Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations!!

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 in 2015 so far?

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. janariebuijs

2. americanliberaltimes

3. standupandspit

4. mypassengerdiaries

5. Darwin on the rocks and around the world

6. deeacalinescu

7. bCl Photography

8. randommusings

9. Denisa Aricescu


Bahraini Nabeel Rajab jailed for tweeting on regime-ISIS links

This video says about itself:

Jailed for a Tweet: Interview with Nabeel Rajab

21 October 2014

Nabeel Rajab is a human rights activist awaiting trial in Bahrain, one of the West’s favorite dictatorships. Three years after the Arab Spring, protests there are still being violently repressed, and Rajab now faces up to three years in jail — for a tweet. VICE News spoke to him a few weeks before his latest arrest.

Read more: Bahrain’s Human Rights Activist Faces Jail Time — for a Tweet.

From the International Business Times:

Bahrain upholds prison sentence for Nabeel Rajab over ‘IS defection’ tweet

By Gianluca Mezzofiore

May 14, 2015 10:00 BST

A Bahraini appeals court has upheld a six-month prison sentence for Bahrain’s human rights activist Nabeel Rajab over a tweet that alleged some of the Gulf Kingdom’s soldiers had defected to the Islamic State (Isis).

Rajab, who is president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) was freed in May 2014 after serving two years in prison for his role in the pro-democracy uprising. He was arrested again last October and charged with publicly “insulting a public institution” on the microblogging site.

The Bahraini Ministry of Interior said it summoned Rajab “to interview him regarding tweets posted on his Twitter account that denigrated government institutions”.

The tweets related to an article published on Global Voices about alleged Bahraini recruits to Islamic State who featured in a video threatening to overthrow the al-Khalifa regime which rules Bahrain. The activist commented:

many #Bahrain men who joined #terrorism & #ISIS came from security institutions and those institutions were the first ideological incubator

The video included Lieutenant Mohamed Isa Al-Binali, who had defected from the army.

Rajab spoke to IBTimes UK in July 2014 about his time in prison and accused the British government of supporting the bloody al-Khalifa regime in the Gulf Kingdom despite daily human rights violations because of business interests.

He said that the Bahraini government “have bought the silence of the British government by increasing the business” since the start of the crackdown on peaceful protesters in 2011.

The arms trade has increased, the business between the UK government and Bahrain has increased after the crackdown over 30%,” he said. “That’s why you see not only silence in the British government but also harassment to human rights defenders and even to the people living in this country and who came seeking asylum from Bahrain.”

Rajab, one of several pro-democracy campaigners arrested in the regime’s clampdown, was considered a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.

More about Nabeel Rajab

Bahrain: Index condemns decision upholding sentence of human rights activist. By Index on Censorship / 14 May, 2015: here.

Amnesty International criticized Thursday’s decision, saying it shows a “complete disregard for the right to freedom of expression”: here.

USA: On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of 45 congressional leaders urged President Obama to push the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)—Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—to reform their human rights practices. Obama met with leaders in Washington on Wednesday and will meet with them at Camp David today: here.

Gulf human rights abuses in focus as Camp David summit tackles Iran fears. Bahrain confirms controversial prison sentence for Twitter dissident Nabeel Rajab as anxious Arab leaders meet Barack Obama: here.

Stone curlew nest camera in England

This video from England says about itself:

Weeting Heath stone curlew nest camera

13 May 2015

Part of the Wings over the Brecks project.

From the Watton & Swaffham Times in England about this:

Stone curlew secrets to be revealed after live streaming nest camera set up

17:39 13 May 2015

Andrew Fitchett

The secrets of one of the country’s most elusive birds will be revealed for the first time after a live video stream was set up and opened to visitors.

Nature lovers will be able to get a long-awaited glimpse of the iconic stone curlew thanks to the Wings over the Brecks project after it set up a nest camera to record the bird’s activities.

The project, a partnership scheme between the Forestry Commission, RSPB, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), aims to show people the secret lives of five of the rarest birds of the Brecks’ heathland and forest: woodlark, stone curlew, nightjar, hobby and goshawk.

The stone curlew live stream will be shown at several locations, including in the cafe at High Lodge, at Weeting Heath and on roaming displays in town centres including Thetford and Brandon.

Sammy Fraser, RSPB Community Engagement Officer, said it was hoped the project would put the Brecks in the spotlight.

“So much of the Brecks is protected for rare species such as the stone curlew but until now hardly anyone got to see them,” she said.

“Showing live footage from the nest of a rare bird like a stone curlew allows people to get closer to these amazing animals than they ever would have otherwise.

“We hope it will inspire local people and visitors to the Brecks with what a fantastic landscape we have here, both for people and wildlife.”

A special event is being held to launch the second live stone curlew nest camera footage on Monday May 25 (Bank Holiday) at High Lodge.

Talks by the project team and guided walks will take place from 11am to 1pm followed by a buffet lunch, with bookings for this being taken on 01842 753732 or

From 1pm to 4pm families will be able to enjoy outdoor activities, including a bird ringing demonstration, bug hunting and nature detective trail. And keen birders and families will have the chance to see the project species and explore the habitats they are found in.

