“He was very smelly and very hungry,” Ms Brennan said.
“The AA explained that even if the cat had been trapped when the motorist was driving the car, luckily the area he was in has no moving parts and doesn’t get hot when the engine is on.
“Having said that, it must have been quite an ordeal for poor Ford,” she added.
The cat is now recovering after his moment of Top Gear-type madness earlier this month, but the RSPCA said his tail will need to be amputated as it was injured, although they are not sure whether this happened as a result of being stuck in the vent.
It’s easy to parent shame when you’re getting a millisecond window into somebody’s life via a picture on social media.
“How dare that mom feed that 2-year-old a hot dog and Coke? It’s all junk food,” one might think in briefly evaluating a Facebook photo. But how do you know that mom doesn’t feed her child grilled chicken and steamed broccoli every other night of the week, and that this wasn’t just their fun “cheat” meal?
On the flipside, idolizing someone’s life based on a snapshot is easy to fall prey to as well. After that “perfect” family photo taken amidst majestic mountain scenery, that family may have been fighting like cats and dogs on the way home in the SUV.
The point, particularly that Etched in Home’s Casey Huff is trying to drive home, is that we only ever see “glimpses” into people’s live’s with pictures. Social media doesn’t tell the whole story. It can show somebody’s best side or worst side, but it never shows the big picture, so we shouldn’t judge as though we know that person’s life.
Read Casey’s wise words of advice that she shared with a snapshot of her sons in a Facebook post below:
It’s hard to remember that sometimes in a world that seems run by social media.
We see tiny glimpses of each other’s lives, and when we string enough of these tiny glimpses together, it’s easy to fool ourselves into thinking we’re seeing the full picture.
It’s easy to imagine that we “know” people who we don’t truly know, and it’s easy to assess the quality of each other’s existence without seeing the behind the scenes truths that make up each of our lives.
But here’s the reality:
That family who looks exceedingly happy in every photo? They may love each other endlessly, but I’m willing to bet they frustrate each other sometimes, too (and I’d also daresay that somewhere in the photo there’s a mom bribing everyone with candy if they’ll stop bickering and smile for “just two seconds!”)
That photo that shows a happy meal and soda sitting in front of a 2-year-old? I’m sure that little one’s parents feed him/her a balanced diet on most nights of the week, but that this particular evening was extra busy or just called for a special (and easy) treat.
That gorgeous girl, the one who looks flawless in every photo; the one who has curves in all of the right places, a killer sense of style, and every hair in place? I bet she battles self-confidence issues, too.
That photo of a kid sitting unrestrained in the front seat of a car? What you can’t tell is that they’re parked in the driveway. That newborn sleeping soundly in a sea of loose blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals? Just off camera is a Mama who is sitting a foot away keeping a watchful eye on her baby.
The Instagram feed of the spotless home; the one whose shiplap and sparkling wood floors make you pause just a bit longer in a moment of envy? I bet its floor has seen a box of Cheerios strewn carelessly about by tiny hands.
That candid shot with a mile-high pile of dishes looming in the background? I bet that sink isn’t always overflowing, and that its owners found the focus of the photo to be more important in that moment than a clean kitchen worthy of being shown off.
We forget that these images are just snapshots.
They’re just one second in time, one moment in the long line of millions of others that make up the who, what, where, when, why of our very existence.
Yet we judge, judge, judge.
And we shame, shame, shame.
And we idolize.
And we let ourselves feel less-than because of someone else’s moment and our assumption of perfection.
We allow social media to act as a textbook of our lives rather than a tool to document the seconds that pass by oh so very quickly.
As temperatures continue to soar, livestock and pets require greater care than usual. A previously “fit and healthy” dog died recently in Greater Manchester from heatstroke after a morning walk. So what can you do to keep animals safe?
For many four-legged, finned or furry friends, the prolonged warm and dry weather can cause problems. The RSPCA has received hundreds of calls over recent days about animals suffering from heat exposure.
Dogs in particular struggle in the hot weather because they are not able to cool down through sweating, as humans do, and those breeds with long coats are especially prone to overheating.
A five-year-old German Shepherd was put down on Friday after suffering heatstroke following a walk. The RSPCA said the owner had been throwing a ball for their pet when the dog became ill, began suffering seizures and had to be put down.
