Siberian jays and woodpeckers in Sweden


This January 2011 video is about Siberian jays, a grey-headed woodpecker and a black woodpecker in Sweden.

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Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to 17 nominees!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that 🙂

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty 🙂

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2017?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. The Dire-Diarist

2. reveusewrites

3. Soul On Rice

4. MillionDollarGirl 🙂

5. daisymonts

6. Messy Mapmaker

7. Wish to Dish

8. The life of a dreamer.

9. James Mole

10. JFAB

11. Physicsmania

12. Mrs and Life

13. Hope Dream Wait

14. Your Everyday Coffee Blog

15. #LeftGate

16. Lebana’s Journal

17. boufarik09gaimlcom

New Pacific marine parks


This video says about itself:

9 October 2017

Two countries have made a big new splash in ocean conservation. Niue, a tiny island in the South Pacific, has committed to protecting 49,000 square miles of ocean, including one of the world’s best habitats for reef sharks. Additionally, Chile will create two new reserves totaling 240,000 square miles. Both countries will restrict fishing in the new marine protected areas. All three reserves were scientifically supported by National Geographic Society’s Pristine Seas program.

Imprisonment in Thailand for ‘insulting’ 400-year-dead king?


This video from Thailand says about itself:

Sulak Sivaraksa on lèse majesté, nationalistic history, coup, and succession

6 November 2014

The self-proclaimed royalist Sulak Sivaraksa has faced at least three lèse majesté charges. The latest one filed against him at the age of 82 was brought by two retired generals who were not satisfied with Sulak’s speech on King Naresuan, a monarch who ruled Ayutthaya Kingdom about 400 years ago.

Prachatai’s Thaweeporn Kummetha interviewed Sulak Sivaraksa, a renowned royalist and lèse majesté critic at his home in Bangkok.

In Thailand, there is draconian lèse majesté punishment for ‘insulting’ a living king or other royal. There is draconian lèse majesté punishment for ‘insulting’ a living king’s dog.

Now, things in Thailand are getting ‘curioser and curioser‘ as Alice used to say in Wonderland.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

One is not allowed to offend a king who died 400 years ago in Thailand

Today, 12:52

An 85-year-old Thai man may go to a prison cell for insulting a king who reigned 400 years ago. He appeared before the military court in Bangkok today and is accused of lèse majesté.

Sulak Sivaraksa three years ago in a speech at a university asked a question about what happened in 1593. He wondered if the story is true that at that time the Thai king Naresuan killed the Burmese crown prince in a personal duel on an elephant. This ‘battle of Nong Sarai’ is still commemorated every year.

Sulak, who has often expressed criticism about the rulers in Thailand, does not understand why he is still prosecuted for statements he made in 2014. “Maybe they do not like me because I never keep my mouth shut. I speak the truth. I have to be critical. That’s my job.”

People accused of lèse majesté in Thailand may be imprisoned between 3 and 15 years. There is nothing in the law about insulting dead kings, but according to Sivaraksa’s lawyer, it is just how someone interprets the law.

According to a human rights organization, since the army did a coup in Thailand in 2014, 138 people have been accused of lèse majesté.

What next? Will Theresa May in Britain now jail people for saying 16th century King of England Henry VIII had some of his wives beheaded (which is true), because Ms May wants ‘Henry VIII powers’ for herself?

Theresa May as Henry VIII

This picture shows how Theresa May might look if she was Henry VIII, which she isn’t.

This 2015 French video, with English subtitles, asks itself whether French author Charles Perrault based his Bluebeard tale on King Henry VIII.

Capybaras get along with other animals


This 6 October 2016 video is about capybaras, the biggest rodents in the world. These South American mammals get along well with many other animal species, eg, with monkeys.

Baby American red squirrel video


This video from Tennessee in the USA says about itself:

8 October 2017

Mother Red Squirrel‘s warning call is amazing! A tiny Red Squirrel kitten is sitting right in the middle of the trail to Mt Leconte in the Great Smoky Mountains. Way too young to be out and about by itself and mother squirrel is extremely upset and concerned giving the most emphatic warning call I’ve ever heard – and I’ve heard a lot.

Just about any other four-legged creature or bird could have this little one for breakfast. Squirrel kittens are so trusting and accepting of strangers – remember just because you find one alone does not mean mother is not around or coming back. Of course in the wild like a National Park you never handle an animal, but in your backyard or a local park wait an hour or two before you remove a seemingly abandoned baby squirrel to a shelter. Mom may be hiding and waiting for you to leave.