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Sheep Dyed Yellow!

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I went to Sennybridge Agricultural Show today, and among other things I saw something quite bizarre – sheep with their fleeces dyed yellow!

suffolk sheep dyed yellow

suffolk sheep dyed yellow

close up of a suffolk sheep dyed yellow

close up of a suffolk sheep dyed yellow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did ask someone what is was about – he reckoned it was just cosmetic – to catch the judges eye.

I was wondering if anyone knows whether this is done regularly at shows now – its a while since I’ve been to an Agricultural Show – AND what dye is used, is it temporary or permanent?

Or maybe, just maybe, its an ingenious way to dye the wool BEFORE its shorn, and sell it as a pre-dyed fibre???

These are some undyed Suffolks for comparison.

Suffolk Sheep 'au naturel'!

Suffolk Sheep ‘au naturel’!

I took loads of photos at the Show, and will be putting some more up soon!

To see the very charming young riders Fancy Dress Parade – click here.

The 40 kilo/ 88 lb merino fleece – yes they sheared the sheep!

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Yesterday, I told you about the unsheared merino sheep in Australia, well here is the follow up – and how they sheared it!  Again, copied from the BBC News website.

If you’re not familiar with how the merino sheep normally looks, or what its wool looks like when prepared for spinning – it is the most popular fibre for hand spinners – have a look at my post on Merino Wool HERE

Overgrown Australian sheep Chris ‘breaks world record’

  • 3 September 2015
  • From the section Australia

An overgrown Australian sheep affectionately named Chris has set a new unofficial world record following a hair cut from five shearers.

Welfare crews warned it risked death because it was so woolly from living in the wild for several years.

More than 40kg (88lb) of wool was removed in what the RSPCA says is the heaviest wool haul from one shearing.

National shearing champion Ian Elkins was urgently called in on Wednesday to tackle the mammoth merino.

A heavily overgrown sheep near CanberraImage copyrightRSPCA
Image captionChris the sheep was spotted outside of Canberra on Australia’s second day of Spring
Kangaroos look at the camera behind one of the woolliest sheep in the worldImage copyrightRSPCA
Image captionKangaroos outside Canberra are dwarfed by the woolliest sheep in the world

 

Mr Elkins described Thursday’s marathon sheering session as one of his biggest challenges, saying he had never seen anything like it in 35 years of work.

Chris the sheep on his back as Australian shearers remove wool which has apparently broken a world recordImage copyrightRSPCA
Image captionChris’s hooves appear damaged after coping with the excess wool weight

Chris the sheep had to be sedated during the very delicate operation.

Chris the sheep had is sedated during the very delicate operation.Image copyrightRSCPA
Image captionThe difference a day makes: Removing the excess wool cut Chris’s weight in half

Mr Elkins said he was proud Australia had claimed the title from New Zealand, likening it to “the rivalry on the rugby field”.

Weighing the world's biggest wool haulImage copyrightRSCPA
Image captionSpring clean: Chris’s world-record breaking wool is weighed

The massive bundle of fleece tipped the scales at more than 42kg (92lb), but was revised down to 40kg (88lb) to counter the weight of the bag.

New do: Australian sheep 'Chris' shows off a lighter look, complete with pink antiseptic stainsImage copyrightRSPCA
Image captionNew do: Australian sheep Chris shows off a lighter look, complete with pink antiseptic stains

Animal welfare officials said Chris was “four-to-five times its normal size” before going under the knife.

The huge haul of wool removed from Chris the sheep's tiny frameImage copyrightRSPCA
Image captionLightening the load: More than 40kg of wool was cut from Chris’s tiny frame

Ever wondered what a Merino Sheep would look like if it wasn’t sheared?

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Found this on the BBC website this morning after seeing a piece about it on the news!  Oddly enough I’d also saved the piece about Shrek yesterday, another sheep in New Zealand that hid for years and was discovered and finally sheared about 10 years ago – link to that article below!

Australia urgent plea to shear overgrown sheep

  • 2 September 2015
  • From the section Australia
A heavily overgrown sheep near CanberraImage copyrightAFP
Image captionThe merino sheep is “four-to-five times its normal size”, animal welfare officials say

Australia’s national shearing champion has been urgently called in to help after a heavily overgrown sheep was found near the capital Canberra.

Ian Elkins responded after animal welfare officials warned the life of the merino sheep could be in danger because it was so woolly.

Sheep can develop serious health issues if they are not regularly shorn.

The animal – believed to be male – was “four-to-five times its normal size,” welfare official Tammy Ven Dange said.

