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Chunky-monkey

February 21, 2011

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As a freelancer and a part-time student it would be very easy for me to morph into a couch potato. But I know only too well, that an expanding waistline is unlikely to bring more on-screen work, just additional woes about health issues and lots of ribbing from friends and family. So, three times a […]

Gorilla cupcake?

February 20, 2011

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What is it about cupcakes that has people going ga-ga? Everywhere I look there are recipes in magazines; books and blogs dedicated to the art of making them; coffee shops filled with ladies-who-lunch chowing down on them; there’s an episode in Sex in The City where Carrie and Miranda dissect their love lives over sponge and buttercream and […]

Jungle fever given the all clear

February 18, 2011

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This weekend Longleat Safari Park’s monkey enclosure, is due to open after almost two years of being shut, following the discovery of a rare virus that’s fatal to humans. In March 2008, one of the primates at the Wiltshire park was found to have a strain of herpes virus. A routine blood test found a […]

First big steps for Tiny

February 18, 2011

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Three months ago I told you about the first baby gorilla to be born at London Zoo in more than 20 years (Postcode Lottery). The infant who still hasn’t been given a proper name yet, is affectionately called Tiny by the zoo keepers. At just over a foot tall the little fella is quickly outgrowing […]

Size is everything, especially in bats

February 17, 2011

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All primates have large brains and that includes us. Although I seriously wonder sometimes whether this is true of some people. Yesterday, I had to reprimand a young man (I’m slowly but surely turning into father) in Vauxhall while crossing a busy main road. The numpty in question, decided the quickest route to cross three […]

Nénette – Paris zoo’s oldest Madame

February 14, 2011

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She’s an ageing red-head, who’s had three “husbands” and four kids, but Nénette’s life is far from fulfilled. Unlike most Parisian women her age, she is not a lady of leisure, she is in fact a prisoner in her own home. The 40-year orangutan is the subject of the latest documentary by Nicolas Philibert, famed for […]

Check Please!

February 12, 2011

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My friends know only too well how much I adore quality food and wine. It’s a passion that has been a near obsession for the last 15 years and it’s one that the Northerner shares. He’s not a meat-and-potato-pie kinda man, well……not everyday of the week (and it depends who’s made it and if there’s gravy). […]