Tuesday, November 30, 2010

meadow pipit, anthus pratensis


Not such good shots it must have been camera shy, CAN NOT WIN THEM ALL.

Roof rats are arboreal (tree-living) by nature. They are similar to squirrels in their ability to move through trees and along vines and wires.,
while walking home along the main road I saw these two bats  hanging on the mains electricity wires 
one was dead  the other seemed to be alive??
skink wondering whether its safe to come out of its hide hole.
A flock of sparrows eating the newly sown corn seed so was the hooded crow.
who me,
A few yards down the path  this little beauty posed for me ;- who is it?
 will tell you on my next post

Black-winged kite,Elanus caeruleus

I am back to the birds again this week,  today I was real lucky to see the kite not just one but two pairs,

Monday, November 29, 2010

a short walk around the temple.

Today I feel like this telephone centre box!!   like the rest of Egypt its falling apart, no matter what we paint on the serface'
  like this pretty girl. no one has told her pavements are not for pedestrians,
 then she pewked  on the pavement,
the sparrows looking for a place to spend the night hours.

Port Said, Egypt

 Port Said blog is now on


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Luxor Egypt cultural centre of the world

This is Luxor Egypt,   I have been told on many occasions its the cultural centre of the world.
we have horses that feed in the garbage bins. 
cultural centre for hassle while waiting for a cariage.
street vendors  that use nile water for cool drinks even the plastic bottles are second hand,  meaning  they have been used then discarded in the rubbish  when the vendor needs a bottle  all he has to do is go to the garbage bins.
outside of macs on a hot day  we can  fill our nostrils with the aroma of horse urine and brown bits that have been placed in the road by the horse,
even here  the most modern bakery in town  the horses stop  to have a pee, while the driver picks up his bread .
And his family can sit on the curb waiting for the bread to cool down before HEADING off home
All the photos have been taken around one of the biggest tourist attractions in Egypt,
Luxor Temple.   where its estimated 18 million people have visited over the past 12 months.
each person pays 50 egp to get into this temple ,there are 100 tombs and temples in this "Thebes" the largest open air museum in the world.
 so its seems the culture is to live in the filth.
because the local authority  has no money to clear the garbage away.

Friday, November 26, 2010

When Bevo was barbecue

I can get a perfect shot of a fly passing at 100 miles an hour. but getting pre posed persons standing perfectly still is almost impossible for me. next time I will put my 100x400 zoom lens on and stand 30yards away'
I met a couple of fellow bloggers yesterday doing a whistle stop tour of Egypt,
they are from the Philippines , and work in Dubai,
all the dragonflies are on  http://egyptdragonflies.blogspot.com/.  
Ever had one of those days where you  really are not sure which way to go.
bird blog .http://birdinginegypt.blogspot.com/.
Then I get to read a lot of  this kind of stuff.the headlines in yahoo is full of a very strange sport that is Allian to me. give me rugby any day. and a good( welsh black ) rump steak.
A cow is reared for meat  long horned or polled. the best place for a good cow is on the barbie, bbq.in the oven  in the frying pan  etc.
not saying over the years they have not made some cowboys famous, " Home on the range"  and all that rustling stuff, cowboy and injun films of my childhood  I saw lots of cows been branded and injuns stealing a herd.  most like cos the white men had killed off all the buffalo for  a good bbq to have with the  beans.
much nicer than beef Jerky or biltong.

