Thursday, February 27, 2003

The Cup's Waterloo?

Well, it's Waterloo Cup time again, I regret to say. But with a bit of luck it'll be the last one, as hare-coursing will be banned if the Hunting With Dogs Bill manages to fight its way past the House of Lords and into law. I shall now inflict on you a little poem I wrote on the subject - don't worry; it's very short:

Hare today.
Gone tomorrow -
Gone to the dogs.
Dog days?
Hares hoping.

('Fraid I can't be bothered to keep the "current mood" thingies going!)

Monday, February 24, 2003

Yep, I'm still here

Apologies to anyone who fondly believed I'd been got rid of! I see from the paper this week that a couple of young men are up in court in Scotland accused of hunting with dogs (which is now illegal there). No prizes for guessing my views on the matter! Also, I've started reading Richard Adams' autobiography, The Day Gone By. All I can say is that it is written in pure Richard Adams style, with all that that implies. Watership Down fans will almost certainly enjoy it greatly: others might find the style a bit of an acquired taste. Oh, and do have a look at the small photo of John Gifford in there somewhere - he is Hazel!

Current Mood: =:)
Music: George Butterworth, Banks of Green Willow

Friday, February 14, 2003

Fanfare for the Commons Man

And woman, of course... wonder of wonders, Parliament has done something useful, by accepting an amendment to the Hunting Bill that would outlaw hare hunting with hounds as well as coursing (and stag hunting). The Times reports that there are 70 registered beagle and harrier packs in Britain. Not for much longer! I'm sure the House of Lords will try its darndest to block this, but with a bit of luck it should make it into the final Act.

Current Mood: =8D
Music: The Beatles, I Feel Fine

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Spanish practices

What is it about Spain, for God's sake? Every time I look up, there's another story about some appalling bit of cruelty to animals. Today's jolly installment concerns greyhounds considered inadequate for hare coursing. It's bad enough that hare coursing should be considered a "sport" in the first place, but in Spain it appears that "inadequate" greyhounds are hanged alive, sometimes deliberately with their hind legs on the ground so that they have a slower and more painful death. The link below is from Planet Ark, and the words themselves are from Reuters, so it should be pretty accurate.

Current Mood: =>:(
Music: Elton John, Jack Rabbit

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Castle in the Hare?

Been having a look at the website of Britfur, which all being well is going to be the first full-scale furcon in Britain, in just about two years from now. Not a lot on the site yet, and I somehow suspect that their recommended resolution of 1034x768 is a typo, but one thing that is mentioned is a possible location: a place called Peckforton Castle, in the wilds of Cheshire. Here's a map of the area from - zoom in twice on the northern end of the Peckforton Hills to see the actual castle marked. Also might be worth having a look at the Mascot competition if you're more artistically inclined than me (which isn't hard!)

Current Mood: =:}
[quietly intrigued]
Music: Nikas, Bein' Furry

Thursday, February 06, 2003

Hare today... rabbit tomorrow?

An excellent website I've just discovered (well, via someone else's links page...) is The Dancing Hare, which describes itself as "A Celebration of the Mystical Lapine". Despite not going into a huge amount of detail, it does cover a lot of different lagomorphic myths from around the world... and yes, Watership Down is mentioned, and described (rightly) as "the pinnacle of modern Rabbit mythology" - in fact, the picture used for the "Modern Lore" section that contains it is that of El-ahrairah from the first part of the Nepenthe film! A thoroughly recommended site, despite its apparent lack of updates in the last year. All rabbits should read this, and be proud!

Current Mood: =|D
Music: ABBA, Dancing Queen

Wednesday, February 05, 2003

For shame, Texas

I see on the BBC Online site that Jackie Elliott, who was born in the UK, has been executed in Texas for the rape and murder of a woman. Regardless of whether he was actually guilty - and the fact that there is doubt ought to have stopped the execution on its own (the family's Conservative British MP, John Gummer, even says the case would not have reached the courts over here) - it's deeply depressing that in the 21st century one of the most advanced nations on earth still believes that killing people is an acceptable form of justice. I mean, here's the list of the top 10 users of the death penalty:

China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, United States, Taiwan, Sierra Leone, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Belarus and Kyrgistan.

Barbaric doesn't begin to cover it - and no, the fact that Mr Elliott might himself have been barbaric does not make it okay for the state to be so in return. I'll stop now before the anger overtakes me.

Current Mood: =:(
Music: Oasis, Cast No Shadow

Tuesday, February 04, 2003

Furries for Firman!

Brilliant news from Formula One - the last free seat, at Jordan, is to be filled by British driver Ralph Firman. As it says here, he nipped in after previous favourite Felipe Massa couldn't raise the necessary sponsorship. Four Brits on the grid this year - I don't think we've had that for a while. If this was one of they trendy Livejournal thingies, I'd be doing a "mood: thrilled" here! Actually, who needs LJ? Look at this:

Current Mood: =8D
Music: The Kinks, Apeman

D-I-Y addons, folks! Ya can't beat 'em! Next week we'll be showing you how to set up a complete news server with just a length of string and a washing-up bottle. No, wait, that's BT Openworld, isn't it...? =;)

Sunday, February 02, 2003

I think I'm going to be sick...

There are people (if one can call them that) on eBay advertising "Space Shuttle debris". I really don't know what to say. I'm pleased to see that eBay are taking down the auctions as fast as they can, but I hope these revolting bastards get every book in the place thrown at them. Ugh.