Britain’s national bird, new vote


This video is called My UK Wildlife Garden Birds.

From the Vote for Britain’s national bird site:

Two amazing things happened in the 60′s. The Robin was voted Britain’s national bird and…

The surprising thing is; neither has happened since.

Well, all that is about to change. David Lindo (AKA The Urban Birder) feels the Robin’s many decades in power needs to be challenged, so he is fronting a campaign to help find Britain’s new national bird. Running alongside next year’s General Election will be this alternative Election, which we’d love you to take part in.

It’s going to work in two stages. The first vote will be to find the six running candidates. This vote is live now. Simply scroll down, take a peek through the list of 60 worthy nominees and pick the 6 birds that you think best personifies all that this wonderful nation represents. Each of these species has a special place in the hearts and minds of the Great British public.

It’s as easy as that!

When you register to vote you are automatically entered into a free draw. Prizes include a Shetland Wildlife Holiday, top of the range Leica binoculars, Bird Watching Magazine subscriptions and Urban Birder T- Shirts.

The first round of voting will close at midnight October 31st 2014. Thereafter, we will have our final six candidates up for the title of Britain’s National Bird and the voting will re-open.

The question is; will the Robin be knocked off its perch?

Somalia conference not bringing peace


This video from Britain is called Dahabo Isse [from Somalia] – People’s Assembly 20th March 2007.

By Paddy McGuffin in England:

‘The stench of hypocrisy’

Thursday 23 February 2012

An international summit on Somalia in London today will do nothing to ease the plight of the Somali people and carries the “stench of hypocrisy,” peace campaigners claimed today.

Representatives of more than 50 countries and international organisations attended the event at Lancaster House, including United Nations secretary general Ban Ki Moon, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and the leaders of neighbouring African nations.

Prime Minister David Cameron said it was in the interests of the international community to help restore stability after two decades of turmoil.

He welcomed the decision by the UN security council to increase the strength of the African Union force in the country from 12,000 to 17,700 troops.

But Stop the War Coalition convener Lindsey German said: “They are pretending that the Western-backed government has legitimacy and made things more stable. But all the evidence shows that Western-backed interventions have contributed to instability.

“There is a massive amount of intervention already going on and this event has the stench of hypocrisy.

“This is yet another example of the government thinking it has the right to dictate what’s happening in other countries when it might be better concentrating on domestic problems.”

See also here. And here.

Somali government officials said today that at least six people were killed in an overnight air raid a day after world leaders in London said the war-torn country should “quickly form a stable government”: here.