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    From https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/ne...escued-police/


    Ducklings in the back of a police car. Picture by Bournemouth Police

    OFFICERS from Bournemouth Police have rescued two little ducklings which were found on a busy dual carriageway.
    Officers from Bournemouth South D Squad Response found the ducklings in the central reservation of the A338 on Wednesday, June 22.
    The ducks were rescued and taken to the local vets.
    After dusting off their book of puns, a spokesperson for Bournemouth Police took to social media and said: “Officers from Bournemouth South D Squad Response attended the A338 yesterday to quack the case of a brood of ducklings reported to be in the central reservation.
    “Conduckting an area search, officers located the fair-feathered friends and these two were placed in the back of the police car for their own safety.
    “Utilising a good bird whistle (not taught as part of training), an officer managed to coax one of the ducklings to safety, with the other friend following over.
    “A quick name check through the police system revealed they were not robber duckies.
    “The ducklings gave no eggsplanation as to why they were on the dual carriageway but to save them waddling, they were taken to the local vets.”





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    Quote Originally Posted by NickW;[URL="tel:6683357"
    6683357[/URL]]From https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/ne...escued-police/


    Ducklings in the back of a police car. Picture by Bournemouth Police

    OFFICERS from Bournemouth Police have rescued two little ducklings which were found on a busy dual carriageway.
    Officers from Bournemouth South D Squad Response found the ducklings in the central reservation of the A338 on Wednesday, June 22.
    The ducks were rescued and taken to the local vets.
    After dusting off their book of puns, a spokesperson for Bournemouth Police took to social media and said: “Officers from Bournemouth South D Squad Response attended the A338 yesterday to quack the case of a brood of ducklings reported to be in the central reservation.
    “Conduckting an area search, officers located the fair-feathered friends and these two were placed in the back of the police car for their own safety.
    “Utilising a good bird whistle (not taught as part of training), an officer managed to coax one of the ducklings to safety, with the other friend following over.
    “A quick name check through the police system revealed they were not robber duckies.
    “The ducklings gave no eggsplanation as to why they were on the dual carriageway but to save them waddling, they were taken to the local vets.”

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    Nick, thanks for both of the great stories. Owls made me smile and the duck story had me laughing. Interesting, the owls are such heavy sleepers that they didn’t wake up while being tagged.
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    A farm feeding chickens with marijuana instead of antibiotics is fetching higher prices from consumers seeking organic poultry, researchers say

    Matthew Loh
    Thu, June 23, 2022, 9:39 PM



    A worker prepares chicken meat at Khlong Toei market in Bangkok.Adisorn Chabsungnoen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

    • A farm in Thailand has started feeding its chickens with cannabis instead of antibiotics.
    • Researchers from Chiang Mai University say the experiment is showing positive signs.
    • The chickens are fetching double the usual price from consumers looking for organic poultry.



    A farm growing medical marijuana in northern Thailand has been feeding its free-range chickens with cannabis instead of antibiotics, and researchers said the experiment has yielded promising results.


    Researchers from Chiang Mai University's Department of Animal and Aquatic Sciences said fewer than 10% of the 1,000 chickens at the farm in Lampang have died since they introduced pot to the chickens' diet in January 2021.


    While the study's findings are still under review and only cover one year's worth of research, Chompunut Lumsangkul, an assistant professor who led the study, told Insider that the cannabis feed appears to be working. The mortality rate for the chickens at the farm has been the same as in regular seasons when there isn't a severe outbreak of any bird-killing disease, she said.


    The birds' special food is produced by adding crushed cannabis to their feed and water, said Lumsangkul. No antibiotics and medicines are fed to or used on the chickens during this time.


    Besides healthy chickens, the experiment has also allowed the farm to sell its birds for higher prices to consumers seeking organic poultry.


    The birds are fetching double the regular price, at about $1.50 per pound, mostly because buyers want organic chickens that haven't been administered antibiotics, Lumsangkul said. She also claimed that the chickens' meat — which they call "GanjaChicken" — is more tender and tastes better than regular chickens.


    "Consumers in Thailand have been paying attention to this because demand is increasing for chickens and many farmers have to use antibiotics. So some customers want to find a safer product," the assistant professor said.



