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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Winners and Losers

Been gone a long time. My poor broken arm was in a brace from 28th March to 3rd July, when the break was repaired by the installation of a huge amount of metalwork and a bone graft.

The next week, a tiny twist tore a piece of bone off my hip close to where the graft was taken from, and I was back in hospital for another 6 days. Meanwhile the overuse of the other arm has made it need a replacement even more, but has set back the timetable by months. Most of my computing is on my iPad which doesn't seem suitable for posting on here with pictures.

 I was up to The Winner for my next Vincent post. He gives lots of people virtual hugs on Twitter, but never me, sadly. Perhaps he's afraid of hurting my arm...

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Nearly forgot to mention I had to replace my car, as the old one was on a three-year lease, which was up. It was a race as to whether I would be able to drive in time. Over here we have new registration numbers every six months, and I got my new car, a VW Polo, on the first day of the 67 reg, September 1st. This is a similar car:

Monday, May 01, 2017

Been Away FRom The Whole Wide World

Sorry folks. Managed to smash my right arm in two close to the replacement shoulder, in a fall on the eve of my birthday. I'm living life one-handed, in a brace, which makes computing hard, especially as the left arm isnt great either.

Here's a V-pic to keep you going.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Mind The Drop!

Cats may be well known for being able to land on their feet, but it all depends on the height they fall from. Too close to the ground and they can't right themselves; too hign up and the impact may shatter their limbs.

So a group of stunned visitors watched aghast as three out of our four tigers were dicing with either death, or a spectacular act of gymnastics. Mum Melati was on their high platform. Dad JaeJae decided to join her, having a good sniff around her rear end. They'd already had a go at mating. Well, he had. She was not happy or receptive. Then son Achilles decided to join them, having watched with curiosity about what was going on.

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Meanwhile Karis was making her way on firm ground towards the other side of the enclosure.

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There she did something I have never seen her do before. She went up to the glass and stared through it at a woman crouching down and putting her hand on the glass at the cub's level. They stayed transfixed by one another for ages.

The woman was a visitor from mum Melati's home zoo in Perth, Australia, where she used to connect with Melati in the same way. Who could have guessed that the little daughter would respond to the same person in the same way?

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Tug O' War

On Wednesday I was due for my latest nipple tattoo session at St Thomas', one of the country's most eminent hositals, home of the Florence Nightingale Museum.

Sadly, they don't seem able to put surgical tattooist appointments on to their system. I was not the only person there who had experience of making a long journey in vain.

 So I decided to take myself off to see the cubs. I knew I had four days of building work coming up, starting today, so my opportunities were slight if I didn't take this chance.

To begin with, they were a bit subdued, positioning themselves in a place where they thought there might be food coming up soon.

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Mum Melati was also rather lethargic. Rumour is that she and JaeJae have been mating, and she might have become rather prematurely pregnant. Cubs are usually nearer two years than eight months when mum mates again.

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The kind keepers had given the youngsters a length of sacking to play with. They seemed to find it the best toy ever, and there was a mighty battle for possession.

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Sunday, March 05, 2017

The Thirteenth Floor

So talented, playing two completely different characters so convincingly.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Back to the Stripey Beauties

I haven't been back to the zoo since my operation, and I was missing the cubs, knowing they would be growing so big and I was not there to see it. So I went on Friday, my first big outing since surgery, and tiring oit was too. But worth it. I'm posting as many of the pictures as possible with few captions, just so I cn download them on to my iPad and share them with my friends in their best format.

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Daughter showing off to dad
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Boy in smelly corner
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Dad joins in the fun
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Girl joins boy in smelly corner
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Best cub picture yet
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Girl stalks boy
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Mum emerges and goes to the smelly corner
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