A programme of public events is planned over the lifespan of the project and will provide people with the opportunity to explore the Brecks and its wildlife.

Wings over the Brecks are looking for people to join their team of volunteers at High Lodge and Weeting Heath, helping visitors find out more about the project species and get involved in the projects event programme.

Anyone interested in finding out more should get in touch on 01842 753732 or email

Wings over the Brecks is a 3 year project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and is one of 37 Breaking New Ground landscape partnership scheme projects.

Premio Dardos Award, thank you Barbara!

Premio Dardos Award

My dear blogging friend Barbara of the blog idealisticrebel has been so kind to nominate my blog for the Premio Dardos Award. This is a new award for me.

Thanks so much for this kind gesture, Barbara!

The Premio Dardos Award exists to acknowledge the values that every blogger shows in their effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values every day. These stamps were created with the intention of promoting fraternization between bloggers, a way of showing affection and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.

The rules are simple: You can accept the award by posting it on your blog along with the name of the person that has granted the award and a link to his or her blog. Include the image of the “Premios Dardos” in the post. Pass the award to another 15 blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgement!

My nominees are:

1. Birmingham Clarion Singers

2. Առլեն Շահվերդյանի գրական բլոգ

3. sdbast

4. Voices and Visions

5. Moorbey’z Blog

6. Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

7. Joëlle Jean-Baptiste – Author

8.  Archaic Sugar

9. The Fifth Column

10. Through the lens

11. petchary


13. The Militant Negro™

14. MJ’s Book Blog

15. Hoxton Spanish Tutor Info

Young red-tailed hawk hatched in Cornell, USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

18 April 2012

See what it took to bring live streaming video of a pair of Red-tailed Hawks on Cornell’s campus. The technical crew worked day and night to install the cams early in the nesting season, before the hawks laid their eggs on a light tower 70 feet above an athletic field. To see the live feed during the nesting season, go to

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the USA:

May 4, 2015

Hatch Alert!

Under the cover of the predawn darkness, viewers of the Cornell Hawks‘ cam were the first welcome a new nestling hawk to the world. Big Red was incubating at the time, and while sightings of the nestling were difficult, she could be seen pulling pieces of broken eggshell from beneath her. As morning’s light arrived, we got our first glimpse of the hatchling, looking downy and bobbling energetically beneath its parents (watch highlight.)

Versatile Blogger Award, thanks marjma2014!

Versatile Blogger Award

Blogger marjma2014 of the blog Kyrosmagica has been so kind to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you so much for this generous gesture!

Here are the rules of this award:

• First of all, give the link and name of the blogger who nominated you, in your post.
• Secondly, tell 7 facts about yourself.
• Lastly, nominate 15 bloggers for the award.

Seven things about myself:

1. Where did most visits to my blog come from so far today?

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 88
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 25
Australia FlagAustralia 13
Germany FlagGermany 10
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 6
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 6
France FlagFrance 4
India FlagIndia 4
Japan FlagJapan 3
Canada FlagCanada 3
Italy FlagItaly 2
Spain FlagSpain 2
Belgium FlagBelgium 2

2. Where did most visits to my blog come from this quarter?

Top Views by Country for 90 days ending 2015-05-03 (Summarized)

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 39,292
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 5,964
Jamaica FlagJamaica 1,890
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 1,628
Canada FlagCanada 1,382
Germany FlagGermany 1,143
Australia FlagAustralia 1,116
France FlagFrance 1,036

3. Which blog posts and pages brought most visits to my blog today so far?

Title Views
Home page / Archives 17
Hitler’s holocaust in the Soviet Union, photos 5
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted 5
Fukushima disaster killing many birds 5
Awards 4
New lion’s mane jellyfish species discovered in New Zealand 4
Algerian desert dust infected with French bomb radioactivity 4
Russell Brand’s new film, The Emperor’s New Clothes 3
Dear Kitty, song about Anne Frank 3
Poverty in Britain 2

4. Which blog posts and pages brought most visits to my blog this year?

2014-05-03 to Today

5. Which referrers referred most to my blog this year?

Referrers for 365 days ending 2015-05-03 (Summarized)

Referrer Views
Search Engines 98,061
Facebook 2,041 Reader 1,675
Twitter 802
WordPress Dashboard 527 460
Reddit 288 242 229 204 135 128

6. Most popular topics Dear Kitty. Some blog has written about

Topic Views
Human rights 727
Economic, social, trade union, etc. 538
Environment 338
Peace and war 290
UK 251
Biology 208
Crime 191
Birds 187
history 172

If you tag your posts effectively, this panel will show you which topics get the most traffic. Snapshot generated from your top posts over the past week.

7. Which links were clicked most on my blog this year?

Clicks for 365 days ending 2015-05-03 (Summarized)

URL Clicks 1,170 Media 386 89 81 78 73 67 67 65 64 60 56

My fifteen nominees are:

1. A Place Called Love

2. Pin Up Fan

3. johnpoetflanagan

4. Clanmother

5. Noir

6. Estate un rato

7. MJ’s Book Blog

8. lemanshots – Fine Pictures and Digital Art

9. swo8

10. Sue Vincent & Stuart France

11. hansstellingsma


13. dou dou

14. Serdunio

15. naturestimeline