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n tongue
Could we get on with it, please?
n tatra mountains poland
Tara Mountain, Poland.
n bali starling
Bali Starling, rather more exotic than the Scottish version.
n lion 3
I wanna hold your tail (Lennon/McCartney/Leo).
n norway Geirangerfjord
Geirangerfjord, Norway. 
n nuts
n walk
“So, what do you think about Brexit?”
n whooping crane
“You just swallow it whole”
n zeb
Race you to the water hole, mum.
n washington
Sunset in Washington.
n tulum mexico
Tulum, Mexico.
“Throw it, for heaven’s sake.”
nmini raptor
Mini Raptor.
n pp
n pup12
“OK, I’ll pose for my photograph, as long as you throw sticks after.”
n peregrin falcom (Walter Jenkel)
Peregrin Falcon and his best mate. (By Walter Jenkel.)
n s gre5
Green part of Greenland.
n tap
Drip! Kinda reminds me of Jeremy Hunt.
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No, you can’t have any. See you next week when I’ll be bigger!



51 thoughts on “SOPPY SUNDAY”

  1. Ré the video:

    This might be curmudgeonly – I had to spell check that – but both animals appear to be being held in a cage, and the noise level is terrible. I cannot believe that is a ‘best environment’ for either the surrogate mother or the infant. Indeed, they both looked a bit stressed out to me. (As I too would be with the worlds press clicking off at me.) But what the hell do I know, I am no animal behaviourist.

    I would hope that their future holds something more than that environment.


    Perhaps a fellow Glaswegian will remember the pathetic Lion, held in a cage that he could barely turn around in that stood exposed, mounted quite high up as I remember it, near Central Station? Alive, but only just.

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    1. “Perhaps a fellow Glaswegian will remember the pathetic Lion, held in a cage that he could barely turn around in that stood exposed, mounted quite high up as I remember it, near Central Station? Alive, but only just.”

      Just to add, it was that which put me off circus’s for life – although I think it was supposed to be an advert for a circus.

      Maybees aye, maybes naw.

      Although the clowns weren’t a barrel of laughs either.

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      1. Douglas….. “Although the clowns weren’t a barrel of laughs either. ”

        Indeed! The truth about clowns should be told!

        I wonder if anyone on earth ever actually found a clown to be funny. Maybe the occasional small child will laugh at a clown, but then children will laugh at pretty much anything. Mostly, clowns are just weird, and more children are probably terrified by clowns than are genuinely amused by them.

        As for the other things you find in a circus……people walking on high wires, acrobats tumbling and jumping all over the place, lots of elephants, and animals in cages……..maybe it’s time to tell the inconvenient truth about circuses too. 😉

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      2. Douglas,
        I have a vague recollection of that lion from when I was a wee laddie. I always thought that I’d somehow got the memory mixed up or confused because I’d never heard of a zoo or menagerie in Glasgow city centre about that time .

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        1. It certainly wasn’t a zoo, it was more of an imprisonment of a dangerous animal. Well, at least you and I recall it, Wiki brings up a blank.


  2. Most captive situations for animals are far from ideal. We took the kids to Edinburgh Zoo a couple of weeks ago by special birthday request and I was reminded quite sharply of how much I hate the place. I know it no doubt does good works re perpetuating species and is mostly staffed by kind, knowledgeable and committed people but I found some of the environments and the resulting behaviours of the animals quite upsetting to watch. First was the pelicans. Large sea birds stuck in a small enclosure sitting on a rock with a manky pond in front. Then the penguins. If any creature could look depressed and without hope it was the King Penguins, standing there forlornly, seemingly oblivious to the humans and their general hubbub. The Tiger in its enclosure pacing obsessively back and forward retracing the same path over and over was also grim viewing for me. Yes it was a thrill to be so close to such an apex predator but the pleasure was obviously all mine. The star of the misery though was to be found in the tropical bird house where as well as the birds there were lots of rodents and in the corner was the Armadillo. I stood on the walkway above and watched it for a good ten minutes running obsessively back and forward over the same 5 feet long patch of hard packed dirt with no apparent purpose or reward.

