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Peter Dickinson

Joined 5 years ago from South East Asia. Last activity 2 weeks ago.

After a long and happy career working in zoos I found myself in a bit of a quandry. I was suddenly and reluctantly divorced after 30 years of what I considered a happy marriage and  ended up in debt and with two mortgages. What to do? Work till I dropped and still have debts to pay or do what I wanted to do?

I wanted to travel.

I did a lot of thinking, resigned my post, sold my house and all my possessions and paid off my debts. I was left with a little money. It wasn't much but I decided to hit the road anyway. I thought that if I worried about money then I would not enjoy myself...so I deliberately don't think about it (it is difficult not too at times). I go with the flow, take each day as it comes and enjoy most. I have been 'on the road' since 2004 now. I have no home...home is where I lay my head each night. I live out of my backpack.

I firstly travelled to Turkey. That was fun but seeing a cheap ticket to India I moved on there. The next cheap ticket led me to Thailand and since then I have been sort of happily 'stuck' in South East Asia. I have visited Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Sabah, Philippines and others and some several times.

My interests have always been wide and varied but my whole adventure has been a learning experience and I continue to learn every day.

My main interest is zoos. They were my life and are still my usual reason for travelling to new destinations. I publish weekly the largest on-line zoo related e-zine Zoo News Digest 

UPDATE - Further to the above I have remained 'stuck in Asia' and using Thailand as a base. Recently I obtained a contract in Dubai so that is where I am living now albeit still living out of my backpack, going with the flow and enjoying most every day.

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  • 0

    Zoos Of The United Arab Emirates

    3 months ago

    Zoo visits are popular in the United Arab Emirates. Here there is a list of all public zoos and a few of the private animal collections.

  • 0

    World Oceans Day

    4 months ago

    The World Oceans Day is celebrated on the 8th June each year. The seas of our planet form one of its lungs and in turn allows all the planets creatures to live and breathe. We need to remember this.

  • 3

    World Camel Day

    5 months ago

    World Camel Day gives recognition to a remarkable animal to which mankind owes so much.

  • 1

    Nightingale Feces Facial

    7 months ago

    Disgusting as it may sound the Nightingale Feces Facial is gaining in popularity. Although only a recent arrival on the luxury beauty scene its roots are in old Japan.

  • 8

    Dam Sen Theme Park Zoo

    3 years ago

    The Dam Sen Theme Park Zoo is set within the Dam Sen Theme Park in District 11 of Ho Chi Minh City in Southern Vietnam. It is possible to reach the Park on a motorcycle from the city centre but it is a somewhat dusty...

  • 8

    Suoi Tien Theme Park Zoo

    3 years ago

    The Suoi Tien Theme Park is located on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. It is classed as a 'Cultural Theme Park' and seeks to show something of tradition, tale and superstition of Vietnam. It is a well...

  • 3

    Jesus As An Orangutan

    3 years ago

    Jesus has been depicted as an Orangutan in an art competition. The aim being to draw attention to destruction of the Orangutans rainforest home.

  • 10

    Pattaya Bucket List

    3 years ago

    The Pattaya Bucket List details ten activities which the short term visitor to Pattaya in Thailand should not miss.

  • 19

    Rhinoceros Farming in China

    3 years ago

    Most people are familiar with the concept of Tiger Farming and are aware that it takes place in Asia and in Thailand and China in particular. Less people are aware of Rhinoceros Farming and yet it is going on. A...

  • 9

    Ankus

    3 years ago

    The Ankus is an ancient tool used by man for the management of elephants in captivity. In the correct hands it is the best instrument for the job. In the wrong hands it becomes an abusive weapon.

  • 7

    Cheetah in the United Arab Emirates

    3 years ago

    The cheetah has never been endemic to the United Arab Emirates. Regardless of the lack of evidence newspapers often state that it was a UAE mammal.

  • 27

    Lonely Gorillas

    3 years ago

    Gorillas are social animals and should live in family groups. Yet there are single animals in solitary confinement in zoos around the world. Lonely Gorillas sentenced to lonely lives by politics.

  • 35

    What Do Tigers Eat In Zoos?

    3 years ago

    The average zoo visitor may wonder what it is that tigers eat in zoos. It is the same as in the wild...meat. In the zoo however the fare varies as does the preparation and presentation.

  • 4

    Siem Reap Crocodile Farm

    3 years ago

    The Siem Reap Crocodile Farm is located at the southern end of Siem Reap town along the road to Tonle Sap Lake. The collection holds about three hundred crocodiles in all. Visitors are charged $1.00 for entrance. It is...

  • 8

    Paradizoo

    3 years ago

    Paradizoo is located only a short distance away from Tagaytay in Mendez, Cavite in the Philippines. It looks upon itself as a zoo and a farm combined. The description fits the place very well.

  • 10

    Dysfunctional Zoos

    4 months ago

    Dysfunctional Zoo is another name for a bad zoo...one more concerned with the commercial exploitation of animals rather than conservation, education or research.

  • 0

    Marble Floor Cleaning

    3 years ago

    Marble flooring gives any building a much more attractive look. It makes the ordinary appear elegant and can bestow both a warmness and a feeling of cool in a way that no other building seems capable of. Many people get...

  • 12

    Interesting Facts About Polar Bears

    3 years ago

    Polar Bears are a very popular animal but in spite of this people know so little about them. Here then are some interesting facts about these wonderful bears.

  • 0

    Cheap Caskets

    3 years ago

    A cheap casket for a loved one can, as well as being economical, a more attractive green alternative to the sombre traditional.

  • 12

    International Vulture Awareness Day

    6 months ago

    The International Vulture Awareness Day takes place each and every year on the 4th September. The day is all about promoting an awareness of the importance of vultures and the vital niche role they play in the web of...

  • 18

    Poisonous Birds

    3 years ago

    It might surprise some people to learn that there are poisonous birds. They are a relatively recent scientific discovery but long recognised as such by the people of Papua, New Guinea where most of them come from. Note...

