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What’s hot and what’s not this week
1 Jack The English boy’s name heads the top five in Ireland with the equally un-Gaelic James and Daniel in second and third place. Conor and Seán help redress the balance in fourth and fifth position, a survey shows.
2 Puffins More than 100 years after they were driven off by rats, the colourful seabirds are being lured back to remote Ramsey Island off the Welsh coast with recordings of thriving colonies.
3 Flower power Eating common blooms found in many Irish gardens – including marigolds, lavender and rose petals – could reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, according to a new study.
1 Conkers Children spend so little time outdoors that four in ten have never seen the seed of a horse chestnut tree, let alone played the game that uses them.
2 Working out A third of people rarely or never do any exercise, with one in five of them blaming a lack of time and 15 per cent claiming they feel very ‘uncomfortable’ going to the gym when they’re so unfit.
3 Cooking with children Millions of parents avoid letting their offspring help out with baking or making meals in case it makes a mess of their designer kitchens, a new survey reveals.