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So, you might recall the Zombie elephant. Today, this happened. Fingers crossed she recovers.
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This is not a post on the recent American health care bill. Because I do not have the five hours it would require me to write it nor a week for dealing with discussion (I am still woefully behind with previous discussions!)

However, today has confirmed in my mind that I am reasonably and happily moderate. Because today I burst out laughing at both an International Socialist wearing Converse and smoking Dunhills, and at a Tea Party aficionado assuring me that they would rather die than let the government into their home -- over the internet.

In other news, Scrap the kitten is still doing well. And Mr Shuffles the Zombie Elephant now has a new official name -- Pathi Harn, Thai for miracle. Bless his wrinkly little brain-sucking heart.

I also have a new career plan. I am going to make a cape and find some shiny tights and become a Super Hero. My name will be The Reasoner and my Mission will be travelling the world slapping stupid people.

Actually, that sounds too much like hard work. I'm going back to writing and will try to fit in a bit of satire now and then. Far easier!



blamebrampton: 15th century woodcut of a hound (Default)
This is not a post on the recent American health care bill. Because I do not have the five hours it would require me to write it nor a week for dealing with discussion (I am still woefully behind with previous discussions!)

However, today has confirmed in my mind that I am reasonably and happily moderate. Because today I burst out laughing at both an International Socialist wearing Converse and smoking Dunhills, and at a Tea Party aficionado assuring me that they would rather die than let the government into their home -- over the internet.

In other news, Scrap the kitten is still doing well. And Mr Shuffles the Zombie Elephant now has a new official name -- Pathi Harn, Thai for miracle. Bless his wrinkly little brain-sucking heart.

I also have a new career plan. I am going to make a cape and find some shiny tights and become a Super Hero. My name will be The Reasoner and my Mission will be travelling the world slapping stupid people.

Actually, that sounds too much like hard work. I'm going back to writing and will try to fit in a bit of satire now and then. Far easier!



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Mr B: You know what they say about people who drink limoncello out of Moomin mugs!
Me: Their stinky partners put all the shot glasses on the top shelf?

Does anyone know of a good hotel in Melbourne that either has rooms or suites with free internet, room safes and a bath at anything up to A$300 a night, AND economy rooms at $100 a night, or else has the same qualities as the first set and is right near somewhere nice that fits the last criterion? Treacle and I are going to Melbourne together, and we have different needs!

I am putting my nose back to the grindstone now and will emerge properly in a few days. [livejournal.com profile] feralcheryl , I found some linen several weeks late. You still sewing?

ETA: For those requiring more regular Zombie Elephant hits, here's the update website. He wasn't out and about today, so I didn't go to the zoo. Next week!
blamebrampton: 15th century woodcut of a hound (Default)
Mr B: You know what they say about people who drink limoncello out of Moomin mugs!
Me: Their stinky partners put all the shot glasses on the top shelf?

Does anyone know of a good hotel in Melbourne that either has rooms or suites with free internet, room safes and a bath at anything up to A$300 a night, AND economy rooms at $100 a night, or else has the same qualities as the first set and is right near somewhere nice that fits the last criterion? Treacle and I are going to Melbourne together, and we have different needs!

I am putting my nose back to the grindstone now and will emerge properly in a few days. [livejournal.com profile] feralcheryl , I found some linen several weeks late. You still sewing?

ETA: For those requiring more regular Zombie Elephant hits, here's the update website. He wasn't out and about today, so I didn't go to the zoo. Next week!
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Mr Shuffles, Sydney's favourite zombie baby elephant (see previous post), continued his career of attempting to Freak Everyone Out today by deciding to fall into deep water. Mum and aunties and zookeepers all intervened very neatly. I defy anyone to watch that video and not be as charmed by elephants as I am. And yes, I know they are wild animals and have come across a number out in the wild when Dad and I did our overland through East Africa trip. But even big bloody African ones are fascinating, and the sort of animal you hope to negotiate shared space with, and ideally can.
blamebrampton: 15th century woodcut of a hound (Default)
Mr Shuffles, Sydney's favourite zombie baby elephant (see previous post), continued his career of attempting to Freak Everyone Out today by deciding to fall into deep water. Mum and aunties and zookeepers all intervened very neatly. I defy anyone to watch that video and not be as charmed by elephants as I am. And yes, I know they are wild animals and have come across a number out in the wild when Dad and I did our overland through East Africa trip. But even big bloody African ones are fascinating, and the sort of animal you hope to negotiate shared space with, and ideally can.
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Very busy and exhausting week this one, I'll be glad when it is done! I suspect I have only made it through without committing homicide thanks to Beethoven and Sigur Ros on the iPod (I like my angst orchestral). Sigh. Though it looks as though I am about to inherit a new mag to do a rescue job on, which will be fun!