And horses are also at risk of being burned by the fierce sun.
Gemma Stanford, director of welfare for The British Horse Society, said: “Like paler-skinned and fair-headed humans, horses with flesh-coloured skin and grey or white hair are most susceptible to burning.
“Their noses are particularly sensitive to the sun.”
Even some breeds of cow can get sunburn on their noses – although the NFU said it was quite rare.
For farmers with livestock, the main problem could be a lack of food as, without rain, there is poor grass growth.
Mike Thomas, a spokesman for the NFU, said: “We set up a fodder bank, so members who are having problems can get in touch
“And members can help each other, someone who has a surplus of feed, can sell it on to other farmers.
“But animals are used to being out in all weathers, cows will naturally migrate to where the shade is and farmers will be putting out more water for them in their fields.”
But there are plenty of ways to keep pets cool.
At the RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre in Cambridgeshire, the staff have been keeping the animals cool with iced treats and a paddling pool.
Its staff advise freezing treats or water to give pets their own “ice cream”, while they also say damp towels for your pet to lie on or an ice pack wrapped in a towel could provide a welcome relief from the heat.
And what about more exotic animals?
West Midlands Safari Park staff have been hosing down ostriches and feeding giraffes ice lollies to help them cope with the heat.
But even wildlife can struggle during the warm weather.
Fish rescue teams have been out at the top of the Teme, near Leintwardine in Herefordshire, where the drying river is causing problems for its resident trout.
The Environment Agency workers were out moving the fish to a more healthy flow downstream.
Dave Throup, from the agency said: “It does dry out, it has a history of drying out, it doesn’t happen every year, but when you get a lengthy dry period. What is different this time is that it has dried out very quickly.
“We have had to rush out to rescue the fish, as the river drops into the gravel, it leaves large pools so the fish get stranded and they can’t get downstream.
“The oxygen levels are dropping, the water is warming up, and the herons can see them. Unless we go in, they would die.”
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The New London Theatre, now known as the Gillian Lynne Theatre, has become the first West End venue named after a non-royal woman.
Dame Gillian, who was born in Bromley, south-east London, started her career at the age of 16 performing classical roles with the Sadler’s Wells Ballet, moving on to stage musicals and television in the 1950s.
She went on to worked as a choreographer for the Northern Ballet and the Bolshoi.
In 1981 Dame Gillian took on Cats which ran for almost 9,000 performances in London, and five years later Phantom, a major international success and seen by many as her greatest achievement as a choreographer.
Her other credits include Lloyd-Webber’s Aspects of Love, the stage version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Barbra Streisand’s film Yentl.
She won two Olivier Awards during her career, as well as a Golden Rose of Montreux Award for her work on TV’s Muppet Show, and a Bafta for the BBC dance drama A Simple Man.
Her damehood in 2014 was for services to dance and musical theatre.
Elaine Paige, who played the lead in the original production of Cats, paid tribute her “dear friend and teacher”.
Koko and Miss Patterson, a Stanford student, practicing sign language.
Image: Bettmann Archive/ getty images
Koko, the beloved gorilla best known for mastering sign language, died in her sleep at age 46 on Wednesday.
The Gorilla Foundation announced Koko’s death via social media on Thursday, saying she “touched the lives of millions as an ambassador for all gorillas and an icon for interspecies communication and empathy.”
Koko, whose full name was Hanabi-ko (meaning “Fireworks Child” in Japanese,) was born on July 4, 1971. Over the years the western lowland gorilla learned more than 1,000 different signs, developed a love of cats, worked alongside many humans including sign language instructor Dr. Francine “Penny” Patterson, and inspired several documentaries and the popular children’s book, Koko’s Kitten.
Her willingness to interact with people and her eagerness to learn allowed the world to observe a great deal about her species, and throughout the course of her life Koko made many celebrity friends, including Mister Rogers and Robin Williams.
After news of Koko’s death reached social media, fans showed an outpouring of love for the gorilla, thanking her for all her contributions.
