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Going out is the new staying in

Smart Consumer: Going out is the new staying in: how you and the family can enjoy free fun… By John Cradden Thursday September 01 2011 When the recession began, staying in became the new going out as far as entertainment was concerned. Today, money is still tight, gig tickets are still an arm and a […]
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Doctor, doctor, help me find GOOD easy-listening music

The Observer newspaper’s now-defunct Music Monthly supplement had and interesting segment called record doctor, where celebs would get a music ‘makeover’ broaden their musical tastes based on what they listened to and liked in the past. I suspect that I will probably need such a service in the months to come, once my cochlear implant […]
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A weird pendulum effect

It’s nearly three weeks since my operation, and I’m feeling fine. It’s still another two weeks to go before my activation, or switch-on and, suffice to say, I’m counting the days. The scar is healing OK, and the left side of my head isn’t so sore to touch anymore. My ear is still numb, but […]
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What is a cochlear implant?

Ok, some context may be required here as to why I now have a computer in my head, and which is due to be booted up on 13th September. If you’re reading this, the chances are you know something about cochlear implants, but if you don’t, here’s a reasonably succinct, 100-word explanation: A cochlear implant […]
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Don’t throw money in the bin

Smart Consumer: Wasted food? You might as well throw your money in the bin . . . A bit of forward thinking can mean big savings on shopping bills, writes John Cradden By John Cradden Thursday August 25 2011 When money’s tight, there’s no excuse for letting lettuce go to seed, allowing apples to go […]
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I’m getting a computer in my head…

As hinted in this recent article here, I’m getting a computer put into my head on 10th August. Eek. That’s like, just four days away. Fingers crossed. More soon. Update 16/08/2011:  Back out of hospital. All good. There’s now a computer in my head. Stitches out wed. Boot-up scheduled for 13 Sept. More soon.
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What you can save by cycling

Easy rider: Artist Liam Daly has no trouble comfortably lugging his materials around the city, thanks to his innovative cargo bike Thursday June 30 2011 If you’re not already among those who have taken to two wheels in recent times, you won’t have to look far to find reasons why. Beating the traffic, getting more […]
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A computer in my head

Michael Chorost, author of Rebuilt: How Becoming Part-Computer Made Me More Human. PHOTOGRAPH: ANNE KELLEY LOONEY LIFE SCIENCE: John Cradden, a possible candidate for cochlear implant surgery, contemplates how medical science could shape the future of human development IT’S INTRIGUING, if slightly unnerving to think I could find myself at the vanguard of human enhancement […]
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Save at your local library

The world is waiting, and much of it is free, writes John Cradden By John Cradden Thursday June 16 2011 The internet age means most people who need to do some research or find some information quickly go online. It’s become second nature. Almost all of us have internet access at home so the notion […]
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Save money at music festivals

Thursday June 09 2011 For many music fans, the two biggest Irish open-air summer festivals, Oxegen and Electric Picnic, are not to be missed — at any cost. But what a cost. When you factor in the cost of the ticket, drink, food, tent, transport, sleeping bag and various other essential items, most people camping […]
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