The Daily Tulip – News From Around The World
Thursday 7th September 2017
Good Morning Gentle Reader…. I'm reminded of the Who song "I can see for miles and miles and miles" this morning standing down at the ocean with an unbelievable view of the heavens, in the past 10 minutes I have stood here I have seen three meteors zip across the night sky and vanish over the distant horizon.... well, I hope that’s what they were…. The temperatures for today are a wonderful 29c High and a 22c Low ( in old terms that 84f and 72f ) the suffering that I do just living in Spain… We came up the hill today, or I should say Bella wanted to climb the hill, she seems to have her days when she wants to go to the Hermitage and others when she wants the ocean.. are well women are fickle like that, but I know what I want and it’s my morning brew so we turn and descend to the house, coffee, digestive biscuits and you, what a mix ….
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT…. A Half-Indian woman (wonder which half?) was on Monday crowned Miss Japan, the second year in a row a biracial person has won the beauty pageant. Priyanka Yoshikawa, 22 and who also has an elephant training license, said she would use her win to "change perceptions".... Well she's already changed mine, where did she get her Elephant Training License and the big question and Why???
LAST YEAR'S MISS JAPAN, ARIANA MIYAMOTO…. was the first mixed-race person to win the pageant. Critics complained then that a "pure" Japanese should have won, (In the UK they would have called that a racist remark). Only about 2% of babies born every year are biracial, or "haafu", (It seems you can only have this type of baby when you have a cold, Haafu!) the Japanese word for half. Miss Japan 2015 Ariana Miyamoto faced a backlash after she became the first "haafu" to win the beauty pageant "We are Japanese," Ms Yoshikawa told news outlet AFP. "Yes, my dad is Indian and I'm proud of it, I'm proud that I have Indian in me. But that doesn't mean I'm not Japanese." She credited her win to Ms Miyamoto, saying she had helped show "mixed girls the way". "Before Ariana, “haafu” girls couldn't represent Japan," said Ms Yoshikawa. "That's what I thought too. Ariana encouraged me a lot by showing me and all mixed girls the way." "I know a lot of people who are haafu and suffer," she said. "When I came back to Japan, everyone thought I was a germ." "Like if they touched me they would be touching something bad. But I'm thankful because that made me really strong." The pageant winner, also an avid kick-boxer and qualified elephant trainer, said that she hoped to change perceptions… (I honestly don’t make any of this stuff up! Hahaha)
"When I'm abroad, people never ask me what mix I am. As Miss Japan, hopefully I can help change perceptions so that it can be the same here too." Ms Yoshikawa's win did not trigger the backlash that Ms Miyamoto received on social media.
TROUSERS-DOWN MINISTER STATUE PROTESTS NZ WATER QUALITY…. A larger-than-life statue of New Zealand's environment minister, fashioned from horse dung, has been left outside council offices in Christchurch. The work by artist Sam Mahon shows minister Nick Smith with his trousers round his ankles, genitals on display, defecating into a glass of water, the New Zealand Herald reports. It's a protest against the government's water quality policy, which aims to improve water quality in lakes and rivers. Opponents say it will relax standards, however, and could expose people to harmful bacteria. A last-minute court injunction by Environment Canterbury (ECan) failed to stop the protest. A court had banned the statue from being delivered to ECan last week, so it was carried to a public footpath nearby instead, its bare buttocks facing the regional council building. Answering critics who thought the statue protest crude, Mr Mahon said that "If you want to make a political comment about something, coat it in chocolate. So I've got the idea of what Nick's doing to us, and if people laugh on both sides, they'll swallow the medicine."
AUSTRALIANS GRAPPLE WITH NEW ID RULE FOR TAKEAWAY BOOZE…. Citizens in Australia's Northern Territory now need to produce photographic ID if they want to buy takeaway alcohol, it's reported. This means that more than 1,000 people living in the country's northernmost state will be unable to make a purchase, now that the Banned Drinker Register (BDR) has been relaunched by the authorities in an attempt to cut booze-related crime, The NT News reports. A register was attempted in 2011, but was replaced within a year with a mandatory treatment scheme for problem drinkers. Now that the BDR has been successful, bottle shop customers must produce photo ID, which is then scanned through machines linked to the BDR database. Trade associations, however, fear that glitches in the system could result in long delays, raising the prospect of violence against staff. A recent trial of the machines resulted in just that outcome, the Australian Hotels Association NT told the paper. The territory's Liquor Stores Association hints at further problems to come, given that the roll-out is happening on what is traditionally the busiest day of the week. "It's going to be a nightmare," LSANT president Faye Hartley said. "It'll take time to sort out and to start."
STAR WARS STAMPS RELEASED TO MARK LATEST MOVIE…. A special edition set of Star Wars stamps will be released to mark the latest movie in the sci-fi series. The set of eight, illustrated by artist Malcolm Tween, will be released to commemorate the upcoming movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which launches in December. They will feature images of new and classic characters alongside spaceships from the films in specially-created scenes, Royal Mail said. Maz Kanata, Chewbacca, Supreme Leader Snoke, R2-D2 and C-3PO are among those that will appear on the collection. Four of the stamps will have details in fluorescent ink that will only be visible under a UV light. The stamps will be on sale from October 12. Royal Mail issued another set in 2015 to mark the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
AFRICAN PYGMY HEDGEHOG FOUND ABANDONED IN LONDON UNDERGROUND…. The Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rescued an African pygmy hedgehog that was found abandoned in England. Workers at the Edgware Road platform of the London Underground found the hedgehog alone in a hamster carrier and contacted animal collection officer Jill Sanders, who rushed to the rescue. "I was relieved that the little hedgehog was still alive as it was far too cold for him," Sanders said. "He was crammed into a tiny cage and must have been very disoriented and frightened." The RSPCA noted that the African pygmy hedgehog is "one of Britain's latest pet crazes," but does not believe they should be kept as pets. "Like many exotic animals, they have very specific needs, which relate to where they come from in the wild," the RSPCA said. "An African pygmy hedgehog's natural habitat is the semi-arid areas of central Africa and in captivity it would therefore require a heated enclosure." The hedgehog, which rescuers named "Paddington," was taken to a hedgehog caretaker in London, as the RSPCA searches for its owner. "It's not clear whether he's been abandoned or if his owner left him behind by mistake so if anyone recognizes him we'd urge them to get in touch by calling our appeal line," Sanders said.
Well Gentle Reader I hope you enjoyed our look at the news from around the world this, Thursday morning… …
Our Young Budding Tulips today are hiding the reason Tiny Tim wanted to "Tip Toe Through The Tulips" ......
A Sincere Thank You for your company and Thank You for your likes and comments I love them and always try to reply, so please keep them coming, it's always good fun, As is my custom, I will go and get myself another mug of "Colombian" Coffee and wish you a safe day Thursday 7th September 2017 from my home on the southern coast of Spain, where the blue waters of the Alboran Sea washes the coast of Africa and Europe and the smell of the night blooming Jasmine and Honeysuckle fills the air…and a crazy old guy and his dog Bella go out for a walk at 4:00 am…on the streets of Estepona…
All good stuff....But remember it’s a dangerous world we live in
Be safe out there…