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Close-up and personal encounter ~ Aw-w-w! ~ What fun!

SEALS AT PLAY

How thrilling! This is definitely on my ‘bucket list’ – an amazing close-up and personal encounter!

“Seals compete to be man’s best friend as they roll over to have their bellies tickled and nuzzle up to divers in the North Sea”, published 22 January 2014 by Lucy Crossley .

  • Seal pups were captured on camera off the coast of Northumberland
  • Animals believed to be two months old, and already weigh 200-300lbs
  • Curious pups cosy up to scuba divers as they play on the sea bed
  • Seal mammals are unlikely to see humans again once they reach adulthood

Playfully nuzzling up to the camera and warmly embracing a team of divers, these cute seal pups appear more like household pets as they frolic in the North Sea.The seals, believed to be around two months old, were unperturbed by the divers and their cameras as they butt their noses against the camera lens and enjoy having their bellies tickled.The adorable pups were captured on camera by scuba diver Jason Neilus as he and his friends took to the chilly waters off the Farne Islands in Northumberland. 
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Seal of approval: A friendly seal pup cosies up to a scuba diver off the coast of Northumberland

Seal of approval: A friendly seal pup cosies up to a scuba diver off the coast of Northumberland

Tickled: This playful seal enjoys having its belly tickled by one of the divers

Tickled: This playful seal enjoys having its belly tickled by one of the divers


‘We’ve been visiting here for the last six years to say hello to the seal pups and we’ve never had this much interaction before,’ he wrote on his Vimeo blog.
‘They were everywhere and all over us.’
The seals were filmed in October last year, just before the St Jude’s Storm battered Britain and much of northern Europe.

Friendly: This seal appears more like a household dog or cat as it rolls over to be tickled

Friendly: This seal appears more like a household dog or cat as it rolls over to be tickled

Encounter: A pup shakes hands, or rather paws, with one of its new human friends

Encounter: A pup shakes hands, or rather paws, with one of its new human friends

Warm embrace: A seal comes in for a cuddle with a diver in the chilly North SeaWarm embrace: A seal comes in for a cuddle with a diver in the chilly North Sea
Friendly face: The seals, believed to be around two months old, were unperturbed by the divers and their cameras

Friendly face: The seals, believed to be around two months old, were unperturbed by the divers and their cameras

Nibble: This cheeky pup appears to be nibbling on the diver's glove

Nibble: This cheeky pup appears to be nibbling on the diver’s glove

‘After a nightmare drive there with the worst traffic coupled with the imminent arrival of the St. Jude storm we didn’t think this trip was going to be worth the effort but once again the seals made every second worthwhile,’ said Mr Neilus.
Filmed without lights, so as not to upset the young seal pups, the clip captures the curious creatures as they play in their natural habitat – cosying up to the divers without a care in the world.
In the videom which has been viewed 123,000 times on Vimeo, one pup even swims into one for its new friends for a quick cuddle, while others dart across the sea bed, pausing to cheekily nibble the divers’ fingers.

Along for the ride: A playful pup grabs hold of a diver's flipper

Along for the ride: A playful pup grabs hold of a diver’s flipper

Tag along: The seals were around two months old at the time they were filmed, but had already grown to two metres long, and weighed around 200 to 300lbs

Tag along: The seals were around two months old at the time they were filmed, but had already grown to two metres long, and weighed around 200 to 300lbs

Close encounter: Diver Mr Neilus said he had not expected to come face to face with so many seals

Close encounter: Diver Mr Neilus said he had not expected to come face to face with so many seals

Natural habitat: A seal frolics in the water

Natural habitat: A seal frolics in the water

Curious: This seal gives the underwater camera a closer inspection

Curious: This seal gives the underwater camera a closer inspection

Underwater: The clip captures the curious creatures as they play in their natural habitat

Underwater: The clip captures the curious creatures as they play in their natural habitat

Mr Neilus was quick to point out that as wild animals the seals chose to interact with the divers, and were not forced to interact with the group. None of the seals were harmed by diver interaction.
The seals were around two months old at the time they were filmed, but had already grown to two metres long, and weighed around 200 to 300lbs…
‘As always once the seals get older and move off to form colonies of their own elsewhere and the majority of them will not see people again.
Fully adult seals are rarely this interactive and whilst tolerant of divers they tend to keep away after their first year of diver visits,’ said Mr Neilus.

