Browsing All posts tagged under »monkeys«

King Louie and the swingers

November 15, 2014

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To be able to see one wild species of ape is a privilege but to see two species (orangutans and gibbons) would be like all my Christmases had come at once. The alarm went off at 4am and I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and stretched as best as I could in my small […]

Elephanta Caves

March 5, 2014

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The slow boat over was exactly that. We were going against the current. Surprisingly the boat left dead on time at 1430. Wow a miracle, the first mode of transport in India that has been punctual. I paid the extra 10p to sit on top desk, found a seat and closed my eyes. All the […]

Sweet Spot – Day 33

April 8, 2012

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I’ve finally sussed where the best spot in camp is to get a signal for the internet. I’m at a slight disadvantage to the other students because my laptop battery has died and I need to be plugged into the mains. However with the help of an extension lead if I pull the wire as […]

Camp – Day 4

March 11, 2012

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I awoke this morning to the sound of the chimps hooting from the forest. The apes start to stir around 0500/0530. I rolled over and covered my head with my pillow; it had been difficult night’s sleep. The racket from the forest had my full attention for most of the night. By the time I […]

Chimpanzees appear to know what’s on their friends’ minds

January 5, 2012

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The other day the Northerner and I were walking home from the tube and I shouted out as I thought he was about to cross the road into the path of an on-coming bus turning the corner. As it happens the bus stopped on the bend because the lights were red. But my “alarm” call […]

Tribunal forces university to reveal details of primate research

November 19, 2011

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A landmark ruling was made this week which has raised more than a few eyebrows among scientific researchers. Newcastle University lost its 3-year battle against the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) over revealing details of Home Office licences to conduct experiments on primates through Freedom of Information requests (FOIs). The Freedom of Information […]

Brain drain

November 5, 2011

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I can hardly believe it’s been nearly four weeks since I last wrote a post. Yes me, the prolific blogger, or at least that’s what I thought I was when I started this site last November. My circumstances have changed – for the best, I might add – and blogging is proving far harder to […]