On our way down through Scotland this year we
called at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Centre on the Moray Firth and adopted
a bottlenose dolphin called Kesslet.
“Kesslet was born in
1994, daughter of the late Kess (who sadly died in 1998) and little sister of
“Friths Bro”. Kesslet was left motherless at the young age of 4, resulting in a
bit of a tough upbringing – having to fend for herself at such a young age. And
grow up she did, and what a fantastic dolphin! Ultra fast, incredible
manoeuvrability and clever hunting tactics have made her into a formidable
predator – she never, ever, misses a fish. After leading the carefree, somewhat
precocious life of a single girl for ages she eventually gave birth to her
first calf in September 2007." (Charlie Philips)
In the latest newsletter from Whale and Dolphin Conservation,
Kesslet – a popular recipient of sponsorship – gets a mention.
This brilliant photo of Kesslet by Charlie Phillips is just
one of many on the WDC website and I am most grateful for their kind permission to
use it on my blog.
If you want to sponsor a whale or dolphin or even make a
small donation please contact
lengthiest opera in the standard repertoire is Wagner’s ‘Die Meistersinger von
Nurnberg’ (1868) which runs for 5 hours and 15 minutes. I am not a great Wagner fan though I like some
of the extracts from his operas such as ‘The Ride of the Valkyries’. However, I am not sure I would go as far as John
Ruskin did after hearing ‘Die Meistersinger’.
Ruskin was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era and also
an art patron, draughtsman, water-colourist, a prominent social thinker and
philanthropist. In a letter in 1882 he
"Of all the
affected, sapless, soulless, beginningless, endless, topless, bottomless,
topsy-turviest, scrabble-pipiest-tongs-and-boniest doggerel of sounds I ever
endured the deadliness of, that eternity of nothing was the deadliest – as far
as the sound went."
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I am a 65 year old happily married man who lives near Liverpool in the
UK. I'm a blogger - and nowadays that seems to be my main occupation. Rambles from My Chair
is my main blog. I’m a retired local government executive - now
studying how to survive a neurological disorder that gives me various
problems but, hopefully, a whole new outlook on life and an increased
sense of humour and perspective. There is a saying in Sweden "man måste
vara frisk för att orka vara sjuk" ~ "you have to be well to cope with
I enjoy most forms of communication and postcards are a special
Scriptor Senex is Latin for Old Writer. My real name is John but I've almost forgotten that nowadays...
“He’s not so old. He’s just the age that he is, that’s all.” (Gerald Hammond)