My Pandas

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The Opening Ceremony of the Olympics156 views
155 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!
153 views23rd April is the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare. Having been spurned by Tian Tian, his prospective pandamour, Yang Guang, has decided to audition for the Royal Shakesbeare Company’s production of Hamlet to help him get over his despair. However, whether the world’s quite ready for such a black and white interpretation of the Beard of Avon’s tragic hero remains to be seen!
The Queen visits the Chelsea Flower Show151 views
151 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!
150 views'We're dreaming of a black and white Christmas!'
150 viewsYang Guang, Edinburgh Zoo’s gorgeous male panda, celebrates his 10th birthday on 14th August. He was born in Mongolia and, in March 2011, in preparation for his journey to Scotland, he joined Tian Tian (Edinburgh’s female panda) at the Bifengxia Panda Base, near the town of Ya’An, a beautiful part of China surrounded by mountains, rivers, green plants and colourful flowers.
Last year, Yang was given all sorts of treats for his birthday, including bamboo boxes flavoured with his favourite honey and a cake in the shape of a panda’s head.

However, while he immediately tucked into the bamboo with great relish, (after all, a panda can never have enough bamboo!), Yang wasn’t particularly interested in his birthday cake, made from healthy panda-friendly ingredients, (perhaps what he really wanted was a chocolate one with icing and candles!), though I’m quite sure that he eventually demolished it later in the day.

I'm really looking forward to finding out what surprises Yang Guang’s keepers have in store for his tenth birthday when Yang, and not Tian Tian, will be the centre of attention for a change.
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