Saturday, May 24, 2008
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
It has been a while since I was there and I didn't remember how lovely the park is (kitchy, yes, but still...)
Swans, ducks, and geese already walked around with their offspring.....
And I couldn't remember at all that there is a mosque in castle park:
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Im Februar erhielten wir eine Email aus dem Londoner Zoo und dem neuen zuständigen EEP Koordinator Malcolm Fitzpatrick, dass neue genetische Untersuchungen ergeben haben, dass unser Kater kein reinerbiger „Sibirier“ ist, sondern einer seiner Vorfahren ein Sumatra-Tiger war. Sumatra-Tiger werden als eigene Art geführt. Insgesamt sind 31 weitere Tiger in Europäischen Zoos von dieser Hiobsbotschaft betroffen. Der Magdeburger Kater wurde mit dieser Meldung mit sofortiger Wirkung von jeglicher Zucht ausgeschlossen. Die Katze war zu
diesem Zeitpunkt jedoch bereits trächtig. Die Zucht reinerbiger Tiere, vor allem auch sehr seltener, hoch bedrohter Arten ist eine der obersten Ziele der nationalen und internationalen Zoogemeinschaft. Mischlinge (Hybride) sind in jedem Fall zu vermeiden.
Basically, London Zoo found out in a genetic research that the father of the tiger-babies, Taskan, was not purebred. Whereupon he not only was immediatly sterilized, but also his babies were killed, since the main task of a zoo were breeding of purebred animals, which are endangered.
Well, I always thought we should breed pure Indians in the zoo, because they are an endangered species, too. Had we had zoos in prehistory we would still be able to admire Neanderthals, because we would have bred them in the zoo, too. Purebred of course, that goes without saying.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Their salad bar and hot meals are so yummie......
A second must go in terms of food is my favourite (again) sushi-to-go shop, the Wasabi in Oxford Street. Vegetarian sushi and o-nigiri galore and there is a nice little park at the end of Marlybone Street where everyone is sitting around and having lunch (if it's not raining). A perfect spot to enjoy your sushi. But check out their website, too, because it has funny little videos about sushi-etiquette.
But today I didn't go this little park, instead I went all big and went to Hyde Park:
I even found modern 'megalithic art' in Hyde Park:
After some tiring shopping (spring finally came to Southern Britain and demanded for lighter summer clothes) I had a stop-over at St. Pauls, but there was a BBC thing going on and most of the area around the cathedral was roped off , therefore only a really bad photo of the not roped-off part:
And last but not least a nice pub sign:
You see, London is always worth a visit.....
Sunday, May 04, 2008
After a group of drummers a couple of people swept the street with brooms, so the following bare-footed and praying priests wouldn't crush any life-form crawling on the street. After that two waggons followed and after those a huge crowd of Sikh people. Believe me it took a while until they all passed. The last part of the procession was a waggon that picked up elderly people who couldn't walk any further and they climbed up on the wagon with a ladder.