sandyford Active Retirement Group. If you are interested, want more information and/or cannot attend on the day but wish to get involved please phone us at 01 295 9149 and leave your details. The Sandyford Chess Club is up and running with the first few games taking place but plenty of space for more. Just drop in to the Centre on Monday night’s at 8pm to get involved. For more information contact Fiachra at 087 369 0891. The Active Busy Kids Camp organisation will be running a Halloween Camp in Sandyford Community Centre 10am-2pm, Tuesday the 29th of October to Friday the 1st of November, 2013. Ages 4-12 years inclusive; cost €50 per child. Contact Emma @ 086 173 9627.

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With four state-of-the-art local swimming pools now operated by Dlr Leisure Services, access to one of the most beneficial and enjoyable exercises there is, has never been easier! Local swimming facilities in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown include the new Loughlinstown pool that opened earlier this year, as well as 33.3m Glenalbyn pool and the Monkstown and Meadowbrook leisure

with Rachel Murray centres which operate 25m pools and learner pools. There is complete access for people with a disability, including a poolside hoist, with all facilities designed to be accessible to people with a range of abilities. In light of the tremendous health benefits of swimming regularly, Dlr Leisure Services is encouraging locals to check out their local pool, and, where necessary, try some lessons in this unique exercise that is suitable for everyone from toddlers to OAPs. Booking forms can be downloaded online at www. with more information available at each leisure centre reception area. Aqua fitness, Active Retirement swims, and toddlers' mornings are all scheduled at the pools as well as the public swims that are timetabled in each centre. Open seven days a week, the pools operated by DLRLS have a 'pay as you go' system. A child swim costs from €3.00, an adult swim is €5.50, and a family visit is just €14.00 for two adults and two children. There are also 'value passes' with 12 visits for the price of 10, and a ?30.00 child pass for 12 swims. Special concession rates available to special needs, OAP's and students.

dlr Grant Scheme Guidelines and Application form are now available

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Councils Grant Scheme guidelines and application form are now available. The guidelines describe the different types of grant aid available, the conditions applying to such grants and how groups/ organisations can avail of them. The purpose of the Grants Scheme is to provide financial assistance to individuals, groups and organisations engaged in projects, events or developments at local or county level. The emphasis of the scheme

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is on providing a diverse range of funding for projects from Events, Sports and Heritage to Community, Arts and business. DLRCC endeavours to encourage the development of as broad a range of local community activities and services as possible. This ensures that the limited financial resources available are used to the maximum benefit of the community at large. Form & guidelines are available for download at environment/findit/grantschemes/

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Dying for a coffee?

A friend tells she’s buying a coffee pod machine. Another friend sent me a link to a short movie about Midway Island, in the north Pacific, where many of those non-recyclable pods will end up, in the Gyre. The film shows dead and rotted sea bird carcases, starved to death because they’ve eaten plastics instead of food. I’d love to see an explanation of why those pods are necessary to the making of good coffee. I use a straightforward stove top espresso pot I’ve had for forty years or more and I’m prepared to bet that so long as you keep it clean 99% of the population can’t tell one type from another. If you don’t know about plastics and The Gyre start googling and educate yourself – I defy you to read and watch what you find without crying over what we do to our planet and its inhabitants.

Phil thinks we're clean enough

With all this rubbish finishing up in the environment I was, not to put too fine a point on it, both grieved and angered by the decision of Minister Phil Hogan that we don’t need either a packaging levy or a deposit and refund scheme for drinks containers. Apparently Minister Hogan thinks we have “a very successful packaging recovery and recycling performance to date in Ireland”. If by that he means things aren’t quite as filthy as they used to be he’s right, but I’ve recently walked over Howth Head and Clogherhead and both footpaths featured cans, bottles, plastic wrapping and a whole

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collection of other goodies we don’t need to have strewn around. Of course I’m an old fogey so my memories of the days when cans and bottles were always returned for cash and never left, because they were a handy source of pocket money for us kids if someone did leave them lying around aren’t evidence. The Minister thinks the cost “to the legislative process, to public administration, to business” makes social responsibility too expensive. He doesn’t mention the clean up costs here in Ireland or the cost to those birds on Midway Island. Or maybe he doesn’t think cleaning up is necessary.