  • 2

    World Penguin Day

    18 months ago

    World Penguin Day takes place every year on the 25th April. The choice of the date is to coincide with the march of the many thousands of Antarctic Adelie Penguins as they head north to follow the sun and leave the...

  • 8

    Eating Horseshoe Crab

    3 years ago

    The Horseshoe Crab does not really look like crab at all. In fact it isn't, the only things it shares with the crab is its English name and the fact that it lives in the sea. It is though a popular food in some parts of...

  • 12

    London Parakeets

    3 years ago

    Flocks of Green Parakeets are seen flying over the streets of London in increasing numbers every year. They are frequently referred to as the London Parrots whereas they are, more correctly, a Parakeet.

  • 12

    Baobab Bonsai

    3 years ago

    The Baobab is a striking tropical tree which is very well suited to be grown as a Bonsai. The Baobab Bonsai is easily grown and is as unusual as it is attractive. A well cared for specimen makes a good conversation...

  • 8

    Hefner's Hot Tub

    3 years ago

    The hot tub in Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles has been examined as a possible cause of a Legionnaires' Disease (Legionellosis) outbreak. Samples of water taken by the city health department definitely...

  • 1

    Losing Weight Fast By Breathing

    3 years ago

    Losing Weight Fast By Breathing..... It sounds almost too good to be true and yet it is possible. The problem with most people is that they do not breathe properly. They only draw air into the upper part of the lungs...

  • 15

    Mercedes The Polar Bear

    3 years ago

    Mercedes the Polar Bear arrived in Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland from Churchill, Manitoba in Canada in 1984. Believed to be three or four years old she was a ‘rescue’ bear in that she was a wild bear which had...

  • 0

    Continuing Professional Development in Zoos

    4 months ago

    Those serious about working in zoos as a career need to be continuing there professional development. It is easy to stagnate. This article serves to advise on what you should be doing.

  • 10

    Anne The Elephant

    3 years ago

    Anne the elephant (Sometimes called Annie) was born in Sri Lanka some 57 years ago. She was either born in a logging camp or was captured from the wild. She was sold and became part of the circus as a very young animal....

  • 3

    Lion Dung

    3 years ago

    Lion Dung is very popular in some quarters as a cat repellent. The lion dung is obtained from the local zoo and then placed in strategic locations around gardens to keep domestic cats at bay. If lion dung is not...

  • 2

    Koh Kong Safari World

    3 years ago

    Koh Kong Safari World is located very close to the border with Thailand. It is part of a complex which includes a casino. Gambling is illegal in Thailand but Thais love to gamble and so most border crossing...

  • 6

    Zoo Biology

    3 years ago

    By Zoo Biology I mean anything relating to zoo management. Heini Hediger, the father of Zoo Biology described this as “the science which embraced everything which was biologically relevant to the management of the...

  • 9

    Pattaya Songkran 2012

    2 years ago

    Pattaya Songkran is without doubt one of the greatest festivals in the world. Pattaya Songkran 2012 will be no exception. This event rivals both the carnival in Rio and Mardi Gras in terms of fun, excitement and...

  • 3

    Indonesian Zoos

    3 years ago

    There are a large number of zoos in Indonesia. Many are long established. They vary in quality of care and husbandry as well as animal accomodation offered.

  • 8

    Tattoo Regret

    3 years ago

    It is almost a rite of passage today to get a tattoo. Tattoo regret is common. In fact, according to dermatological studies some 50% of people who have a tattoo would like to have it removed. This may apply to one...

  • 6

    Sak Yant Tattoo

    3 years ago

    The Sak Yant tattoo is a tattoo which is done by monks in Buddhist temples in South East Asia. A genuine Sak Yant tattoo must be applied by a genuine monk. It is not something which can be applied in a tattoo shop. In...

  • 2

    Philippine Zoos

    3 years ago

    The First National Zoological Park Conference of the Philippines took place on the 23-24 August 2010. This was a formative event for the new 'PHILZOO's Association', whose membership consists of just 25 large and 10...

  • 6

    One Final Fling Before The Ring

    3 years ago

    The idea of having one final fling before the ring is starting to become more acceptable. It really does make good common sense not to enter into a lifetime partnership, a marriage, without having dated a few other...

  • 6

    OldYoungLove

    3 years ago

    There is bad news for the prospective foreign husband in Cambodia. The Cambodian government have set an age limit on love. If you a a foreign man and you are aged over fifty then you cannot marry a Cambodian woman. All...

  • 13

    Big Cats In Britain

    3 years ago

    Newspaper reports of Big Cat Sightings in Britain are a fairly regular occurrence. Like UFO’s, visits by Aliens and Ghosts they strike the imagination. They make popular stories and will sell papers. Such...

  • 4

    Gentoo Penguin

    3 years ago

    The Gentoo Penguin is the third largest of the Penguin species. It will reach a height of up to 90 centimetres and a weight of 8.5 Kilogrammes. Black and white in colour it has brown eyes, a reddish orange bill and...

  • 0

    Never Let It Be Said Your Mother Bred A Jibber

    3 years ago

    My mother gave me a lot of advice on life the most memorable of which was "Never let it be said that your mother bred a jibber". I can't recollect when she first said it, it was always with me. She certainly...

  • 4

    Natural Viagra From Spider Bite

    3 years ago

    It was long been known that a bite from the venomous Brazilian Wandering Spider Phoneutria nigriventer had some rather unusual side effects. These include a long and painful erection or 'priapism' which may last for as...

  • 2

    National Thai Elephant Day

    3 years ago

    The National Thai Elephant Day takes place every year on the 13th March and has done since it was first given government approval back in 1998. The aim of the day is to draw attention to the elephant which is the...

  • 2

    International Elephant Appreciation Day

    3 years ago

    The International Elephant Appreciation Day is an annual event which takes place on September 22nd. This is a special day, a day to appreciate that we share our planet with a vast range of different creatures. The...