Koko, the gorilla known for sign language, has passed away at the age of 46. Here she is on the cover of the 1985 National Geographic. #RIPKoko 🦍 pic.twitter.com/U95wNsGdWy
Sad. I remember first learning about her as a kid. “Bad Bad Toilet Kitty” was the worst thing she could think to sign. She in large part sparked my love of animals. Thanks Koko. Rest easy old lady. https://t.co/QWW03qgInF
Koko taught us soooooo much. One of the greatest women (yeah I said it) humanity has had the honor of knowing. She made us rethink what it means to be human and had more grace, compassion, and empathy, in essence more humanity, than most of us. RIP https://t.co/4ev3aLzLKw
The long read: Before Xi Jinping, the internet was becoming a more vibrant political space for Chinese citizens. But today the country has the largest and most sophisticated online censorship operation in the world
In December 2015, thousands of tech entrepreneurs and analysts, along with a fewinternational heads of state, gathered in Wuzhen, in southern China, for the countrys second World Internet Conference. At the opening ceremony the Chinese president, XiJinping, set out his vision for the future ofChinas internet. We should respect the rightof individual countries to independently choosetheir own path of cyber-development, said Xi,warning against foreign interference in other countries internal affairs.
No one was surprised by what they heard. Xi had already established that the Chinese internet would be aworld unto itself, with its content closely monitored and managed by the Communist party. In recent years, the Chinese leadership has devoted more and more resources to controlling content online. Government policies have contributed to a dramatic fall in the number of postings on the Chinese blogging platform Sina Weibo (similar to Twitter), and have silenced manyof Chinas most important voices advocating reform and opening up the internet.
It wasnt always like this. In the years before Xi became president in 2012, the internet had begun to afford the Chinese people an unprecedented level of transparency and power to communicate. Popular bloggers, some of whom advocated bold social and political reforms, commanded tens of millions of followers. Chinese citizens used virtual private networks (VPNs) to access blocked websites. Citizens banded together online to hold authorities accountable for their actions, through virtual petitions and organising physical protests. In 2010, a survey of 300Chinese officials revealed that 70% were anxious about whether mistakes or details about their private life might be leaked online. Of the almost 6,000 Chinesecitizens also surveyed, 88% believed it wasgood for officials to feel this anxiety.
For Xi Jinping, however, there is no distinction between the virtual world and the real world: both should reflect the same political values, ideals, and standards. To this end, the government has invested intechnological upgrades to monitor and censor content. It has passed new laws on acceptable content, and aggressively punished those who defy the new restrictions. Under Xi, foreign content providers havefound their access to China shrinking. They are being pushed out by both Xis ideological war and hisdesire that Chinese companies dominate the countrys rapidly growing online economy.
At home, Xi paints the wests version of the internet, which prioritises freedom of information flow, as anathema to the values of the Chinese government. Abroad, he asserts Chinas sovereign right to determine what constitutes harmful content. Rather than acknowledging that efforts to control the internet areasource of embarrassment a sign of potential authoritarian fragility Xi is trying to turn his vision ofaChinanet (to use blogger Michael Antis phrase) into a model for other countries.
The challenge for Chinas leadership is to maintain what it perceives as the benefits of the internet advancing commerce and innovation without letting technology accelerate political change. To maintain his Chinanet, Xi seems willing to accept the costs in terms of economic development, creative expression, government credibility, and the development of civil society. But the internet continues to serve as a powerful tool for citizens seeking to advance social change and human rights. The game of cat-and-mouse continues, and there are many more mice than cats.
The very first email in China was sent in September 1987 16 years after Ray Tomlinson sent the first email in the US. It broadcast a triumphal message: Across the Great Wall we can reach every corner in the world. Forthe first few years, the government reserved the internet for academics and officials. Then, in 1995, it was opened to the general public. In 1996, although onlyabout 150,000 Chinese people were connected tothe internet, the government deemed it the Year of the Internet, and internet clubs and cafes appeared all over Chinas largest cities.
Yet as enthusiastically as the government proclaimed its support for the internet, it also took steps to control it. Rogier Creemers, a China expert at Oxford University, has noted that As the internet became a publicly accessible information and communication platform, there was no debate about whether it should fall under government supervision only about how such control would be implemented in practice. By 1997, Beijing had enacted its first laws criminalising online postings that it believed were designed to hurt national security or the interests of the state.