    It’s very possible that there are other reasons or more accurate interpretations for the behaviours I witnessed or maybe the good the zoo does outweighs all the obvious bad stuff. Maybe I can be accused of applying human emotions to animals but that’s an argument I don’t have a lot of sympathy with because in the judging of some situations empathy is all you have.

    At 20 quid for each adult and I can’t remember how much for the 4 kids + parking, fuel, drinks and snacks it’s not exactly in the cheap day out bracket for a retired person of modest means.

    I’m sure it wouldn’t take much looking to find a cheaper way to depress myself. Whatever the alternative it certainly wouldn’t involve the possibility of a cardiac arrest pushing a buggy with a 3 year old in it up that effing hill.

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    1. Greig….I can’t stand to go to a zoo. I tend to anthropomorphize the animals and assume they must be miserable. In any event, I assume they would be objectively better off in the wild, whether it makes any rational sense to think they would be “happier” or not. I suppose there are some big zoos with large enclosures that maintain a reasonable natural habitat for animals, but surely most zoos should make whatever long-term arrangements they can for their animals with the goal of eliminating animal exhibits altogether.

      This somehow made me think of the human zoo of Congolese people that Leopold II of Belgium maintained. Families on a summer afternoon would go there to gawk at the Africans and throw them peanuts and bananas. According to this informational video, Leopold II was a monster who made a fortune from slavery and genocide in the Congo. In later years, the Belgians are said to have still much admired Leopold and did not know (or pretended not to know) what went on in the Belgian Congo. It’s hard not to think that the well-dressed Belgians who went to the human zoo (or to its recreation at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair) didn’t have a few screws loose. Compared with the Belgians, the British imperialists almost seem to be humanitarians. The pictures of Leopold’s human zoo are just after 13:00 in the video.

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      1. It really grates my teeth when people say England when they mean the UK and vice versa. 18:o1
        I know this is not the point of the video, but I always call it out whenever I hear it.

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          1. I hate that too, Conan, although I admit that I often used to call the Soviet Union, Russia.

            I was listening to the radio this morning and a commentator, on the BBC, which is supposed to be for all nations in the UK, was talking about “us” (meaning England) in reference to the Wales v England match. He was corrected once by the host and once by himself.

            They really need to rename it the EBC.

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            1. In the comments on an article in the National just now, person A mentioned (with malice aforethought) “the English pound”. Person B – one of the Unionist trolls who infest (infect?) those pages – replied “British pound”. Person C, that pompous numpty who shares my name, replied to Person B as follows: “Scotland is not represented on the Monetary Policy Committee. Therefore it is the English pound. The Central Reserve Bank of the United Kingdom is called (erroneously) the Bank of England, so for that reason too it is the English pound.”

              Or words to that effect. I get SO annoyed when I hear that old canard about independent Scotland having no central bank and no lender of last resort – when we own our share of the Bank of England, pro rata. The details would have to be negotiated and our own Treasury and Bank established and staffed, but we already have our own Central Bank – we just have no control over it or policy input into it. None worth the mention, anyway.

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              1. Bang on.

                Bank of England? What about Wales? At least Northern Ireland and Scotland have their own notes without a royal head on them.

                My pet hate is the Bank of England fiver. Not only does it have the ghastly old racist Elizabeth on the front, it has the ghastly old racist Churchill on the back.

                I dispose of them as quickly as possible.

                Mind you the way prices are going up, it doesn’t take long.

                Electricity and gas up by 10%; car insurance up by 15%; butter up by 25%.

                And meaningful vote (why do they call it that) postponed to 15th March, which, if I recall is the “ides”.