  • 11

    I Wouldn't Eat It

    3 years ago

    I have eaten some very strange things, sometimes knowingly and sometimes unknowingly. I must have consumed at least a hundred fruits and vegetables I do not know the name of. Testicles, tongues and tripes are all tasty...

  • 13

    Chiang Mai Zoo

    3 years ago

    The Chiang Mai Zoo is a major zoological collection located in Northern Thailand.

  • 12

    Goose Barnacle

    3 years ago

    The Barnacle is considered to be a great delicacy in some parts of the world. This is especially so in Spain where the Goose Barnacle (where it is known as Percebes) is a great favourite with some. It is also eaten in...

  • 2

    Barnacle Goose Barnacle

    3 years ago

    Back in the middle ages the origins of the Barnacle Goose were a bit of a mystery. They were common enough in Britain and yet they did not breed there. In a time when people believed in dragons and sea serpents it was...

  • 5

    The Biggest Penis in the World

    3 years ago

    Some people get really hung up about penis size. There are big ones and small ones and some with really unusual shape. The largest penis in the animal kingdom in relation to body size belongs to the barnacle. The...

  • 9

    Using A Motorcycle Taxi in Pattaya

    3 years ago

    Traveling around in Pattaya is both cheap and easy once you become familiar with the one way system. The obvious choice is to use a Sang Thaew. Changing once or twice you can reach practically anywhere in the city. At...

  • 4

    Chiang Mai Aquarium

    3 years ago

    The Chiang Mai Aquarium is located within Chiang Mai Zoo. It is an extremely modern, beautiful and well designed aquarium. It reputedly maintains some 8,000 specimens of 250 species. It first opened its doors to the...

  • 2

    Chiang Mai Night Safari

    3 years ago

    The Chiang Mai Night Safari is located about twenty minutes outside of the City of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand. The Night Safari is open seven days a week from eleven in the morning till eleven in the evening. Last...

  • 6

    Cinema in Pattaya

    3 years ago

    There are three cinemas in Pattaya in Thailand. All of these are modern, clean, comfortable, well maintained, and air conditioned. Some offer a level of luxury which would be rarely seen in the West. All three venues...

  • 2

    How To Sex A Capybara

    3 years ago

    Why would anyone want to know how to sex a Capybara? Well you probably wouldn't unless you were trying to buy a pair. You would also want to know if you were working in a zoo and were given the task of sending a pair or...

  • 6

    Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai

    19 months ago

    The Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai, Thailand is a very popular attraction for toursis to the area. It is, unfortunately just another Tiger Farm dressed up in finery.

  • 7

    Pissing Can Be Fun Too

    3 years ago

    The first school I ever went to was an enlightening experience in more ways than one. In the main I hated it, the food was terrible, the teaching lacking and the discipline very much overdone. Who could think that nuns...

  • 4

    Bang Saen Aquarium

    3 years ago

    The Bang Saen Aquarium is the more commonly used name for 'Bangsaen Institute of Marine Science'. It is located in the grounds of the Burapha University in Bang Saen, Chonburi.. Located on the Bang Saen Beach Road which...

  • 10

    Pattaya Fish and Chip Shop Review

    3 years ago

    My origins lie in the North East of England where in my youth Fish and Chips were a staple food. Although I spent most of my early years living in Kuwait we returned at intervals to Durham and a regular...

  • 5

    Pattaya Buffet Breakfast Review

    3 years ago

    If on vacation or long stay money is always a consideration. Eating a good breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Eat well and save money too.

  • 3

    A Million Dollars For Free

    3 years ago

    I am a millionaire many times over and I obtained all this money for no effort at all. My millions of dollars are there just for being me. What is more my millions increase daily. There is untold wealth there just for...

  • 4

    Pattaya To Bang Saen By Bus

    3 years ago

    Bang Saen is a relatively short distance from Pattaya and yet visiting it is like going to another world. Here you will find a neat and tidy university town which lacks the bars and nightlife in which Pattaya excels. ...

  • 2

    Bus From Pattaya To Bangkok

    3 years ago

    There is a regular Bus Service running from Pattaya to Bangkok. The buses run approximately every 40 minutes from 05.30 - 23.00 and the journey will take two and a half hours, give or take twenty minutes, depending on...

  • 6

    Pattaya to Bangkok by Minibus

    3 years ago

    There are regular scheduled bus services to Bangkok from Pattaya and it is even possible to catch buses by standing up by the edge of the Sukhumvit Highway. There are taxis available 24 hours a day. Expect to pay in the...

  • 8

    Pattaya To Chiang Mai By Bus

    3 years ago

    People living in Pattaya really have two choices if they want to travel to Chiang Mai by bus. They can take the once daily minibus which will collect passengers directly from their hotel or house or they can take the...

  • 0

    Pattaya to Phuket by Bus

    3 years ago

    In 2010 it became possible to travel from Pattaya to Phuket by bus. Previously it was necessary to travel first to Bangkok and then take a catch a bus from there. Most people are put off by the idea of a bus journey...

  • 10

    How To Sex A Crocodile

    3 years ago

    Determining the sex of a crocodile or alligator is difficult to impossible by sight. The animal has to be caught so that the it can be seen whether it is a male or female. This article tels you how.

  • 4

    Zoos and Tourism: Conservation, Education, Entertainment?

    3 years ago

    Most people are familiar with the work which good zoos do to promote conservation. Valuable in-situ projects are financed and complementary to the ex-situ research done. Education of the public goes hand in hand...

  • 16

    Fish Spa Phenomena

    3 years ago

    The Fish Spa has its origins in Turkey where the 'Spa Fish' Garra rufa is now protected from commercial exploitation. Something of the history and expansion of the Fish Spa Phenomena has already been described in 'Is...

  • 8

    A List of Lists

    5 months ago

    A personal list of lists of things I like, love and hate.

  • 8

    Fugu

    3 years ago

    If you tell some people that something is an aphrodisiac they are very likely to want to try it regardless of whether it passed through the digestive tract of an Elephant or a Civet Cat or consists of gound up Beetles....

