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Oct 22 13 11:06 AM
Danielle EmOlga, as far as I know (from what the news story said), "Voldemort" is a pet goat, and had gotten loose. He was returned to his home after he chased a boy up a tree. I don't think any harm came to him.
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BLU3AZUR3 wrote:Old, but the world has not progressed much since the vampires haunted platinum blond actresses... or presidents... or gutter press "journalists"...Lisa
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Stuffed animals are cooped up! They want to ditch your bed and
bookshelves. They want to see the world. They want to travel. And, in
Japan, they can.
Enter Unagi Travel. It dubs
itself as a “travel agency for stuffed animals.” For the past three
years, Sonoe Azuma, 38, has been taking stuffed animals on holidays and
day trips. This allows the owners of the stuffed animals, some of which
are physically impaired, to live vicariously through the plush toys.
Travelogues are uploaded to Facebook, where the owners can follow what activities their stuffed animals are up to.
“So far, more than 200 stuffed animals have participated in the
trips, and some of them sign up regularly. I would say 40 per cent of my
business is repeat customers,” Azuma told The Yomiuri Shimbun. She now organizes 10 trips a month and has even taken stuffed animals abroad to the US and Europe.
Azuma got the idea for the tours after her blog, which followed the
exploits of her stuffed animal eel, was a bit hit among friends and
The stuffed animal tours offer encouragement to their owners.
“I want to see and walk around the sights that I viewed through my
stuffed animal’s journeys someday,” a 51-year-old woman from Saga
Prefecture told Yomiuri.
The woman had become a recluse because an illness had made walking
difficult. However, she was inspired to rehabilitate her legs and go out
in the world after seeing her stuffed animal on an Unagi Travel tour.
“Seeing my stuffed animal travelling encouraged me,” she said. “I
began to think that I should do what I can do, instead of lamenting over
things that I can’t.”
Others said the tours helped them overcome social anxiety and even depression.
Tours are priced at between around $20 and $55, depending on the trip
and the activity. There are also “mystery tours,” which are priced at
$35, and involve your stuffed friend getting on an aeroplane and jetting
off to a mysterious location. And, no, they don’t need passports!
There are travel restrictions, such as each stuffed animal must weigh
under 250 grams, and you are responsible for getting your plush toy to
Tokyo, where Unagi Travel is located.
Stuffed animals that participate get a commemorative photograph, along with a CD-ROM filled with pics and precious memories.
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Sean BrennanJapan's Travel Agency For Stuffed Animals Is So Heartwarming
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Windsor’s phallus-obsessed bushwacker strikes again:
Guerrilla gardener writes ‘penis’ with shrubs
Sarah Boesveld | 26/11/13 6:09 PM ET
More from Sarah Boesveld |
Greg Layson/CBC WindsorA vandal cut
this bush on Windsor's riverfront into the shape of a penis. The city quickly
One day in October, the citizens of Windsor, Ont., woke
to find a large shrub in the city’s riverfront garden had been pruned into the
shape of a penis. Then it happened again, drawing the attention of late night
talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. Now, the mysterious phallus-obsessed landscape
artist has performed a third act: Writing the word ‘penis’ in the garden, with
garland-like plants. This time the City of Windsor’s executive director of
parks and facilities has had quite enough. But instead of vowing vengeance,
John Miceli is trying to coax the guerrilla gardener out of the shadows with a
job — or at least a volunteer position. Mr. Miceli spoke with the Post‘s Sarah Boesveld Tuesday:
So this was funny at first, but you’ve been dealing with
it now for over a month. Is this a bridge too far?
I have to look at the entire community, the way they’d
view that word in the public domain. It’s public property, that’s not something
we’d be promoting. If it was a piece of artwork that got vetted through our
entire process, that’s one thing. But for someone to put it up without any
permission, I have to treat it like it’s vandalism or graffiti.
I guess it’s not really the kind of ‘art’ the city would
In the artists’ community, it might be acceptable, but
there’s a process that it goes through.
Do you worry that this might reflect poorly on you? That
you’ve been unable to thwart the penis-pruning bandit?
It’s like having a child with bad behaviour. If you don’t
address the behaviour, it’s going to continue to grow.
And this, some would argue, is pretty childish.
It was a great novelty in the beginning, it put our
sculpture garden on the map. But there comes a point in time when you’ve got to
say to yourself ‘This is no longer about a prank, if you will, it’s more about
someone wants to send a message.’ Well, it’s unfortunate that they don’t use
their talents with our Adopt a Park program. We could really use their skills,
because they’re very, very good, whoever’s doing it, at being able to, uh,
So that’s your strategy? Show yourself and we may have a
job for you?
I have no qualms about it — give me a call, come see
me and we’ll see if we can use your skill set.
You wouldn’t charge them with vandalism if they came
That’s something we’d have to discuss with senior
administration. My position would be ‘no.’
How did you react when you saw the bandit struck a third
My supervisor came to me [last Thursday] and said ‘John,
you’re not going to believe this.’ ‘What do you mean?’ Dave showed me and I
said ‘Are you serious, Dave?’ And I went out to look at it in the truck.
Whoever did it put a lot of effort, I’m telling you, a lot of effort, in
putting this together. [The city has since removed the word].
You’re not getting trouble from the mayor’s office?
It’d be nice for this person to stop, but unfortunately
we’re a city of 215,000. I can’t find what 215,000 people are doing. It’s
unfortunate. That’s all we can say. We have a very talented individual who’s
not using their talent to the betterment of the community.
And surely you’re probably getting tired of penis jokes.
Oh yeah, just a little bit.
This interview has been edited and condensed for length
Nov 28 13 2:29 PM
Gingerspark wrote:Here is the link - the pictures don't transfer without breach of copyright: http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/11/26/windsors-phallus-obsessed-bushwacker-strikes-again-guerrilla-gardener-writes-penis-with-shrubs/
Nov 29 13 4:28 AM
GingersparkOlga that happens here in Canada (in the north, not near me) frequently too.
Nov 29 13 12:08 PM
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Hollywood set designers make a career out of
creating enchanted towers and mythic-looking castles for big-budget
fantasy films. But if you visit one of the Great Lakes in the winter,
you can often see those special effects in real life without spending a
That’s exactly what photographers Thomas Zakowski and Tom Gill found
when the lighthouses at the St. Joseph North Pier on the coast of Lake
Michigan froze over. And thankfully, they pulled out their cameras to
document nature’s frigid masterpiece.
The pair of century-old lighthouses, which stand 10.5 and 17.4 metres
tall, are connected by a catwalk that leads to some impressive ice
sculptures when battered by winter waves. Known for their spectacular
icicles, the lighthouses have become an unlikely winter destination for
tourists. And based on the breathtaking images below, we can see why.
Source: Thomas Zakowski via 500px.com and Tom Gill via lapstrake.blogspot.ca
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