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Japanese Fish for your Supper Resturant

I have conflicting feelings towards this restaurant. On one hand I have always claimed that as a culture the west is too far removed from the food we eat. I have a theory that people should only eat meat from animals they would be willing to kill themselves. Not saying you must kill everything you eat but you must be willing to be responsible for its death. If you could not press the button that snuffs out the pigs life put down the bacon sandwich you don't deserve it.
But is the restaurant a little too far, should we make the animals death an element of entertainment? Is it fair to make animals spend their last few moments of existence in the view of hungry patrons.
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Writing this out has helped me come to a realisation. Yes it is fair to have a restaurant like this, in fact we deserve restaurants like this in the UK. Not just for fish what about chickens? Maybe pigs, maybe cows and who knows what else?

The New Free Syrian Army The BBC has got this short but fascinating report about the rise of a revolutionary guerilla Free Syrian Army. For months the Syrian government has claimed that the protests are supported by armed gangs with little or no evidence. But after months of killings "The propaganda myth has become reality". The report highlights that many more soldiers (entire battalions) waiting to defect but are holding back because of fear of reprise attack by air. If this is true a UN enfo

The New Free Syrian Army

The BBC has got this short but fascinating report about the rise of a revolutionary guerilla Free Syrian Army. For months the Syrian government has claimed that the protests are supported by armed gangs with little or no evidence. But after months of killings "The propaganda myth has become reality".

The report highlights that many more soldiers (entire battalions) waiting to defect but are holding back because of fear of reprise attack by air. If this is true a UN enforced no fly zone would tip the country into a civil war like Libya.

The great fear expressed in this report is the fear that this movement of democracy will be derailed into racial sectarian violence and revenge. A potential bloodbath of the ruling yet minority ethnic group.

#bfi

http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9647000/9647572.stm

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The New Free Syrian Army The BBC has got this short but fascinating report about the rise of a revolutionary guerilla Free Syrian …

Octopus Walks on Land at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve - YouTube

Another way to damage the marine world

Reading this article I am struck by how easily marine impacts are being ignored. Even within developments that relate to the marine world and explicitly use the sea as a selling point whilst slowly bringing about it's death.


I know that the Arab gulf is not the only place in the world where marine ecosystems are being ruined by development but the rapid development of the mega structures on the coast could have so many unpredictable results. 


Historically it seems that humans have always found it easy to ignore damage in the sea, from dumping waste to the rise of the whaling trade we just love to cause destruction. I believe we find it so easy because we simple have the attitude of out of sight out of mind. 


When we cut down the rainforests it is easy to see, when we create massive landfill sites we see it when we create concrete jungles clogged with pollution we see it. But the waves cover the marine world so that most of us never notice the growing wasteland. Such a simple part of…

Crazy Cuttlefish video!

New blog post about the possibility that we face new threats from some STIs Wrote this after reading about a possible…

New blog post about the possibility that we face new threats from some STIs

Wrote this after reading about a possible UK bounce back of Syphilis. So sad to read that in some areas we seem to be losing a sexual health battle. Whilst we should never panic when we see small numerical rises that are reported as large percentage rises we should take note. These small scenarios may herald a larger situation to come.

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Great article exploring one women's experience of publicly talking about sex I read this article and felt a few…

Great article exploring one women's experience of publicly talking about sex

I read this article and felt a few things, firstly sad for her that she had to go through this grief with some of her family, encouraged that she stood up for herself, especially how her parents stood up for her work and finally I wondered will I ever have to face anything similar?

Specifically by working as a sex and relationship educator from a Christian perspective will I start to get any kick back. Already I find some main stream sexual health workers treating me with suspicion because they hear I'm Christian. And Christians get worried that I am encouraging early sexual activity because I do talk about more then just abstinence. I feel it is a slightly odd position to be in. So far I have been blessed with friends and family that support and encourage me every steep of the way.