“It’s definitely one of the biggest sheep we’ve ever seen,” Ms Ven Dange, head of the RSPCA in the Australian Capital Territory, was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

She added that the animal was “pretty stressed out” around human beings after what was probably years of solitude.

A heavily overgrown sheep near CanberraImage copyrightAFP
Image captionThe animal is believed to have spent a number of years on the loose

RSPCA officials had initially wanted to shear the animal themselves, but later decided to wait for an expert.

Mr Elkins, a four-time Australian Shearing Championship winner, said removing the fleece “could be one of my biggest challenges yet”.

In 2004, Shrek the New Zealand sheep was found after six years on the loose.

The animal – also a merino – later lost his giant 27kg (60lb) fleece in a televised shearing broadcast live around the world.

The country’s most famous sheep died in June 2011.

See also my earlier post on Merino Sheep.

Why we need a women’s revolution in Somalia

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Why we need a women’s revolution in Somalia

This post has nothing to do with crafts – but it has a lot to do with women, and is utterly shocking, especially to know that this is all happening in 2015 – you have been warned!

Thank you to Dr. Vanessa Lopez-Littleton (USA) whose blog I follow – she originally re-blogged this on Stirring Up Trouble on 14 July.

Media Diversified

‘At the “Vision 2016” National Conference in September 2013, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud committed to deliver a nationwide “one man, one vote” election by August 2016’

by Yasmin Maydhane

Today my uncle sold his youngest daughter – a 16 year old – to the highest bidder (yes, I mean quite literally sold – whereby the father is approached by the would-be-husband and they negotiate a price – you can still sell girls here), the highest bidder being of a political background, with strong connections to international NGOs and a member of parliament. It should also be mentioned, that my uncle works for the government as well.

Know that these two men, are educated, powerful, influential and dare I say, 21st century crooks and abusers, yet at the same time maintain the claim that they champion women’s rights.

The purchase of my cousin has brought shock, loathing and dismay –…

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About posting information about the BBC petition – some reactions I got!

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whoops!As well as putting up information about the petition to “Save the BBC” – see my previous post – I also included the link to it in my latest newz from julz mailing to my customers.

I got some very odd reactions!  Whilst several of them replied to say they had either already added their names to the petition, and had done so as a result of seeing my post, I also got a long email from a customer, who was very upset that I had included mention of it in my mailing.

She wrote “Please remove me from your email list as you are using my personal data for a purpose other than in relation to our existing retail relationship i.e. to gather support for a non-retail related petition.

Whilst I appreciate your right to express your opinion, using my personal data to drum up support is, I think, in contravention of legislation designed to protect individuals’ privacy and to prevent unsolicited communication.  I agreed, by entering into our commercial relationship, to receive communication regarding your goods and services, not with regard to your personal or political views and beliefs.

With respect to our retail relationship you can, of course, choose not accept  my custom in the future.

I would be grateful if you could also ensure that you do not pass on my details to anyone else. If I have not explicitly stated this in the past, I am now updating my consent with regard to my personal information.”

I am obviously not naming her, I would never do that, but this is a genuine email, and I do feel that she deserves a reply.  I did write back, but have received no answer, and I expect that she has put my email address on  her junk list, so, in order to clear up a few misapprehensions that she and others may have, I am also publishing my reply.

“If you had looked at my blog, you would have seen that it is a general crafts blog AND my personal blog and as such I reserve the right to say what I like – smile.
 
Its very unusual for me to use it to promote something like this petition – I have used it once or twice for other specific issues that affect craftspeople, or myself personally – have a look at the ‘how ridiculous’ section if you can be bothered.
 
You obviously didn’t read the post – you might have seen the relevance, and anyone who lives in Britain must be aware of the fuss about the BBC at the moment.  There was no pressure to sign the petition, however, I have a lot of people from all over the world on my mailing list and they wouldn’t know about this, so I used the mailing list for that reason, and to update customers about the fact that I will not be closing my etsy shop/ebay listings over the summer and to inform them of my new email address too – smile.
 
The newz from julz mailings are normally about what new stock is in or special offers, and as such, it won’t matter if you don;t get them – its just a service for customers.
 
You obviously feel strongly about these issues – I missed a bit out on the bottom line this time – by accident – it is my solemn promise that I DO NOT SHARE MY MAILING LIST, NOR WILL I EVER USE ONE OF THE PAYING SERVICES, who then use the list for other purposes – because I feel exactly the way you do!”

