The Sodcast – Episode 10

sodshow, garden podcast

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First Up:

Visit the Repak recycle Week 2010 blog

It’s about time I mention myself in all this and….. I do of course make gardens amazing [no matter the budget]. If you are in need of that extra bit of [green outdoors derived] smile to your day – you can of course contact me on:

This Week On The Blog:

Images For The Podcast:

Links For The Podcast:

Jane Powers Links:

This Weeks Oddities:

via @DiscoverIreland and @VisitDublin Dublin can trace its origins back over 1000 years.Why not visit one of the many historic sites

Kiltrea Bridge Pottery in Enniscorthy Co. Wexford have their pot sale on where you will find huge reductions on all their pots. They are Irish made and all hand thrown with mostly Irish clay; a little bit of British clay thrown in – just to make the Irish clay work better I’m told. The dates are 2010 are 16th – 30th October 10am – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday 24th October 2 – 5pm

  • 2011 RHS show tickets (inc Chelsea) are now on sale. 2010’s sold amazingly so book early is recommended

Had a late lunch today and walked back through Stephens green .. nice to see so many people out on the grass in the sun! – Jason Roe

The Irish Garden Plant Society Annual Plant Sale 2010


And Finally:

From the lovely people at @WalksIreland

I noticed that their twitter page links to Walks Around Britain and asked them why? I got this reply. Great to see the interaction and also the logic.

@DoneganGardens Because we’re working on our Ireland site atm – as soon as we have something worth while to show you, we’ll change it over.

On that note…. I love the video below. Directions, video of where to park, the mapped routes…. makes life so much easier. Well done lads. 😉

Repak Recycling Awards 2010

Eco Coffee Packaging Wins Repak Recycling Award

  • Kenco recognised for their Eco Friendly Refill Pack – which uses 97% less packaging
  • Tesco Ireland diverting more than 64% of all waste material or 17,000 diverted from landfill
  • Irish Distillers awarded for using 70% recycled glass and diverting more than 95% of all waste material from landfill.
  • UCC has conserved almost enough water this year to fill the equivalent of the Lough of Cork (around 20 million litres) and cut its waste costs by €300,000k
  • Dublin City Council awarded for recycling efforts sorting facility handles over 60,000 tonnes.
  • Limerick County Council recognised for Mungret Recycling Centre diverting 2,600 tonnes from 27,000 visitors.
  • Leinster Environmentals process over 11,000 tonnes of material – mostly plastics.
  • Rehab Glassco service 75% of all glass bring sites nationally and is the largest glass recycler processing over 80,000 tonnes of glass.
  • Garveys Supervalu in Dungarvan Waterford achieved a 90%+ recycling rate of all waste.
  • Midleton CBS primary school winner from the 274 schools awarded first green flag in 2010.Prevention of packaging was the big winner at the 9th annual Repak Recycling Awards which took place in the National Convention Centre today.  Kraft Food won the Best Prevention Initiative Award for its Kenco Eco Refill packs which lead to a 97% decrease in its packaging, preventing over 100 tonnes on its products.

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Go Raibh Míle Maith Agaibh

I am a really lucky fortunate guy. I have great friends. I know some really kind people. Really kind.

Now and again it’s important to say thanks. Put simply, that is all this post is……

Sunday just gone, afternoon, sitting at my kitchen table having coffee were Bernie Goldbach and his family, all the way from Cashel Co Tipperary – Bernie had come to Dublin to set me up with some new audio recording equipment; Phil Murtagh was there too – setting up my laptop that he got me out of bed to go and help me choose and buy [sunday rules apply here – hello Michael!]. Also there, for no apparent reason was George Foxe. I must make really good coffee.;)

The night before Luke Donegan [no relation] sent me this logo [see left] to spruce up my twitter page. No apparent reason. Luke has previously designed the #sodcast iTunes logo and the garden group logo’s. Watch this space. I hope he remebers me wants his garden done when he’s rich and famous 😛

Two days previous at around 9.30pm Krishna De spoke with me on Skype, just chatting about things I should and could do. krishna is a genius in her field [be dum] and to have that chat – money simply couldn’t buy it. She also has one of the best smiles I have ever seen 😀 Some time ago, Krishna gave me a lift. From Limerick.

This morning I spoke to Gordon Murray. Another tech genius. Another gentleman. He lives in Cork. The fact that the internet is not a garden helps a lot knowing that my computer and his garden have amazing similarities. He owes me a pint. It’s my notebook 😆

Take Brian Greeene and the sodcast intro jingle. Mark Rock of audioboo who I shall see shortly in London. Gentleman. Also Kevin Coleman of Back Page Football, Davy Mac Donald previously for my website header – Adrian McMahon and years [literally] of advice. Anthony McGuinness, Darren Byrne…. the list is literally endless. All in some form or other have been there for me and usually when I needed it the most.

Thanks also to Eoin kennedy, David and Daryll for Friday, it was an honour to be in your company. I think golf clubs would be a really bad investment. Thanks also to the lads at Simply Zesty for the lovely cup of tea 😉

There a long list of names I should have here, I know that. If I’ve left you out…. I know you know it’s not intentional….. Please do hollar and I’ll sneak it in. It wouldn’t be the same without you. I know also that in those above and so many more are simply great friends who I have laughed, possibly cried and smiled after with.

If you ever have the honour to work with any of those mentioned above, tell them I said thanks, again.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh.

Masamba Green Recycled Christmas Music…?

Christmas is almost here and packaging as we all well know is a definite by product. With that in mind recycling is a word that should be substituted in its place. This is what Repak have to say on the matter.

As households around the country wrap their presents and stock up with extra food and drink Repak is asking people to keep a green eye on the extra 75,000 tonnes of packaging from biscuit tins and beer bottles, to toy boxes and wrapping paper that could be recycled.

Repak aims to collect and recycle 48% of the Christmas packaging waste generated over the holiday period. It is estimated that a massive 75,000 tonnes of packaging will be generated by Irish householders this Christmas.

To get you in the mood Masamba, a band whose music is created from recycled materials will be playing South King Street In Dublin from 4-5pm tomorrow 22nd December 09. I stopped by the launch of Repaks Green Christmas campaign today to see what you can expect…..

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recycle more week…

recycle more...?

recycle more...?

yes folks today marks the start of repak recycle week 2009 & there is lots of stuff going on around the country to mark it including some work by myself.
The guys at repak are moving with the times I’m glad to say and not only are repak recycling on twitter, they also have a decent weblog with youtube videos embedded.
That said, the reason for it is to get you to think a little more about what is being chucked and whats not…in that context if you can we can always do a little more… even in my own case 😉 
today courtesy of the irish times click here  
20,000 tonnes of material meant for recycling is dumped annually as people place incorrect items in green bins or fail to clean out waste correctly a study has shown.
 The thing I liked was that the videos are kept simple and that whole corporate bit, although there if you wish to view it, it’s kept seperate so the normal Joes like myself and yourself can get on with the business of ‘can that go in there’.
Take a look and see what you think 
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