The dogs sure look good but are they in good health?
According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), veterinary charity PDSA, and BBC the purebred dogs are definitely not in good health. Because of their stand against inbreeding of dogs these RSPCA and PDSA have announced that they will boycott the biggest dog show in the world – the Crufts Dog show. BBC also shows it support of the welfare of the dogs by NOT participating, which means that the dog show will go un-televised for the first time in FORTY YEARS.
BBC has showed their worry of the results of the inbreeding to the dog months ago when they aired the documentary “Pedigree Dogs Exposed.” The documentary showed how purebred dogs have developed severe health problems such as epilepsy, cancer, and other mutations due to inbreeding. The even bigger bomb is that they pointed at the Kennel Club for being partly responsible for the situation since their standards do not prohibit such practices but even encourage dog owners to do inbreeding.
Despite the boycotting going on the animal charity Blue Cross vows to attend the even with the aim of educating the those that will attend about health issues that arise from inbreeding. A very sensible strategy since where else can you get thousands of purebred lovers’ attention all at the same time? The Blue Cross believe that pet owners are concerned about their pets health and would welcome information on how to prevent health problems as well as address current concerns.
The Crufts Dog Show is set to take place from March 5 to8 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. It is expected to draw more than 20,000 competing dogs.
The beloved queen mother finally has her own statue standing right at the foot of her husband’s, King George VI, statue. The statues, facing Buckingham Palace, was created by sculptor Philip Jackson. It shows the queen mother, at the same age of King George VI statue (51 years old), smiling while wearing her velevet robes. The robes signify her place in the Order of the Garter, Britain’s oldest and highest chivalric order. The statue is also surrounded by carvings of important moments from her life that was done by done by artist Paul Day.
The unveiling of the statue was done by Queen Elizabeth II. Attending the ceremony were Prince Charles and his sons Princes William and Harry as well as senior members of the royal family, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and members of the queen mother’s staff.
The bronze statue stands 9 feet 6 inches tall. It costs 2 million pounds. The cost is was shouldered by the profits raked in by the sale of the special five pound coins that were produced by the Royal Mint in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday.
Talk about having no regard for the law! You’d think any criminal will have at least a tiny sense of self-preservation and so stay away from doing anything to piss of the Justice Secretary but the hackers that tapped into his email apparently aren’t afraid of him, probably because they’re not under his jurisdiction.
The email fraudsters hacked into British Justice Secretary jack Straw’s email account and sent emails to people on his address book, including Labor Party members, council chiefs and Ministry of Justice officials, asking for 2300 euros so he can get home. Apparently the email claimed that he’s in Lagos on a trip for a project a project called Empowering Youth to Fight Racism and is stuck there because he lost his wallet. Straw was surprised when he got calls from his constituents asking if he’s really stuck in Africa. Of course, he’s not he is a justice secretary after all and if he does lose his wallet would be able to find some other way to get home!
The email account (Hotmail) has been suspended by Microsoft.
As I am writing this piece, my eyes alternate between the telly and my laptop screen. I am so tempted to just do away with the laptop and keep my eyes glued to the telly. Good thing I have a propensity for multi-tasking – I make use of my ears as well! Oh, and I am also monitoring the web for live blogging on the Oscars. Twitter, in particular is so much fun to follow at this time as everyone in the world seems to be glued to the Oscars. Though many quips lean towards the negative end of the spectrum, I have to say that one thing is for sure: the British are looking really really good.
Heavy favourite Slumdog Millionaire has already garnered a lot of awards. This is no surprise as the movie has won so many awards in the past month or so. Everyone has been saying that the Oscars is merely a formality – the movie has proven its worth.
Still, actually seeing the nominations on screen, hearing the winners announced, and seeing the people go up on stage to accept their Oscars is something else. There are other British players on the show but Slumdog Millionaire seems to be at the center of everything. As of this writing, the Best Picture award has not been given yet but I have a strong feeling that Slumdog Millionaire just might make it. Of course, I have been wrong before. And even if the movie does not get the award, I think that it has gone a very long way.