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Thursday 24 May 2018

Grow your own - on a small scale 

Andrew Collyer - Practical Gardening For many years probably the single most annually made gardening promise to oneself is 'I must start a vegetable garden this year' or as I prefer the more inclusive term kitchen garden. An admirable promise. Probably the single most annual reason for failure to achieve your much vaunted kitchen garden is dreaming too big. Nothing wrong with big dreams again admirable but a dose of reality needs to be sprinkled on these dreams to bring...

Lock up your Easter Eggs if dogs are within range 

Pete Wedderburn - Animal Doctor The UK's first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry's of Bristol, and since then the Easter Egg has become far bigger business than anyone could have predicted. The world's most popular egg-shaped chocolate is now Cadbury's Creme Egg, with the Birmingham factory in the UK producing 1.5 million every day for UK and global markets. In the USA, 90 million chocolate bunnies and 91.4 billion eggs are produced each year. Overall, sales of...

Do animals feel grief after suffering loss of someone 

Peter Wedderburn - Animal Doctor Both of my parents have passed away in the last year: they were both elderly, and had enjoyed long and fruitful lives, so there was much to be thankful for. The experience of losing them has taught me a direct personal lesson about grief. This must be one of the deepest emotions felt by humans, and I am often asked if animals experience the same feeling when they lose a close friend, whether a human owner or a fellow animal...

Getting creative about a better quality of life 

Conor Nelligan, County Heritage Officer The Centenary Commemoration of 1916 was a tremendous success in the County of Cork, as it was across the entire nation. In response to the heightened sense of shared identity that was established in 2016, and in respect of the breadth of cultural activity and public engagement that took place, the Government has embarked on an insightful legacy project that sets out to harness the country's culture, arts and heritage over the next five years...

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