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‘Tarzan’s Chimpanzee’ Cheetah dies aged 80

December 28, 2011

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This morning when I came into work there was an email from my news editor waiting in my inbox. It was news that Cheetah from the Tarzan movies had died on Christmas Eve aged 80. In the subject heading was the word “obit”. At first I thought, is this a joke? It’s highly unusual first of all […]

Apple founder dies, but do primates mourn their leaders?

October 6, 2011

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This morning I woke up and one of the first messages on my blackberry was from a friend Hermes – news that Steve Jobs had died. I’m not iPhone girl, all that finger swiping and touch screen malarkey sends shivers down my OCD spine!! However I was so very sad to hear that Mr Jobs, […]

There’s no smoke without fire

September 27, 2011

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There’s something dangerously enticing about watching fire, perhaps it’s my primeval roots telling me something. The way the flames leap and curl and its ability to engulf anything in a matter of moments. It’s thought by some scientists that without fire man would not have evolved. Homo erectus was presumably the first chef in history […]

Leaving their mark – even apes love to paint.

August 31, 2011

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The art world has mourned many great painters over the years. Some have lived to a ripe ole age, other have died young like this next painter, who didn’t even make it to his 30th. He wasn’t plagued by drink or drug problems. He was a much-loved individual who was described as having a “gentle […]

To boldly go where no primate has been before

May 28, 2011

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Exactly 52 years ago today mankind decided to boldly go where no man had been before. Except it wasn’t man who embarked on this mission but his nearest cousin. During the 1950’s astronauts still hadn’t travelled beyond the earth’s atmosphere. There were concerns among scientists about the effects of prolonged weightlessness; and so began the […]

Conservation gets the royal nod

April 29, 2011

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I’m not a royalist, but what a historic day for Britain. The newly weds looked a picture of happiness, this their first snap together as they emerged as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge from Westminster Abbey. Congratulations to them both! Although I live a stones throw from Whitehall, I decided to avoid the crowds […]

Primate language scientist named in Time Magazine’s 100 influential people

April 25, 2011

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Easter is always a busy time for me as a freelance journalist; I’m what’s known as “filler” in the businesses. After a particularly hectic day reporting this weekend I grabbed a pint with a colleague (Karate Kid) at my local. We spoke about how my studies were going and this led onto a discussion about whether apes (given […]