Halloween pumpkins and old artefacts

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Monday 28 October

Mum said that because I haven’t been able to learn to type,¬†I could practise my handwriting instead. I have quite¬†good writing when I am careful, but it gets messy when I¬†rush or get distracted. ¬†After that I read my book. ¬†I‚Äôm¬†reading a book called I Want Doesn‚Äôt Get¬† by Rony Robinson. ¬†It‚Äôs really good. It‚Äôs about a little boy and his two sisters.

This afternoon I had a mental arithmetic test and a times table test.  I am not very good at doing maths in my head, so after the test mum went through all the questions with me and showed me how to do the ones I had done wrong.

I don’t really remember the times tables unless I do them one at a time, in the right order. Jude wrote a story.

Tuesday 29 October

We were going to do science this morning, but we wanted to do an experiment about the greenhouse effect, mum said it wasn’t sunny enough so we can do it another day.  So we did spellings instead.  We had to write out the meanings of the words we learned, and then we did our projects.  Jude’s caterpillar is nearly finished, it looks really good.  I am still working on my pig, which is not nearly finished.

We had tomato paté and salad sandwiches for lunch, and we watched the BBC play, which was about some ladies who go to live in a caravan, which starts to roll down a hill, but then it stops.

I wrote another story for English.  The exercise was to make a plan and then make a story.  This time I wrote a story about a girl called Bernice who meets a goblin in her garden, and then she gets into an argument with him because he won’t let her put the washing out.  Eventually the goblin runs away.

Jude was also writing a story, but hers had to have¬†propositions and complex sentences. ¬†Jude said she was¬†writing a really scary story with creepy monsters and¬†vampires. ¬†She’s really good at making up those sorts of¬†stories.

In cookery lesson we carved Halloween pumpkins!  We scooped out the insides and then we cut out scary eyes and teeth and noses, it was brilliant.

Wednesday 30th October

After swimming we visited the museum at the Heritage¬†Centre. ¬†It is great in there because you can see inside a¬†glass case pictures of what the town looked like a hundred years ago, and there are artefacts like tin pots and badges¬†from the 1920s. ¬†They have an old hair dresser’s chair with a¬†big blow drier fixed to the top. ¬†I don’t like that though¬†because it looks like an evil villain’s brain-washing chair.

I like the little room at the back, which is decorated to¬†look like a little kitchen, and you can look in at all the old¬†food tins and boxes from the early 1900s, and there is an¬†old kettle and an old iron and things. ¬†It’s really interesting.


continues tomorrow ūüôā


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Experimenting on animals is a Wild Goose Chase

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New from Honestly Books¬†is Wild Goose Chase¬†by Lavender Laine which is perfect for the teens to adults section of our Vegan Children’s Books page.

Lavender Laine, author of What’s good for the goose is not good for the panda, a rhyming story for little children, is a collage artist with a passionate opposition to vivisection. ¬†Her latest title, the non-fiction¬†Wild Goose Chase, is not only a feast for the eyes but also choc full of information that every anti-vivisectionist should know. ¬†She has mined the brilliant Sacred Cows and Golden Geese¬†by Ray and Jean Greek for all the text, which she has torn from its pages and pasted onto a backdrop of colourful images from many and various books and magazines. ¬†The result is a stunning visual treat designed to make the historical scientific facts easier to remember.

On the first page is the classic quote from Dr Werner Hartinger: “There are, in fact, only two categories of doctors and scientist who are not opposed to vivisection: those who don’t know enough about it, and those who make money from it.”

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The acknowledgement pages follow:

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And then it begins with a statement that it will go on to prove: Trying to cure human ills by experimenting on animals is a wild goose chase.