          2. Conan……On the first viewing, I didn’t catch the comment about “England” outlawing slavery.

            Americans have a nasty habit of talking about the “Queen of England,” when, in context, they almost surely mean the Queen of the UK. Although “Queen of Great Britain” seems to sound less awkward, that might annoy the people in Northern Ireland.

            And then there’s the complication that Canadians for some unexplained reason enjoy yammering on about the “Queen of Canada.” As if it’s some sort of a badge of honor that they didn’t have the gumption to join in the revolution. Canadians are annoying for lots of reasons of course, but not least because the American republic has to share North America with a freekin Monarchy. 😉

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              1. Tris…..LOL…..Yes, the sniping between “Canucks” and “Americans” is always good natured and yet often rooted in fact.

                On the American side, it’s really annoying how the Canadians (the English speaking ones) so proudly revel in the phrase “Queen of Canada.” It seems to have escaped their notice that maintaining a Monarchy these days is both an anachronism and an abomination. A fact also ignored by many others of course, most notably the Australians and the New Zealanders. “Queen of Canada” is a deliberate poke in the eye by the English speakers to the French speakers of Quebec of course.

                Then there’s the supreme annoyance that the government of Canada can’t decide on a single language in which to conduct business. Canadian politicians give their speeches in TWO languages switching back and forth a paragraph or so at a time. Annoying beyond belief! It’s said that there is no tradition of great oratory by Canadian politicians. The reason for that is that they spend all their time translating themselves in real time, during which listeners lose interest and get bored.

                Then, even when they choose to speak English in conversation, Canadians speak the language oddly……using the word “eh” a lot, for no apparent reason. (I’m also told that the French speakers aren’t really very good at pronouncing THAT language either.)

                Then they yammer on about not being sufficiently “respected” by the United States…….which they sometimes call the “800 pound gorilla to the south.” For example, they’re annoyed that most Americans don’t know the name of their capital city. Well how can you be expected to sort out weird names like Montreal, Ontario, Windsor, Quebec, Ottawa, Manitoba……and what not…… figure out which ones are cities, much less which one is the capital?

                But yes……the sniping is all good natured, even though the Canucks sometimes declare their pride that troops from Canada joined the damnable British in burning Washington in the War of 1812. (All the USA did at the time was burn a few of THEIR government buildings in a city that may or may not have been their capital. Who knows?)


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                1. LOL…

                  I know that English speaking Canadians have this strange way of pronouncing “about” and it comes out a bit like “A boot”… which is how we pronounce it in Scotland. It sounds fine in Scots, but odd with a trans-Atlantic drawl.

                  French Canadians speak an almost unintelligible language, which sometimes sounds like a Mediterranean French… and includes words from native Canadians language and English and expressions which mix Americanisms with French.

                  I find it slightly perplexing, but rather delightful!

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                  1. Tris……Yes, I’ve heard that “A Boot” sound from English speaking Canadians. Since the government of Canada has never decided which language to use and therefore uses both, maybe they should just decide which one they prefer and then concentrate on speaking ONE of them RIGHT. 😉

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          3. Conan……PS: Along somewhat similar lines, years ago Tris pointed out to me that Scottish people are “Scots” and Scottish things are “Scottish.” Only whisky is “Scotch.”

            Then I found a video of FDR kicking off his 1944 presidential campaign with a speech in which he told a story about his pet dog, a Scottish Terrier named “Fala.” In the speech, FDR declares that his little dog is “Scotch.”

            I sent Tris the video with a formal apology in the name of FDR.

            Fala is immortalized in bronze next to a statue of FDR in a wheelchair at the entrance to the Franklin D. Roosevelt memorial in Washington. (The cloak around FDR was a compromise between people who demanded that he should NOT be shown in his wheelchair, and disability rights people who demanded that he SHOULD be shown in his wheelchair.)

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              1. Tris……LOL…….Let me try again…..