    The farm in Lampang primarily grows cannabis as one of its major products but also raises chickens.CHOMPUNUT LUMSANGKUL


    As part of the experiment, Lumsangkul said her research team would sometimes give the chickens bolstered levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the substance in marijuana that gives users a high — that went past the legal limits for humans in Thailand.


    Earlier this month, the Thai government legalized the sale of cannabis products but limited the amount of THC in the items one can consume to 0.2%. By comparison, the chickens at the farm would sometimes get up to 0.4%, Chompunut said.


    "I can't say the cannabis doesn't let the chickens get high, but they exhibit normal behavior," she said.



    The farm has over 1,000 chickens that have been feed with cannabis since January last year.CHOMPUNUT LUMSANGKUL


    Lumsangkul noted that it's not immediately clear what the full benefits of feeding chickens cannabis are, nor is it known why the cannabis is keeping the birds healthy in the first place. However, she said it's likely that marijuana has bioactive compounds, or substances that promote metabolic activity and better health conditions, which are boosting the birds' immune systems.


    The study has only been a "screening test" so far and the researchers have yet to test if the cannabis feed helps to protect the chickens against bird flu or other severe diseases, said Lumsangkul.


    As for whether people can get high from eating cannabis-fed chickens, Lumsangkul said there's "no way" this could happen. The THC is fully metabolized in the chicken's body before slaughter, so its form is completely changed by the time it gets to the table, she said.


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    In the interest of not losing site of what is going on in the rest of the world where middle age culture still rule.

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    Rugby street hosts annual 80-metre Pride march

    A street has hosted its third 80-metre (262.4 ft) Pride march, thought to be one of the shortest in the world.
    About 40 people living on Batt Close in Rugby, Warwickshire took part in the event, making their own costumes and decorations.
    Neighbours created a rainbow crossing in chalk and homes were decorated with rainbow bunting.
    Resident Rachel Bunce said neighbours wanted to send a message of love and make the street a "safe space".
    "For us, Pride begins at home, and its message of community and inclusivity is one that certainly resonates among us all as neighbours," she said.
    "Batt Close Pride is for everyone - whether part of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally - and it shows that our community is a safe space for us all to be ourselves."
    After the parade, neighbours came together to host high heel races, enjoy a barbecue and a Pride-themed cake.Three residents also took part in a charity wax to raise £100 for the Terrence Higgins Trust, a HIV and sexual health charity.
    Resident Ben Porcel added: "Batt Close Pride may be small, but it was certainly fierce.
    "During the parade, we strutted and stomped along our road with as much passion and vigour as you would expect from larger Pride events.
    "I am humbled to live among people who share the belief that everyone deserves to live free and equal, and that is incredibly empowering as we strive to make change together."
    The residents said they hope to continue to host the event annually.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Enormous chocolate factory shuts over salmonella outbreak


    By Manveena Suri and Chris Liakos, CNN Business

    Updated 11:46 AM EDT, Fri July 1, 2022





    A chocolate factory in Belgium has temporarily shut its doors after discovering salmonella in a production batch.


    Swiss chocolate producer Barry Callebaut paused production at its plant in Wieze, Belgium, on Monday, the company said in a statement Thursday.

    The Wieze plant is the biggest chocolate factory in the world, according to government tourism website Visit Flanders.


    “For Barry Callebaut food safety is paramount. Our robust food safety programs in place allowed us to quickly identify lecithin as the source of the contamination,” the company said in the statement, adding that Belgian food authorities (FAVV) were informed of the incident.


    Lecithin is a fatty substance used to bind together other ingredients in the chocolate.








    Employees walk at Barry Callebaut production site in Wieze, near Brussels, on June 30, 2022. Swiss group Barry Callebaut, the world's largest cocoa and chocolate company, said on June 30, 2022, that it had halted chocolate production at its Wieze (Belgium) factory, billed as the world's largest, after salmonella was found in a batch on June 26.


    The company said it has taken precautionary measures, including recalling all products manufactured since the time of testing. Production in Wieze will remain suspended until further notice.

    “We are currently reaching out to all customers who may have received impacted products,” the statement said.


    In a statement Friday, Barry Callebaut said no contaminated chocolate had “entered the retail food chain.”