Bags, plastic and paper, still out there

And it isn’t just plastics that cause the problems. Paper bags cause so many environmental problems that Northern Ireland has brought in a tax on all single use bags, paper as well as plastic, and several American cities, including Washington DC, have a levy on them. And while we are on that Midway effect did you know that we now use six times as many single use plastic bags, despite the increased tax, as we did just after the tax was introduced when we were all aware of it. That’s 120 million plastic bags now going back into the waste stream. We’ve all slipped into bad habits – me included I’m afraid.

South County tackles bonfires

More toxic rubbish goes into the waste stream every year at this time with the Hallowe’en bonfires. Once upon a time our annual celebration of the coming of winter featured bonfires of dead wood from the forests.

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A fantasy farming world

Meanwhile it isn’t only Minister Phil Hogan who seems to be having difficulties with concept of environmental responsibility. The Environmental Pillar is casting serious doubts on the findings of a report commissioned by the Minister for Agriculture on the environmental impacts of Food Harvest 2020. They say that: "The conclusions of the report, which state that the impacts on our waters, biodiversity, soils and climate will be slight or negligible, are just not credible. These conclusions are based on a fantasy world in which all farmers use best available technology and obey all the rules regarding environmental protection." Which is pretty much my own experience. Many of my neighbours are farmers. Some of them work really hard to protect the environment, others couldn’t care less. Most people want what is best for their planet and their children’s future – it’s just a few rotten apples that spoil the barrel for the rest of us.

The threat from agri growth

But I digress. The Environmental Pillar is calling for a commitment from government to re-assess its Food Harvest 2020 policy which committed the

country to massive growth in Ireland's agricultural production without first assessing the impacts this would have on the country’s environmental sustainability. The report is based on a best case scenario. A worst case scenario would be an environmental disaster. I’m sure the truth lies somewhere between the two but the Department of Agriculture doesn’t seem to realize it needs to work on the necessary sticks and carrots if the best is to be achieved.

We're driving cleaner cars

Just in case all this is making you contemplate emigration, even if you do have a job, here are a couple of pieces of good news to finish with. An Taisce tells us that the reforms to motor tax fees and fuel duty means that we are now 7th best for the sales of more efficient cars, with a steady drop in CO2 emissions. Best brands for meeting 2020 targets are Toyota, Volvo and Daimler.

Our first community windfarm opens

And in Nenagh the Templederry Community Wind Farm is now connected to EirGrid, supplying 3,500 homes in the Nenagh area with green electricity. The community ownership of wind farms is common in Denmark and Germany, but rare elsewhere. Lets hope lots of other irish communities will follow their example. The project has taken almost fifteen years to get up and running, but provides a template for the rest of us.


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Angler's Angles Fly fishing for pike

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too.The tackle used is dictated mainly by the size of fly but it is possible to use heavier trout tackle with good casting technique. Fly fishing for pike can be very visual. It is exciting to watch a large fish with a mouth full of sharp teeth chase down your fly and put up spectacular fights once hooked. I would recommend speaking to someone with experience before heading out for your first pike fly adventure as there are a couple of important considerations to ensure safe handling of the fish. I would be more than happy to answer any questions on the subject and you can contact me through my website below. So why not give it a try and see the sporting qualities of this superb fish for yourself?

The trout and salmon fishing season is finished for another year and really 2013 will be remembered as a disappointing year for angling due to lack of rainfall. Many fly anglers hang up their fishing gear for the winter but there is a much underrated species that can be targeted with fly tackle if you haven’t had enough sport during the game angling season! The pike sometimes gets a raw deal from game anglers and is often seen as a pest. This is probably due to the fish’s reputation as a voracious predator and it will feed on trout and salmon where it shares water with them. Keith McDonnell is a fly fishing guide and Ireland is one of the best places in Europe instructor and big trout nut based in Dublin. to catch large pike and there is practically no end to the number of lakes, rivers and canals here that hold pike. There are many places that will probably never have been explored with a fly. Fly fishing is of the most effective ways to catch pike and I have seen it “out fish” more conventional pike fishing methods. The flies used are are very mobile in the water and are generally attractor patterns designed to get and aggressive response from the fish. They tend to loosely resemble small fish. I like to use large flies greater than 7 inches n A mobile pike fly tied with dyed rabbit fur and in length but smaller flies can be very effective turkey feathers