and here is today's story on

When Bevo was barbecue, and other trials of Texas' most famous longhorn

Jim Weber runs the college football and men’s basketball site LostLettermen.com. This week, he looks at the early trials of Bevo, introduced to Texas on Thanksgiving 1916, ahead of Thursday night's rivalry showdown between the Longhorns and Texas A&M in Austin.
There isn't a fan base more proud of its school or more in love with its mascot than the faithful from the University of Texas. Longhorn fans stay true to their school by traveling en masse to road games, decking themselves head to toe in burnt orange and obsessively lashing the "Hook 'em Horns."
And they show their affection for the live longhorn mascot, Bevo, with endless merchandise that ranges from golf head covers to Halloween costumes, as well as a student group, the Silver Spurs, whose sole purpose is the care and transport of the 2,000-pound steer. These days, he's treated like royalty while taking in games from the field.
It wasn't always that way. Texas had been known as the "Longhorns" for years, but before a group of students dragged a gaunt, frightened steer onto the field at halftime of Texas' Thanksgiving Day game against A&M College of Texas in 1916, the preferred mascot was a dog. cant eat dog unless its Chinese new year)UT alum Stephen Pinckney had spotted the orange-tinged longhorn on a cattle raid in Laredo and bought him with $1 contributions from 124 fellow alumni. It arrived just in time for the A&M game on a boxcar with no food or water.
But the Longhorns won, 21-7, thanks to two punt returns for touchdowns after the steer was introduced, and he stuck as a good luck charm. He was shipped to a stockyard in South Austin for a photograph (he reportedly charged the photographer immediately after the picture was snapped), which soon ran with a story in an alumni magazine that dubbed the new mascot as "Bevo."
Still, the original longhorn was far from the prized, pampered and protected symbol he is today. In fact, he was almost an afterthought. Security at the South Austin stockyard was lax enough that Texas A&M students broke into Bevo's pen in the winter of 1917 and branded "13-0" on one side – the score of the Aggies' 1915 win in College Station. Fearing a wholesale kidnapping, the university moved Bevo again. But when the U.S. entered World War I the same year, the mascot was all but forgotten.
[Related: 10 most epic college mascot fights]
Then came a dirty little secret that still makes Texas fans shudder: When Bevo was what's for dinner.
With food and care for the longhorn costing the University fifty cents a day, and nostalgic pangs of school spirit still taking a backseat to a good meal, the original mascot was slaughtered and served at the team's banquet in the winter of 1920, where the freshly defeated A&M players were even invited to chow down. The visiting Aggies were served the side they had branded three years earlier and presented with a part of the hide that still read "13-0."
The final insult came years later, after Bevo I's head had been stuffed and placed in a UT gymnasium. Another villainous Aggie snuck in and cut the horns off its head because of the lyrics in the Aggie War Hymn that instruct revelers to "Saw varsity's horns off." Thus did Bevo I end up branded, ostracized, slaughtered and emasculated.
Fortunately, the live longhorn mascot eventually caught on at Texas and the mascot is now treated like a prized possession. For last January’s BCS Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif., Bevo was driven 1,400 miles by four members of the Silver Spurs, then received his own private paddock to prepare for the big game.
The current mascot, Bevo XIV, has reigned since 2004 and resides just north of Austin in a private ranch owned by John T. Baker and his wife, Betty. They also housed Bevo XIII, as the two were both tabbed as the Chosen One by the powers that be at Texas from a selection of the best longhorn steers in the area.

The Bakers have treated their two prized longhorns like their own and Bevo XIV has a special place in their hearts.
"I am very attached to this one, I mean extremely," Betty said this week. "He's like my big pet. I can go out on the ranch, actually go up to him and scratch him and put my arms around him and give him kisses. He is just absolutely fabulous."
Even though Bevo XIII wasn't as personable, the Bakers had a soft spot for it as well. After it passed away in 2006, the Bakers had the head stuffed and mounted on their wall. And no, eating the late school mascot never crossed their minds.
"It’d be like eating your dog," Betty said. "It's just one of those things you don't do. And by his age at 22, that’s old and his meat wouldn't (be good) – you could do hamburgers probably but you couldn’t do steaks."
Maybe not. But after beating Texas only twice in the last decade, there are probably plenty of Aggie fans that would love to trade their Thanksgiving Day turkey for Bevo burgers on Thursday night.

Wasn't that an interesting story,

this is even more interesting as  a famous model came to mind.