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Watch out for those fat cats – and heavy hounds

Dave O'Connell

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It would seem that the feline population are now taking the notion of fat cats a little too literally. Because statistics from the States show that half of all cats and dogs are now obese or overweight and that’s just ten per cent less than the human population itself.

Maybe it’s all that lounging around and shedding of hair on the sofa – and like the rest of us, the problem is that once you get used to that more sedentary lifestyle and pile on the pounds, you’ll find it harder to shift them.

Perhaps it’s that dog owners are too busy for those long, lung-bursting walks anymore – and then again they do say that pets imitate their owners. On that basis, there must be an awful lot of cats and dogs with a passionate interest in the Premiership.

It’s not just the lack of exercise, of course, because we’re now feeding our pets with the same food we eat ourselves. And if it’s making us wider around the switch, then it’s hardly helping Rover or Fluffy to stay lean and fit either.

We’ve all seen those enormous house cats, stretched out across the couch like some sort of furry bean bag – only warmer and with claws.

And there’s the dog whose idea of daily exercise is to sheepishly make their way out the back door last night at night for their ablutions before resuming position in front of the fireplace.

But according to one UK expert – Robert Young, who is Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Salford outside Manchester – this obesity in animals is, well, spreading.

A study published this year showed that more than 40% of elephants in captivity are obese. They are so obese that it is negatively affecting their longevity and fertility.

The serious side of all this is that – in both humans and animals, the consequences of all this for animals include diabetes, cancer, hypertension or heart-disease.

So in the case of pets we are killing them with kindness.

Same thing, as it turns out, with birds because we’re throwing bread out the back door at them instead of the food they have eaten since Adam left the Garden of Eden.

There’s good and bad in this one because the upside for our feathered friends – according to Professor Young who was contributing to the always thought-provoking website called the Conversation – is that it enhances their survival chances during cold winter months but it also reduced clutch sizes.

And whatever about dogs or cats that are too fat to walk, you have a real problem with birds if they’re too fat to fly.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Speed it up if you want to get away with telling lies

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We all have a failing that gets us caught out if we tell lies – for some of us it’s that we blush to a point that cars stop because they think we’re a traffic light turned red; for others it’s the inability to keep a straight face – but what catches us out easiest of all is talking too slowly.

That’s because you don’t actual have to think about it when you’re telling the truth; there’s no need for recourse to your imagination, and you don’t have to worry about inconsistencies in your explanation – because there are none.

But if you’re making it up as you’re going along, you have to pause for more than breath – because it takes a little longer to conjure up an alternative reality.

Which explains a new study which has found that individuals who speak more rapidly are more likely to be perceived as honest.

And that presumably makes Dave Fanning the most truthful man around.

A 2015 study in the Netherlands looked at lying in volunteers aged six to 77. It found that children initially have difficulty formulating believable lies, but proficiency improves with age.

It judged that you hit your lying prime between the ages of 18 and 29 – but after about the age of 45, we begin to decline again. . . or so we’d have you believe, because maybe we’ve just got really, really good at it.

Of course, the best way to get away with telling a lie is the ability to make it seem like it’s true in the first place – so shout it loud enough and long enough and often enough, and eventually it becomes a reality.

You must feign real integrity to become a successful liar; say it like you actually believe it yourself and you’re halfway to getting away with it.

The researchers of this most recent piece of work, based at the University of East London, found that a slower rate of speech can mean that a talker is under a heavier cognitive load – in simpler language, because they are lying their brain must conjure up an alternative truth, which slows down how they express themselves.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Did CJ’s extravagance inspire Boris and Carrie Antoinette?

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There was something irritatingly familiar about the whole Boris Johnson/Downing Street flat refurbishment fiasco last week – sort of like we’ve lived through this exact same story before.

And then the penny dropped – because we too had a man at the helm who used to go on television to tell the rest of us to tighten our collective belts while he himself lived the life of a lord on the fat of the land.

Which begs the question – is Boris just the British version of Charlie Haughey?

Because there are obvious links – like getting their friends to trouser up for their life of luxury; being led by their libido like a dog on a long lead; and blessed by an aura of charisma for no obvious reason – other than perhaps that old aphrodisiac of power.

Both of them have, or had, what might be termed a loose interpretation of what constitutes fidelity – and in fact, in terms of public approval, it never did either of them a whole lot of harm.

The fundamental difference of course is that Boris is trying to kit out a grace-and-favour flat that’s not even his; he could be turfed out tomorrow if the electorate have their say, or the Labour Party awakes from its long slumber.

But Haughey was feathering his own nest at Abbeville, his Gandon mansion in leafy Kinsealy, before eventually selling it off and making a massive profit on it.

Neither Boris nor Charlie would be the first political leader to ignore their own message of course, because the world is full of people who prefer the ‘do as I say’ approach to the more difficult ‘do as I do’.

And there are bigger, bloodier despots governing countries where the people are starving on the streets while their leaders, cushioned financially by secret Swiss bank accounts, wash their ample frames in gold-plated baths.

But still, both Johnson and Haughey enjoy, or enjoyed, a lifestyle that was way beyond the one their respective incomes or wealth could ever have funded.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Stellar new album shooting for those stars over Kinvara

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Who’d have thought that the celestial canvass over South Galway could ever be captured so hauntingly in words and music, as they have been on Declan O’Rourke’s hugely personal new album, which has just gone on release to understandable acclaim?

The Stars over Kinvara is an ode to the place he chose to make his home, returning to his ancestral roots, the place of his grandfather Miko Killeen, as he reveals in the song – and it’s also an explanation to his son of how deeply his love of this land runs.

He sings of the night he brought his wife and new-born baby home for the first time – and he had to pull the car in around Ballindereen.

“I had never seen

Such a sky of gems that gleamed

Orion was out, and the starry Plough

All the night was on display

Over The Burren, the road, and the bay

There were ten more lights that shone

For each one of our own passed on

And I dreamed that Miko too

Was shining down on you”

With Arrivals, O’Rourke has quite simply produced a beautiful, spellbinding album.

Produced with the lightest of touches by the great Paul Weller, it ensures the unique voice and wonderful lyrics take centre stage – enhanced, not overpowered, by the stripped-back accompaniment.

Weller once described O’Rourke’s debut single, as ‘possibly the greatest song written in the last 30 years’.

It might be hyperbole coming from anyone else, but the pair have become firm friends, and Weller’s respect for O’Rourke’s craft is evident in the way that he strips back everything else to let the words and the lyrics breathe.

Because O’Rourke is a unique singer – but he’s also a poet, with a love of language and imagery that lifts the soul and the goose bumps in equal measure.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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