Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Someone Remarkable and Something Unbelievable

It seems like time for another post, so what should I write about?  Shall I tell you how much we enjoyed the two DVDs I got out from the library? We watched 'The Artist' on Saturday night and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very relaxing watching something without the usual noise of background music and the talking and the story-line held our interest. I even enjoyed watching the little dog and all his tricks even though I'm not a great fan of domestic pets. I was less amused by the dog being allowed to sit on the breakfast table, cute as it was.

Sunday we watched the equally good but less amusing film, 'The Lady'.  Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a truly remarkable woman, but this also tells the story of the sacrifices made by her children and her husband.

On the other hand, I've just heard that the government have decided to stop the imminent badger cull from going ahead. I'm very pleased for the badgers, but I wonder why the members of the government keep announcing policies only to have to say they've changed their minds a bit later when they realise just what a bad idea it all was after having been made aware of the full facts.  Why can't this government check the facts properly before announcing their policies? Are they really fit to run the country? How much money are they wasting as a result of their unbelievable haste and ineptitude?

Getting back to the badgers, or more crucially still, TB in cattle, wouldn't it be better to vaccinate the cattle and/or the badgers and to make sure the cattle are given plenty of space and fresh air as well as a nutritious diet. When we had high levels of TB in the human population we didn't shoot anyone who was deemed to be a carrier. No, the combination of vaccinating children and, over time, better nutrition and housing conditions for the majority of people all but eradicated the disease. Have we learned no lessons from the past? The Farmers' Guardian admits that "[cattle] with a low nutritional plane, mineral deficiency or a compromised immune system are more likely to get TB."


  1. Hi Karin - it's really good news about the badger cull. Vaccinating seems the most logical way, but it's probably right about the health of cattle. Improved diets & health checks may work out a lot cheaper than vaccinating, makes a lot of sense to look into that first.

    Kay :)

  2. I too was relieved to hear that the government are having second thoughts about the badger cull. And, like you, I despair of our current leaders - on both sides of the House. I'm afraid there are very few, if any, in whom I have any faith.


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