Posts Tagged ‘London’

Are zoos an anachronism from a time before the internet and Animal Planet?

May 21, 2008

Animal deaths or injuries at zoos often result in renewed debate about whether wild animals should be kept in captivity. Recently, the deaths of over 40 cownose stingrays at the Calgary Zoo and the death of a visitor at the San Francisco Zoo stirred up more questions on whether animals should be kept for public viewing.

While the institutions often tout their educational programs as one of the many reasons for people, and especially children, to visit, saying they can learn a great deal about animals from zoos, Rob Laidlaw, executive director of Zoocheck Canada, a national wild animal protection charity, disputes this argument.

“The menagerie-style zoo, like Toronto and Calgary, emerged in the 19th century in Paris and London and Berlin. This concept emerged at a time when there was no international travel, there was no internet, there was limited access to books for most people, there was no television, there was no Discovery Channel.

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Animals in transit get better treatment than passengers at Frankfurt airport

April 18, 2008

Frustrated and exhausted travellers at Heathrow have been complaining recently of being treated like animals, caged in the terminal with little to drink and taunted by snarling ground staff.

Little wonder then that Frankfurt airport, the main European competitor to Heathrow, has decided to make a point by treating its animals in transit even better than its pampered business-class humans.

The animal lounge in the airport is equipped with all mod cons – subtle lighting to simulate night and day, sound-proofing, organic food and hostesses who stroke on demand.

“We want them to shed the stress of air travel,” Marco Klapper, a senior keeper, said. “Today our passengers include a batch of 20 polo ponies, some cormorants, quite a lot of geckos and the usual dogs and cats. They’re all getting along fine.”

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Animals take shape on the Underground

April 17, 2008

A hard-hitting public awareness campaign to help protect seals, whales and elephants is being run by The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Animals on the Underground.

The campaign will feature ads on 224 sites across the London Underground network from April 21 for two weeks. Members of the public are being asked to send a text message to help protect these threatened or endangered species.

Tens of thousands of endangered elephants continue to be threatened by the illegal ivory trade, over a quarter of a million seals are killed annually in Canada’s cruel and unsustainable seal hunt and whales are still being harpooned despite an international ban on commercial whaling.

“These posters will place a spotlight on the current threats to some of the world’s most iconic species – whales, elephants and seals,” said Robbie Marsland, Director of IFAW UK. “This is a great opportunity to highlight to people across London that they can make a difference by taking action in support of IFAW’s campaigns to end this cruelty.”

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Andrew Bird newsletter – London show announcement and more!

February 20, 2008

Hello ya’ll.   On the newsletter menu today –

Let’s start with an appetizer:  You may all know this already, Andrew is starting his new album and will be spending much of 2008 in the recording studio.  This will mean that this will be a much quieter year in the live shows department, but we will make it up to you with some live films and recordings and unexpected things throughout the year.   

For example:  A MUSICAL EVENT – so super secret, so small, and so special that even we can’t tell you about it –  is happening in Chicago VERY soon, next week no less – so click here or here for more details – and hopefully see a few of you politically minded folks there next week!!!!

Just a few miniscule breaks in the recording plan for live solo shows: 

April 5             Cincinnati, OH                     Music Now Festival – with Grizzly Bear

April 26          London, England**              Indig02 / Eat Your Own Ears Festival

**This is Andrew’s only London show this year, so don’t put off buying tickets: you can get them here:


Assorted snacks:

** Check out 3 live tracks from Austin City Limits Music Festival here. (you can now download the whole show for sale @ itunes)

** Andrew sitting in with Wilco this last weekend, last night, and tomorrow too!

** Last autumn’s tour only Soldier ON EP is almost available for sale every place – it will be on itunes and other fine digital places on March 11.  You can also mail order a good old fashioned CD from Fargo Records, and they will ship it to any corner of the planet for you.  

** WHOA!  Awesome mashup of the song “The Trees Were Mistaken” with a Youngbloodz song:

You can find so many things on the internet!


Your pal, Andrea

‘Stop live animals exports for slaughter’

February 12, 2008

A worldwide campaign aimed at banning the long-distance transport of live animals for slaughter has been launched in London.Animal charity workers shot secret film footage during a two-year long investigation of the global trade in live animals which they say is cruel and unnecessary.

The Handle With Care coalition is using shock pictures of animals being shipped around the world in overcrowded and filthy conditions before they are finally slaughtered.

They hope consumers will be so horrified by the images of sheep, cattle, horses, pigs and chickens moved in horrendous conditions in journeys that can take weeks they will embarrass governments into finally banning the trade.

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Whatever happened to Pink Floyd’s animal-esque album, “Animals?”

February 11, 2008

This week, 411’s Dan Marsicano takes a trip to the 1970’s to look at Pink Floyd’s Animals, one of their most underrated albums. Why hasn’t Animals caught on with people and mentioned alongside Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall as one of Pink Floyd’s classic records?

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 P.S. – I was SO excited when I saw the cover of this Animal-esque album, because it is a picture of the Battersea Power Station, a building I rode past every day on my way to my internship last summer in London.  Ah, the memories…

Mark Oliver Everett at St. James Church, London

January 4, 2008

More news from an animal-esque artist. Sometimes I wish I still lived in London…



Dear visitor,

On January 17th the book THINGS THE GRANDCHILDREN SHOULD KNOW is released in the UK. That evening the author, EELS leader Mark Oliver Everett will make a special appearance performing at St. James Church in London. Each attendee will receive a copy of the book and the first 200 people in line will get wristbands allowing them to have their book signed by the author. See the announcement here:

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Limited tickets available Monday, Jan. 7, 9am here
Stargreen: 0207 734 8932
Ticketmaster: 0844 844 0444
See Tickets: 0871 2200 260
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Tour Schedule for Super Furry Animals 2008

December 27, 2007


What could be more Animal-esque than Super Furry Animals? Here’s their tour schedule for the new year.

12/31 – London, ENG – Royal Festival Hall
01/23 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
01/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
01/26 – Philadelphia, PA – Starlight Ballroom
01/27 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
01/29 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
01/30 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
01/31 – New Orleans, LA – The Republic
02/01 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
02/02 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
02/05 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
02/06 – Solona Beach, CA – Belly Up
02/08 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
02/09 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
02/11 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
02/12 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
02/15 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre
02/16 – Chicago, IL – Metro
02/17 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
02/18 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
02/20 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
02/21 – Montreal, QC – Cabaret Music Hall
02/22 – Ithaca, NY – Cornell University
02/23 – Boston, MA – The Paradise
02/25 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom