My Pandas

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169 viewsAs the canine world waits eagerly to discover which breed will be crowned Best in Show at Crufts, could this strange new breed - the pandog - be in with a chance!Mar 07, 2015
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155 viewsEveryone knows the power of advertising, especially when incredibly cute animals are concerned. My favourite advert of all time has to be the one for Kit-Kat (I must admit that the Harvey one comes a very close second) when a photographer, having waited for several hours to photograph some pandas in a zoo, decides to take a break. However, as soon as he turns his back to enjoy his favourite chocolate biscuit, the pandas come out of their cave and perform an impressive dance routine, disappearing just as quickly the moment he resumes his watch. This is my version of the popular advert.Oct 12, 2014
172 viewsAs the world waits to see if the birth of the United Kingdom's first panda cub is about to become a reality, I thought I'd share with you my favourite photo of Tai Shan, the Smithsonian National Zoo's first panda cub, taken on the day he made his public debut in 2005. Aug 31, 2014
161 viewsFor 288 days, the Queen's Baton travelled round the world, visiting 70 nations and territories, covering 190,000 kilometres and involving a third of the world's population. On 23rd July it finally arrived at Celtic Park where Her Majesty the Queen read her message to the Commonwealth, which she had placed inside the baton on 9th October 2013, and declared the XX Commonwealth Games open. People of all ages and from all walks of life have carried the baton, but I think you'd have to agree that this panda is by far the most unusual!
Jul 22, 2014
147 viewsIf you think it's highly unlikely that a giant panda could ever get his paws on the famous claret jug, a golden bear and a tiger have both done it, so why not a panda? Jul 18, 2014
177 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!
Jul 13, 2014
158 viewsOn the fourth of July, Americans all over the world celebrate Independence Day - the historic day, in 1776, when the USA gained independence from Great Britain. Each year, this most American of holidays is marked with parades, concerts, firework displays, picnics and the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner and stirring patriotic marches by John Philip de Sousa.
If you believe in coincidences, here's an amazing one. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, two of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1776, both went on to become President of the United States and then both died on 4th July 1826 - exactly 50 years after the adoption of the American Declaration of Independence.
Naturally, the nation's capital, Washington, is one of the places to be on Independence Day, the Capitol and the Monument forming a spectacular backdrop to the day's festivities. Although America's First Pandas are, of course, Chinese citizens, they always celebrate their adoptive country's special day and where better than watching the firework display in front of the Capitol!
Jul 02, 2014
156 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!
Jun 26, 2014
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185 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! Jun 13, 2014
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