Why do we use baby-speak to talk to our pets?
"Ohhhhh, look at yoooooou. Aren't you gooorgeouuus."
It's the time of year again when we say goodbye to the festive period and good riddance to all the bad habits that we developed in 2015, right? Last week I spoke about pressure, yet the new year can bring pressure of a different sort, disguised as the word 'resolutions'.
Clair Whitty - Naturally Healthy Are you struggling to put on weight? Yes, you have read this correctly. Most people are trying to lose weight, but it can be just as difficult to gain weight - maybe even more difficult than losing it. And for both situations there is no magic pill that by itself will solve the problem. Lifestyle and diet are part of the solution.
Jim Hurley - Nature Trail Very many people feed wild birds and in return enjoy the sights and sounds of the visitors that come to their bird tables. Obviously, one has to be careful to choose high quality, nutritious foods when putting out or buying food.
Andrew Collyer - Practical Gardening The winter Solstice happens around December 21 and is, in the northern hemisphere, the shortest day of the year. Couple this with the the fact that the New Year follows closely afterwards and there is no denying that the seasonal and calendar years have turned a corner.
Clair Whitty - Naturally Healthy Christmas is a fantastic time of year, full of excitement, joy and wonder-and not just for the little people. There are many adult children out there too! But not everyone gets excited about Christmas.
Pete Wedderburn - Animal Doctor We have an early warning system for hedgehogs in our garden: our little terrier, Kiko. She is fascinated by the prickly visitors, barking excitedly whenever she finds one. She gets so over-agitated that she sometimes lunges at the object of her fascination. The sharp spines stab into her muzzle, preventing her from continuing her assault. She always backs off, carrying on her mad barking from a safe distance until we arrive on the scene to rescue the beleaguered...
Conor Nelligan, County Heritage Officer Last Monday, 14th December, the County Cork Centenary Programme of Events for 2016 was launched by the Mayor of County Cork, Cllr. John Paul O' Shea.
Life Skills with Emily Hurley-Wilkinson There was an important job to be done and everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure that somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but nobody did. Somebody got angry about that because it was everybody's job.
Dr Michelle Cooper's Good Health Urinary tract infections (UTIs) in children are common and cause various symptoms. Nearly 1 in 20 boys and more than 1 in 10 girls have at least one urinary tract infection by the time they are 16 years old.
Andrew Collyer's Practical Gardening Variegation is the term used to describe a plant leaf that has more than one colour on its surface. It is most commonly seen in bright mixes of yellows and creams in our gardens but it can appear in reds, purples and pink. Variegation very rarely occurs naturally in the wild but arises quite frequently as a result of cell mutation in growing nurseries.
Jim Hurley's Nature Trail A Black Rat is not necessarily a black rat. The Black Rat with initial capital letters, is a different species than our very common Brown Rat. The colours used in the names of the two species are not helpful as our very common Brown Rat can appear black in colour and the Black Rat is not necessarily always black.
Jim Hurley's Nature Trail As in every other sphere of life, fashions come and go in Christmas trees. Years ago, spruces dominated. Then pines became popular. Now firs are the most sought after Christmas tree, especially Nordmann...
Dr Michelle Cooper's Good Health Cervical cancer is often preventable. Cervical screening tests are designed to detect abnormalities of the cervix which, if untreated, could lead to cervical cancer in the future.
The Joyes of Life with Yvonne Joye I left my mother off at the train station recently and as I watched her disappear into the crowds of inter-city travel, she looked like any other ordinary person caught in the flux of movement. But I knew different; how subtly the ordinary camouflages the extraordinary.
Straight Talking with Deborah Coleman The notion of a 'sliding scale' of road traffic fines in Ireland has been suggested, in line with various other EU countries since a fine of €54,000 was imposed in a driver in Finland who broke an 80 km/h speed limit.
Conor Nelligan, County Heritage Officer Friday 11th December is International Mountain Day, a day to recognise the importance of our mountains, from an ecological perspective and indeed also from a cultural perspective.
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