Antibiotic Resistance – A New Plague?

Please forgive the melodramatic title.  But trouble is brewing in Lecale, right under our noses.  And indeed inside our noses.  In these divided times, this is a problem that has the potential to unite us all, rich and poor, old and young.  The problem has the rather unsexy name of “Antibiotic Resistance” (AR), but I … Continue reading Antibiotic Resistance – A New Plague?

Downpatrick as the Cradle of Horseracing?

Now, when folk think of Downpatrick, they think of many things:  St Patrick, history, great pubs, fantastic veterinary care.  However, I doubt many think that it is the cradle of horse racing, but it is.  We do of course have a famous race-course - Downpatrick Race Course, which has just hosted a festival of racing … Continue reading Downpatrick as the Cradle of Horseracing?

Is Your Food Animal Welfare Friendly?

If you eat food that has come from animals, do you care if those animals were well treated in their lifetime?  If you do, how would you know?  After all, one packet of smoky streaked bacon looks like another, right?  This question has tasked animal welfare campaigners for generations.  Market research has indicated that the … Continue reading Is Your Food Animal Welfare Friendly?

Fearing a Chimp Doesn’t Make you a Wimp

This week’s local news cycle has been dominated by the story of the chimpanzees who briefly strayed outside their pen in Belfast Zoo.  This got me thinking, “what do I really know about these guys?”  Well, I decided to do some research, and here is what I found.Chimps are a type of great ape - … Continue reading Fearing a Chimp Doesn’t Make you a Wimp