    The company, which made almost $8 billion in sales over the 2020-21 financial year, produces chocolate for other chocolate makers, including small chocolatiers and big-name brands, though it declined to provide its customers names when asked by CNN Business.


    “Barry Callebaut will now take the time to continue with the very diligent root cause analysis — keeping the FAVV informed in the process. When that is completed the lines will be cleaned and disinfected before resuming the production process,” the company said.


    Anna Cooban contributed reporting.
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    A pair of orcas are hunting great white sharks to eat their livers, causing the species to flee the coast of South Africa

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    Sat, July 2, 2022, 4:03 AM·3 min read




    A pair of orcas are hunting great white sharks to eat their livers, causing the species to flee the coast of South Africa



    People inspect the carcass of a great white shark.Cari Roets/Marine Dynamics, Dyer Island Conservation Trust


    • A pair of orcas are preying on great white sharks off the coast of South Africa, according to a new study.
    • The orcas have ripped out the livers and hearts of great white sharks, the study said.
    • In response to the attacks, the study said that the great white sharks are migrating en masse.

    A pair of orcas has been terrorizing great white sharks off South Africa's coast since 2017, causing them to flee en masse, according to a new study.


    The study, published in the African Journal of Marine Science, suggests the menacing orcas might have scared great white sharks away from their habitat on the Gansbaai coast on South Africa's Western Cape.


    A team of researchers from Marine Dynamics and the Dyer Island Conservation Trust noticed that over five and a half years, 14 sharks had been tracked fleeing the area in which the orcas are present.


    Visual sightings of the great white sharks have also decreased, per the study.


    Using tagging data and long-term sightings, researchers also noticed that great white sharks had started washing ashore.


    Eight great white sharks washed ashore between 2017 and 2020, according to the data. Seven of them had their livers ripped out, with some also having had their hearts removed, the study said.


    A researcher inspects the carcass of a great white shark.Cari Roets/Marine Dynamics, Dyer Island Conservation Trust:


    The wounds are distinctively made by the same pair of killer whales, according to the study. The orcas are likely to have killed more sharks that are yet to wash up ashore, the study said.


    The attacks have triggered the sharks' "flight" instinct, causing a mass migration away from the marine predators, according to the study.


    Alison Towner, a senior white shark biologist at the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, said: "What we seem to be witnessing though is a large-scale avoidance strategy, mirroring what we see used by wild dogs in the Serengeti in Tanzania, in response to increased lion presence."


    A team of researchers take the measurements of a great white shark that washed ashore.Cari Roets/Marine Dynamics, Dyer Island Conservation Trust


    Towner continued: "The research is particularly important, as by determining how large marine predators respond to risk, we can understand the dynamics of coexistence with other predator communities."


    Towner observed that the decrease in the number of great white sharks has other effects on the sea's fragile ecosystem. It has triggered an emergence in the area of the bronze whaler shark, which the great white shark typically eats, Towner said. These sharks, however, are also being targeted by orcas, per the study.


    Insider previously reported the first evidence on a pod of orcas hunting and killing adult blue whales.


    An orca feasting on a blue whale that it just killed in the first documented killing of its kind.CETREC WA


    Marine scientists from Cetrec WA (Cetacean Research) were able to detail how orcas swam inside the mouth of blue whales to eat their tongues.


    Researchers saw large chunks of skin and blubber having been gouged from the body of a blue whale and most of the dorsal fin having been bitten off, Insider's Bethany Dawson reported.


    Read the original article on Business Insider


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    My parents and sisters live in a town Bo'ness, that has had a parade since 1799 which was originally to celebrate the emancipation of the miners.
    In 1897, this parade was converted, into a children's fair day. On the last day of the school year.
    For the fair day a fair queen is selected, along with assistants in various roles female and these days male.
    The Queen gets her house decorated as do the main assistants,
    Some pictures..
    This year's queen's house.
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    An assistants house from 2018
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    And you can guess what this little boys interest is.
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    Just an amateur bodging away..

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    Over $300,000 raised for Burger King employee who never missed work in 27 years and got a backpack, movie ticket, and Starbucks cup as a gift


    Sophie Mellor
    Mon, July 4, 2022, 3:19 AM




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    Burger King employee Kevin Ford never missed a day’s work in the 27 years he spent as a cook at the Las Vegas McCarren airport location of the chain restaurant. So when he arrived at work on the 27thanniversary of his employment and joked around about the time spent working at the company, management scrambled to find a present to thank him for his hard work.


