Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I am ashamed to say that after almost four years in Heywood this particular swig was my first taste of Phoenix's nectar but Double Gold was absolutely adorable and I will certainly be catching up for lost time in the near future!
Sea Shepherd spent more than $500,000 defending Captain Bethune in an attempt to mitigate his sentence. He had been facing up to 15 years in prison, and after his suspended two-year sentence, he has now been deported back to New Zealand.
Pete has saved the lives of 528 whales and exposed the cowardice and brutality of Japanese whalers.
Recently, at the International Whaling Commission in Morocco, Japan tried to bribe members from small, poor countries in completely underhand and abhorrent ways - with call girls and money - a shocking example of how low the whalers will sink in their backward and revolting attempts to preserve this despicable practice. Surprisingly, even Barrack Obama was going to support the return of commercial whaling.
However, now that the world has spoken and rejected this, we need to close the loop holes that allow 'scientific whaling' to continue, and whale meat to find its way into Japanese shops.
REGION - Eight years of research has gone into the production of the newly released book Australian Big Cats - An Unnatural History of Panthers, by Michael Williams and Rebecca Lang.
Writer/photographer Michael Williams and journalist Rebecca Lang have travelled all over Australia interviewing farmers, hunters, hikers and ordinary Australians investigating sightings, unexplained stock deaths and looking into the history books to gather information for the book.
Their travels have also brought them to the Ararat and Grampians region in their quest for evidence.
The presence of big cats in the Australian bush is one of the country's biggest mysteries and for many years there has been talk of sightings.
''There has been evidence of big cats in Victoria since the 1870s,'' Mr Williams said.
This evidence is a mixture of rich folklore, sightings and video evidence.
''In putting the book together, we have spent eight years researching and travelling around Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland collecting reports, photos, video, scat and hair samples,'' he said.
''We want to prove the case that it's not just folklore, that these are valid reports.
''We want to prove the that evidence is overwhelming, that there is some mystery animal in Australia.''
The book is available online australianbigcats.com.au or through PO Box 5 Hazelbrooke 2779 NSW. The cost is $35 plus $15 postage.http://www.araratadvertiser.com.au/news/local/news/general/book-on-big-cat-research-released/1889837.aspx
I had a piece of wood left over from the Tasi carving and have now started carving the egg of the Great Auk. I have a great reference book that gives me all the details, I will show you the egg when completed as well as a few other gems......
“ Some accounts of the horns, called mammon`s * horns; and the strange opinions the Tartars hold of the kind of animal to which they imagine they belonged.
In the banks of the Oby, about this place,are found great quantities of that kind of ivory called, in this country, mammon`s horn. Some of it also is found on the banks of the Volga.Mammon`s horn, resembles in shape and size, the teeth of a large elephant. The vulgar really imagine mammon to be a creature living in marshes and underground; [as did the Chinese-R] and entertain many strange notions concerning it. The Tartars tell many fables of its having been seen alive.But to me it appears that this horn is the tooth of a large elephant. When, indeed,or how, these teeth came so far to the northward, where no elephants can,at present, subsist during the winter-season, is what I am unable to determine. They are commonly found in the banks of rivers which have been washed by floods. The commandant of this place had his entry ornamented with several very large ones, and made me a present of one of them.
I have been told by Tartars in the Baraba, that they have seen this creature, called mammon,at the dawn of day,near lakes and rivers;but, that on discovering them, the mammon immediately tumbles into the water, and never appears in day-time; they say it is about the size of a large elephant, with a monstrous large head and horns, with which he makes his way in marshy places, and under ground, where he conceals himself at night. I only mention these things as the reports of superstitious and ignorant people.
I have observed, in most of the towns we passed, between Tobolsky and Yenesiesky, many of these mammons horns, so called by the natives; some of them very entire and fresh, like the best ivory, in every circumstance, excepting only the colour, which was of a yellowish hue; others of them mouldered away at the ends; and, when sawn asunder, prettily clouded. The people make snuff boxes, combs, and divers sorts of turnery ware of them.
They are found in the banks of all the great rivers in Siberia, westward of Iencousky, when the floods have washed down the banks, by the melting of the snow, in the spring. I have seen of them weighing above one hundred pounds English. ( I brought a large tooth, or mammon`s horn, with me to England, and presented it to my worthy friend Sir Hans Sloane, who gave it a place in his celebrated Museum; and was of the opinion, also,that it was the tooth of an elephant. This tooth was found in the river Oby, at a place called Surgute. (1)
1. Anon. Some account….Annual Register vol. 10. Dec. 1767 pp 85-86
SALLY CINNAMON THE STONE ROSES
Until Sally I was never happy
I needed so much more
Rain clouds oh they used to chase me
Down they would pour
Join my tears
Allay my fears
Sent to me from heaven
You are my world
It's an extensive and entertaining interview, which can be found here:
On this day in 1933 Wiley Post circumnavigated the world by plane in only 7 days and 19 hours.
And now, the news:
Hundreds of dead penguins washed up in Brazil
Panther story resurfaces in new book
Today’s song is pretty good, take a look/listen: