Sleuthing starts here. 😀
It’s time you met the beautiful birds of Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare! Raystede rescues and re-homes chickens. They have a lovely big garden to live in filled with places to play and have fun or rest and relax. As well as chickens they have two magnificent turkeys who inspire awe wherever they go.
We thought we’d keep a record of where we’d left a calling card.
See if you can spot the cards and work out where we went last Monday – and since this is the first go at this game, we’ve made it easy 😉
The pictures are numbered 1 to 6. By which picture did you first know where we were and what we were doing? And in which pictures did you spot our cards? 😀
Well, Miranda has always been here, she has always been an indispensable part of the Violet’s Veg*n e-Comics team but since she’s now set up a separate username we thought we’d better introduce her properly so that it won’t confuse anyone when they see a different gravatar coming from VVeC. Violet’s Vegan Comics would be nothing without her, no one would know it existed, so it’s time she got the recognition she deserves 🙂
Please say hello to our Miranda Lemon!
Please please please let me take my ease,
Let me ride on your back for a while.
My legs are short and not as strong as yours,
I’ve been walking for more than a mile.
I’ll just climb on and I won’t take long
Try to stand still here for a minute.
I really appreciate you helping me out
And I promise not to fidget.
Thank you thank you thank you Mum
This ride is good and comfy.
I can see from your reflection though,
That you enjoy it as much as me!
What they will tell you:
- William Wilberforce (1759-1833) is one of the best known British abolitionists. He was a Parliamentarian, writer and social reformer.
- He was a close friend of William Pitt, the youngest Prime Minister in British history.
- Wilberforce campaigned for health care, educational and prison reform and legislation to prohibit the worst forms of child labour. However, his greatest political efforts concerned the abolition of the slave trade and slavery.
- In 1788-1789 he presented his Abolitionist Bill before the House of Commons for the first time. In a moving speech, he recited the horrific facts of slavery for three hours and ended with the words: “having heard all of this you may choose to look the other way but you can never again say that you did not know”.
- Despite Wilberforce’s efforts the bill did not pass. Year after year, he re-introduced anti-slavery motions but to no avail. Finally, in 1807 the Abolition Bill was passed with 283 votes to 16, making the slave trade illegal on all British ships. It was an emotional day in Parliament and Wilberforce, having campaigned so strenuously, broke down and cried.
- However, despite this victory, slavery itself remained intact and Wilberforce soon turned his attention to the emancipation of slaves in the British colonies. In 1823, he published the influential pamphlet “Appeal on Behalf of the Negro Slaves”. It led to the formation of the Anti-Slavery Society, which headed the emancipation campaign.Wilberforce retired from the House of Commons in 1825 and leadership of the Parliamentary campaign passed to Thomas Fowell Buxton. The Emancipation Bill slowly gathered support and was approved on 26 July 1833. On that day, slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire.
What they probably won’t tell you is that he was a:
- Even as the slavery issue dominated his personal and political life, Wilberforce found time to champion the cause of animal protection from the moment it first surfaced. He was present for and involved with every Parliamentary debate on cruelty issues, from the first failed proposal by Sir William Pultney in 1800 to the watershed breakthrough of Martin’s Act in 1822. Over those 22 years, moreover, Wilberforce remained faithful to the cause, against objections that the subject of cruelty to animals was not suited to the dignity of a legislature.
- He said “If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.”
What an awesome man 🙂
WHAT THEY WILL TELL YOU:
- Leonardo da Vinci is perhaps best known as a painter, with his legendary works including the Mona Lisa, the Vitruvian Man and the Last Supper, among others.
- Leonardo da Vinci wasn’t just an incredible artist, he was an inventor, scientist, mathematician, engineer, writer, musician and much more.
- The Mona Lisa is perhaps the most well known painting in the world. It is a half-length portrait of a woman who, along with the composition, background and other details, has been the subject of much speculation and discussion. It is believed that Leonardo da Vinci began painting the Mona Lisa around 1503. It has been on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris for over 200 years.