Star of the show: A seal swoops in the take a look at the camera

Star of the show: A seal swoops in the take a look at the camera

Face to face: The seals chose to interact with the divers, and were not forced to interact with the group

Face to face: The seals chose to interact with the divers, and were not forced to interact with the group

Technique: The divers filmed their seal encounter with special underwater cameras

Technique: The divers filmed their seal encounter with special underwater cameras

Heart of darkness: The crew did not use lights so they did not upset the young seals

Heart of darkness: The crew did not use lights so they did not upset the young seals

Growing up: Once the pups reach adulthood the majority of them will move away to form new colonies

Growing up: Once the pups reach adulthood the majority of them will move away to form new colonies

Divers say hello to the seal pups with lots of interaction and playfulness

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2543781/Seals-compete-mans-best-friend-roll-bellies-tickled-nuzzle-divers-North-Sea.html

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MOTHERS DAY ~ A TRIBUTE TO MOTHERS EVERYWHERE

FLOWERS FUZZY COLLAGE

COLUMBINE2I thought it would be interesting to check into the history of Mothers Day and also thought it would be nice to create a YouTube video with inspirational quotes on motherhood. I’d appreciate you watching it on YouTube and ‘liking it’. I dedicated my Mothers Day tribute to my amazing daughter who is the fabulous Mom of my 5 year old grandson and is my inspiration, “my hero” and “the wind beneath my wings” ~ I hope you enjoy it and you are welcome to share with all the Moms near (or far) and dear to you.

EARLIEST HISTORY OF MOTHERS DAY:
CRONUSThe earliest history of Mothers Day dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses. CRONYS AND RHEAThe Greeks used the occasion to honor Rhea, wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology. Ancient Romans, too, celebrated a spring festival, called Hilaria dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. It may be CYBELEnoted that ceremonies in honour of Cybele began some 250 years before Christ was born. The celebration made on the Ides of March by making offerings in the temple of Cybele lasted for three days and ROMAN CELEBRATIONSincluded parades, games and masquerades. The celebrations were notorious enough that followers of Cybele were banished from Rome.

History of Mother’s Day in England:
MOTHERING SUNDAYThe more recent history of Mothers Day dates back to 1600s in England. Here a Mothering Sunday was celebrated annually on the fourth Sunday of Lent MOTHERING SUNDAY2(the 40 day period leading up to Easter) to honor mothers… Custom of celebrating Mothering Sunday died out almost completely by the 19th century. However, the day came to be celebrated again after World War II, when American servicemen brought the custom and commercial enterprises used it as an occasion for sales.

Mother’s Day in the United States:
JULIE WARD HOWEThe idea of official celebration of Mothers day in US was first suggested by Julia Ward Howe in 1872. An activist, writer and poet Julia shot to fame with her famous Civil War song, “Battle Hymn of the Republic“. Julia Ward Howe suggested that June 2 be annually celebrated as Mothers Day and should be dedicated to peace.
ANNA JARVISAnna Jarvis is recognised as the Founder of Mothers Day in US. Though Anna Jarvis never married and never had kids, she is also known as the Mother of Mothers Day, an apt title for the lady who worked hard to bestow honor on all mothers… The hard work paid off. By 1911, Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state in the Union and on May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day in Canada:
TULIPSIn North American country of Canada, Mothers Day is the most popular festival after Christmas and Valentines Day. Just as in USA, Mothers Day in Canada is celebrated in the second Sunday in the month of May. People pay tribute to their mothers on the day and thank them for their constant support and love.  Here in Ottawa we have the Tulip Festival which coincides with Mother’s Day.

http://www.conservapedia.com/Mother’s_Day

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FABULOUS HOUSEHOLD HINTS

I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY SOME OF THESE FABULOUS HINTS!!!

Why not have some fun over the coming weekend and try some of these hints for yourselves.  Keep the rest on hand for future reference.
I’m sure you’ll find many useful hints here.

I’ve been microwaving corn on the cob for some time now, just as the hint recommends, and it tastes great!!! (far better than any other method!)

What’s the appropriate expression here ~ I think it’s,
“Necessity is the mother of invention”.

Here’s a bit of trivia for you re the above phrase – The author of this proverbial saying isn’t known. It is sometimes ascribed to Plato and it does appear in translations of Plato’s Republic… The proverb was known in England by the 16th century, although at that point it must have been known to very few as it was then documented in its Latin form rather than in English. Many well-known proverbs appeared first in Latin and were transcribed into English by Erasmus and others, often as training texts for latin scholars. http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/necessity-is-the-mother-of-invention.html

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NOWHEREISLAND PART 3 – VIDEO AND UPDATE

CULTURAL OLYMPIAD ARCTIC ART PROJECT

You might like to review my 2 previous WordPress blogs on this subject before you enjoy this post – expecially the video!: “Nowhereisland …Just In Time For The Olympics (Part 1)”, published Feb. 27/12; and “Nowhereisland (Part 2) – About The Project”, published Mar. 5/12.  Thank you.