  • 4

    Tsunami 30th December 2010

    3 years ago

    It was early in December 2010 that I heard of the 30th December 2010 Tsunami. What? One of my girlfriends said she wanted to go home to Northern Thailand because she did not want to die away from her family....

  • 6

    Elephant Aphrodisiac

    3 years ago

    Durian fruit has long been looked upon as an aphrodisiac. As a result it is, in spite of its rather pungent and unpleasant aroma a popular fruit in season. Out of season it can be eaten preserved in various ways. Durian...

  • 16

    Christmas in Cambodia

    3 years ago

    The following article forms part of the unpublished (and may never be) 'The Itinerant Zookeeper' a continuing personal journal of travels through Europe, Turkey, India and Asia. It has been edited slightly and some...

  • 12

    Sun Asia Ocean World in Dalian

    3 years ago

    The information about Zoos in Dalian on the Liaodong Peninsula in Northeast China can be quite confusing in spite of the amount of information available on the internet. This is largely due to people copying information...

  • 7

    Christmas in Pattaya

    3 years ago

    The city of Pattaya is located in the province of Chon Buri in Thailand. Thailand is a Buddhist country and Pattaya has its share of beautiful temples and a huge golden Buddha statue sits proudly on a hill above the...

  • 7

    Minimum Wage in Thailand

    3 years ago

    Towards the middle of December 2010 saw the results over the long discussed issue on the minimum wage in Thailand. It has long been assumed that this group earned a certain amount and others got something different. The...

  • 6

    Pattaya To Cambodia Visa Run

    3 years ago

    Any foreigner who lives in Thailand for any length of time will find that eventually a 'Visa Run' is essential. Various visas for Thailand can be had at embassies in countries around the world but sadly they eventually...

  • 5

    Thai Butterfly

    3 years ago

    The Butterfly is one of the most attractive of creatures, symbolic not only of beauty but of youth and rebirth in many cultures. Thailand is lucky to have a wide variety of these beautiful insects and upwards of 520...

  • 18

    The Ladyboy

    3 years ago

    On the 12th August 2008 I wrote and published an article entitled 'The World of the Kathoey and Ladyboy'. It is quite a popular article and up to the middle of November 2010 it has recieved something in the order of...

  • 15

    How Much Does A Go Go Dancer Earn

    3 years ago

    In November 2010 the Oasis GoGo Bar on Soi Bukhao in Pattaya, Thailand were advertising for Go Go Dancers. There was a big sign outside giving the wages and the perks of the job. This was probably the best indication of...

  • 4

    The Ladies Drink

    3 years ago

    In the world of Beer Bars, Bars and Go Go Bars the Ladies Drink plays a very important part. It may at times be the only source of income that some Bar Girls, Waitresses or Hostesses get. The Ladies Drink is the drink...

  • 2

    The Coconut Bar

    3 years ago

    The Coconut Bar is the name given to the 3km path which stretches along the edge of Pattaya Bay between the beach and Beach Road. The path is well constructed and level over most of its route and shaded by well over a...

  • 9

    St Nectans Glen

    3 years ago

    St Nectan’s Glen in Cornwall, England is a steep sided wooded valley through which flows the Trevillet river. The Glen is reached by walking after parking in a car park next to a farm on the Boscastle to Tintagel...

  • 0

    200 Sentences English for Massage Therapists

    3 years ago

    200 Sentences English for Massage Therapists (Nice & Naughty) is a comparatively new arrival on the Thai, learn a language book market. Few were surprised to learn of the 'Get Rich Quick English for Bar Girls' but...

  • 11

    The Anatomy of a GoGo Bar

    3 months ago

    The GoGo Bar may be a mystery to many. Explore the pitfalls and the pleasures of a temporary escape from the world outside.

  • 12

    Zoos and Euthanasia

    3 years ago

    Most people will be surprised to learn that it is the Good zoos which euthanize some of their animals and the Bad zoos do not. Good zoos manage their Species populations responsibly through cooperative breeding...

  • 11

    The Anatomy Of A Beer Bar

    4 months ago

    Beer Bars or Bar Beers are popular recreation stops in Thailand. There is a lot more to them if you look just a little deeper at these happy venues.

  • 8

    The House of the Rising Sun

    3 years ago

    The House of the rising sun must be amongst the most recorded of all songs. No-one know who wrote it and so there is no copywrite and it can be freely recorded without paying dues to anybody. Although the various...

  • 0

    Learn Thai Online

    3 years ago

    Thai is a difficult language to learn to speak simply from reading language books. It is a language that one needs to hear spoken. There are so many different tones that you need to tune your ear too. One would...

  • 9

    Surin Elephant Festival

    3 years ago

    The Surin Elephant Festival is an annual event in the Kingdom of Thailand. The origins are lost in time but probably originated from a couple of mahouts bragging as to who had the better elephant and so they competed....

  • 9

    Get Rich Quick English For Bar Girls

    3 years ago

    My Thai girlfriend has reminded me dozens of times over the years of a simple fact. "You think Thai girl come to Pattaya for LOVE? No, come for munneee!" The same applies of course to wherever there is a...

  • 4

    The Pattaya Hubs

    5 months ago

    The Pattaya hubs is a collection of links which connect directly to articles about Pattaya in Thailand. Reading through them will allow the visitor to have a safe and fun stay in a wonderful and interesting city.

  • 6

    Jit Massage in Pattaya Thailand

    3 years ago

    Jit Massage is located on Soi X-Zyte in Pattaya Thailand. Centrally located it is easily found. Any motorcycle taxi will take you there for thirty Thai Baht. Leaving Soi Bukhao it is just a few yards after the bowling...

  • 12

    Declawing Tigers And Lions

    3 years ago

    The declawing of Tigers and Lions is and never has been an operation that has ever needed to be done. It cruel and unnecessary. It always has been and it always will be. The only time a claw should have to be removed is...