    The present: a string backpack, a movie ticket, a lanyard, a coffee cup, and some candy.


    Ford posted a video of him opening the presents and thanking his coworkers on TikTok and it quickly garnered thousands of views and likes. While some viewers praised his positivity and humility, others viewers online expressed shock and dismay at the small reward he received after his many years of loyalty.


    https://www.tiktok.com/@thekeep777/v...85422143098154


    On the back of the video's success, his daughter Sernya Ford set up a GoFundMe page looking to raise just an additional $200 for him to visit his grandchildren.


    “The man in that video is my father. He has worked at his job for 27 years and yes, he has never missed a day of work,” Ford’s daughter wrote on the GoFundMe page.


    She noted that Ford had originally begun working the job as a single father and has continued to work there due to the health insurance package provided by the company.


    "My dad continues to work here because though he does look young, he is coming up on retirement age, and leaving would cost him his retirement," she wrote, adding "In no way are we asking for money or is he expecting any money but if anyone feels like blessing him he would love to visit his grandchildren."


    But to the family’s surprise, the page raised over $329,000 and was still rising at the time of publication. Some notable donors included actor David Spade, who donated $5,000 and messaged Ford on Instagram wishing him good luck.
    “Enjoy your retirement!” another doner wrote.


    Goodie bags

    After the video and the GoFundme both went viral, Ford was flown out to New York to appear on NBC’s Today show and was reunited with his grandchildren live on television.


    “I haven’t seen my grandkids in over four years, until the other day when ‘The Today Show’ flew me out to New York and I got to see them live on TV,” Ford told Fox11 Los Angeles.


    “I’ve been crying for all these days as it is and of course, I’m crying live on TV again seeing my grandbabies,” he added.


    But even with the money from the GoFundMe page, Ford still has no plans to retire or take a day off for a vacation.


    "You never know, it’s day to day but I haven’t thought of anything to do with that money except to visit my grandkids for a while and maybe put some up for their college, but I’m not even thinking about that," he said. "I’m just working."


    This story was originally featured on Fortune.com
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    The chicks were removed from the nest in order to apply the rings
    Osprey chicks, believed to be the first to have hatched in southern England in 200 years, have been successfully ringed by conservationists.


    The pair hatched in June following a reintroduction programme, which began in Poole Harbour in 2017 with the aim of establishing a breeding population.


    They were removed from their nest to be fitted with information tags.


    Birds of Poole Harbour said they were in "excellent condition and developing well".


    The four-and-a-half-week-old osprey chicks - both thought be female - were each fitted with two rings, with the codes 5H1 and 5H2.


    The charity said that despite being young, both were "very substantial in size", weighing in at 1.6kg (3.5lb) and 1.5kg (3.3lb).


    A single egg remained in the nest but Birds of Poole Harbour said it was not uncommon for the third egg of a clutch not to hatch, particularly in the case of first time breeders.


    During the ringing process, the chicks were carefully removed from the nest for 30 minutes.




    The parents CJ7 (left) and 022 first met last summer.

    In 2017, Birds of Poole Harbour and the Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation began transferring six-week-old chicks from sustainable populations in Scotland.


    Because of the risk of spreading Avian Flu, the project has now postponed plans to move more birds from Scotland to Poole Harbour.


    "Seeing them successfully fledge and eventually leave on migration to West Africa later this summer is our ultimate goal, and this is where we will continue to focus our efforts for the rest of the summer," it added.


    The chicks' parents - CJ7 and 022 - first met last summer, although the male was too young to breed.


    When news of an egg in the nest emerged in April, TV naturalist Chris Packham said it was a "sensational" development.


    The fish-eating birds of prey historically bred across the British Isles but populations drastically declined in the Middle Ages.




    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-62050333

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    A 450-year-old kitchen hidden by a modern conversion has been fully restored at an Elizabethan manor.


    The work was carried out in a previously private part of Athelhampton in Dorset, as part of a three-year restoration programme.


    A modern interior was removed to reveal a massive brick arch over a fireplace, bread ovens and serving hatches.


