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‘Blackfish’

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Today I finally got around to watching ‘Blackfish’ which is currently causing a stir in all the right reasons or wrong (whichever way you’d like to look at it), I would personally say for all the right reasons as it’s been raising awareness of such a barbaric business since it’s release. For those that haven’t seen it ‘Blackfish’ is a powerful documentary/film about the Killer Whales at ‘Seaworld’ in Orlando, Florida and how these amazing animals can suddenly turn aggressive, causing serious harm and even death to the trainers that work closely with them. Namely following one particular one called Tilikum.

A lot of stories that came back out of the woodwork were covered up by ‘Seaworld’, obviously to protect their wealth. As you can imagine they must make millions each year by attracting the public to view their displays. Of course it’s a success because we as humans show a desire to be up close to amazing creatures like Killer Whales and many others.

I myself have watched Dolphin shows in Barcelona and swam with Sea Lions in Spain but that in itself could have potentially gone wrong at any moment as Sea Lions can give a nasty bite and their muscley bodies give an indication to how strong they are. All animals are unpredictable and I think people tend to forget that. We don’t know what’s going through their minds.

The emotional torture the Orcas go through is beyond belief. Originally they were captured from the wild and their babies were their main targets because they would be easy to transport and train. They sent boats after them and because the Whales knew what was happening they devised a plan and split up. The males would swim one way to cause a distraction while the females swam in a different direction with their babies staying underwater for as long as possible to avoid being seen. Unfortunately they couldn’t stay underwater forever and when they eventually came up for air they were found by planes that were sent out to direct the boats towards them.

They would be captured by nets in an area with no escape and a baby would be taken from them. As Killer Whales are highly emotional mammals, capable of emotions more complex than humans they were desperately communicating with each other during the ordeal. They build very strong bonds with each other and will suffer grief at the loss of a loved one. One man in the film choked up as he explained that he felt like he was kidnapping a child from its mother. On one occasion they had ended up with 3 dead Orca’s in their nets and were ordered to cut them open and fill them with rocks to sink them.

There are many ridiculous stories but that one will always stick in my mind. ‘Seaworld’ were given the chance to have their say but refused and because the film has made such an impact they have appealed. I know there are two sides to every story but I’m not the slightest bit interested to hear what they have to say. They’re business is despicable and needs to close down along with other similar establishments.

I would like to say well done to all of the former trainers, directors and other staff that came forward to help film the documentary/film, they deserve respect for sharing their stories which must have been hard to talk about. People need to know the truth, ‘Seaworld’ can not carry on treating the Whales like they do and lying and covering up things. Thank you to those who put ‘Blackfish’ together, it has opened the eyes of the naive (through no fault of their own) and confirmed suspicions for those of us that already suspected something dodgy.

What I have written about is just a snippet of what went on in the film so I would recommend that if you care a great deal about animals and don’t like to be kept in the dark to watch this detailed and well researched documentary/film. The whole thing made me angry and heartbroken but I’m glad I watched it. I could go on and on but the only way to gain a true perspective is to watch it for yourselves. Last but not least my condolences go out to the families and friends of the trainers that lost their lives while working with the Killer Whales.

‘Blackfish’ has been broadcasted on T.V but is also available on iTunes, DVD and Blu ray.

Facebook page ‘Blackfish’

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Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

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Being a big cat lover I was excited to hear about a new business idea by Lauren Pears. She plans to open a cat cafe in London. I had never heard of such a thing before, but apparently it’s very popular in Japan. Basically it’s a place you can go for tea and cakes and a chance to interact with lovely felines while you’re there. This is a great idea for anyone who can’t keep cats for themselves because landlords won’t allow it. This particularly appeals to me as I can’t risk getting a cat before I move to a flat in fear of this exact reason. I would love nothing more than to be able to devote my spare time to my favourite animal.

