You and your wardrobe

Fri, Oct 24, 2008

We torture our clothes. A handful of you maintain very organised wardrobes (you know who you are), but many people feel satisfied if they can just get the item on a hanger and stuck back somewhere in the wardrobe rather than languishing over a chair or, worse, thrown on the floor. Want to add a little sanity to your life and preserve your clothes at the same time? Then let's talk hangers!

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Wild and Wonderful

Fri, Oct 24, 2008

This is the time of year when berries really come into their own. It wasn’t a good year for blackberries – too much rain and not enough sun – but they are well past it by now. (You should never, in any case, pick blackberries after Michaelmas (September 29) because, as I was told as a child, on Michaelmas eve the devil goes around busily spitting on them.) The rowan berries are on the way out, but hawthorns are adorned with masses of jewel-like dark red berries, tiny snowballs are appearing on the snowberry, and the holly is already looking Christmassy.

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Help for men at Mayo Holistic

Fri, Oct 24, 2008

There is very little doubt that most men over 40 visit the toilet nightly, frequently going twice, three times or more often most nights. The bladder-bursting feeling can affect all men very badly. Some people may say that it’s usually put down to getting older, and “sure there’s not much I can do about it”, however, Kieran at Mayo Holistic has news for you, as there is a simple solution to this problem waiting for you at MayoHolistic.com.

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Step fitness and abdominal classes

Fri, Oct 24, 2008

Step and abdominal classes held at the Quay National School, Ballina are designed to burn fat and tone all areas of the body.

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We all need a weekend to Get Yourself Together

Fri, Oct 17, 2008

A unique new weekend break-away (Get Yourself Together) which will help you focus on yourself has been launched at the Westport Woods Hotel. The break is an ideal way to refocus yourself in this fast-paced, hectic world where you may have forgotten to understand or look after yourself.

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Wild and Wonderful

Fri, Oct 17, 2008

Maybe it’s because we’re so conscious now of the dark days of winter to come, or maybe it’s the intensity of the light at this time of year, but to me autumn always seems the most colourful season. There’s an intensity in the air, colours are more concentrated, the sunlight lower and more searching, and the scarcity of flowering plants make the flowers that are still around that much more welcome. It’s almost a last hurrah, a final act of defiance before the misty, dank, dripping days of November, the long nights and short days of December and the cold and gloom of January.

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Safe Heart awareness week

Fri, Oct 17, 2008

The inaugural Safe Heart Awareness Week which is launched by Croí takes place from October 20 to 27. Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in Ireland and the Irish heart charity is calling on people to know the risk factors that can affect their heart health and to be aware of the steps that can be taken to achieve the recommended target levels.

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His and hers fragrances at fabulous prices!

Fri, Oct 10, 2008

McKanes Pharmacy Ballina are running a fantastic fragrance promotion all this month (see their ad on page seven).

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Wild and Wonderful

Fri, Oct 10, 2008

There’ll be an R in the month until next April, which for aficionados of oysters can only mean one thing: these delicacies will be available for the next seven months. Jonathan Swift is often quoted as having said, “He was a bold man that first ate an oyster”, and many of us would rather chew the head off a dead rat than let these glutinous, muscly, sea water-scented little shellfish anywhere near our dinner plate, but some view them as a delicacy on a par with caviar and champagne. Slurped straight off the half shell, either just as they are or enlivened with a dash of Tabasco or lemon juice, or cooked in a fish stew or a steak and kidney pie, and washed down with a pint of creamy Guinness or a glass of white wine or champagne, the oyster occupies a unique place in European, American and Asian cuisine.

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The perfect skiing holiday

Fri, Oct 03, 2008

Whether you are a first-time skier or you have been skiing several times it is truly a wonderful experience on the slopes. The ski experience doesn’t end when you leave the slopes. With a wide selection of places to stay, everyone will feel at home – whether you prefer a hotel, the sociable atmosphere of a chalet, or the freedom of a self-catering apartment.

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Learn Spanish to the passionate beat of Flamenco

Fri, Oct 03, 2008

Flamenco is a Spanish art form with deep roots in Andalusia - Spain's southern region.  There are different theories as to how this folk music evolved, but the details are lost in history. 

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How to ensure your holiday booking is secure

Fri, Oct 03, 2008

Evelyn Byrne, owner of Castle Travel Worldchoice, says don’t believe the hype – if you book your holiday with a licensed operator you’ll be looked after whatever happens - and your money will be safe. DIY holidays are another matter though.

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