The creative idea itself is actually rather captivating: find an Arctic island that has recently been exposed by melting ice and then break off some rocks to form a new “island nation” which can then be transported to the waters off the UK in time for the 2012 Olympics. During its conception, Hartley billed it as a “travelling embassy” intended to highlight issues such as climate change and land ownership. Here’s how Alex Hartley’s website explains it:

In 2004, artist Alex Hartley discovered an island in the High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, whilst on the Cape Farewell expedition. The island revealed itself from within the melting ice of a retreating glacier and Alex was the first human to ever stand on it and with the help of the Norwegian Polar Institute, the island, named Nyskjaeret, is now officially recognised and included on all maps and charts subsequent to its discovery. In September 2011, Alex returns to the Arctic to retrieve the island territory. Once in international waters, Alex will declare Nowhereisland a new nation.

Nowhereisland is one of 12 “Artist Taking the Lead” projects commissioned for the Culture Olympiad next year.

…The Guardian Environment Blog, Sept. 22, 2011

An Arctic island travels south. Nowhereisland will arrive off the coast of Weymouth for the opening of the Olympic sailing events and, hosted as a visiting island nation, the island will make a 500-mile journey around the south-west coast. An art project by Alex Hartley, produced by Situations at the University of the West of England.

Link to Video –

http://vimeo.com/23107392

A short film about Nowhereisland

This has footage from the 2011 Arctic expedition and you’ll hear from Alex Hartley and Claire Doherty, Director of Situations, who are the producers of Nowhereisland.

RAINSOFT OTTAWA’S FUN FRIDAY – PUNOGRAPHY PART II

Punography –  a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.

 

Health:

 A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

When chemists die, they barium.

I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.

They told me I had type A blood, but it was a Type-O.

A dyslexic man walks into a bra.

PMS jokes aren’t funny, period.

When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.

Be kind to your dentist.  He has fillings, too.

School:

Did you hear about the cross eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils?

Broken pencils are pointless.

What do you call a dinosaur with extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.

Weather:

Earthquake in Washington obviously the government’s fault .

I tried to catch some fog. I mist.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Than it dawned on me .

Miscellaneous:

I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.

All the toilets in New York’s police stations have been stolen. Police have nothing to go on.

I used to think I was indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.

Velcro – what a rip off!

Link –

http://www.talkclassical.com/18592-more-punography-groan.html

NOWHEREISLAND (PART 2) – ABOUT THE PROJECT

Nowhereisland is a public art project conceived by artist Alex Hartley.

It is one of 12 arts projects across the UK, funded by the Arts Council of England, which will form part of the Cultural Olympiad in summer 2012.

Imagine an Arctic island travelling south – a landscape on the move. After leaving the Kingdom of Norway, the island enters international waters and is declared a new island nation – Nowhereisland. This new nation continues its journey to the south west coast of England, where it opens its embassy and participates in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

This is the idea of Alex Hartley, an artist known for his photographic and sculptural depictions of remote landscapes. Alex’s proposal, made for the Cultural Olympiad, is on an epic scale and reflects the ambition and endeavor of the Olympic spirit.

 http://nowhereisland.org/about/

Furzy Cliff in Weymouth is the site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events. On the 25th July 2012  Nowhereisland will be floating off-shore, accompanied by its land based Embassy and where it will begin a six-week journey around the south west coast of England, finishing in Bristol on the 9th September 2012.

This idea began back in 2004, when, Alex visited the High Arctic with the climate change organization, Cape Farewell. The artist explored the northernmost polar landmass – a landscape shaped by the rapidly receding ice cap and marked by a human history of prospecting and exploration. Here explorers have attempted extraordinary feats of endurance and many have failed. This is a place over which nations have fiercely debated their territorial and mining rights and an area to which migrants have flocked in search of a place to belong. And it is here that Alex Hartley discovered a new island.

In the autumn of 2011, he returned to the Arctic and with the permission of the Norwegian government, sailed a portion of this island territory north beyond the jurisdiction of the Kingdom of Norway.

