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Newby Hall’s Teddy Bears

Many of us have or had much loved teddy bears, but few become serious collectors of them like UK tv presenter Giles Brandreth, who is one of the most famous arctophile, or collector of them. This is from the i ¬†paper: The 68-year-old says. “You have to have a sense of humour and a big … Continue reading


Wolves Changing Rivers

This is az brilliant short film by George Monbiot, showing the effect of the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone. It has increased the number and variety of animals and plants, but also changed rivers, so have had an impact on geography.

Mediaeval Media & Events That Made It

The battle of Lepanto on 7 October 1571 was the first big event to be spread by the new technology of printing. The combined navies it for Christendom soundly thrashed the Ottomans, leading to a flurry of news in pamphlets & so presaging the dawn of a new harmony¬† between states. But it was short … Continue reading

The First Teddy Bear

This is an urban legend that’s been around for a log time – I heard it had something to do with Teddy Rooseveldt in Cuba, but this is the real story – of Rooseveldt refusing to kill an injured bear, but it segues into how we see animals, and how this differs from the past, … Continue reading

Cats at the Castle

Cats at the Castle

This is a pair of pics of the animals that sit on the wall round Cardiff Castle, in the centre of the city. They are wonderful, though apologies as always for my cameraphone quality. And another They were almost lost when the road they are on was widened. Thank goodness the wall and its creatures … Continue reading