                He actually used both terms. “Scotch” at least once, or a couple of times if memory serves. Then “scottie” 🙂

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                1. “Scotch” is used not just of whisky (with no E), Danny, it hangs on in a few other fixed phrases: Scotch Terrier, Scotch shortbread, Scotch egg, Scotch broth. There may be more, but I can’t think of any right now.

                  We Scots dislike it intensely when “Scotch” is used of us as a people, because it is most often heard in the mouths of posh b*astards who know f*uck all about Scotland and the Scots and care less. Apart from whisky, Hielan coos, tartan and bagpipes, maybe. Say “the Scots” instead.

                  Scotch tape is usually called Sellotape on this side of the Atlantic. Which just made me recall that Saran wrap is called clingfilm ditto, so I’d better shut up before my thesaurus neuron starts to overheat.

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                  1. Ed……Interesting! So there’s more “Scotch” things than whisky. As you know, Kentucky Bourbon is “whiskey.” So it seems odd that Scotch Whisky is matured in oak casks previously used to mature Bourbon Whiskey. True for Scotch whisky produced in Scotland as well as America as I understand it.

                    “Scotch tape” on this side of the Atlantic has effectively passed into generic usage for a familiar type of Cellophane tape. “Scotch” is a trademark of the 3M Company (formerly Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing,) and is now used for several types of 3M tape.

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                    1. That’s all down to the bourbon makers themselves Danny. A cask can’t be used again after it’s contents are bottled so they’re sold off to distilleries this side of the Atlantic. Something similar for the Spanish sherry casks also used.
                      Of course it could be something to do with sawmill owners wanting to maximise their profits too…

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                    2. Scotch whisky is matured in casks previously used for other kinds of booze than Bourbon, including barrels of Spanish sherry. For hundreds of years now, sherry imported from Jerez de la Frontera in south-west Spain on the Portuguese frontier. Expanding the picture further, the original corks – made from cork, from the bark of cork oaks – were a speciality of the Alentejo, the region across the border from Jerez. The cork oak, Quercus suber – sobeiro in Portugese – is Portugal’s national tree, in fact. The word for cork oak in Spanish is “alcornoque”, which is of course originally Arabic; in Portuguese, however, “querco” is another word for oak trees generally.

                      Another Iberian import, Port wine, has been shipped from Portugal to Scotland for at least as long. It is so called because it was shipped through o Porto (the Port) in northern Portugal, and “Port-finished” wine is one of the things you can buy by name these days, though the whisky distillers may have been using old Port barrels for their whisky for as long as we’ve been importing Port. Maybe another Munguinite is in a position to enlighten us on that?

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                    3. Munguin doesn’t know, unfortunately, being more of a champagne animal himself.

                      However the vast knowledge of Munguinites is legend. I’m sure a response will be forthcoming!

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                  2. Scotch is also used in France for Sellotape, which worried me the first time my colleague announced he would fetch the Scotch to repair a book. Well, we were in France and a half bottle of wine with lunch was standard, but whisky at 9.30 am… and just because the cover had come off a book?

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                  3. Using the word Scotch is generally only OK when referring to ( historically) traded commodities…scotch lamb, scotch beef,scotch cattle, scotch wool, scotch tweed. Other than that it’s archaic, and if referring to people it’s derogatory and offensive.

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  3. Re the video, it looks like a preparation cage. If they find wild but homeless orangutans or have rescued babies now old enough to be released, they are moved to these cages where human interaction is reduced in preparation for release. Hopefully that is what is going on here though equally they could have been separated to see whether the “adoption” would be successful.

    While I share people’s views on zoos, they are better now and conservation is higher on their agenda.

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    1. Not at all convinced Panda Paws. If keeping animals in inhumane environments is “nice”, then you and I don’t agree.

      Animals should have the space to do what they do. As large as that mayh be.


      1. Douglas I didn’t say zoos were nice I said they have improved. I’d rather zoos were abolished but we do need rescue centres, preferably in the native countries, or a lot of animals are going to be extinct.

