livestock
For those of you who grew up in the country, you would probably love to relive that experience. For those who are purebred city people, then you might want to have a taste of what growing up in the country is like. That is, being surrounded by animals and fields, being out in the open air.

If you like animals and you want to experience something like a county fair, then I suggest that you head on over to the Rare and Traditional Breeds Show at Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex. What should you expect? About Britain announces the event:

Our biggest show of the year! Over 500 cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry of numerous rare breeds will be taking part in the show, the largest in south east England. Bring the family to see orange bristled Tamworth pigs; the Pygmy goats, not much more than one foot high; Gloucester Old Spot pigs with their dramatic black blotches, Longhorn cattle with majestic curly horns and Southdown Sheep with their teddy bear faces and dumpling shape and many many more. Other attractions include country craft and trade stands with farm and animal themes and the Museum’s own team of working Shire horses.

The exact venue of the show is the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, which is worthy enough of a visit on its own. The highlights of the Museum include historic homes, farms, and workplaces. These have been restored and all efforts have been made to keep them as close to the original as possible.

The show runs on the 20th of July from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm. Ticket costs:

Adults £8.50, over 60s £7.50, children £4.50, family ticket £23.30 includes a full day’s entry to all Museum buildings and outdoor exhibits.

Photo courtesy of Dunechaser

St Michael Bath
I wrote something about visiting Bath, one of the most popular tourist spots in the UK, some time ago. If you remember, Bath is a World Heritage Site as designated by UNESCO and this is one reason that Bath is as popular as it is today.

Recent developments, however, might be putting this charming British town at risk. Apparently, there are some building developments in the city which might lead to the stripping of the designation by the UNESCO. The said developments are actually plans to construct homes – thousands of them – in the Western Riverside area, and this is only part of the whole picture.

The Guardian reports:

The development has been described by the Bath Heritage Watchdog as ‘something akin to a massive Soviet-era housing project’.
Deborah Aplin, managing director of Crest Nicholson Regeneration, which is behind the Western Riverside development, said that it had written support from the government and English Heritage. ‘This land has been derelict for more than 25 years and our scheme will help regenerate this part of an otherwise beautiful city,’ she added.

I think that it is understandable that some citizens of the city would want to push Bath forward by opening the city to development and progress. However, it is also understandable that the city’s stature as a World Heritage Site could be affected. After all, certain criteria must be met in order for a place to be designated as such.

The issue will be discussed during UNESCO’s annual conference. I guess we just have to wait and see what happens.

Photo courtesy of Ian Muttoo

JO pasta sauces
If you watch even a bit of the telly, then you probably know about Jamie Oliver. One of the most famous celebrity chefs today, Jamie Oliver has been in the limelight for quite some time now. Aside from his shows – and there are quite a few of them – he has been involved in a campaign that aimed to promote better food for children. He has been known to lobby in the government for this purpose.

So why is he under fire today? Well, apparently, the famous chef has recently launched a line of products which do not follow the same lines as his previous declarations for safe food. His new line of pasta sauces is unfit for the children’s consumption – at least according to his critics.

The Guardian reports:

Jamie Oliver, who spent years campaigning to improve the food children eat, has left parents and health campaigners bewildered after it emerged that his latest pasta sauce contains twice as much salt as the Turkey Twizzlers he famously railed against.

It has now emerged that some of Oliver’s sauces, which are produced in Italy for a company set up by him, contain so much salt they would not be allowed to be served to primary school children.

His spicy olive, garlic and tomato sauce, which is sold in supermarkets and is popular with busy parents, contains 3g of salt per 100g – up to six times as much as some rival products, and twice as much as the equivalent weight of the much-maligned Turkey Twizzlers.

The chef’s reaction to all this? His spokesperson says:

…they are designed to be eaten in the Italian way – one jar with at least 500g of pasta – feeding four to six people. Because they are more concentrated than rivals you don’t need as much – and the salt content is dissipated.