WHAT THEY PROBABLY WON’T TELL YOU IS THAT HE WAS WIDELY REPUTED TO BE:
We know this because Giuliano di Lorenzo de’ Medici (Leonardo’s patron for three years, from 1513 to 1516) financed the explorer Andrea Corsali’s voyage on a Portuguese ship and in a long letter to his patron Corsali made a remark about Leonardo when describing followers of Hinduism:
Alcuni gentili chiamati Guzzarati non si cibano dicosa alcuna che tenga sangue, ne fra essi loro consen tono che si noccia adalcuna cosa animata, come it nostro Leonardo da Vinci.
Certain infidels called Guzzarati are so gentle that they do not feed on anything which has blood, nor will they allow anyone to hurt any living thing, like our Leonardo da Vinci.
What a guy! 😉
They’ll tell you a lot of stuff about Pythagoras at school, like:
- He worked out that in a right angled triangle, the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides: that’s Pythagorean Theorem
- Pythagoras is often referred to as the first pure mathematician.
- He was born on the island of Samos, Greece in 569 BC.
- Pythagoras was well educated, and he played the lyre throughout his lifetime, knew poetry and recited Homer. He was interested in mathematics, philosophy, astronomy and music, and was greatly influenced by Pherekydes (philosophy), Thales (mathematics and astronomy) and Anaximander (philosophy, geometry).
But they probably won’t tell you that:
And “Pythagorean diet” was a common name for the abstention from eating meat and fish, until the coining of “vegetarian” in the 19th century.
Stick that in your triangle and measure it!! 🙂
WHAT THEY WILL TELL YOU:
- He produced perhaps one of the most famous equations ever: E = mc² (energy equals mass multiplied by the speed of light squared).
- Einstein won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on theoretical physics.
He worked on many other influential theories and projects including: the deflection of light by gravity, the quantum theory of atomic motion in solids, Brownian motion, an explanation for capillary action and much more.
What they don’t often tell you is that towards the end of his life:
You can read the whole story from the beginning here 🙂
I was just browsing other people’s blogs when I came across this post, titled ‘Napping on a shoulder under a collar’ on Rethinking Life. It reminded me of the little house marten that my daughter rescued ten years ago because this bird also used to take a nap on her shoulder under her collar. He/she was a pretty little thing who touched our lives briefly and then flew away. Here’s a couple of pics of Eve (my daughter) with Minnie (her house marten friend):
It hasn’t escaped my notice (since posting instalments of episodes from Jasmine stories) that some of those early stories could do with a new paint job! So I am having fun painting the old pictures and I will stick them in the comics when they’re fit to be seen 🙂
All this week I’ve been in denial about my dissatisfaction with Where are you going Deidra? I was so excited about finishing it, and I’d set myself a target of the end of last week, that I didn’t pause to think about whether it really was finished. I was so focussed on getting across the message about the true cost of dairy farming, that I temporarily lost sight of my primary intention – to provide happy, positive, vegan inspiration for children, not to depress them. I think it’s ok for me to put more serious, grown up items on the blog occasionally, and I think it’s important to be open and truthful about the harsh realities of animal exploitation. I’m very glad I posted the heart-breaking story about the dairy cow who made the decision to hide one of her twins in the woods and give the farmer the other, rather than lose both. Everyone needs to know that. She deserves to have her story told and I know that it has touched the hearts of everyone who has read it. The same goes for my poem. But for the children I want to provide hope, happiness and enjoyment.
Positivity is the way forward and positivity, fun and entertainment is the way we want to encourage veganism at Violet’s Vegan Comics. We want to give something good to bright, happy, kind, veggie children. And we want to enlighten the instinctively compassionate little ones who haven’t heard of veganism but who are naturally inclined towards it. The stories on this website are for all children – even grown up ones – and I hope they will be enjoyed by everyone who reads them.
I therefore decided Where are you going Deidra? wasn’t finished. It needed a fully rounded happy ending that all children’s stories should have. So today I’ve finished it. I’ve worked all day and I’m pleased with it now.
Then I made double chocolate chip cookies (I added some fair trade cocoa to the recipe from Jasmine #3 ) which gave my day a very very satisfying ending indeed 🙂