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A dying star, 44 times wider than the Sun Last month we looked at Ursa Major - the The Japanese name for the cluster is Plough - in the northern sky. Go outside at Subaru, and the car manufacturers of the around 11pm and find the Plough again so same name has a logo inspired by the cluster you know you’re facing north. Then turn a of stars. However, binoculars or a telescope quarter circle to your right, so you face east. will quickly show you that the Pleiades is in In front of you, not to far above the horizon, fact made up of many more stars, and you you should be able to see Aldebaran, the may also be able to see the hazy cloud of gas brightest star in the constellation Taurus and and dust from which the stars formed. one of the brightest stars in the sky. Any easy way to find Aldebaran and the Aldebaran is a red giant, about 44 times Pleiades is to wait until October 21st, when wider than our own parent star, the Sun, at the Moon will be placed in between the two over 60 million kilometres across. The giant objects, acting as something of a signpost! has stopped fusing hydrogen at its core and You can get your equipment to scan the will eventually begin to fuse helium: Dublin sky at Aldebaran has started to die, and the same thing will happen our own Sun billions of years from now. If you look above Aldebaran you will be able to spot a cluster of young stars (less than 100 million years old). The cluster is called the Pleiades and will first be noticeable as a fuzzy patch in the sky. Those with good eyesight and a dark sky might be able to spot seven stars in the cluster, and one of the cluster’s alternative names is ‘The Seven Sisters’. n The Pleiades star cluster (credit: NASA).


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Garden Growing With Gerry Norton Using autumn to prepare for next year

As we enter October let us all hope that the lovely late September weather will continue. I’m old enough to remember many pleasant and warm Octobers over the years so we must be optimistic and pray that we’re in for a mild spell to ease us though whatever winter has in store for us. Having said that, I enjoy the order that the seasons give to our lives and I have no problem looking forward to dealing with winter, think warm log fires, hot water bottles/whiskies (not together!), soul food like casseroles and Irish stew and my alltime favourite, porridge. In the meantime there’s work to be done.

Veg plot finished

The veg plot has had its day apart from a few beetroots which I hope will swell up in the next few weeks and there are a few lettuces yet to harvest. The container grown potatoes a late variety called Cara are almost ready

to be harvested. Apart from that I’ll have to wait until next year to start it all again. At this time of the year I wish I had the space for a small poly tunnel or green house to lengthen the growing season.

Don't lose the leaves

As the trees start to drop their leaves it’s important to rake away the fallen leaves as they will damage a lawn over the next few months. Don’t put the fallen leaves in the brown bin but instead put them in refuse bags and plan ahead to have your own leaf mould which is a marvellous soil enricher. While it will take at least a year for the leaves to compost its well worth it as you cant buy anything as good as this for your soil. And it’s free!!! If your garden, like mine, is small and you don’t have any trees just go to your local park and gather leaves to your hearts content.

Next year's seeds Autumn is the time of year for gathering seeds from trees, shrubs

n It’s important to rake away the fallen leaves as they will damage a lawn over the next few months. and perennials that have flowered and are now laden with seeds. Germinate these seeds next spring or late winter for new and free plants to increase your stock for next year. All gardens have plants that are now in seed and are ready to use for next year. Plants like Dierama - (Angels fishing rod) and Salvia (wild sage) not to mention Agapanthus, sweet pea etc. It’s a good idea to put the

different seeds into envelopes, label the envelopes and put them away in a dry shady place until next spring. As Halloween approaches the garden centres etc have started to stock bulbs for next year. While October is a good time to buy spring flowering bulbs there is still plenty of time to choose whatever it is that you would like for next year but remember as the

next few months pass the quality of the bulbs will deteriorate. Finally here are a few must do things for October: 4 Divide overgrown perennials. 4 Dig up and store dahlias, gladioli and summer flowering bulbs. 4 Lift and divide rhubarb. 4 Sow grass seed but be quick. 4 Take hardwood cuttings from shrubs.

Finally folks, if you need any information on gardening or if you have any tips or suggestions which I can pass on, please send them to me at I would be delighted to quote for any/all of your garden requirements from set-up organic vegetable plots to restoration of neglected gardens, design, planting and maintenance. No charge for initial visit and I will travel within reason.

