Browsing All Posts published on »February, 2011«

‘Monkey Girl’ enters Guinness World Record

February 28, 2011

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Journalists have a warped sense of humour, there’s no denying that. It’s also another quality that me and the Northerner share. Hacks very often see and experience things that a lot of the general public don’t and maybe that’s our way of processing the absurd; scary and downright shocking. Sometimes if I’ve done a particularly harrowing […]

New evidence suggests “Lucy” was no swinger

February 27, 2011

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If I said the word metatarsal, most non-scientists among you, would know exactly where this bone is in the human body – thanks to David Beckham. Beckham‘s metatarsal became a talking point and a hugely important issue to England football fans when he fractured it in the build-up to the 2002 World Cup. He’s not the only […]

Get your dirty paws off me…..

February 26, 2011

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When I was growing up comic books were all the rage – Marvel; The Dandy and The Beano. I remember my brother collecting the Asterix series and although I never really got into them, I do remember feeling a deep appreciation for the art work. This very scary but incredible illustration (above) is exactly the sort […]

King Pong

February 25, 2011

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The Northerner thinks I have an OCD about hygiene, I like to think it’s an endearing foible. Smelling nice is important to me. On my birthday I was given lots of lovely body and bath stuff; thankfully nobody brought any sticks to the party (see blogpost Hello Dolly!). I love using exotic scented showergels and […]

Female Empowerment

February 24, 2011

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Girl Power is a phrase that was banded about in the mid 1990’s by the phenomenally successful pop quintet, Spice Girls. Females of all ages were no longer tarred with the same brush as the ‘burn-your-bra’ feminists of the past; but given a new perspective in mainstream media. The phrase was so popular that the […]

A King among men (and other primates)

February 22, 2011

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This infant’s arrival didn’t have the pomp that most royalty receive, but the latest West Country’s edition born at  Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is by no means any less important. It’s a King Colobus monkey (Colobus polykomos) also known as the Western Black-and-white Colobus. These monkeys are endangered and officially rated as vulnerable by the International Union for […]

97% Human, primates feature in exhibition Down Under

February 22, 2011

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      These beautiful primate portraits are part of a project called 97% Human, which were taken at Melbourne Zoo by photographer Arthur Xanthopoulos. He wanted to bring out the human side to these animals (anthropomorphism). Arthur was originally inspired by primate documentaries, including BBC productions narrated by Sir David Attenborough, where the theme […]