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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 […]

Orangutan uses wet towel to cool down

August 27, 2011

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One resident at Tama Zoological Park in Tokyo has been impressing visitors with its hygiene skills. The orangutan uses a wet towel to clean itself, carefully wringing out the water before having a wash to stay cool. I don’t know the history behind this ape, but my hunch is that it may well have been a […]

Project Nim – Review

August 26, 2011

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They did things differently in the 70’s. So much so that no one batted an eye-lid when a professor from Columbia University wrenched an infant chimpanzee from his mother, to give to his former lover to raise as a human child in New York City, as a language experiment. Meet Nim. Nim Chimpsky was considered […]

The Primatarium in Kings Cross

August 15, 2011

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Earlier this month I was intrigued to learn there was a Primatarium in Kings Cross during the end of the 1970s. It took over the site of where Scala nightclub in Kings Cross currently stands, but there’s very little information about what it offered the public. I imagined it was place where people would pay […]

Prequel to Planet of the Apes is a visual effects masterpiece

August 12, 2011

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I have been chopping at the bit ever since I heard Rise of The Planet of the Apes was out this summer. Its release this week in the UK couldn’t have been more timely following the rioting and looting in various cities up and down the country. Although the film centres around the untamed side […]

Kings Cross nightclub involved in monkey business

August 3, 2011

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Since it re-opened in 1999 Scala nightclub on Pentonville Road in Kings Cross has been a hub for showcasing undiscovered musicians and singers as well as an escape for clubbers to ‘live it large’. But behind the Courtney Constantine façade lurks a very unusual history. The outbreak of the Great War meant initially that work on the […]

Monkey gives itself a pedicure

July 25, 2011

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There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to fit everything in. Aside from work and study and visits to the gym to stay in shape, I’m talking about time to do basic grooming. Unlike men, there’s a lot more pressure for women of a certain age (sadly that’s me) to “maintain” their […]

Chimpanzees trained to use machetes

July 22, 2011

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I have to give it to 20th Century Fox, its publicity department is working overtime ahead of the summer blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Yet another video has made it onto the net, this time showing a chimp welding a machete. I came across it after a note from one of my readers Christian, who alerted […]

Every hack wants a piece of the breaking news action

July 7, 2011

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At quarter past five this afternoon a statement was released by James Murdoch that Sunday would be the last issue of the tabloid paper News of the World. Killed off after a hundred and sixty-eight years, potentially costing News International many millions of pounds and leaving hundreds of hacks jobless – today’s decision was the […]

Keeping a cool head could be the answer to a good night’s sleep

June 14, 2011

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It still surprises me that many people do not realise that we are classified in the mammalian order Primates. Only last week I had a colleague raise his eyebrows once he was given this nugget of information. He’d scampered over to quizzed me about my new career path after it was mentioned during some gossip […]