Animals and alcohol

After blogging about the closures of pubs an article caught my eye that was alcohol related.  On the south coast of England in Devon and Dorset disoriented and confused sea gulls have been found reeking of alcohol.  Officials from an RSPCA centre said the birds struggled to stand, but seemed to recover after sleeping it off.  Calls to rescue drunk gulls started in mid-June.  Since then, many birds with the same symptoms have been treated.  "At first the birds look like they have botulism but then, after vomiting, most seem to recover," said RSPCA officer Jo Daniel.  "But the birds absolutely stink of alcohol when we collect them so now our vans smell like pubs."  It seems the birds have been visiting local breweries rubbish bins. The RSPCA is urging local breweries and distilleries to check waste is secure and that wildlife cannot get to it.

The pig in the photo is called Francis Bacon and he is a very naughty pig.  Last March he was banned from the Conquering Hero pub in West Norwood for stealing pints and head-butting patrons.

The Vietnamese micro pig’s owners, landlords Vicky and Ian Taylor-Ross, noticed she was finishing off the dregs of customers’ glasses and raiding the crisp and nut stocks. The Vietnamese pot-belly would head butt customers and in return the customers would give the pig a sip of beer

Animals stealing and consuming alcohol is not only an English phenomenon in Norway a family of bears broke into a holiday cabin, and drunk over a hundred cans of lager.  The bears got into the cabin through a window and proceeded to drink the family’s beer supply, eat all the food in the kitchen – including chocolate, honey and jam – and then smash up the furniture.  They bit into the cans and drank the beer, the bears were not good guests as after consuming the goods they trashed the cottage.  Perhaps alcohol doesn't suit animals.

In England when you go to a pub and have a drink it is quite common to say a toast there are a number of ways to do this formally and informally.

Cheers and Here's to your health are the most usual.  More idiomatic ways of toasting are; Here's mud in your eye, Down the hatch and Bottom's up!
Bloggers wishing you a really good week over and out London.

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FullSizeRender.jpgFullSizeRender.jpgHi bloggers when you think about England, and things to on a visit you might think of eating fish and chips or a visit to a pub. Pubs have been part of English culture for a very very long time. A classic British pub is a place to eat, drink and be merry. But just as important , pubs, or “public houses,” are a place of importance socially where people gather to talk, plan and share information. They are very important especially in rural areas. Pubs have a very long history in British society that dates back many hundreds of years.
It is estimated that by 1577 there were roughly 17,000 alehouses throughout England and Wales. That’s about one pub for every 200 people.
Pubs evolved with the social dynamics of their time. As the railways operated a First, Second and even Third Class service beginning in the 1840s, pubs operated in a similar way. Pubs of the time would be divided into several different rooms and bars in order to cater to the various classes of patrons. Now pubs are open to all, which is a positive sign of the times.
In London there remain a few really old pubs on is called Ye olde Cheshire cheese. It was rebuilt in 1667 after the fire of London. Writers such as Charles Dickens and Dr Johnson drank there. It's still possible to have a drink in this historic building.
However, since the recession pubs are closing at an alarming rate, in London alone a quarter of the pubs have closed.
In rural societies the pubs are even more important, and when they close it does damage to the community. A village called Somersham in Suffolk was going to lose their pub, but the locals found a solution. The decided to make the pub the duke of Marlborough into a community pub.they raised money and sold shares to the village people. It is a thriving concern makes good reasonably priced food and serves drinks. It is staffed by volunteers and a few paid staff. Happy ending for all.
Bloggers it is again very hot for you all. Please take care over and out London.
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Happy times in difficult times

Hi bloggers hoping it's a bit cooler for you. The weather globally is truly erratic heatwaves floods, Kerala in India experiencing extraordinarily high levels of rain this monsoon. Globally our leaders really need to work together to combat climate change.
We were reminded of how different today's method of communication is by a project started by a care home in Derbyshire.
Staff at Cedar Court care home in Bretby, Swadlincote, asked for holiday stories in July and has received about 1,000 to share with residents . It was thought the postcards might trigger memories for residents who suffer with dementia. The staff hoped that residents would see pictures and read about events such as ice cream, fish and chips on the beach, and remember their own childhoods or time spent with their children growing up," she said. The postcards have come from UK resorts as well as Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada . The residents really enjoyed sharing the postcards. So different and more colourful than emails.
Another care home in order to awaken the senses and stimulate conversation between residents, invited a couple of furry friends along. The alpacas, Enzo and Scally, visited the Parkside care home in Reading as part of "therapy and enriching" activities.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to stroke an alpaca?
An unusual new sport to do with your dog is becoming really popular paddle boarding. I'm not sure that I'd fancy it.
Anyway bloggers have a good week over and out London.

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