A Lurgan farmer has been named on the shortlist for a prestigious 2018 Amazon Rural Business Award. Falkiner Small’s Gaffer Staples has been shortlisted in the Best Rural Start-up category at the 2018 Amazon Rural Business Awards regional finals, taking place at the Kimnel Hotel in Abergele in October this year.The regional final will see businesses compete for a place in 2019 national finals. Gaffer Staples is the only regional finalist from Northern Ireland and will go up against rural businesses from Wales for the award.Falkiner has been shortlisted for his Gaffer Staples invention; a hammer-less staple designed to make life easier for busy farmers and DIY enthusiasts.The local man started the business in the summer of 2017 after spending a lifetime on his farm grappling with traditional staples. After thinking about a solution that would be easier to use and more effective at fencing fields or repairing existing fences, Falkiner did some experimenting, and Gaffer Staples was … [Read more...] about Falkiner in line for top award for invention
Inventions to make life easier
A special event designed to help people living with a stoma is being held in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park this Saturday (midday-3pm). A stoma is a small opening made on the surface of the abdomen to divert the flow of waste. This surgery is usually the result of illnesses such as bowel and bladder cancer, Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis, a condition that affected former Scotland captain Darren Fletcher. Around 13,500 people in the UK have stoma surgery every year and Rebecca Preston, territory manager for Coloplast, said: “The number of people with a stoma in Scotland is growing. Diseases such as bowel cancer are becoming more of an issue but then surgeries are also becoming a lot better. Some people who have had successful stoma surgeries would not be here in years gone by. “Many people will have met someone with a stoma and have no idea. It’s such an individual, personal, thing. Many people are so proud to be a survivor of Bowel Cancer or IBD that … [Read more...] about Masterchef winner Gary MacLean to feature at event for people living with a stoma
Remember Patsy Gunning the 82-year-old Grandad who brought us bird feeders exclusively for little birds earlier this year?When Patsy noticed that it was the bigger birds catching all the worms he got creative and made new bird feeders from empty paint buckets, leaving miniature openings at the bottom for tiny birdies only to sneak in and access the food.Clever right? You can read all about it here.Two months on, Patsy is back with a brand new invention and we just can't keep up!The vivacious pensioner's genius idea is sure to make garden lover's lives a lot easier this summer.According to the man himself, hanging baskets can separate the best garden from the rest but anyone with green-fingers will know that they can be a pain in the backside...especially when it comes to watering.Well, now you can kiss your step ladder goodbye because with Patsy's newest creation you won't even have to take them down.And the good news is all you need is a sweeping brush, an empty bottle and some cable … [Read more...] about Watch: This gadget making Grandad’s brand new invention is a life saver
In simpler times, the first black or minority ethnic person to hold one of the country’s four great offices of state would be a moment of history worth pausing to acknowledge. But life moves too fast these days, and the deserved elevation of Sajid Javid to the highest realm of politics immediately poses questions of huge importance. Javid is considered a safe pair of hands, even if the definition of that term has been devalued in the chaos of recent times. Only as recently as in the last few weeks, he described Momentum, the grassroots movement that consolidates Jeremy Corbyn’s grip on power in the Labour Party, as “neo-fascists.” These were incendiary words at the time, and will be considered even more so now. Read more Javid appointed as new Home Secretary after resignation of Rudd It is testament to him that arguably the most disgraceful incident to have occurred in Britain in its modern history, the Grenfell Tower fire, occurred on his watch, and his … [Read more...] about Sajid Javid will make Theresa May’s life easier – but not for long
Most of us – at some part in our lives – have acquired a nickname. That was usually in the school playground when surnames were corrupted to make life easier. These youthful nicknames largely lacked any kind of sophistication, consisting of chopping surnames if half and adding a ‘Y’ or an ‘S’. However, the Royal Navy takes nicknames to an entirely different level. Yes, it has the obvious ones “Ali” Barber, “Mini” Cooper and “Albert” Hall. But there are dozens which, now, make no sense at all, their meaning having been lost as once common associations were lost in the mists of time. Few will know the origins of “Snakey” Blake, “Legs” Diamond and “Soapy” Hudson. Thankfully, the Royal Navy has researched the origins of many of the most common surnames. And you can look up yours below. Surnames are listed first, with nicknames in bold , with explanations below, where they exist. … [Read more...] about Navy nicknames: What’s yours and where did it come from?