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      29.04.2009 21:28
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      The most contradictory statistic I know is that only 3% of Chinese people actually use Chinese medicine, the second is that 87% of animal abusers are classed as animal lovers, the people that have pets. Strangers tend not to kick the neighbours cat. In recession that statistic gets a whole lot worse and we have already seen a 60% rise in the abandonment of domestic pets to Britain's streets and the local charity pounds, up from 7,347 in 2007 to 11,586 dumped last year, according to the RSPCA. It seems when moneys tight animal lovers would rather surrender their dogs and cats than fags and booze in certain households. There's no social class breakdown on who handed over or abandoned their pets although you would expect its poorer people in the economic downturn, which is at least an effort to try and get care for the pets. According to the same Daily Mail article some 1,432 have given up their pets in the first two months of 2009. There is a twenty grand fine for animal cruelty by British citizens if proven although it's unsure if labs like Huntingdon and charities like the RSPCA (see below) can also be fined for the killing of animals for unwarranted and purely financial reasons.

      An American animal rights charity has been accused of slaughtering thousands of pets in their care. People for the Ethical Care of Animals, which has big name celebrities like Paul McCartney and Pamela Anderson on board, allegedly found only seven homes for seven pets last year, a one-in-three hundred success rate. According to a report in The Times these guys have received around 20,000 animals into their care since 1998 but rarely housed any, the point of the charity. Ten years later they were up to 2,212 animals killed by them a year. On average they were killing five animals a day and because they don't run adoption shelters the grubbier the pet the less chance it would see the day out in their cages, all very grim considering it's supposed to be a refuge from animal haters. PETA go out of their way to demonise society for being cruel to animals through these celebrity voices yet spend little of the money on saving the poor beasts. Ricky Gervais, the latest animal lover on board the campaign, doesn't mention the charities kill ratio in his act or promotional literature for the charity, up there with the US Army for body count! Celebs Love to harangue people wearing fur coats but don't seem to actually go to these animal centres and discover if they are just a money making scam. In the charities defence they said half of what they receive are stray cats and dogs that are wild and unsocialised.

      Alas other animal charities fair little better on that kill ratio. The RSPCA survive purely on donations, an impressive £100 million a year, the chairman claiming a 90 grand salary with subsidised housing and other perks from that. Alas over 50% of the cats they take in are eventually put down, although they claim to hold them for at least two months. They have over £200 million in assets and one branch, the Solent RSPCA, has £3.8 million in 'reserve'. The Swansea RSPCA centre that could hold 140 doggies was knocked down and can now hold far less dogs in the reduced pens, just 47 in their, presumably the rest put down. Why would you build fewer pens?

      Britain is a nation of animal lovers and donkey charities receive more money than disabled charities, Brits giving three times as much to animal charities than starving third world ones. Why do the big charities hoard cash and not build new pounds to save more animals though? The RSPCA couldn't wait to put that sacred cow down at that Hare Krishnan sect in Aldenham so to get publicity for the charity ,even tricking the sect and putting it down in front of some members like the SS would.

      The animal charities have increasing numbers of health & safety rules that seem to deny people the chance to adopt animals. Parents of children under five are now no longer allowed to have certain dogs and schools are also being denied the right to have animals on the premises, increasing the numbers the RSPCA put down. If the kids tease the animals as kids do then teacher could go to jail, such is the absurd health & safety rulings. The RSPCA also makes a nice percentage of the so called 'Freedom Farms', supposedly ethnical open- range places where chickens and the like are treated much better, but on closer inspection not always the case, some just as disgusting as battery farms. It's a good earn so the RSPCA ask few questions once they have certificated these places. Intriguingly the current and quite rightfully over-hyped swine flu mutation outbreak will be blamed on intensive farming in these type of cramped farms. In East Anglia we had a case where legions of RSPCA officers in their shiny coats raided a farm where hundreds of horses were found emaciated or dead. The farmer was prosecuted, quite rightfully so, but it soon became clear these were mostly ex race horses, electronically chipped and so able to be traced to prominent stables. No prosecutions were bought on those stables. Yet the RSPCA have no problem with putting down thousands of healthy animals in their pounds.

      The solution to getting rid of pet if all else fails is simple-pop it in the pot! Koreans eat dog and cat so why not Brits? A nice Badger for starters in lemon sauce followed by cat a la carte and its job done. I am joking of course before you animal libbers post swine flu viles through my letterbox and always find time to pat cats and dogs on the head the way single men do. I think people are too blaze when buying an animal and like the people who took out silly mortgages some where never going to be able to keep up the payments and think its as easy as handing back the keys to lose the responsibility.
      If a pet dies on you I'm sure it's terrible, dogs great companions for men and women, although you feel women would rather be with their dog than their man at a certain age. lol.
      Vets don't really help by charging extortionate prices for treatments and medicine, repeatedly found out to be fiddling undercover shows but nothing done. Because many animal medicines prescribed are the same as human ones, an animal's only sticker is often stuck over the old label and the price whacked up 200%. I know this to be fact as my ex worked in a vets. Animal lovers my ass.

