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Re: What are you watching?

Post by big mervyn » Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:55 am

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mid ulster maestro wrote:For those of us old enough to remember the Chernobyl disaster, the drama of the same name is well worth a watch. For those not old enough to remember it is well worth a watch. Chilling stuff! Can be viewed on Sky Atlantic and Now TV.
There were lambs running round the mountains that glowed in the dark after that.
Excellent piece of TV. Very scary stuff. Nobody knew the full extent of the risk at the time!

Mrs BM used to monitor the after effects for the Dept of Agriculture. The sheep got a bit radioactive on the high ground but that came down to acceptable levels when they were grazed on lowland pastures for a while before slaughter. Don't think most of the public were aware of all that either.
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Re: What are you watching?

Post by Rooster » Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:25 pm

big mervyn wrote:
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mid ulster maestro wrote:For those of us old enough to remember the Chernobyl disaster, the drama of the same name is well worth a watch. For those not old enough to remember it is well worth a watch. Chilling stuff! Can be viewed on Sky Atlantic and Now TV.
There were lambs running round the mountains that glowed in the dark after that.
Excellent piece of TV. Very scary stuff. Nobody knew the full extent of the risk at the time!

Mrs BM used to monitor the after effects for the Dept of Agriculture. The sheep got a bit radioactive on the high ground but that came down to acceptable levels when they were grazed on lowland pastures for a while before slaughter. Don't think most of the public were aware of all that either.
Aye, they never got too bad here, some in Antrim hills and Sperrins but a few weeks in lowland areas that didn't get the rain a few days after the event soon brought them around fairly quickly, think it was about 2010 before there were cleared for direct sale and even more recent in parts of Walea and Cumbria. There are still some tests on Caesium in the grass going on I think
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Re: What are you watching?

Post by shamalicious » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:45 pm

RTE Investigates: Greyhounds Running For Their Lives. 16k greyhound pups born every year and nearly 6k killed if they don't make the grade for racing. Absolutely shameful this "sport" is funded so heavily by the Irish government. Disgusting.

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Post by big mervyn » Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:59 pm

shamalicious wrote:RTE Investigates: Greyhounds Running For Their Lives. 16k greyhound pups born every year and nearly 6k killed if they don't make the grade for racing. Absolutely shameful this "sport" is funded so heavily by the Irish government. Disgusting.

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Re: What are you watching?

Post by mid ulster maestro » Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:31 am

Sadly Shammy, it's the same in the horse racing world.
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Re: What are you watching?

Post by solidarity » Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:01 am

mid ulster maestro wrote:Sadly Shammy, it's the same in the horse racing world.
Didn't know that, MMM. I had always assumed that horsey people were all mad about their animals and treated them very well. But, I suppose as soon as a pasttime becomes a sport and a sport becomes an industry, things change.

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Re: What are you watching?

Post by big mervyn » Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:41 pm

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mid ulster maestro wrote:Sadly Shammy, it's the same in the horse racing world.
Didn't know that, MMM. I had always assumed that horsey people were all mad about their animals and treated them very well. But, I suppose as soon as a pasttime becomes a sport and a sport becomes an industry, things change.
How many horses are shot at Aintree every year? It's worse than the IOM TT, and at least those mad b@stards have a choice.
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Re: What are you watching?

Post by shamalicious » Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:07 am

Horse racing is incredibly cruel as well. The RTE programme is brutal watching but necessary to effect any sort of change.

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Re: What are you watching?

Post by Shan » Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:32 pm

Some people treat animals very badly, even in horseracing. Even I don't deny that. We have seen cases in GB where a couple of trainers basically should have been sent to prison for the disgraceful way they treated the horses under their care. The British Horseracing Board did as much as they could by taking away their training licences. The fact they did shows at least there is an appetite to try to protect the welfare of the horses.

I am not saying there are not isolated terrible cases but the horseracing industry itself is not scarred. A few horses dying on the racecourse each year does not alter that fact.


Greyhounds definitely have a big problem and it is a problem seen around the world. Ireland and indeed other civilised places like Great Britain and semi-civilised places like the USA should be doing more to clamp down on the abuses.

In places like Macau it is absolutely horrific. However nobody cares.
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Re: What are you watching?

Post by Cap'n Grumpy » Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:10 pm

Dave Gilmour live in Gdansk

Started over an hour ago, but you can download from the start on Sky Arts.

To be followed by Classic Albums - Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon.
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Re: What are you watching?

Post by big mervyn » Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:58 pm

Cap'n Grumpy wrote:Dave Gilmour live in Gdansk

Started over an hour ago, but you can download from the start on Sky Arts.

To be followed by Classic Albums - Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon.
Sky Arts is brilliant :thumleft:
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