Just above the 80th parallel, the territory reached international waters, where it was declared a new island nation – Nowhereisland. Joining Alex on the expedition were a team of young people and specialists in international law, environmental and political campaigning, human migration, anthropology and psychology, who worked together to produce a programme of ideas and resources to be used in the year-long schools and education programme

Nowhereisland has already come to represent the possibilities for thinking about our values and beliefs as citizens. 52 Resident Thinkers from around the world are contributing to a year-long programme of Letters to Nowhereisland. Over 4000 people have already signed up to become citizens of Nowhereisland and will begin collectively writing the island’s constitution from January 2012.

This is a real place on the move. But it belongs to nowhere. It is an island nation that has come from a place that is deeply implicated by global decisions. It offers us the chance to reflect on where we belong and what nationhood means, and, in a time of global crisis, it opens up an opportunity to debate and consider important global questions that affect us all.

Above all, it allows us to reflect on Alex Hartley’s original question – if we were to create a new nation, how might we begin?

The Nowhereisland programme is already in full swing. We are working with 20 community organisations in seven towns and cities across south west England to shape the host programme of events and activities set to reach 250,000 people. Schools are using Nowhereisland as a catalyst for teaching on citizenship, geography and politics over the next 12 months and 52 thinkers across the globe are sitting down to compose their Letters to Nowhereisland.

The Nowhereisland Embassy will exist in two forms – online and as a mobile museum accompanying Nowhereisland’s sea journey on land. The Embassy will be packed full of information and activities about the many different ideas inspired by the project from the origins of the island in the Arctic, to nationhood, citizenship, land grab, cllimate change and hospitality. The mobile museum will be staffed and parked up at a vantage point for Nowhereisland so that anyone can find out more, ask questions and get involved in activities. It will also be the site for events such as welcome ceremonies, expert talks and workshops.

For more information, on the project, check out the FAQs:

http://nowhereisland.org/about/#!/about/frequently-asked-questions/

NOWHEREISLAND IS A NEW NATION ON A NEWLY DISCOVERED ISLAND, JUST FOR THE OLYMPICS (PART 1)

London’s 2012 Olympics have an artistic component and NowhereIsland has to be the most cerebral of all the projects.

PART 1 OF 2 BLOGS

Nowhereisland is an island which will be towed 500 miles from the high Arctic to the south coast of England. It was discovered by Alex Hartley, a British artist, when he visited there with the Cape Farewell project in 2004. The island had been revealed due to the melting ice of a retreating glacier. He was the first person to ever stand on it.

Hartley has created a floating sculpture/island out of the stones and earth and matter collected from the island.

http://www.treehugger.com/culture/nowhere-island-new-nation-newly-discovered-island-just-olympics.html

How does this work?

In September, aboard the good ship Noorderlicht, an expedition consisting of a team of young people and specialists in international law, environmental and political campaigning, human migration, anthropology and psychology went back to the island. With the permission of the Norwegian government, they removed material from the island territory, sailing it into international waters, where it was declared a new nation before travelling south to England.

With the help of the Norwegian Polar Institute, this new land was registered on all subsequent maps and charts and it was declared to be a new nation: Nowhereisland.

The island measures 40 by 8 metres and will arrive in Weymouth, UK in time for the opening of the sailing competitions of the Olympics on July 25, 2012. It is being constructed in the UK so that it can withstand the winds. Everything that you see when viewing the island will have come from the Arctic.

The new country will travel around the coast of England for six weeks, hitting 6 port towns and cities. It will end up in Bristol on September 8, 2012 for the final weekend of the Paralympic Games.

Who can Join?

Nowhereisland now has 4,640 citizens (you can become one) and its own constitution which is being developed. It “seeks to redefine what a nation can be. Nowhereisland embodies the global potential of a new borderless nation, which offers citizenship to all; a space in which all are welcome and in which all have the right to be heard. Nowhereisland’s constitution is and will be cumulative and consensual, open to all citizens and subject to change during the nation’s lifetime.”

Through this project the artist is trying to create a forum for thinking about our values and beliefs as citizens. The question Hartley is trying to make people think about is “If we were to create a new nation, how might we begin?”

A year-long programme of debates, discussions and activities is already taking place. Every week an eminent thinker is contributing a ‘Letters to Nowhereisland’ online. These Thinkers are drawn from different fields: environmentalism, peace, broadcasting, comedy. They include people such as Tim Smit (Eden Project), Vidal Sassoon, Yoko Ono, and Tania Kovats.

  Nowhereisland project, FAQs, be a citizen, to follow in BLOG 2