  • 17

    Elephant Care

    3 years ago

    Everyone likes elephants. They seem to touch a special spot in the soul of many. People care. People care about their plight in the wild and the threats they face from ivory hunters. It would be a sad and bleaker world...

  • 12

    Aquamassage

    3 years ago

    Aquamassage is just beginning to become popular within the malls of Europe. This unique and special type of massage is carried out by 36 precisely aimed and pressure adjustable jets of warm water in a Aqua...

  • 15

    Darwin Two Pound Coin

    3 years ago

    You may on occasion have a Darwin Two Pound coin end up in your pocket change. Check out its condition as it may be worth far more than two pounds. A possible investment for the future.

  • 19

    Cleethorpes Zoo and Marineland

    3 years ago

    Cleethorpes Zoo and Marineland was located on Beach Road, Humberston about half a mile outside of Cleethorpes town, Lincolnshire, England. The zoo site was on 10 hectares of flat reclaimed land adjoining the sea. The...

  • 17

    Dog Saves Dog On Highway

    3 years ago

    The truth behind the story of the dog saving a dog from the highway. Was all as it seems? It seems not.

  • 16

    Canned Hunting

    4 months ago

    Canned hunting describes how 'wild' animals are killed without any chance of escape. Many of these are hand reared and have little or no fear of humans and so are easily shot by rifle or crossbow.

  • 16

    Playing With Lions

    3 years ago

    Playing with lions or tigers may appear to be a thrilling and risky undertaking. It is both of these things and more. The adrenaline rush can be a real buzz to the first timer and never goes completely. Some people do...

  • 14

    Paul The Octopus

    4 months ago

    Animals which predict are something of a fad. They appear on a regular basis but in truth are no more likely than tossing a coin. Paul the Octopus was probably the most famous.

  • 19

    The Most Expensive Toilet In The World

    21 months ago

    Where is the most expensive toilet in the world? This question does not refer to toilets which have been cast in gold or carved out of marble. Nor does it apply to rare appliances on which some famous derriere may...

  • 11

    Painted Pets

    3 years ago

    Why on earth would anyone want to paint or dye their pet? It is the $1000 dollar question that really answers itself. For money! People are prepared to stick their hands just that little deeper in their pockets for...

  • 8

    Older Women and Younger Men

    3 years ago

    Relationships between Older Women and Younger Men are becoming increasingly common and at the same time more acceptable. It is an odd but not unusual reversal of preferences as many of these women would have by choice...

  • 27

    The Only White Tiger In Great Britain

    3 years ago

    Zoological Gardens in the British Isles are all under the authority of the 'Zoo Licencing Act'. This is amongst the best if not THE best zoo legislation in the world. Any collection open to the public which...

  • 24

    Older Man and Younger Woman

    7 months ago

    What could possibly be wrong with Older Men and Younger Women dating or entering into a relationship? There is not a problem with the people concerned, so why should it bother anyone else? It does though. So often the...

  • 14

    The Most Expensive Feather In The World

    4 years ago

    In June 2010 a single feather was sold at an auction house in New Zealand for £3,800. The feather originated from the extinct Huia bird, last seen in the wild in 1907. There have been a number of unsubstantiated...

  • 5

    Live Feeding To Zoo Animals

    3 years ago

    The subject of Live Feeding To Zoo Animals is an emotive one. It is readily accepted in some cultures by the majority of the the population. In others then the opposite applies. Perhaps today it is accepted by more...

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    Beautiful Pattaya

    3 years ago

    Pattaya City in Chonburi, Thailand could be the perfect holiday destination for many. Sun and sea, excellent shopping and restaurants and so much to do. It is a happy place.

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    Perverted Facts

    3 years ago

    On the 17th June 2010 the Daily Mail published an article by Deborah Davies entitled 'The Perversion of Paradise'. This was an attention grabbing stab at the holiday resort of Pattaya in Thailand. No one would deny that...

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    Edward VII Love Chair

    3 years ago

    The Edward VII Love Chair is of unique construction. Built on the precise instructions of the overweight playboy Prince of Wales for lovemaking.

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    The Sex Hubs

    4 years ago

    Actually The Sex Hubs is a little bit of a misnomer. True enough the subject rears its head ever so slightly in these hubs, though often the word does not. There are no hubs here with pornographic content, there is...

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    Dubai Zoo

    3 months ago

    Dubai Zoo is the oldest zoo in Dubai. It is a small mixed collection which today serves as a rescue centre for exotic animals confiscated by Dubai Municipality.

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    Porn Braille

    4 years ago

    It may sound like Porn Braille is someones idea of an April Fool joke. But no, this is for real. A Canadian woman has spent two years putting together what must be a unique publication in the form of a magazine which...

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    April Fool in the Zoo

    3 years ago

    If you work in a zoo office on the reception then April 1st is the worst day of the year. April Fools are out there in their hundreds. The Foolers and the Fools both apparently believing that what they are doing or have...

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    The Terrible Truth About Tiger Farms

    3 years ago

    Tigers and their derivatives have long held an important place in Asian culture. They not only play their part in astrology (2010 is the year of the tiger after all) but also figured highly within traditional medicine....

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    World's oldest living animals in 2010

    3 years ago

    People are always interested in records. The biggest, the smallest, the tallest, the largest, the smelliest, the wettest and so on. This is a list of some of the oldest animals with whom we currently share our planet....

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    How To Kill A Chicken

    5 months ago

    To be able to humanely kill a chicken quickly and without causing pain or distress is an important skill for anyone thinking of small scale farming.

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    The Pointlessness of Alligator Wrestling

    3 years ago

    Alligator and Crocodile Wrestling is both cruel and pointless. Training the animals is a kinder and more practical method of husbandry.

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    The Thailand Sex Diet

    3 years ago

    Som Tam or Papaya Green salad is probably one of the healthiest of all meals. All of the ingredients have health giving properties. What perhaps is lesser know is that most of these are believed to be aphrodisiacs, Som...