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interested in learning about food. We have a fantastic treatment based Spa onsite too, our Manager Laura does a fantastic job and our guests love the variety of treatments available. We also use Social Media, as does nearly every business in the country to promote our business, and the work by our Tourism bodies is relentless in bringing back the buck to Ireland. Did you ever think about leaving Ireland behind once the downturn hit? To be honest, as a father and employer, you do whatever is necessary to keep things going, so I can’t say it never crossed my mind. We have been lucky enough to get through this difficult period and I believe things are improving. This summer has seen a rise in occupancy at the hotel, with more tourists visiting Wexford, popping in for Afternoon Teas and Dinner. This has been a major boost for the region and hopefully it will continue. Tell us a little bit about your new series on RTE 1 ‘Modern Irish Food’. What can viewers expect to learn from the series? What’s the core of its message? Modern Irish Food is about taking traditional Irish recipes and adding a little twist. I use the wealth of ingredients available on my doorstep, with tips on how to create and serve with simplicity and flair. I have also released a book to accompany the series which is an easy to follow, step-by-step guide for home cooks to recreate my recipes. Between running Dunbrody house, your many other business ventures and media interests, I’m sure it can be very pressurising at times, what do you do to make sure that it all doesn’t get too much to handle? Firstly, I spend as much time as I can with my family, my three children – Emily, Sophie and Tom, and of course, my beautiful wife Catherine, keep my feet firmly on the ground, they are everything to me and a constant source of joy. Collecting the children from school, watching them playing a match, and picking berries in the fields, small things that mean so much. What do you think is the secret of a happy household? At our house we endeavour to have at least one meal a day together at the table. At mealtimes we discuss what has happened in our day, it’s nice to be able to get the stories from the children about their day in school and what has made them happy or sad that day. Emily is away during the week at school so we make an extra effort to have quality time as a family over the weekend, it isn’t always possible but we do our best. When you started your career in the Old Schoolhouse, did you ever imagine you’d come

as far as you have or was the hunger for success always there? There was always the hunger for success, not in a materialistic way but I am passionate about food, and always wanted to be able to produce good locally sourced food to the highest standard. What chef doesn’t? You do a lot of live TV on many different continents around the world, what’s the funniest thing that has happened to you on live TV? There have been a few funny moments! The one that really sticks out in my mind was recently on NBC in the US. Whilst demonstrating I split my trousers, a big rip can be heard and a few stifled giggles. I said 'I just ripped my pants', which although embarrassing is just only one of those funny moments. Being surrounded by delicious food most of the time must be tempting, what do you do to keep fit and healthy? I should do a lot more; to be honest I am always promising myself to get fitter in the New Year and not following through. I play golf when I can, walk on the beach and enjoy the occasional swim. I do believe in portion control though so I enjoy

a little bit of everything in moderation. Childhood obesity is becoming a common problem in Ireland today, as a chef what advice do you have for parents who are encountering this problem? I was recently interviewed on radio and said that I believe we need to bring children back into the kitchen. Also I would like to see some basic cooking skills introduced in primary school so children understand more about their food choices. Whilst not everyone agrees with this, it’s my opinion and I stand by it. My mother inspired me to cook when I was younger, and I do think when children head to college they should be able to cook healthy, filling meals with basic ingredients, not be living on processed foods. Finally, can you name three things that would definitely make it on your bucket list? • Eat in the top ten restaurants in the world • Have a pint in the top ten bars in the world • Play golf with the top ten player in the world in their favourite course



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All about Dublin 1

A Place in Time

The Coming of the Railway

The decision to construct two piers at Dun Laoghaire meant that the original asylum harbour had become a full blown trading port - a fast connection to Dublin became a priority. A ship canal was considered too expensive and the daring suggestion surfaced that maybe a railway could be built. First it was necessary to judge what traffic already existed. Clerks, stationed in Blackrock, from February to October 1831, 6am to 9pm each day, counted: 29,256 Private Carriages, 113,495 Private Jaunting Cars, 149,754 Public Cars, and many other forms of transport. Railway was in its infancy and certainly still unproven on this scale in Ireland. The idea also met with substantial opposition from landowners along the proposed line from Westland Row to Dun Laoghaire. Even today, the line shows the evidence of what transpired - a tunnel, bridges, towers and private bathing places were provided at substantial cost. William Dargan agreed to build everything except the stations and other buildings, engines and coaches, for £84,000. The first sod was turned on April 11, 1833. Stone was brought from Seapoint cliffs and Dalkey, nearer to Dublin, Donnybrook lime-

stone was used. Work near Merrion proved difficult as the land was below the highwater level and drainage proved difficult. From there to Blackrock it was necessary to build embankments, reclaiming about 50 acres from the sea. The first train (drawn by horses) carried the company directors and their friends over the line on July 31, 1834. On October 4, the engine ‘Vauxhall’ brought a short train from Westland Row to Williamstown and back. Within days there were trips to Dun Laoghaire, and on December 18 the line opened. The terminus was then at the West Pier. There were

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Edited by Zoz Alan Gordon Cunningham