        That said Money World in England has a model for going forward. It rescues animals from pet trade who aren’t able to go back to the wild. It also acts as a breeding centre for endangered animals like orang utans to build up populations. They have lots of space – not as much as the wild but lots of outdoor space though they come in at night as its too cold for them in Dorset.

        Obviously it would have been far better if humans hadn’t wrecked their natural environments but we are where we are. We need to counteract our negative affects or lots of species will be seen only in recordings or books.

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        1. I’d do away with zoos, but as you say they do do a lot of conservation work.

          I think the rehabilitation centres are a necessary evil.

          I mean I don;t like hospitals and I’ve only been in one once but I HATED it. Still and all, I’d rather have been in there than not, given that I had a collapsed lung.

          The alternative to that little fellow being in there with his adoptive mum, might well be that he was left to die in the forest.


        2. panda paws,

          Summat like that. Our astonishing number of billionaires could, for example, buy up Amazonian wilderness and do something useful for a change. It would be interesting to see billionaires brag about their hectares of preserved land rather than how many dollars they had. Perhaps cynical that they really care, but, what the heck!

          Or perhaps we could do it for ourselves? Bernie Saunders campaign is being progressed on small dollar contributions. Which is probably the real way forward. It probably needs a huge number of regular doners from rich countries to stop the devestation of habitat in poor countries. That, obviously, includes paying a decent wage to a security force in the poor country. Those folk should be paid well, their families should be looked after and the scumbags should be subject to arrest and extreme penalties, like life imprisonment.

          It is kind of unclear whether method one, changing the idea of wealth from dollars to acres or method two , exchanging North America’s and Europe’s wealth into a lot of our friendly sharpshooters in the jungles of Africa and South America has the slightest chance of working.

          Still, both are working hypothesis as it said in ethics 101.


    2. Not at all convinced Panda Paws. If keeping animals in inhumane environments is “nice”, then you and I don’t agree.

      Animals should have the space to do what they do. As large as that may be.


  4. that wee golden puppy was very cute – a retriever? Did you know golden retriever’s were breed/founded in Scotland? I have IScot magazine to thank for that snippet. Mexico looked lovely and I adored the stripy horses…

    That said, cute though I am , I don’t remember saying to Tris he could take my picture when I was pondering in a tree 🙂

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  5. PP. I apologise for that rather personal picture. I thought it was your friend Bugger le Panda.

    Zoos: You guys have said it all. They are better than they used to be but they can’t ever provide the right conditions for such a range of animals.

    Penguins who should be Antarctica on a hot day in Edinburgh… Lions with a tiny enclosure. Elephants, who walk miles every day, with a small field to live in.

    That said, I know that some zoos do good work in conservation.

    As for circuses. Scotland has banned live animals but I’ve never had any desire to see clowns or bearded ladies or juggling acts, and as for high wire stuff…. argh!

    I think Panda Paws was right about the holding pen. Obviously, this adoption was a trial to see if mother and child would bond. I’m not so sure about letting the press in to take photographs, although neither animal seemed too worried and the little one seemed interested.

    I can’t say too much good for the people who work tirelessly to help these little orphans grow up in some way. It may not be perfect but it is so much better than dying in the forest.

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  6. Caption for picture of two birds walking away in the snow:
    Q “So, what do you think about Brexit?”
    A “Aren’t we supposed to be migratory?”

    Orangutan mother adopting orphan: life reaffirming. Job done.

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    1. Conan……The competition between Kentucky and Tennessee distillers over who makes the finest bourbon in the world is fierce. The Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee makes a big deal in their ads about manufacturing its own white oak barrels in its own cooperage.

      Seems surprising that the Scotch distillers maintain consistent quality control using barrels that were previously used for other products.

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  7. Loadza god pics but I love the one of the pup with its head out of the car window. Funny thing though, dogs seem to like sticking their heads out of car windows with the wind right in their face but if you blow into a dog’s face most of them really don’t like it at all. Strange creatures – like humans 🙂

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