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A good walk spoiled...

Wendy Austin | 14:14 UK time, Thursday, 27 January 2011

No It’s not golf I'm on about - it’s a walk on the beach on a beautiful January morning . That's what William was doing – he called Talkback about it  yesterday - he'd set off from the beach at Portballintrae to walk with his dog to the Giant's Causeway, then get the tram back. But for the second time he found himself confronted with what I'm sure you'll agree would have been a disgusting sight. 

William was particularly angry because the carcasses had been lying there for more than a week. He told me he'd tried to find out who should remove the animals - he'd called Coleraine District Council - but the person he spoke to there didn't know if Portballintrae fell within its jurisdiction (it doesn't as it turned out). They tell us now that they've talked to Moyle District Council who do have responsibility ..so have we, and they said they’d be sending someone out today to remove the animals. 

Meanwhile though we had a call from Thomas in Dungannon – he said we should all take responsibility, and that he would have lifted the animals and disposed of them himself, while another caller, Thompson in Newtownabbey cautioned against that saying when he worked for the council there, special precautions had to be taken when removing a dead dog from the beach in case of potential infection. 

Its pretty unpleasant stuff; a couple of you pointed that out today – you don’t want to be talking about it at lunchtime, but then, many of us don’t want to talk about it at all – especially if we’ve done it ourselves. It’s indicative of a bigger problem. Asbestos dumped in a Co Down forest, a dead swan lying in another beauty spot – Hillsborough Forest Park… I’ll be talking about this on the show tomorrow – are you incensed about offensive rubbish… Have you seen anyone dumping something they shouldn’t? Call me on Talkback tomorrow and let me know.




  • Comment number 1.

    Animals die all over the place, it's nature. The council do not go round picking up every fox and squirrel. Do we have to clean the place up so much that people don't actually know what goes on. You actually described the natural process of the animals being eaten up over the days, that is nature. In time they will disappear. Stop sanitising !!

  • Comment number 2.

    I am indeed incensed about offensive rubbish Wendy.Time to end this stupid blog.

  • Comment number 3.

    By the way.This is not a blog.It is just a box ticking exercise dreamed up by some BBC hatchet man.

  • Comment number 4.

    Sorry.that should have read /woman.We wannabe soccer pundits need to be cautious in these trivial times.

  • Comment number 5.

    BTW PS.I have friends arriving from the "mainland" tomorrow on their first visit to the Country(N.I.).Do you think the P.S.N.I. could keep the Antrim Road open for a whole day?They so much want to see Glengormley and it's environs.I have a wee joke planned for them.I will take them to the zoo and pretend it is Stormont....SSSsssshhhhhh!!!!...They will never know the differance.

  • Comment number 6.

    There!....That is all my boxes ticked and charity work completed for the weekend.Wendy got 6 posts.

  • Comment number 7.

    This comment has been referred for further consideration. Explain.

  • Comment number 8.

    Good grief malcon !! Boy are you one bitter, twisted individual !!

    " ... 2. At 11:42am on 29 Jan 2011, malcon wrote:
    I am indeed incensed about offensive rubbish Wendy.Time to end this stupid blog. ..."
    Self-appointed arbiter of taste old chap ??

    " ... 3. At 11:50am on 29 Jan 2011, malcon wrote:
    By the way.This is not a blog.It is just a box ticking exercise ... "
    What's wrong with Bok-Stickers ? The "Boks" have surely been given some semblance of credibility by Clint Eastwood's recent cinematic masterpiece "Invictus" ? .. A few stickers recognising their achievements isn't much to ask.

    There we are .. that's MY charity work done for the weekend.

    P.S. Couldn't agree more with your verdict on this woeful Stick-Boxing fiasco !! Hugs & Kisses & Double Malts all round.

  • Comment number 9.

    If the programme is so interested in listeners talking back why is the telephone number not prominently displayed on the web page. If tweets are preferred the programme should be called Tweetback.


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