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298 viewsTian Tian and Mei Xiang wanted to do something on 1st May to celebrate the arrival of spring, but neither of them fancied getting up at dawn to wash their faces in the May dew, as that would mean less sleep, or maypole dancing, as that would mean exerting themselves! They settled, instead, on being crowned King and Queen of the May and I think you’ll agree that they make a regal-looking pair!
254 viewsTraditionally, the first of May is the day we're supposed to rise at dawn to wash our faces in the May dew. This is because people used to believe that the dew had magical properties and so anyone who washed in it would have a beautiful complexion for the rest of the year! (Nowadays, most people simply use one of the myriads of potions on offer to keep their skin looking good or may even resort to the more drastic option of Botox!) However, this little panda, who's delighted to have been crowned Queen of the May, can have a long lie on this special day as she couldn't look any cuter or more beautiful if she tried!
On Mother's Day with love264 viewsThis year, Mei Xiang, the Smithsonian National Zoo's female panda, will have a double cause for celebration on Mother's Day as Bao Bao, aged 2, will have Bei Bei, her six months old baby brother to help her spoil their Mom. I was lucky enough to be in Washington a few weeks ago and was enchanted by the antics of all four pandas. Anyone who thinks panda are boring should take a trip to DC!
On Mother's Day, With Love275 viewsThis year, Mother's Day was a very special one for the Smithsonian's National Zoo as their female panda, Mei Xiang, celebrated it with her seven-month old cub, Bao Bao. I was in Washington in February to see this newest addition to America's First Panda Family and, if anything, she's even cuter than she looks in this photo. I think you'll agree there's no better way to tell your mom you love her than with a rose and a great big kiss!
279 viewsMale pandas, whether living in the wild or in captivity, aren't involved in the care of their cubs nor do they even get to meet them. The only exception is the male in this happy family group who appears to realise the significance of what's being recorded for posterity in this portrait specially commissioned for Father's Day!
276 views14th July is Bastille Day, commemorating the storming of the Bastille in 1789, an action which started the French Revolution. The Bastille symbolised the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis XVI's Ancien Régime and by capturing it, the people were signalling that the king's power was no longer absolute and, henceforth, they would have a say in how the country would be run.

The day was declared the French national day, or la fête nationale, on 6th July 1880 and, nowadays, 14th July is a mix of pomp, ceremony and fun. All sorts of events take place across the country, including a military parade along the Champs Elysées and a spectacular firework display at the Trocadéro, which thousands flock to watch from the Champs de Mar and from various vantage points across the city. As they want to impress their friends on Facebook, two pandas have taken a 'selfie' in front of the Eiffel Tower, the night sky behind them lit up with a myriad of amazing technicoloured pyrotechnics!
253 viewsThe Queen's Baton Relay, a much loved tradition of the Commonwealth Games, symbolises the coming together of all Commonwealth nations and territories in preparation for the four-yearly festival of sport and culture.
On 9th October 2013, the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay was launched at Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty the Queen who placed her message to the Commonwealth, inscribed on a parchment handmade in Glasgow from linen and plant fibre, inside the baton. Over the next 288 days, the baton was set to visit 70 nations and territories, covering 190,000 kilometres and involving a third of the world's population.
Unlike the Olympic torch, there is only one Queen's baton. This year's embodies Scotland's culture, history and innovation in its design and construction. The titanium lattice framework takes its inspiration from Glasgow's rich industrial heritage and the elm wood handle was sourced from the grounds of Garrison House on Cumbrae. Each Commonwealth nation and territory has been given a granite gemstone housed at the top of the baton, the granite coming from Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Clyde.
Thousands of special memories have already been created on the journey across continents, terrains and time zones. From Sydney Harbour Bridge to the forests of Rwanda, from Pacific Islands to the Rocky Mountains of Canada, the baton has showcased each nation and territory in the Commonwealth.
The baton entered the final straight of its journey on 14th June when it arrived in Scotland and, over the next 40 days, 4,000 proud batonbearers will carry it the length and breadth of the country, taking it to 400 villages, towns and cities, the baton travelling 4,000 metres in the process. Finally, on 23rd July, thousands of people, including my husband and me, will welcome the baton to the XX Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony in Glasgow, where Her Majesty The Queen will read aloud her message to the Commonwealth.
As you can see, even giant pandas want to be part of this very special experience and my only concern is that the proud panda selected to carry the baton might decide to eat it instead of passing it on to the next batonbearer!
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