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        06.10.2002 23:28
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        A few minutes ago I said a "Thankyou" as I watched a bright yellow helicoptor fly straight and true over my house on it's way to Southend Hospital. On board was a friend leaving behind a thankful 9 year old daughter and those of us who witnessed one of those accidents which although not rare can result in genuine injury. As usual on a sunday morning, several horse owners, including children, started a ride round the farm which is home to the stableyard where I keep my own horse. I had lent Ben to a friend so that she could accompany her daughter, and I watched from a ridge, my dog beside me, as they strung in a line looking like toys in the distance. I knew that they would travel carefully as children on their ponies were behind. It started as such a perfect autumn morning, with the sun brightening the brown, newly-seeded fields and the leaves still thick on the trees in clumps of woodland. I watched a boat being moored on the distant River Crouch below me and then the uplifting sight of one of our resident sparrow hawks whipping by almost at eye level. I said aloud to Jody, my jack russell terrier, "Can life really be this good?" As the line of riders, headed as usual by my own impatient old horse, filed carefully down a steep bank they stopped. I was told later that because of the children they were "organising" the canter back. Nobody wanted a stampede of hotted up horses and ponies. The track is covered in shell with thick woodchippings above (a horse rider's heaven) and they took off in pairs towards me at the canter, although still some way away. It was then that a powerful young mare threw in a couple of huge bucks, sending her rider, Shirley, flying throught the air. Shirley's attempt to hang on to her horse only resulted in her fall becoming messy instead of the usual roll on the shoulder. Two of the riders came at the gallop and passed me on the way to the yard. Mean
        while, thank goodness for mobile phones, an ambulance had been called. When I reached Shirley she was lying on her back with a leg badly twisted under her, and said that she thought it was broken. It was confirmed later that this was so. In that few minutes the buzz of a helicopter broke the quietness of the morning and the AA- yellow air ambulance started to circle the farm. Shirley was lying close to an outcropping hedgerow and I signalled them. I don't know if they noticed, but they circled lower and made straight for the spot, landing on a flat part of the wide field. Once it had been confirmed that Shirley "only" had a broken leg, we saw a humorous side to things. Our recent care not to walk or ride on the newly seeded crops had gone drastically by the board, as a fourwheeled drive motor, a quad with 2 children riding behind feeling "cool" at the ride and a dozen people walked across the tilthed brown surface. The Essex Air Ambulance, started in June 1997 handles an average of 3 to 5 flights per day and has flown over 3000 missions. It is funded entirely by donations from the people of Essex with no help from the Government. Based on an old WW11 airfield at Boreham, close to Chelmsford, the helicopter is always within 8 minutes of a major hospital and within 18 minutes of anywhere in the county. Always ready, as soon as a call comes in the pilot runs to the helicopter, followed by a paramedic who plans the route from beside the pilot. This is a dangerous occupation and a pilot and crew were killed in Kent last year. Because they fly missions to sometimes difficult terrain, skilful and dedicated flying is needed. At a cost of £60,000 per month to run, our Air Ambulance is always carrying only enough of a bank balance for 2 month's use. The pilots call from door to door asking for donations and fund raising activities are needed to keep it going. Included among these are
        motor cycle runs, and a weekly lottery which for £1 per week offers prizes of £1000, £500, £250, £100 and some of £10. The AA have topped up the donations, allowing the helicopter, a Stretch Bolkow 105DBS, to fly over the weekend. Without those extra donations Shirley would have been treated to a slow bumpy ride across country just because it was sunday. It would have been far more serious if her injuries had been to the back or head. Tomorrow I shall telephone 01245 444424 to ask if I may join the lottery scheme. I have reviewed the Essex Air Ambulance, but your county may well have a similar scheme. So when a guy calls at your door asking for donations, he could well be a dedicated pilot trying to keep his service going. Please give something. The last time this happened to me I was about to go to a cashpoint and my purse was almost empty. I searched the house for all my change and then took my parking money from the car. It wasn't much, but today I am so pleased that I did. A final note. The helicopter rotas threw the seeded soil far and wide. Crop circles? :-) Note. My information was largely supplied by the Essex Air Ambulance Newsletter and allied sites.

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          13.08.2002 06:01
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          We are a charity based in Salisbury called Lifestyles, ran by disabled people for diabled people. We help disabled people and people with learning difficulties get out and meet to make new friends. We also help them gain independence to help them overcome possible barriors which may effect thire lives. We have done various outings to places like Breamore House, Bournemouth, The London Eye,Swanage fireworks, and Beaulie Motor Museum. We dont have an office as yet, so our group meets once a month in the local. If you would like to know more about us, then contact us on; Salisburylifestyles.tripod.com Update: Lifestyles has just completed a weekend out from Portesmouth to Cherbourg on wot was called a 'booze Cruise' with P&O liners. See my other report about how we all got on.

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            11.04.2001 00:41
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            If you have any connection with the armed forces (eg your parents served or maybe you did) you can apply to the various forces' charities for help while studying. I received £200 from the WRNS Benevelolent Trust and the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust for books and the British Legion offer similar funding. They do not usually give money towards cost of living expenses but will make awards for books, field trips etc. SSAFA (The Sailors Soldiers and Air Force Association) also hold lists of all the service charities and are in most local phone directories.

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              27.02.2001 19:12
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              this is the worst company ever i think. the ericssons phones are not reliable and the batteries are the worst in the world. it is a good thing that they stopped manufacturing the phones. i hope that they produce now something useful and something that is working too.i have used the ericssons products and i will never use them again if i am not forced to do that.if anybody accept this what i am saying then their right. i would nominate this company the worst company of the century.

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                28.09.2000 20:44

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                ... but a world class education. Study abroad in Germany with international courses in an English speaking environment. Get a Diploma deegree in Business and international management with two years studying in Germany and further two years abroad. The courses are mostly English speaking and world wide know deegree. Get more information at www.hs-bremen.de Also master deegrees in global management are without any tuturial fee. and why not having this international experience in a nice city in northern Germany with offers more than just Germanism.

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                01.07.2000 19:01

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                This charity gives out variable number of awards of around £600. The condition that applies is that students must spend at least two weeks in the field of leprosy, and preference is given to those students who spend the majority of their time learning about the pathology, diagnosis and management of this condition. Full details may be obtained from: The secratary St. Francis Leprosy Guild 21 The Boultons, London SW10 9SU Please inform me if any of the above details change, so that i may update it.

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