Alan Gordon Cunningham (1887-1983) was born in Dublin. He joined the British Army in 1906 and served with the Royal Horse Artillery during WWI, receiving the Military Cross (1915) and the Distinguished Service Order (1918). He rose through the ranks and by the outbreak of WWI was commander of the 5th Anti-Aircraft Division. After a number of brief appointments commanding infantry division he was promoted to Lieutenant-General in charge of the East Africa Force in Kenya. Cunningham led his forces against Italian troops in British Somaliland and Ethiopia. Between April and May 1941 both objectives were successfully completed with the surrender of the Italian Army, 50,000 prisoners taken, and just 500 casualties. On the basis of his success he was appointed to command the newly-formed Eighth Army in North Africa in 1941. In the face of stiff opposition from German forces, commanded by General Irwin Rommel, Cunningham suffered setbacks and losses. After he requested that the Eighth Army go on the defensive he was relieved of his command. He served the remainder of the war as Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley (1942) and General Officer C-in-C in Northern Ireland (1943) and Eastern Command (1944). He was knighted in 1941.

He was promoted to the rank of general in October 1945 - he retired from the British Army in 1946 - and served as High Commissioner of Palestine until 1948 - a turbulent time during which British rule was wound up and the states of Palestine and Israel were created. General Sir Alan Gordon Cunningham, GCMG, KCB, DSO, MC, died in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, in 1983.

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Brought to you by the same team that created Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls leads on from Heavy Rain's cue of creating an interactive drama. You play as Jodi Holmes through 15 years of her life, as she emotionally wrestles with a paranormal entity that influences her - and the people around her - in various ways. The entity is known as Aiden, and much of the game focuses on what exactly Aiden is. It's an utterly compelling set-up, and one that is narratively propelled along by a wonderful performance by Ellen Page. It's a slow paced and character driven game despite having various action scenes. Interacting with environments is excellent and intuitive, while the control

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Walking through Dublin in 1834

An excerpt from "A Journey Throughout Ireland, During the Spring, Summer, and Autumn of 1834," by Henry David Inglis (1795-1835). The book was frequently quoted around the time in House of Commons debates concerning Ireland! "In walking through the streets of Dublin, strange and striking contrasts are presented between grandeur and poverty. In Merrion-square, St. Stephen's-green, and elsewhere, the ragged wretches that are sitting on the steps, contrast strongly with the splendour of the houses and the magnificent equipages that wait without: pass from Merrion-square or Grafton-street, about three o'clock, into what is called the Liberty, and you might easily fancy yourself in another and distant part of Europe. There are strong resemblances to the population of Spanish towns which the pauper population of Dublin presented. I saw the same rags, and apparent indolence - the result of a want of employment, and a low state of moral feeling: boys with bare heads and feet, lying on the pavement, whose potato had only to be converted into a melon or a bit of wheaten bread, to make them fit subjects for Murillo; and houses and cottages in a half-ruined state, with paneless windows or no windows at all. I was also struck with the small number of provision-

shops. In London every fifth or sixth shop is a bacon and cheese-shop. In Dublin, luxuries of a different kind offer their temptations. What would be the use of opening a bacon shop, where the lower orders, who are elsewhere the chief purchasers of bacon, cannot afford to eat bacon, and live upon potatoes? As I have mentioned the lower orders in Dublin, I may add, that the house in which I lived in Kildare-street, exactly opposite to the Royal Dublin Society (now Dáil Éireann), was then exhibiting a cattle-show. After the cattle had been fed, the half-eaten turnips became the perquisite of the crowd of ragged boys and girls. Many and fierce were the scrambles for these precious relics; and a half-gnawed turnip, when once secured, was guarded with the most vigilant jealousy, and was lent for a mouthful to another longing tatterdemalion, as much apparently as an act of extraordinary favour, as if the root had been a pineapple. Yet these mouthfuls were freely given; and I have seen, that where two boys contended who should take charge of a gentleman's horse, the boy who obtained the preference and got the penny or twopence, divided it with his rival. There is ostentation, too, displayed in the most singular things. I have counted 27 hackney-coaches and 16 cars, in the funeral procession of a person in the humbler walks of life: and the passion for display on the part of the deceased's relatives, seemed to have been communicated to his guests, for the carriages were all thrown open; and from the gaiety of the dresses, one might have easily mistaken the cavalcade for a procession of wedding guests."