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From thereon each page is full of information which was meticulously researched by the Greeks for Sacred Cows. ¬†Laine has chosen excerpts from the Greeks’ book which she feels are the most important to commit to memory. ¬†I’ve read Sacred Cows and Golden Geese several¬†times from cover to cover and it teems with information explained in a way that is easy to make sense of for a non-scientific mind such as mine. ¬†However, there is just so much information in there that, even after reading and re-reading, I find it hard to bring the facts to mind in conversation with others and therefore am unconvincing in my arguments. ¬†That’s why Wild Goose Chase is so important. ¬†Laine has included only a fraction of the text from Sacred Cows – giving us less to memorize –¬†but those well chosen excerpts explain clearly and concisely why vivisection is scientifically flawed and why it continues in spite of that.

It’s a kind of CliffsNotes for Sacred Cows,¬†but much more eye-catching.

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It begins with the history, showing that “True advances in medical knowledge has not come from animals.” ¬†It reveals that Nobel Prizes were awarded to the wrong people – those who ‘validated’ things in animals decades after they had been discovered by other scientists in human observations.

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It explains how animal experiments have mislead scientists into thinking dangerous drugs were safe, and safe drugs were dangerous.

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It explains that animal tests continue in spite of this because they provide a legal ‘safe harbor’ for the government and drug companies who can claim due diligence when things go horribly wrong.

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It explains that, in the education system, original thinking is neither required nor welcomed; that editors and reviewers perpetuate the mass delusion; that money drives education and money drives research.

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It explains that what is needed is a ‘voluble public outcry’ to stop this scientific fraud which is killing so many humans and animals. ¬†What is needed is for everyone to be aware of these facts so that they can no longer be deceived by the vivisectors’ PR machines.

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And then it goes on to explain what we should be doing instead of animal experiments: the scandalously underfunded human-based research methods which really could make a difference. Look – there’s Elvis!¬†‚ÜĎ

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Eg epidemiology, human autopsies, in vitro research, clinical observation, genetic research, computer modeling, diagnostic imaging, post-marketing drug surveillance. ¬†It’s amazing what they can do now (and Sacred Cows was written sixteen years ago so think of the even more amazing advances that must have occurred since then).

“To insist that animal experiments are necessary is ludicrous.”

“Why wait in the dark ages when the Star Trek sick bay is at hand?”

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The book concludes with a call to action, inviting everyone to educate themselves and speak out against the mass delusion which is costing so many lives.

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There is nothing in this book but scientific and historical facts which are easily verified by referring to the indicated pages in Sacred Cows.  There are no disturbing images or descriptions of animal experiments Рwhat would be the point?  If vivisection could be stopped on grounds of cruelty to animals it would have been banned a century ago.  Exposing the scientific fraud is the only way to end it.  Educating ourselves is where we start.  Buy this book and give it rave reviews!  Enable every teenager to understand that animal experiments are not necessary and never have been; that they are actually harmful to medical progress and will not save human lives.

Pendennis Castle


I never got around to telling you about our visit to Pendennis Castle when we went to Cornwall last year.  I have mixed feelings about castles.  On the one hand I love the feeling of history, picturing how people used to live at the time the castle was built.  I feel amazed at the architecture and how such big, strong, heavy, impressively crafted structures got built in the days before motor vehicles and cranes.




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On the other hand I recoil at the violence they remind me of – the dungeons, the canons, the holes in walls for shooting arrows through and holes above the gates for pouring boiling oil through.


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But at Pendennis Castle at least there is one thing I’m not in two minds about – the cake!


Here there was not just one, but¬†two different types of vegan cake! ¬†The lemon cake you see above and the flapjack pictured below. ¬†I eat a lot of flapjacks and I can honestly tell you that this was the best I’ve ever eaten!


Of course we told the cook how much we loved it and how pleased we were that there were vegan options on the menu and the lovely lady said that they always make sure there is something for every dietary requirement and she invited us to return to the cafe for lunch as she was making a delicious vegan soup.

Hurrah for English Heritage! ¬†Very well done ūüėÄ

Oh, and the views are pretty nice too ūüėČ

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