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    Ten Good Reasons To Holiday In Thailand

    3 years ago

    Thailand is probably one of the best places in the world to take a vacation. It is clean, safe, the food is good, the people friendly and there is so much to see and do.

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    Shiroi Neko T Shirt

    3 years ago

    Shiroi Neko are the original stone washed durable 100% cotton 'T' shirt. Distinctively different. These high quality shirts are designed in Japan and and hand made in Thailand to a consistently excellent standard. ...

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    Girls With Tattoos

    4 years ago

    Tattoos today are extremely popular and becoming increasingly so in all cultures as new inks, techniques and technology arrives. It wasn't always so as back in the early days Leviticus in the old testament stated...

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    National Condom Day

    8 months ago

    International Condom Day takes place on Valentines day each year. This special day is to raise awareness of the importance of family planning and sexual health.

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    World's Sexiest City

    3 years ago

    Without a shadow of a doubt, Pattaya in Thailand is the World's Sexiest City. It is not infrequent to see various magazines listing the top ten Sexiest Cities in the World. Practically every year one magazine or another...

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    The Best Bar in the World

    2 years ago

    The Best Bar in the World. Easy enough to say, easy enough to write but at the end of the day it is always going to be a personal opinion. Then again not everybody has been to every bar everywhere so no-one is going to...

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    Gorillas

    3 years ago

    The Gorillas are Apes and the largest of the living primates. Other Apes include the Orangutans, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Gibbons and Humans. All of the Gorillas are only found in Africa and confined to...

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    The Roman Swiss Army Knife

    3 years ago

    Most people will be familiar with the Swiss Army Knife. This remarkable and extremely useful invention is the first choice of many hikers, campers and travelers. Others will have one ticked away in a kitchen drawer,...

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    Farang or Falang

    3 years ago

    So is it 'Falang' or 'Farang'? Nine times out of ten if you see it written down it will be spelt with an 'r' and pronounced by any new and sometimes long time visitors to Thailand as 'Farang'. If you hear a Thai using...

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    Coral under threat

    3 years ago

    Though the threatened corals of the world are themselves living creatures, together in reefs they build they offer home, food, sanctuary and protection to many other marine creatures. These include fish, turtles,...

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    Chesterfield Spire

    4 years ago

    Photo by: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nakedcharlton/234739272/ Chesterfield, the second largest town in Derbyshire, England, is most famous for its twisted and crooked spire. The spire towers above the church of St...

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    Valentine's Day Tiger

    3 years ago

    Valentine's Day in 2010 falls as ever on February the 14th. In 2010 however it is extra special because the 14th of February is the start of the Chinese New Year. The Year of the Tiger. The origins of...

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    Erotic, Exotic and Beautiful Photographs of Women

    3 years ago

    I like women. I love looking at beautiful women. As such I am probably no different to most of those who share my sex. A beautiful woman will cause me to smile and to sometimes dream for a while. I like exotic women...

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    Using Flickr For Backlinks

    3 years ago

    Probably without exception all writers on hubpages are out to improve traffic to their hub. Sometimes this will be to improve clicks on Google Adsense whilst for others it is simply nice to know that someone has visited...

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    The Mistress

    3 years ago

    A mistress is the long time partner and lover of a man who is in a legal marriage to someone else. The mistress is the 'other woman'. The mistress will usually be supported wholly or in part by her lover and may bear...

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    Palawan Crocodile Farm and Conservation Centre

    3 years ago

    The Palawan Crocodile Farm and Conservation Centre is also known as the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Centre. It really depends which sign you see or leaflet you read. Whatever, it is all of these things. The...

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    The Philippine Raptor Centre

    3 years ago

    The Centre for Philippine Raptors is located within Makiling Botanic Gardens close to Laguna in the Philippines. It is managed by the University of the Philippines. It is open every day apart for some holy days from...

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    Dumaguete zoo

    3 years ago

    The Dumaguete Zoo can be found on the isand of Negros Oriental and just a short walk outside of the coastal city of Dumaguete. The zoo is part of the Illiman University on whose campus the zoo is located. The zoo is...

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    Langkawi Bird Paradise

    3 years ago

    Langkawi, off the coast of Malaysia is very much a tourist island. People do stay there but at the same time there are many daily visitors from the mainland and from Penang. One of the most popular visitor stop off's is...

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    Philippine Tarsier Visitors Centre

    4 years ago

    The Philippine Tarsier Research and Development Centre is located near the town of Corella on the island of Bohol in the Philippines. The Centre itself is a combined research, museum and visitor centre. The displays are...

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    Crocolandia Foundation Inc

    3 years ago

    Crocolandia as a zoo was founded in 2001. It is located in Biasong, Talisay City, a suburb of Cebu City on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. Now called the Crocolandia Foundation it is a privately owned concern. ...

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    Melaka Crocodile Park

    3 years ago

    The Melaka Crocodile Park is located at Ayer Keroh on the outskirts of the city of Malacca. The Park covers an area of approximately 3.2 hectares and houses some 200 crocodiles in a variety of enclosures. The Park first...

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    Vigan Zoo in Baluarte

    3 years ago

    The Vigan Zoo is located on the coast of the South China sea of north Luzon island in the Philippines and just short distance outside of the old Spanish city of Vigan. Like so many zoos around the world it has two names...

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    Good Guy Goes To Heaven Bad Guy Goes To Pattaya

    3 years ago

    The 'T' shirt says that the 'Good Guy Goes To Heaven Bad Guy Goes to Pattaya'. This is largely a matter of interpretation because for many Pattaya IS Heaven. Heaven on earth. Pattaya is just two and a half hours...

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    Zoobic Safari

    3 years ago

    Zoobic Safari, 'The Only Tiger Safari in the Philippines' is located within the Ilanin Forest at the side of the beautiful Subic Bay. The 'Zoobic' name is a play upon the location. This collection is owned by the...

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    Some Zoo Questions

    17 months ago

    This hub was written in response to an approach from a young lady in Mexico who was researching zoos for a project. Along the way she had come across my Zoo News Digest and decided I may be worth interviewing....

