Our winter weather tends to fall into one or other of two broad categories: damp and mild, and, dry and cold. So far this winter, the damp and mild option has tended to dominate and one the downsides of that is that the external walls of homes and businesses are becoming coloured as they support growths of various different life forms.
Based on lawyer Bryan Stevenson's memoir Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice and Redemption, writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton's courtroom drama adds a thick layer of Hollywood sheen to the true story of an Alabama pulpwood worker, who attempted to overturn his murder conviction from death row.
Just before Christmas, media reports from the COP25 climate conference in Madrid informed us that marine life is being left literally gasping for breath as oxygen levels in the world's oceans and seas are being depleted and dead zones are becoming more common. So, what is a dead zone?
Adapted from Christine Leunen's novel Caging Skies, Jojo Rabbit is a daring comedy drama, which boldly recounts one episode of suffering and redemption during the Second World War through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy, who claims the Fuhrer as an imaginary friend.
The Band Aid charity song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure that was Christmas number one in 1984 and stayed at number one in the UK singles chart for five weeks raising an amazing £8 for famine relief in Ethiopia, asked the ironic question about the starving people in that war-torn country: "Do They Know It's Christmas?".
2020 has a nice ring to it. We are on the cusp of a new year and a new decade. As always there is a lot of talk about new year's resolutions, getting in shape, making positive changes to our health and other habits and generally related to the various things we wish to improve about ourselves and our lives.
I have done a number of workplace wellbeing and meditation workshops over the last few weeks .. with many different groups including corporates, Government employees and social workers as well as with teachers and parents of school children.
I was thinking about what supplement was the most popular in 2019 and Turmeric was the winner without a doubt. What an amazing spice it is with fantastic health benefits. It's most well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties commonly associated with arthritic pain, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, and joint or tendon problems. It's used to relieve stiffness, painful muscles, and headaches. Many of you used turmeric supplements and reported fantastic results especially from pain and discomfort.
How do you spend your Christmas Day? Every person and every family in Ireland has their own routine, but there is one thing in common: most people are not at work. Indeed, for much of the population, there's no work for an entire two weeks over the festive period. It's one of the joys of living in Ireland: there's a deep respect for social time off over this season. In contrast, in countries like the USA, Christmas Day is a national holiday, but apart from this, it's business as usual. Ireland may be less efficient and less productive, but on this issue, the balance of work to social time can only be good for people's overall health.
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