As an animal lover I’m constantly worrying about the welfare of animals within the environment of various collections. But I have no concern whatsoever about the welfare of the cats in the care of this establishment. Lauren insists that the welfare of the cats is of up most importance and I can imagine that the animals will absolutely love all the attention from visitors to the cafe once it is up and running. The business will also offer customers the chance to adopt a cat which will help with the running costs of their care.

Lauren is currently working towards raising money to make her dream a reality. She has already received a lot of press which has so far helped raise over £13,000. This is where you can help! If you would like to donate to ‘Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium’ then just click on the link which will take you to Lauren’s indiegogo page. If you are strapped for cash but still want to help then spread the word… re-blog my post or write your own, advertise it on your social networking sites and go share some love by liking and leaving messages of support on the facebook and twitter pages. In the mean time take a look at the video which explains everything.

Sucked in!

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Well I’ve done exactly what I said I wouldn’t do and made a Pinterest account. As if I wasn’t wasting enough time on various sites I now have that extra worry about finding that perfect picture to add to my boards. So now I’m probably looking a little bit stupid after slating social networking sites on a previous blog post entitled ‘To Pinterest or not to Pinterest’ and considering I now use facebook a lot more since I wrote that blog too.

I only joined late last night but already have an impressive array of pictures of ‘True Blood’, ‘the Vampire Diaries’ and Les Miserables cast members. The best thing is I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing. So if you are even remotely interested you can check out my pinterest page HERE and if any of you are using pinterest please leave a link to your page in the comments below.

The Art of Matt Dixon

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The work of this artist really caught my eye while I strolled around browsing at the London Film and Comic Con stalls. Digital art never used to interest me as I used to dabble in acrylic paint myself. It’s only now I see that digital art is just as effective. I would describe Matt Dixon’s art as alternative, quirky and incredibly sexy. His pieces range from sci-fi monsters/robots to fantasy creatures and pin-ups. Matt also designs illustrations for children’s books. His attention to detail and use of colour is amazing, not to mention his imagination. I will definitely follow this artist and maybe even learn a little more about digital art.

Matt Dixon has a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ArtOfMattDixon

To Pinterest or not to Pinterest

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It all began with MySpace back in the day, it was fun, it was exciting, and then it changed, went downhill and everyone lost interest. It currently has an incredible amount of abandoned profiles, in fact I recently deleted two accounts because I hadn’t been on there for 3 years after trying to unsuccessfully revive my interest for the network. Then there was Facebook and we all hailed the genius that is Mark Zuckerberg. It was great, people were finding long-lost friends and family and all was good in the world of social networking. But as the years pass the novelty is wearing off… I mean who wants to know if someone has just eaten Perry Perry chicken for dinner or just popped to the shops for some sugar!  Then you get a friend request from someone you hardly knew at school who made your life a living hell while you were there. Facebook is a bizarre place. It was the last straw for me when they made the last lot of changes, I really don’t see why it’s so necessary to keep making all these changes… if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

Then along came twitter… a place where you send out short paragraphs on a regular basis read by strangers with the meaningless drivel that you usually put in a Facebook status. So now even more people can read what you’re having for dinner or what time you’re going to bed. Twitter was recently trending R.I.P Facebook to which tweeters were concerned that all the idiots from facebook would convert to twitter. But I’m sure they were there already.

Now we have a new social networking site (as if we haven’t got enough already) in the format of an on-line pin board called Pinterest. From what I can gather the whole idea is that you post pictures that you find on-line that takes your interest to share with others who then comment on them. I heard on the news the other day that there may be an issue of copyright involved with using the pictures on google etc which is completely understandable. Posting Images that you haven’t obtained permission to use is something that Facebook has tried to deter in the past although people still do it. I personally think that Pinterest is a nice idea but it’s completely pointless. Isn’t that what we already do in blogs or reposting pictures on Facebook and twitter? It just looks like someone else is trying to cash in on a new site in hope that they could have the same success Mark Zuckerberg had. I may possibly pass on this one.