Behind Those Bars

I’ve recently been to an animal sanctuary in Thailand and a family outing to Dudley Zoo. Comparing the two experiences has been fascinating and once more made me ask what zoos are for.

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Poles Apart

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May made a snap call for Polling Day,

time to mark man’s hard won right,

women’s even longer fight, for that

fiction called Democracy. Cast away!

 

Candidates call from opposite sides:

Strong and Stable, Fairness for All.

Empty promises, sit on fences,

fiddle expenses.  Brexiteers collide.

 

We’d rather vote for TV stars,

sports personalities, latest evictions,

B list celebs (ignore their convictions).

So we got Trump and risk a war.

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The National Theatre’s 12th Night is Fabulous

Malvolia in the Teaser Trailer

– But why did they use that publicity photo?

I absolutely love the National Theatre’s current production of 12th Night, featuring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia. It’s one of the best productions I’ve ever seen. But I was slightly thrown by the pre publicity. Great images, but depicting quite a different version of Greig’s Malvolia. Or is that just me being picky?

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The Other Side of Canada

I’d never seen a bear in the wild before, then all in one summer I saw three different types: Polar Bears, Grizzly Bears and Black Bears. Mind you, being in the right country did help. Continue reading

Ella Minnow Pea: a tale of censorship, letter by letter


Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn was our book club’s latest pick. Opinions were divided on how enjoyable it is, but all agreed it is a clever depiction of authoritarianism and censorship. It reminds us just how quickly societies can fall apart.

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Reflections on Father Christmas

It was our family tradition to gather together early in December and prepare our Christmas wish lists. My brother, sister and I would carefully write our lists and hand them over to Mum and Dad to be checked. Then we threw the lists into the fire and let the smoke carry them up the chimney to waft away to Father Christmas. Continue reading

Drawing the Line – How I Felt about Going Fishing

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Recently I had the pleasure of spending a few days in the wilds of Scotland, celebrating a friend’s 50th birthday. One afternoon a group of us went out on a boat to see the scenery and hopefully spot some seals. Fishing was an added option. I found the experience quite thought-provoking. Continue reading

A Street Cat Named Bob: Film Review

bob-pic‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ is the film of the best-selling book (and its sequel). I’m a great cat lover and enjoyed the book, so going to see the film was a must. It’s fun and full of some lovely cat scenes, but the entertainment value comes at the expense of the book’s deeper meaning. Continue reading

The Vermin Revolt

J89A0415 There once was a land of rolling hills and valleys. At the top of the highest hill lived the King in a grand palace. Nearby, in a castle, lived a Count. His job was to count the King’s money which he kept locked in the castle cellars.

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Polar Perspectives

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We stood on the deck scanning the horizon. The long lens on my camera was heavy but I didn’t mind. I peered across the ice, willing it to come into view. Then I spotted it. A yellow blob. Yes, there! It was one of those moments I’ll never forget. I said to myself, ‘I’m actually here. In the Arctic. And I’ve just seen a polar bear.’ Continue reading

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