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Graham Connor's Movie Advice R.I.P.D. HHHHH

Directed by Robert Schwenke. Starring Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Bacon. Killed in the line of duty, Nick Walker finds himself returned from the afterlife as an officer in the R.I.P.D. – the Rest In Peace Department. Partnered with Roy Pulsipher, a lawman of the Old West, it is their job to tackle the crooks of the Underworld.. I’m sure someone thought it would be great to take a comic book that mixed Men in Black with Ghostbusters and just a smidge of Jonah Hex and turn it into a film – a sure fire box office smash no doubt. Unfortunately that has not happened. To say R.I.P.D. is a terrible film would be wrong, it has its moments but overall it just does not work. Jeff Bridges takes a little of his Rooster Cogburn from True Grit and this proves to be the best part of the film as he seems to be getting a kick out of his character. Ryan Reynolds on the other hand just mugs his way through and you get the feeling that he doesn’t want to be there at all. It is very predictable as it mixes bits and pieces from other films and ends up being very light on originality. Which is a shame. R.I.P.D. should have been a lot better and if it had have been made a few decades ago then maybe it would, but right now it just seems too much like other films we have seen in the last few years.

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Directed by Ron Howard. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl & Olivia Wilde. It is 1976 and two radically different men, James Hunt and Niki Lauda, dominate Formula 1 racecar driving. Who will win the world title and at what cost?. There have been many race car movies, Days of Thunder, Le Mans, Senna and Driven to name but a few. Most do not succeed for the simple fact that they do not get the balance right, the balance between caring about the people when they are behind the wheel and when they are not. Rush finds this balance almost perfectly. It helps that this is a true story, a story that Howard tells in a remarkably honest way. There are no faked or needless dramas here; everything you see is real. In fact, the race footage makes up a very small part of this film, but when it hits you it hits hard. Both Hemsworth and Bruhl are fantastic, Bruhl in particular. You believe that they really are Hunt and Lauda, so real is the transformation. You don’t need to be a petrol head to enjoy this film – I certainly am not and I loved it from start to finish.

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How often? How often you clip your pet’s nails depends on several factors. Front and rear nails grow at different rates. Environment plays a role in nail length – are your pets exercised on carpet or on concrete for example. Harder surfaces will help to wear nails down faster. For rabbits, behaviour is also a factor – rabbits that like to dig can wear their nails down with this activity. Usually anywhere between 1 and 6 months is normal for rabbits and approximately every 2-6 weeks for guinea pigs. What will I need? In order to clip your pet’s nails you will need a nail trimmer such as those seen in the picture. Avoid using human nail clippers as these provide less control and there is a risk that you can split the nail or that the blade could slip. We also recommend that you have a towel on hand and some styptic powder or cornstarch in case of accidents.

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Coping with migrane Q: I have been getting migraines for a number of years, but they are becoming more frequent over the past few months. I would normally take Solpadeine or some similar painkiller, but they seem to be doing little to help now. Is there anything else that I could take? It seems a bit pointless to go to the doctor with just a headache? A: You say you get migraines, but have you been medically diagnosed with migraine? People often use the term “migraine” to describe any bad headache, but migraine is actually a specific illness with symptoms, causes and treatments that can be quite different from other types of headache. Migraine usually affects just one side of the head and the pain is generally pulsating in nature. Attacks are usually accompanied by nausea, sometimes with vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light or sound. Migraine attacks can last anything from two hours up to three days. Some people get an “aura” before an attack which may involve visual disturbances, weakness or a sensation of pins and needles. If you have never discussed these headaches with your doctor, I would suggest that you make an appointment with your GP who will ask you about your symptoms to determine if it is migraine or another type of headache such as cluster headaches, tension headaches or another condition. First line treatment of migraine is often over-the-counter painkillers. Solpadeine or other medicines containing codeine, are generally only recommended for short term use as they can be habit-forming. Paracetamol and ibuprofen can both be taken together and this combination can provide very effective pain relief. If nausea tends to be a problem, a medicine containing domperidone, such as Motilium, can also be taken if needed. McCabe’s also sell a product called Migracap which is a device placed over the head which blocks out light and provides cooling relief to the head area. There are also prescription-only treatments which treat the root of migraine, by targeting blood vessels and nerves in and around the brain. These drugs are called Triptans and include zolmitriptan and frovatriptan amongst others. They are not painkillers, but can provide near-total relief within a couple of hours when they are taken early in a migraine episode. If migraines attacks are frequent, a preventative treatment may be prescribed which can reduce the incidence of attacks. These need to be taken regularly and will have no effect in treating an existing migraine. There are a range of different preventative treatments available on prescription.

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