I have no idea whether she is right about the ‘legal aspect’ that she mentions in the second  paragraph – does anyone know anything about this?  However, whilst she was the only one who wrote at such length, there was a spate of ‘REMOVES’ in my replies to this mailing!  So maybe others also object to my telling them about the petition?  I can’t help that, customers have a right to ask to be removed from the mailing list any time for any reason, and I always comply.  But I am surprised that I should get such a strong reaction.
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What do you think about my inclusion of other issues in this blog or my newz from julz emails?
It would be interesting to know!
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By the way, if you want to join the mailing list, you don’t have to buy anything, please see the form at the bottom of the SHOP TALK page.
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And a big thank you to Roni in the USA who has taken up my theme about independent broadcasting and related it to the only independent network in the USA, which has to rely on open donations (PBS), on her blog “long live the BBC!”
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(just to let you know that the spacing of this last section keeps moving, so I have had to add the “?” symbol just to separate the paragraphs!)

Help Save Our BBC – Please!

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I signed this petition today,

Lord Reith, founder of the BBC (c) BBC; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Lord Reith, founder of the BBC, must be turning in his grave!
(c) BBC; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

and received this email asking me to pass it on – so this is my way of sharing it, and asking ANYONE AROUND THE WORLD who reads this, to consider signing it!  (you just have to register and click!)

Have a look at this:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/protect-our-bbc

Our BBC – Blue Peter, Doctor Who, BBC News, Strictly Come Dancing – is under serious attack from our government. Today, politicians are saying they want to scrap some of our favourite programmes, cut its funding and do away with the independent body that keeps it a truly public broadcaster.

The BBC has been a trusted voice in British homes for over 92 years. It’s vital we move fast and show David Cameron that hundreds of thousands of us are ready to rally around to protect our BBC.

Will you add your name to the petition to protect our BBC now? Just click the link and it’ll take less than 10 seconds.

Thanks

A Little Background Information for you ….

click on image for "BBC programme on FairIsle knitting"

click on image for “BBC programme on FairIsle knitting”

Regular readers of this blog will know that I often pass on something that has been broadcast by our much loved BBC – especially from Radio 4 – which occasionally has ‘specials’ on some aspect of a craft.

Well, as I ‘predicted’ in my post “Has Britain Gone Mad?”  – which I wrote about the election results in May (on “the spare”) – David Cameron et al are now beginning to show their true colours.

One of their policies, just revealed, is to strip the BBC of all their popularity & influence, because apparently they have a bias that doesn’t favour the Conservative Party, who are now trying to drag the BBC down into the mire, on the pretext that they are costing the tax payer too much money!

We pay for the BBC by buying an annual licence fee – which is admittedly an odd system for present times.  It is currently £145 a year per household, and is mandatory, and historically, you could even go to prison if you refused to pay it!  This system was set up eons ago, when the BBC was about the only broadcaster around and adverts that paid for the services hadn’t even been conceived!  (The BBC does not carry adverts even now, except for their own programmes.)

Even more oddly, the BBC is regulated very closely by whoever is in Government, under the Department of Culture, Media & Sports, and yet has always been able to stick to their tradition of total independence from political interference, in the proud tradition of its Founder, Lord REITH.

These days, many people don’t pay the licence fee, as they claim they watch it all online, and there is nothing that can be done about it!  Which does leave the original funding arrangements in a mess!  So some changes are needed and some proper discussion is called for – BUT NOT – the bully boy tactics of this current government.

They have just crossed the line by forcing the BBC to agree to pay for the policy of “free licences for the over 75’s” – which has always been part of the welfare budget.  This amounts to £750 MILLION! 

Now, I have always wondered why the BBC is so strapped for cash.  It broadcasts AROUND THE WORLD and has millions of followers who rely on their independence to give them the REAL NEWS, that their governments often try to keep from them.  Surely a voluntary subscription, or WORLD MEMBERSHIP CLUB, would bring in enough money for the BBC never to have to worry again?  I have posed this question to various people in the BBC several times, but, apparently, the WORLD SERVICE is partially funded by the Foreign Office, and as such, it cannot be charged for!!

Now if you really want to make some changes John Whittingdale, why not start there!

Don’t take my word for all this – if you want to find out more:

See The Guardian, 6/7/15 – BBC to take on £750m cost of subsidy for over-75s in licence fee deal

 This is the latest BBC Trailer – entitled “FOR ALL OF US

and if you want to look into this issue in a bit more detail,

this is the section of their website that covers some of the governance of the BBC

wikipedia also has a very good precis of the history of the BBC HERE

An article in The Guardian:

BBC Trust chair calls for public debate over future funding changes

and today’s Independent:

BBC set for shake up with new oversight board appointed as

talk emerges of changes to the licence fee