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    D'Family Park Zoo in Cebu City

    4 years ago

    The D'Family Park Zoo is located in Nasipit, Talambam in Cebu City on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. The Park opened for the first time in 1993 and offers a variety of activities including a swimming pool,...

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    An Extremely Erotic Experience

    4 years ago

    There is a bar I walk past almost every day. There are always two or three bar girls sitting outside and always at least one will smile, ask me to 'come inside' and grab one of my hands. I have always appreciated the...

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    Macau Zoo

    4 years ago

    There are actually two zoos in Macau but as neither is particularily special they don't appear on the average tourists list of places to visit. The actual 'Macau Zoo' within the city of Macau is located within the...

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    Residence Inn Mini Zoo at Tagaytay

    3 years ago

    Depending on your mode of transport the Residence Inn Mini Zoo is a little over an hours drive from central Manila in the Philippines. Situated on the outskirts of Tagaytay overlooking the Taal volcano the Residence Inn...

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    A Brief Stop in the Perhentian Islands

    4 years ago

    The Perentians are a group of small islands located in the South China sea some twenty kilometres off the North Eastern coast of Malaysia. There are two larger main inhabited islands which are quaintly named...

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    HatYai Zoo

    3 years ago

    The Hat Yai Zoo can be found just a short distance outside of the city of Hat Yai in the south of Thailand. It is not really on the tourist trail and visitors to the area are more likely to visit the Songkhla Zoo. In...

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    ZooKeepers

    3 years ago

    There are zoo keepers and people who work with animals in zoos. The two are not one and the same. Both work within the same environment and do the same work but here the similarity ends. Within the affluent West most...

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    Songkhla Zoo

    3 years ago

    Songkhla zoo is the largest zoo in the South of Thailand and is the best place to see zoo animals in the area. It is a relatively new collection having first opened its gates to the public in 1989. It is one of the very...

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    The Zoo Hubs

    3 months ago

    The Zoo Hubs is a collection of links to Asian and some other zoos plus articles related to zoos.

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    Samurai Underwear

    4 years ago

    Samurai Underwear is the latest trend from Japan. It has been selling like hot cakes in the land of the Cherry Blossom for a couple of years now in spite of the comparatively high prices. Even today some lines are sold...

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    Nong Nooch Tropical Botanic Garden and Zoo

    3 years ago

    The Nong Nooch Tropical Garden is situated only a short drive by car, taxi or tour bus from Pattaya in Chonburi, Thailand. The 500 acre park is definitely worth a visit. As with all such similar tourist attractions it...

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    Surabaya Zoo

    3 years ago

    The Surabaya Zoo is also known as the Kebu Binatang Surabaya, or KBS for short. The zoo was first built in 1916 but changed location in 1918 before settling at the present site in 1920. The zoo claims not only to be the...

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    Semarang Zoo

    3 years ago

    The Semarang Zoo is yet another of those collections which has two names. It was also known as the Tinjomoyo Margaraya Zoo. The collection was moved there in 1985 following the closure of the old Tegel Wareng zoo. In...

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    Solo Zoo

    3 years ago

    Solo Zoo like the city in which it is located is also known as Surakarta Zoo. Just to add a little further confusion it is also known by a third title, the Jurug Zoo. Surakarta City is located two thirds of the way down...

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    Gembira Loka Zoo

    3 years ago

    The Gembira Loka Zoo first opened its gates in 1955. It is located just a short distance outside of the city of Yogyakarta. It is a popular weekend destination for local people and a point of interest to tourists...

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    The Five Freedoms

    3 years ago

    To you and I it is probably obvious. We have a cat or dog or some more exotic 'pet' at home. We care for it. It is our responsibility. The caring means that we want that animal to be both happy and healthy. Even if you...

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    Black King Kong Shrimp

    3 years ago

    In May 2009 a pair of Black King Kong Shrimp were sold for US$ 8,500 at auction. Why so high? Simply a case of supply and demand. Presently breeders of this attractive little decapod crustacean can only breed fewer than...

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    Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo

    4 months ago

    The Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo is located on the outskirts of Bangkok. It makes an interesting visit but sadly lacks educational value unless you look on the negative as a positive.

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    Zoos in Thailand

    5 months ago

    Zoos in Thailand seeks to put together a comprehensive list of all the zoos operating in Thailand. Includes both the good and the bad zoos.

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    Royal Elephant National Museum in Bangkok Thailand

    3 years ago

    The Royal Elephant National Museum (Chang* Ton Museum) is one of Bangkok, Thailands lesser known secrets. It is located just across the road from Dusit Zoo within the lush and well maintained grounds of Dusit Palace. ...

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    Banjarnegara zoo

    3 years ago

    The Banjarnegara zoo is also known as the Serulingmas Zoo. It is situated in tourism recreation park area just outside the northern end of the town of Banjarnegara in Java, Indonesia. The zoo is described as a...

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    Hand Rearing Lion Cubs and Other Carnivores

    2 years ago

    There they are, the cute fluffy little lion, tiger or whatever cubs in the newspaper photo. That should bring some visitors in to the zoo, sanctuary, rescue centre or whatever you like to call it. We have all seen them....

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    Bandung Zoo

    3 years ago

    Bandung is the capital City of Western Java and is located some 180 kilometres from Jakarta. It is an ancient and fascinating city. Well worth a visit. Though much of its former glory has faded one can see why it was...

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    Taman Safari Indonesia

    3 years ago

    Taman Safari Indonesia is a large commercial zoo located a short distance from Jakarta. It is a popular collection with tremendous potential to make genuine contribution to conservation.

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    Seaworld Indonesia

    3 years ago

    That Indonesia should have a Seaworld is only right and natural because Indonesia is the World's largest island nation. There are 17,508 islands the last time anybody counted. Education of the marine heritage of the...

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    Ragunan Zoo

    3 years ago

    Ragunan Zoo (Taman margasatwa Ragunan) and Jakarta Zoo are one and the same. It is rather like London Zoo and Regents Park being known by two different names. The Zoo was first established in 1864 but moved to its...

