Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Thursday, 20 April 2017
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Tewkesbury Town Council to set up panel to determine if a visiting cat is a health and safety issue!
Mayor Karen Brennan said:
"An office is somewhere for business to be transacted and we don't need a cat around - there are issues of health and safety, insurance, security."
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Sunday, 9 April 2017
On April 9th in 1963, Winston Churchill became the second person to become an Honorary Citizen of the United States, although this was the first time Congress had resolved that it was to be bestowed by the President of the United States, on a foreign national – he was granted citizenship of eight individual states as a prelude :- Hawaii, Maryland, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia. Winston Churchill Day commemorates this event.
This honour was bestowed upon him by the 35th President of the United States – John F Kennedy, although Churchill was not present himself at the ceremony, his son and grandson were there for him. It had been hoped Churchill would not only witness the event on television – which he did with his wife – but would be able to respond. Problems with a relay station in Cornwall prevented this.
Tuesday, 4 April 2017
The Royal Mint is bolstering the coin collection it issued last year to mark the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth with a special UK release featuring Peter Rabbit followed by Benjamin Bunny, Tom Kitten and Jeremy Fisher.
The printed colour designs on the silver proof 50p coins have been created to capture the hand-painted style of Potter's original illustrations.
Monday, 3 April 2017
The Telegraph reports that new research from Oregon State University, published on Friday in Behavioural Processes, concludes that cats enjoy human contact more than eating.
Dispelling the rumour that cats are antisocial and the only love they show is cupboard love, they subjected cats to a series of tests to prove what they choose in different situations.
The researchers took 50 cats from shelters and peoples homes and deprived them of food, human contact, scent and toys for a few hours.
They then introduced them to stimuli within these four categories to see what they chose.
Most cats chose human socialisation over any of the other categories.
The authors of the study wrote:
"While it has been suggested that cat sociality exists on a continuum, perhaps skewed toward independency, we have found that 50% of cats tested preferred interaction with the social stimulus even though they had a direct choice between social interaction with a human and their other most preferred stimuli from the three other stimulus categories."Hmm, I must tell Rosie this!