I truely hope that I never face criticism from people close to me like +A.V. Flox has. Working in the field of sexual he…

Cichlids smack down a terrapin

there is something about this story that I find morbidly fascinating. The idea of some huge (huge for England) predator…

there is something about this story that I find morbidly fascinating. The idea of some huge (huge for England) predator chomping down on one of nature most unpleasant birds. The fact that it may be the same creature from 6 years ago just adds to its mystery. I would love to try and track it down my guess is some kind of turtle, maybe the infamous snapping turtle. Growing big it has developed a taste for geese fat.

whilst this story is fun, if it does turn out to be an escaped or worse released pet then it does highlight the importance of good animal care. Only purchasing animals people can keep for the animals entire life including the cranky adult version of the cute baby that people fall in love with and buy. A few nipped fingers can make the once cute pet into a menace.

http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/content.php?sid=4500#bfi
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*US study shows 1 in 10 young people have sent a sext. * This US study reports that 1 in 10 young people have sent a…

*US study shows 1 in 10 young people have sent a sext. *

This US study reports that 1 in 10 young people have sent a sext A similar figure to my own study reporting on risky sexual behaviour http://www.esteemresourcenetwork.org/risk-taking-behaviour-sexting. However this study takes a much larger sample and this report goes on to highlight a link between sexting and mental health issues such as depression.

The report states that " it shows an association but not a causal relationship" this means that they cannot prove sexting is a cause of mental health issues. The two things may be associated because they have the same or similar causes. For example reckless risk taking (such as sexting) might be linked to issues with self esteem which could also have mental health consequences.

Personally I believe that sexting is not a passive consequence but instead I think it is a consequence that feeds back into a young persons complex personal situation often having a negative impact.…

Chester Guy Fawkes Fireworks

Took these photos using a Sony a200 DSLR at Chester race course. Please let me know what you think. 







Fireworks - Chester 5-11-11
<b>Full to the top or a ghost town</b>For the first time in my professional career I ran an open community youth club on Halloween. Normally Halloween falls during school half term and as we follow school opening it has never happened before. We opened knowing that Halloween may have unusual impacts on numbers. We didn't know if the festival would encourage lots of people out of houses and therefore increase numbers or would people all have parties to attend and trick or treating to do and therefore decrease numbers? We opened the club not knowing what to expect in attendance or behaviour. After being open for 30 minutes we had our answer. No one was coming. Not a single young person walked through our door. Our club was empty so we went out and did some detached youth work. We learnt a lesson about working on Halloween. But this night got me thinking is it better to have too few or too many young people in a youth club? When you have too many young people in a youth …

I hate Killer WhalesLike many people I watched Free Willy as a child and was tricked into think these whales were…

I hate Killer Whales

Like many people I watched Free Willy as a child and was tricked into think these whales were intelligent and friendly with loads of personality. Then as I got older I watched some more balanced nature programmes from the BBC, things like Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life and the latest Frozen Planet. These programmes have all taught me one thing, Killer whales are gits. They kill everything. I have seen them kill seals, sea lions penguins, even white sharks and the worst Baby Blue Whales. They sneak, they trick and they even play with their food slapping half dead seals high into the air. They are horrible. they are mean to EVERYTHING.

But then I hear that some killer whales travel thousands of miles to relax in some warm tropical waves and I think maybe they are not that bad, maybe they are just a bit stressed and that's why they are mean to everything.

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I hate Killer WhalesLike many people I watched Free Willy as a child and was tricked into think these …
Fired for making students think with the Socratic Method
I love this style of teaching, If you haven't heard of it before you are missing out. For more detailed information about it click this Wikipedia link . The basic principle is that you can teach any subject by asking questions. The strangest proof I have found of this is teaching binary math. This method develops students and helps them become great workers reflecting on issues and thinking laterally around problems. And a Lecturer in america was fired for using it. Read the story here.  I wanted to say I can't believe students complained but my own experiences as a trainer, educator and lecturer has shown this too me personally. Some students don't want to be encouraged to think for themselves, instead that want nice neat presentations of facts and the theories that they can hear, memories and repeat but rarely understand. I hate limiting my own style to this industrial revolution approach to education. I always want …