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THE FACT OF THE MATTER PAUL HOPKINS When I was but a boy my brother and I would often hide under the stairs in our modest terraced house, setting up a make-shift camp and pretending we were Robinson Crusoe and his Man Friday stowed away on some far-flung island. Much to the alarm of my …

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BY ANDREW MCDONALD HYPNOTHERAPIST In every negative, there is a positive. For many people the plus point of covid lockdown and restrictions was being able to work from home. More time with families or for leisure activities, no need to endure the challenges of travelling. If that hasn’t already come to an abrupt end for …

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BY CLAIR WHITTY Many of you can’t swallow large tablets or capsules and are always on the lookout for alternatives to them. Floradix Liquid Iron is an iron supplement many of you are familiar with. It occurred to me that you might not know that there are other fantastic Floradix liquid supplements, so I thought …

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BY JOHN ELLIS, FINANCIAL ADVISOR Have you an adventurous spirit with a passion for hospitality? Would you like to live rent free for a year in the Italian sunshine? Have you the flexibility to live and work remotely? Can you commit to contributing to the life of a small Sicilian village? Want a second chance? …

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AS I SEE IT BY MARIANNE HERON Talking with a group of women friends last week our conversation turns to self- protection. The topic was triggered by the recent spate of horrific robberies of elderly people and violent attacks on women. It’s a really serious issue but protecting yourself in a way that isn’t either …

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THE FACT OF THE MATTER PAUL HOPKINS Welcome to the New Normal. That is the year of the rising prices. Electricity, gas, heating oil, petrol, diesel, second-hand cars, rents, flights, alcohol, childcare fees, health insurance, food and property prices are the big risers. This year will be one of the most expensive in a long …

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BY JOHN ELLIS, FINANCIAL ADVISOR THE Central Bank is coming under increasing pressure to loosen its mortgage rules from the Banks and the Government. And, according to a recent RED C poll on behalf of bonkers.ie, it appears the public wants change too.  The poll shows there is strong support for a loosening of the …

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AS I SEE IT BY MARIANNE HERON At first when I came to live in the South I used to think that the 26 counties were a class-free society. It didn’t matter where you went to school, how much money you had or what your accent was as long as you were good craic. Naïve …

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BY CLAIR WHITTY Are you recovering from viral illness? Exhaustion, respiratory problems, aches and pains, cognitive function, and lowered immunity are symptoms of long Covid19. I have a couple of articles recently about tiredness so I won’t address that here. To support immunity the main supplements I think of are vitamin D, C, Zinc, and …

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BY ANDREW MCDONALD HYPNOTHERAPIST Believe it or not, there are easier ways to learn a language than the rotelike repetition of stock phrases in your chosen lingua. An activity all too reminiscent of the classroom for many. Learning a new tongue can, should, be fun, enjoyable and, if not easy, much less difficult than first …

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