Monday, 29 November 2010

The Co-operative Community Trust Could Help Your Community


The Co-operative Community Fund helped a lot of projects out last year – to the tune of over £1.2m in fact.  They offer projects funds starting at £100 and up to £2000 to help out. Just imagine how that would help a project – and it is straightforward to apply for help too. Of course, there are some regulations. 

The project must address an issue within the community.  Of course, if you are on this blog then you are interested in animals.  If I were to do a project which would be of long-term benefit to the community then it would no doubt involve them in one way or another. I think it would probably be along the lines of how animals can help people with mental illness to recover and improve the quality of their lives. 

Something as simple as petting a cat can have an enormous benefit which then gets passed on to society in general. Of course, your own project does not have to involve animals but it should be innovative in the way it approaches and tackles community based issues. 

Sure enough, too, it has to support cooperative ideals and values. There are so many worthy projects going on in the UK at the moment and one issue they always face is funding.  With help from the Co-operative Community Fund you may well be able to focus on the project itself and get on with the important job of helping to improve your community.

If you are involved in a project which you think fits this particular bill, or know someone who is, follow the link below to learn more about how to apply for a grant.    
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Monday, 8 November 2010

Bah Ram Ewe Sheep

Brenda Nelson did something of which a lot of us dream but rarely do.  She moved from the city to the countryside and now lives on a farm, pretty much living the life.  I have been following her online activities for some years but she has recently set up a new blog which I am sure will be of interest to readers of Ark in Space.

It is called Bah Ram Ewe Sheep.  Can you guess what it might be about?  Yes, that’s right!  Anything and everything on the upkeep of sheep.  On the site you will be able to follow the sheep experiences of Brenda and her family and share information about sheep in general.  Brenda keeps pet sheep and llamas and there are plenty of pictures on the blog too.

This promises to be a really cool online experience as you follow the seasons and get to know the sheep as individuals.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Potty Training at the Sloth Orphanage


That must be one of the weirdest post titles ever but it does exactly what it says on the bottle as it were.  This is part of a documentary being made by Lucy Cooke about a sloth sanctuary and orphanage in Aviarios del Caribe in Costa Rica.  It does extremely important and serious work but there are lighthearted moments to be had.  One of them is ensuring that baby sloths learn how to poo (as the lady puts it in the film!) properly.

One of the funniest things I have heard for a long time is the sound of the baby sloth crying on this video - even tho that does sound a little cruel of me.  The main subject of the clip brings a smile to the face as the whole process of sloth bowel evacuation is one that seems to end in something close to orgasm for the animal - the blissful look on their faces make them look like teenage stoners after the munchies have been satisfied.

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