Chinas leaders were right to be worried. Their citizens quickly realised the political potential inherent in the internet. In 1998, a 30-year-old software engineer called Lin Hai forwarded 30,000 Chinese email addresses to aUS-based pro-democracy magazine. Lin was arrested, tried and ultimately sent to prison in the countrys first known trial for a political violation committed completely online. The following year, the spiritual organisation Falun Gong used email and mobile phones to organise a silent demonstration of more than 10,000 followers around the Communist partys central compound, Zhongnanhai, to protest their inability topractise freely. The gathering, which had been arranged without the knowledge of the government, precipitated an ongoing persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and a new determination to exercise control over the internet.
The man who emerged to lead the governments technological efforts was Fang Binxing. In the late 1990s, Fang worked on developing the Golden Shield transformative software that enabled the government toinspect any data being received or sent, and to block destination IP addresses and domain names. His work was rewarded by a swift political rise. By the 2000s, he had earned the moniker Father of the Great Firewall and, eventually, the enmity of hundreds of thousands ofChinese web users.
Some of us can’t wait for the summer sun to go down so we can set off fireworks.
But for others, the loud sounds and bright lights can be a problem.
If you’ve ever been to a fireworks show, you know that they can be spectacular. They can also be really overwhelming, especially for those who live with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Vince Bryant, a veteran living in Texas, told ABC News that the sounds of the fireworks are so much for him that he puts on headphones and locks himself in a closet when they start.
“It sends me right back to Iraq. Automatically it puts me in a situation like we fighting,” Bryant said.
And those with PTSD aren’t the only ones affected by bright, noisy light shows.
Once a spent firework has reached the ground, it can hurt in other ways. The residue that fireworks leave behind often ends up in lakes or rivers, and that can lead to health problems in humans.
Fortunately, technology has come a long way, and fireworks are only one way to celebrate summer holidays.
For one, fireworks distributors often sell silent fireworks. And communities are starting to celebrate with large-scale productions that aim to include everyone while keeping tensions, and pollutants, low.
The drones fly in colorful formations without booms or whistles, allowing everyone to enjoy the beautiful light show without having to worry that a giant bomb is going off somewhere.
Other areas like Aspen, Colorado, where wildlife could be hurt by the fallout from fireworks, have ordered drone shows as an environmentally friendly display.
Here’s what some of the drone shows look like:
Bottom line: A more inclusive fourth is awesome for everyone.
There’s nothing exactly like the thrill of setting off a firework in the middle of the street and running as fast and far as you can before it goes off in a shower of sparks and shrieking whistles. But that’s just not fun — or even doable — for everyone.
More options means more ways for friends, families, and loved ones to enjoy holiday light shows together. And after unlimited hot dogs and an entire day off, that’s the best thing of all.
UPDATE: June 20 ― Chubbs the cat has been adopted by a couple in Monrovia, California, according to a Pasadena Humane Society statement sent to HuffPost. The couple, Yvette and Ruben Viola, lost their 14-year-old cat to cancer three months ago.
“As millions of Americans hit the gym on the quest for the perfect summer body, a 29lb cat began an exercise regimen of his own,” the organization wrote on Facebook. “Earlier this week, the 10-year-old Himalayan mix took himself for an afternoon walk down a busy Altadena street. Luckily, he was found by a good Samaritan who lugged him to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA for care.”
The cat, now being called “Chubbs,” didn’t have any ID. If an owner doesn’t come forward by 11 a.m. Sunday, Chubbs will be put up for adoption. Because he’s too big to comfortably fit inside a kennel, he’s currently residing in a staff office.
“We need to get some weight off of him, and whoever adopts him is hopefully going to have a little bit of fun exercising him,” Pasadena Humane Society president Julie Banks told local news station KTLA.
When Chubbs came in, he had matted fur so severe it appeared to be causing him pain, likely because he’s too big to groom himself properly. That’s why, in the video above, much of Chubbs’ fur appears to have been shaved or cut off.
Despite his physical struggles, Chubbs’ sweet nature is shining through.
“He is 29 pounds of love,” Banks said.
Of course, even if you aren’t able to adopt Chubbs, there are still a ton of other cats available for adoption, both at the Pasadena Humane Society and at local shelters around the country.