23 Jan 2012



Apologies for a shorter than usual Monday Media.

Not the beginning of a bad joke ...... honest.

WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE STREET if not for a spot of retail therapy?
Shoppers were stunned when a chicken was found wondering round a city centre shopping mall.
Staff called in animal rescuers after the homeless hen was stopped as it tried to pop into a John Lewis store at the mall in Cardiff.
And it has now been found a new home at a farm park, where it has been named Joan Lewis. - The Mirror (18/01/2012)

From chickens to dogs .......

A pet dog that nearly died after eating rat poison was saved thanks to an emergency blood transfusion from a neighbour's dog.
Mo, a four-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier, became ill after eating the poison and, on being rushed to the vets, her owner, Mrs Perry, was told an immediate blood transfusion was needed. As the nearest bank was 200 miles away Mrs Perry's friend Catherine Butler agreed that her Newfoundland, Molly, would donate a pint of blood to Mo who picked up within minutes and was allowed home two days later. - The Telegraph (19/01/2012) View full article HERE in This Is Dorset.

What a send off!

 A JCB digger seems a bizarre hearse, but it was exactly the send-off one late JCB driver wanted.

Honouring the unnamed 52-year-old man's last request, his coffin was taken by JCB from his home to Woodvale Crematorium in Brighton. - The Mirror (18/01/2012)

My favourite story of the week ..... The International Forum for the Study of Itch? I couldn't have made it up if I'd tried.

The ankle is the most satisfying place to scratch an itch, scientists have concluded.
In the first study of its kind, volunteers were rubbed with an irritant on their arms, ankles and backs.
Researchers at Liverpool John Moore University scratched each spot and asked how good it felt.
The ankle was itchiest, and scratching felt the best there. The arms were least itchy.
Professor Francis McGlone, a member of the International Forum for the Study of Itch, who led the research said that ankles may have evolved to be more sensitive because they came into contact with insects and germs that could be removed by scratching. - Richard Gray, the Telegraph (22/01/2012) To read more click HERE for The Sun article, the headline of which is Why scratching your ankle is as good as sex.

PS As always wherever possible I will endeavour to bring you the links to articles I have used in my Media Monday posts but this is not always possible.


joan said...

Ha ha ha thanks for the laugh. I needed that and the study of the itch what will they think of next, thanks for leaving comment on my blog

R. Ramesh said...

doggie and rat poison...:) nice collections here Tracy..u r indeed an awesome blogger friend:)

Suko said...

Petty, I enjoy these Monday posts very much. I need to research The Year of the Dragon, and celebrate with a delicious Chinese feast! That is interesting about the ankles--not something that I ever thought about before. Happy Monday!

(P.S. I hope your comments will "magically" appear on my blog before too long; I miss them!)

Kelly said...

Shorter than usual, perhaps, but certainly quality! I'm not sure if I agree with the ankle being the best place to scratch, though. I think it just depends on where the itch is!

naida said...

lol about Joan Lewis :)
And awww about the dogs blood transfusion. Lucky dog!

The Golden Eagle said...

Happy Chinese New Year!

I'm glad the dog survived.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I think it's so cool that any dog can be a blood donor. Oh and that ankle thing made me itch! LOL

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

lol. Great post. And Happy New Year of the Dragon to you as well. :)

Lilly said...

That is really sweet about the dog blood transfusion. And I have to agree, the ankle does feel nice to scratch, I have a mozzie bite there at the moment and it feels so nice to scratch it, although I try not to...

Jenners said...

I just never know what to expect to hear about when I visit here!

John McElveen said...



Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

love this! awesome!
giggling at life's oddities!

lucky dog!