    Estate manager Owen Davies said the work on the kitchen "recognised its historical importance".


    "It's fabulous - it really brings the house alive as a miniature Hampton Court here in Dorset," he explained.


    The kitchen, dating from 1565, is thought to be one of the oldest in continuous use in the country.




    The restoration carried out by local craftspeople included work on its Purbeck stone floor, as well as strengthening the structure.


    The kitchen, officially opened by Dorset West MP Chris Loder, will now be seen by members of the public on tours of the house and will be used as an educational facility.


    Athelhampton, near Dorchester, is one of England's finest Tudor manors, with a great hall dating back to 1485.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-62094475
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    Where's the urchin for turning the spit?

    Very cool
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    Nuclear war would be enough to plunge the whole world into a ‘Little Ice Age’

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    Nuclear bombs devastated Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945. Researchers warn that a nuclear exchange between two countries today could have dire consequences for the whole world - AP PhotoMore


    A nuclear war between two countries would be enough to plunge the world into a “Little Ice Age”, scientists have warned.


    Researchers found that even nations not involved in the dispute would suffer crop failures and plummeting temperatures, as the soot and smoke from nuclear firestorms thousands of miles away would block out the sun.


    In the first month following nuclear detonation, average global temperatures would plunge by about 13F - a larger temperature change than in the last Ice Age, warned experts from Louisiana State and Rutgers universities.


    As the planet became colder, sea ice would expand by more than six million square miles and 6ft deep in some basins, blocking major ports including Beijing’s Port of Tianjin, Copenhagen and St Petersburg.


    The sea ice would spread into normally ice-free coastal regions, blocking shipping across the Northern Hemisphere - making it difficult to get food and supplies into some cities.


    The sudden drop in light and ocean temperatures, especially from the Arctic to the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans, would kill the marine algae which form the foundation marine food web - creating a famine in the ocean, effectively bringing the fishing industry to a halt.


    'We must do everything we can to avoid nuclear war'

    “It doesn’t matter who is bombing whom, it can be India and Pakistan or Nato and Russia,” said Prof Cheryl Harrison, lead author from Louisiana State University’s Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences.


    “Once the smoke is released into the upper atmosphere, it spreads globally and affects everyone.


    “We must do everything we can to avoid nuclear war. The effects are too likely to be globally catastrophic.”


    The study is the first to gauge the impact of today’s nuclear weapons and simulated the impact of a war between the US and Russia, where 4,400 100 kiloton weapons might be expected. It also looked at the effect of a war between Indian and Pakistan, where around 10 times fewer missiles would be expected.


    Researchers estimated that even the smaller war would see between 11 billion and 103 billion pounds of smoke and soot ejected into the upper atmosphere, blocking out the light from the sun. A war between superpowers could see three times that level.


    Ocean recovery would likely take decades at the surface and hundreds of years at depth, while changes to Arctic sea ice will likely last thousands of years and effectively be a “Nuclear Little Ice Age”.


    'The world simply cannot go down that path'

    “Nuclear warfare results in dire consequences for everyone,” added Alan Robock, co-author and distinguished professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University.


    “World leaders have used our studies previously as an impetus to end the nuclear arms race in the 1980s, and five years ago to pass a treaty in the United Nations to ban nuclear weapons. We hope that this new study will encourage more nations to ratify the ban treaty.


    “A nuclear war would be a significant planetary tipping point. With Russia at war in Ukraine and President Vladimir Putin threatening to use nuclear weapons, these findings are a strong warning that the world simply cannot go down that path.”


    The research was published in the journal AGU Advances.
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    Here's one that I think fall into this category.
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    Highland Games day here in Tobermory today.
    Luckily a dry day, not too hot, and even the odd bits of sunshine.
    I was surprised how many foreign visitors were here- there were four French people in front of me, and two German couples to my left. They were joined by a Belgian couple, who were cheering on a competing Belgian hammer thrower, then a Dutch couple appeared and chatted to the Belgians.
    At the the field there were apparently 40 US members of the Clan MacLean, hosted by the chief, Sir Lachlan. I then got chatting to a kilt wearing Canadian guy at the Tobermory Distillery whisky sampling tent.
    For the last few weeks there has even been a Ukraine registered van in town (pop 900).

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