The BIG news in Sydney this week is our Zombie Baby Elephant. There are a group of Thai elephants at Taronga Zoo who are the source of many inches of copy in local publications, both for and against. On the whole, I prefer my elephants in the wild. However, given the choice between harbourside setting and used as industrial power source in Thailand, harbourside is better. A lot of money has been put into the Taronga enclosure and a lot of support staff, too. Having visited a number of elephant sanctuaries in Africa and Asia, the Sydney set up is not bad.

All of which is preamble to this week's events. One of the elephant cows was pregnant and expected to give birth last week. She went into labour, but nothing happened. After several days of this, she was given an ultrasound, and the calf was found to be upside down in a position that meant it could not be born successfully. Worse, it was showing absolutely no signs of life. It was announced the calf had died, and the vets, like the other elephants, relaxed and stopped shadowing the mother, as stillborn calves can take weeks and months to finally be delivered (elephants, like kangaroos, have complex and fascinating reproductive systems.)

Very early yesterday morning, a keeper went in to check on the mother. She was looking a bit stunned, and the keeper noticed blood on her leg, so assumed she had delivered the dead calf. She saw a lump and went over to check. The lump raised his little head. The keeper, who I imagine had a minor freakout at that point, started calling for vets and help and went over to give assistance to the newborn. Mum elephant has allowed the keepers and vets to help get the baby up and about, and, despite being poorly, baby has been walking unaided and suckling, so may even survive long term!

People are calling it a miracle elephant, but obviously it is a Zombie and will be using that prehensile trunk for the new and improved brain extraction through ears method. It's damn cute, though, take a look: 


In other news, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to [livejournal.com profile] powerflower11 , and for yesterday to [livejournal.com profile] absdax  and [livejournal.com profile] lilliputian722 . I hope you all have the luck of a Taronga elephant and an absolute absence of the undead! Well, Abs can have Ianto, but that's it!

Oh, and re my last post: I should have known that a warning of  'OH GOD THIS IS AWFUL DO NOT READ' would see you lot clicking in droves.
blamebrampton: 15th century woodcut of a hound (Default)
Very busy and exhausting week this one, I'll be glad when it is done! I suspect I have only made it through without committing homicide thanks to Beethoven and Sigur Ros on the iPod (I like my angst orchestral). Sigh. Though it looks as though I am about to inherit a new mag to do a rescue job on, which will be fun!

The BIG news in Sydney this week is our Zombie Baby Elephant. There are a group of Thai elephants at Taronga Zoo who are the source of many inches of copy in local publications, both for and against. On the whole, I prefer my elephants in the wild. However, given the choice between harbourside setting and used as industrial power source in Thailand, harbourside is better. A lot of money has been put into the Taronga enclosure and a lot of support staff, too. Having visited a number of elephant sanctuaries in Africa and Asia, the Sydney set up is not bad.

All of which is preamble to this week's events. One of the elephant cows was pregnant and expected to give birth last week. She went into labour, but nothing happened. After several days of this, she was given an ultrasound, and the calf was found to be upside down in a position that meant it could not be born successfully. Worse, it was showing absolutely no signs of life. It was announced the calf had died, and the vets, like the other elephants, relaxed and stopped shadowing the mother, as stillborn calves can take weeks and months to finally be delivered (elephants, like kangaroos, have complex and fascinating reproductive systems.)

Very early yesterday morning, a keeper went in to check on the mother. She was looking a bit stunned, and the keeper noticed blood on her leg, so assumed she had delivered the dead calf. She saw a lump and went over to check. The lump raised his little head. The keeper, who I imagine had a minor freakout at that point, started calling for vets and help and went over to give assistance to the newborn. Mum elephant has allowed the keepers and vets to help get the baby up and about, and, despite being poorly, baby has been walking unaided and suckling, so may even survive long term!

People are calling it a miracle elephant, but obviously it is a Zombie and will be using that prehensile trunk for the new and improved brain extraction through ears method. It's damn cute, though, take a look: 


In other news, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to [livejournal.com profile] powerflower11 , and for yesterday to [livejournal.com profile] absdax  and [livejournal.com profile] lilliputian722 . I hope you all have the luck of a Taronga elephant and an absolute absence of the undead! Well, Abs can have Ianto, but that's it!

Oh, and re my last post: I should have known that a warning of  'OH GOD THIS IS AWFUL DO NOT READ' would see you lot clicking in droves.

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