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    Singapore Zoo Night Safari

    4 years ago

    The Singapore Night Safari is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore. It is located right next door to the Singapore Zoo who own and operate it albeit as a separate entity. The idea of the 40...

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    Jurong Reptile and Crocodile Paradise

    5 years ago

    The Jurong Reptile and Crocodile Paradise, also known as the Jurong Reptile Park is located only a short distance away from the magnificent Jurong Bird Park in Singapore. If one were to visit the Bird Park first I...

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    Jurong Bird Park

    5 years ago

    The Jurong Bird Park in Singapore is the finest and most beautifully maintained collections of Birds I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. The location is ideal and, of course the climate helps. This is definitely a...

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    Singapore Zoo

    3 years ago

    Singapore Zoo is a beautiful zoo and is justifiably an extremely popular destination for visitors to Singapore. Singapore is a stop off point for travelers moving on from Europe to Hong Kong, China, Australia and New...

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    Pattaya to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya

    3 years ago

    Most first time visitors to Pattaya will arrive at the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport and hail a taxi. They will be in Pattaya some two hours later with their wallet lighter by about 1,500 Thai Baht. There are other...

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    Red Fanta

    5 years ago

    Because the spirits (Phra phum) prefer it. Because it is a favourite drink of the King of Thailand. In truth nobody really seems to have a definitive answer. People I have spoken to who claim to have seen the spirits...

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    An opinion on to pinion or not to pinion

    3 years ago

    Pinioning. With a few species specific exceptions birds were meant to fly. I don’t believe that there is anyone who would argue with that. At the same time though it could be said that they do not have to fly....

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    Mr Moke the Talking Chimpanzee

    3 years ago

    Mr Moke was the stage name of a chimpanzee called 'Moko'. Mr Moke was claimed to be the worlds only talking chimpanzee and he may well have been at the height of his fame. He was definitely not the 'one and only' ever...

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    The Chonburi Buffalo Races

    3 years ago

    Looking for something different on a visit to Thailand. Check out the Chonburi Buffalo Races. Just a short trip out of Pattaya and a definitely memorable event.

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    Craig Busch and Zion Wildlife Gardens

    3 years ago

    Craig Busch of the 'Lion Man' TV programme sprang to fame on the back of a number of falsehoods. He lost control of the Zion Wildlife Gardens through a disagreement with his mother. We examine why and where things went...

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    The Filipino Eyebrow Flash

    5 years ago

    In England we have a look which is described as 'Quizzical'. One or two eyebrows are raised in wonderment, questioning or astonishment. The answer to this eyebrow query is verbal and along the lines of "I...

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    Sex For Sale

    5 years ago

    Sex is everywhere in advertising. Sex in advertising is controversial and attracts comments and complaints... but sex sells. Sex sells cars, chocolate, beer, clothes, condominiums, toilet paper, ice cream, soap powder...

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    Long Stay in Pattaya

    3 years ago

    For some people a holiday in Pattaya in Thailand is not just a week or ten days it is something which stretches into months. There are careers where it is possible to pick where and when you want to work and for...

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    Vientiane Zoo

    5 years ago

    The Vientiane Zoo is the only 'official' zoo in Laos. There are captive animals on display in other locations I have visited however. Vientiane Zoo is located in beautiful countryside some 65 Km from the city of...

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    Rayong Aquarium

    3 years ago

    The Rayong Aquarium is situated on the Thailand coast just 5 Kilometres outside the city of Rayong and about an hours drive from Pattaya. Rayong and its surrounding villages is an interesting little area with good roads...

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    Turtle Conservation in Thailand

    3 years ago

    Turtle Conservation started in Thailand way back in 1947 when commercial fishing of turtles was banned. It was probably one of the first countries in the world to offer such protection. Sadly it was not as well...

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    Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm

    3 years ago

    The Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm is located a short distance inland from Pattaya City over the Sukhumvit Road. Not immediately accessible by foot it really needs to be visited by private car, taxi...

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    The Lotto Tree

    5 years ago

    To win the Lotto is everyones dream. The Lotto Tree can help you. A ticket to a better life. Having the option to choose to go where you want, when you want. To buy what and where you please. Everyone has their own...

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    The Perfect Zoo Enclosure

    3 years ago

    The Perfect Zoo Enclosure would surely have to be an exact replica of the territory the animal lived in in the wild. Visitors to the zoo could wait for the animal to appear...and wait...and wait...and wait. The...

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    Irukandji syndrome

    3 years ago

    Irukandji syndrome is caused by a sting from a tiny box jellyfish, Carukia barnesi. This the Irukandji Jellyfish takes its common name from the aboriginal Irukandji tribe who live along the north Queensland tropical...

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    The Ortolan Bunting

    5 years ago

    The Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana is a small finchlike migratory bird. It winters in Africa before returning to parts of Europe and Western Asia in April or May. It is a small bird and rarely exceeds 25 grammes in...

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    Compensated Dating

    3 years ago

    Compensated Dating appears to have originated in Japan where it is still widely practiced today. In Japan it is known as enjo-kōsai and probably has its roots in Geisha culture. The practice of Compensated Dating is...

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    Komodo Dragon Problems

    3 years ago

    The Komodo Dragon Varanus komodoensis is the worlds largest lizard. They are capable of growing up to ten feet in length and weighing 150 lbs. With a surprising turn of speed on land and in the water they are a creature...

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    The Loch Ness Monster and Google Earth

    5 years ago

    Loch Ness is the second largest of the Scottish Lochs and stretches 23 miles long. It is the deepest of all the Scottish lochs and contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales put together. ...

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    Sex and Blood in the Rice Fields

    3 years ago

    I first wrote about rice several months ago in Rice, Not Only but Also. It is inescapable. I still live in Asia and still eat rice. Rice is unavoidable. In Thailand the word for eat is 'gin' but nobody uses the word on...

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