Friday, April 29, 2011
Animal lovers should stop calling their furry or feathered friends “pets” because the term is insulting, leading academics claim.
Domestic dogs, cats, hamsters or budgerigars should be rebranded as “companion animals” while owners should be known as “human carers”, they insist.
Even terms such as wildlife are dismissed as insulting to the animals concerned – who should instead be known as “free-living”, the academics including an Oxford professor suggest.
The call comes from the editors of then Journal of Animal Ethics, a new academic publication devoted to the issue.
It is edited by the Revd Professor Andrew Linzey, a theologian and director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, who once received an honorary degree from the Archbishop of Canterbury for his work promoting the rights of “God’s sentient creatures”.
In its first editorial, the journal – jointly published by Prof Linzey’s centre and the University of Illinois in the US – condemns the use of terms such as ”critters” and “beasts”.
It argues that “derogatory” language about animals can affect the way that they are treated.
“Despite its prevalence, ‘pets’ is surely a derogatory term both of the animals concerned and their human carers,” the editorial claims.
“Again the word ‘owners’, whilst technically correct in law, harks back to a previous age when animals were regarded as just that: property, machines or things to use without moral constraint.”
It goes on: “We invite authors to use the words ‘free-living’, ‘free-ranging’ or ‘free-roaming’ rather than ‘wild animals’
“For most, ‘wildness’ is synonymous with uncivilised, unrestrained, barbarous existence.
“There is an obvious prejudgment here that should be avoided.”
Prof Linzey and his co-editor Professor Priscilla Cohn, of Penn State University in the US, also hope to see some of the more colourful terms in the English language stamped out.
Phrases such as “sly as a fox, “eat like a pig” or “drunk as a skunk” are all unfair to animals, they claim.
“We shall not be able to think clearly unless we discipline ourselves to use less than partial adjectives in our exploration of animals and our moral relations with them," they say.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Extract from German Naval Records!
For naval recruits read Howe Juniors!
Ill-treatment of naval recruits
One prisoner stated that in 1935 an Oberleutnant zur See (Lieutenant) Brutzer was in charge of the training of recruits at Wilhelmshaven. This man stated to have twisted the ears and pulled the noses of recruits to such an extent that many of then had to be taken to hospital. After repeated complaints, this man was transferred to the German Air Force where he was immediately made a Captain and subsequently distinguished himself in Spain and elsewhere.
We were lucky then!
Friday, April 22, 2011
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Jeannie and Jean at Durdle Door
Man O War Bay
The Newsletter 52 is now online with the new flip version which is just like a book, complete with sound effects. I had to click to enlarge but that was on my Mac...
Sun disappeared here in Dorset but as I am working indoors so I am not bothered.... clearing up after a packed two days with my grandchildren - photos taken last week whilst friends from Norfolk were visiting.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
> > Answers given by 2nd year school children to the following questions:
> > Why did God make mothers?
> 1. She's the only one who knows where the selotape is.
> 2. Mostly to clean the house.
> 3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.
> How did God make mothers?
> 1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
> 2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
> 3. God made my mum just the same like he made me. He just used bigger
> Why did God give you your mother and not some other mum?
> 1. We're related.
> 2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's mum like me.
> What kind of a little girl was your mum?
> 1. My mum has always been my mum and none of that other stuff.
> 2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
> 3. They say she used to be nice.
> What did mum need to know about dad before she married him?
> 1. His last name.
> 2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get
> drunk on beer?
> 3. Does he make at least £8000 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES
> to chores?
> Why did your mum marry your dad?
> 1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mum eats a lot.
> 2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
> 3. My grandma says that mum didn't have her thinking cap on.
> Who's the boss at your house?
> 1. Mum doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such an idiot.
> 2. Mum. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
> 3. I guess mum is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.
> What's the difference between mums and dads?
> 1. Mums work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
> 2. Mums know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
> 3. Dads are taller and stronger, but mums have all the real power
> 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your
> 4. Mums have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.
> What does your mum do in her spare time?
> 1. Mothers don't do spare time.
> 2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.
> What would it take to make your mum perfect?
> 1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of
> plastic surgery.
> 2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.
> If you could change one thing about your mum, what would it be?
> 1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get
> rid of that.
> 2. I'd make my mum smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who
> did it not me.
> 3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back
> of her head.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
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Monday, April 04, 2011
Our Lady of York has booked a week in June in a caravan at the East Yorkshire resort of Tunstall. To capture the holiday in a caravan spirit, here is a picture of the caravan park clubhouse before it falls into the sea. Four weeks ago it was two hundred yards from the beech! Sorry Eileen, I know I have been winding you up about this over the phone but we have had a good laugh all round. x
Sunday, April 03, 2011
Well my adventures in the Campervan were called short when I broke down on the A3 Guildford on Friday en route to London.... I love the AA - three vans turned up and then I had to be relayed back to Dorset as it could not be repaired at the roadside - wish I had thought of taking a photo :( Anyone see me.... we hit all the Friday traffic on the A31, hey ho! Thanks goodness I have relay ... years of paying the high premium has eventually been useful.
Drove back up yesterday to that neck of the woods as was babysitting and cannot let folk down...... do you think it was PRS that gave us that strong sense of responsibility or is it our generation. And what did we do before the mobile phone, had loads of people to contact,the AA, the campsite, my family etc etc
I will take a photo when the van is better, needs new water pump and cam belt... anyone else got a 10 year old VW van, I want to know what will go next.
This photo was taken in the Mendips last week before it became poorly and lost all its coolant.
Saturday, April 02, 2011
And as bonus as well as Keith - you get the Beach Boys