Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Good on you

The badger is not an endangered species and numbers have risen greatly
over the past couple of decades, yet in tackling the bovine TB problem
instead of working with DEFRA and farming organisations, certain
animal groups saw it as a “call to arms” – or rather a call to disarm
– creating division when common cause was required.

Yes there is scientific disagreement over the culling process, but it
was not as straightforward as some groups portrayed. Once again,
instead of looking at this problem through wildlife management eyes,
we get is this simplistic ‘kill or no kill’ choice offered to the
public. And what about the badgers that have TB also suffering? Or is
it as one anti-cull campaigner said, that wild animals die horrible
deaths in any case so why worry. How is this helping badgers?

Some people had reservations about the cull because shooting was the
method chosen, but why is it so controversial to cull infected badgers
when we cull over 600,000 healthy deer every year? Fine to kill
healthy deer, but not fine to kill diseased badgers? Why was shooting
foxes -presumably by anyone with a shotgun or rifle – advocated by the
anti-hunting groups when a ban was being debated, while the shooting
of badgers by expert marksmen is now cruel and barbaric? Or was it, as
a previous chief executive of the RSPCA claimed, that a wounded fox
doesn’t necessarily suffer. How can a body like the RSPCA have these
dual positions and remain credible?

All this from one man: http://www.countryside-alliance.org/ca/campaigns-hunting/james-barringtons-animal-welfare-blog

Good on you

Sunday, 24 August 2014

200 years ago today,

My former regiment held a BBQ in Washington;
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/2014/08/23/abf407ae-24bd-11e4-86ca-6f03cbd15c1a_story.html?hpid=z4
Its not a forgotten war, all recruits into the Light Infantry were taught about it!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

On this day 100 years ago!

On this day, 21 Aug 1914, Private John Parr of The Middlesex Regiment became the first British man to be shot and killed during World War 1. Official registers showed that he was 20 years old but, like many young soldiers, he had lied about his age and he was just 16.


Saturday, 26 July 2014

New pen, new birds and a nice afternoon on the farm

So Ben and I took a couple of hours to help the new keeper, 800 birds is a lot when you have a day job as well so 2 hours on a Saturday to allow him some family time is the least we could do really. The new pen built by the local agricultural college students is really very good and I was particularly impressed with the new style pop hole gate! The birds are starting to feather up and fly well, a true credit to the keeper.
 
There is always one or two of our pens which suffers Buzzard predation, we have tried many things including the hanging of free CD's from the branches. I wonder if the RSPB know we are using theirs?

 

 Unfortunately the buzzard gets a kill every day or so. I often wonder if its worth covering the pen with netting for the first few weeks;
 On the way to the final pen of the day, what a view, I wish this was my place of work every day;
Well if I win the lottery then that's it, I'm setting up and running a shoot again!

THE SAVAGE EYE - THE IRISH ARMY


Monday, 21 July 2014

And in sports news

As reported in yesterday's Sunday Times:-
'Emily Benn, 24, granddaughter of the late Tony Benn, said she was "delighted and honoured" after being selected as Labour's parliamentary candidate for Croydon South, a Tory stronghold'.
Anthony Neil Wedgewood Benn might've renounced his hereditary peerage but it seems the Labour Party has a penchant for 'keeping it in the family'. ...
What do you reckon the odds were on there not being another suitable candidate in the entire country apart from one who happens to be the Granddaughter of one Labour MP and the niece of another?

Now call me a cynic but lets face it the political class is a self licking lollipop, after all who else will ensure MP's pensions are safe than hard working lifers in the party apparatus who have served their apprenticeships at the coal face of euro bank or PR company internships?
Well welcome to South Croydon, I hope you have as much joy as the last Labour Candidate!
 
And in sports news;
Wins 114 caps? I'd rather he won a few international tournaments for his £300 000 a week and less court cases for brawling in bars in Merseyside the useless waste of skin!
 

No pics, just a quick update

I am back from a week away at the CLA Game Fair, yes the annual peak of spot the pink trousers has been and gone, hot as hell and complete with almost refreshing thunderstorms despite takings being down on previous years Blenhein was as ever Blenheim, a good event, well laid out and a till almost full of sheckells. I didn't get to see any of the show despite some fantastic support from Claypig and VickyBob and as usual Eastenders Steve. I did get to see some old friends and chat with them along with making some new friends.
The break started with a rush home from work to drive to Stansted because FedEx are too retarded to work out that .22 dummy launcher blanks that have been flown in from the states are actually unlikely to explode all on their own destroying the planet whilst being delivered in a van. Not to worry I can take that risk!
Wednesday morning saw us trudge up to Henley to pick up the rented motorhome. Not as big as I had hoped but still a 4 berth at a squeeze. It wouldn't have mattered if the fridge hadn't acted as a slow cooker, the shower had drained away and the water heater had heated water. Well that's £600 spent on discovering another rental company that I wont be using again! Next year we will rent locally and use it to tow the stock trailer to the show.
Only 150 emails on the work Blackberry. I think I'll delete them n the train in tomorrow. Nice to meet old army mates, invited up to Durham for some stalking on the way north next time and also to Northern Ireland for Sika stags. I am looking at prices for flights next!
I doubt I will actually stay awake much longer, as I slept on the pull out bed last night and didn't seem to sleep at all and the T lady thanked me for not snoring! I think its her that causes the snoring!