What I learnt This Week – 28 June to 04 July 2020

The more Eagle-eyed reader might spot a difference this week.

Last Week I covered 22nd to 28th June. This week I’m starting on 28 June. I realised that publishing on Sunday was restricting me a little as I was including the day I published. So from now I will cover the previous Sunday to Saturday. That way if I learn something after publishing I don’t need to squeeze it in to Monday…

I’m aware no one reading this would know I had fudged it… but if it troubled me when I realised.

This article won’t double up on anything I learnt on 28th…

You may also have noticed I have dropped the ‘th’ in the date format. I am doing this as I am aware non-native English Speakers sometimes struggle with ‘st’ and ‘nd’. Dates are clear enough without them. I use Month name to avoid International/US date convention confusion.

So, what did I learn in this week? Continue reading

What I learnt This Week 22nd June to 28th June 2020

Now regular article about what I learnt in a week.

I need to get back to regular articles about Comics too but with my day job and planning my Fiction Writing I’m short of time. I will try to find some time in the coming week.

As I’ve said before I learn new things regularly. Most of us learn new things but dso we always pause to acknowledge this?

As well as not having enough time to write articles about Comics I’m also watching less Documentaries, thus restricting chances to add to the list of what I’ve learnt. But still, I think I have learnt a fair number of things recently. Continue reading

Black2Nature – a project to encourage Minority Ethnic youth to engage with Nature

M87051_HELENA_CRAIG_DS-35 copy 2January 2015, Bristol, UK 13 year old Mya-Rose realised when she was out and about in nature she never saw anyone else who looks like her.

Mya-Rose had been actively following her hoppy of Ornithology for years and ringing wild birds for study since 9 years old. It wasn’t her age, Mya-Rose is half Bangladeshi, she wasn’t seeing other darker skinned people.

Instead of ignoring this she did something about it, she founded Black2Nature.

Mya-Rose was awarded an Honourary Doctorate of Science for her Enviromental work, including Black2Nature.

I read a thread on Twitter today from Mya-Rose and was instantly impressed by her drive and dedication.

My Twitter is fairly varied, like this Blog. I follow a lot of people involved in Science and Nature. I’m not sure who retweeted Mya-Rose or I would credit them.

I’ve recently been seeing things on Twitter such as #BlacBirdersWeek, #BlackAFinSTEM and #BlackInNature. Highlighting a shortage of POC in Nature and Science. I know the first I saw of these Hashtags – on a Tweet from Palaeontologist Yara Haridy.

Mya-Rose’s Tweet gave a lively an in depth account of Black2Nature.

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UK Native Horses

Adam_animals-199-9b8573fFrequent readers over the years will know of my interest in Horses. I haven’t ridden for decades but never lost my love for equines.

Watching Countryfile on Sunday 1th May 2020, Adam Henson presented a piece about his Horses and how he uses them to maintain parts of his farm naturally.

Living in Leeds I am lucky enough to have a prestigious Jousting competition nearby each Easter, the Easter Joust at the Royal Armouries. Attending and writing about the Easter Joust brought me to know the amazing Stunt Team Atkinson Action Horses who provide the Horses to Royal Armouries as well as Stunt Riders for a number of shows. TV and Film viewers will have seen the Horses and Riders of Atkinson Action Horses in shows such as Poldark, Victoria and Peaky Blinders.

DylanThere are a number of breeds of horses and each one has it’s own place in culture, be it for work or leisure. Stunt teams such as Atkinsons Action Horses train a variety of horses so that the different roles on screen can correctly be represented.

So, I’ve mentioned Horses used in entertainment, and briefly mentioned labour. But what of Domestic horses? The Horse in the foreground is Dylan is a Dales Pony, a Domestic Breed.

Wild Horses don’t technically exist in the UK, there are several free roaming herds but they are managed and not truly Wild, or even Feral. This sometimes reinforces the thought Horses are not Native.

Horses have been in the UK, and the surrounding Islands for a considerable length of time, there is archaeological evidence of their presence going back to 700,000BC. Continue reading