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As my friends know we keep rats. A little mischief of five female rats to be precise. They live in a large cage and once or twice a day they will come out and play. They are now aged between 1 and 2 years old and the sweetest most lovable creatures you could wish to meet.

Last night while in the bathroom and after all the girls had been put back in their cage I heard a little scratch at the door. I turned around, thinking "I'm sure we put them all back!" and watched the door being nudged open. I stood stock still… and on the fourth nudge this little brown face appeared, had a cursory look around and then dashed in straight for the back of the sink. The sink I was standing right in front of. 

I could tell from looking at her she was a young female with a glossy brown coat, bright eyes and a pink tail which she held high as she bounded across the floor and straight onto my foot. She stopped for a second and looked up at me. I looked down at her and then quick as a flash she turned and sped straight back the way she came.

So, on World Rat Day I was visited by a very pretty wild rat who came in and said hello!! I wonder if she is actually truly wild, her coat looked too brown to be a wildy but I have heard that there are those who are a very deep brown like her. 

My job is now to find this little Miss and find her a safe place to live.

Happy World Rat Day Everyone!
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Oh my goodness, how amazing and sweet!! I love the part where she stashed food in the slipper - too sweet!!!  :D
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You've probably seen this somewhere around the web today as it's spread like viral marmite. The dress, to me looks white and gold. To +Amanda McGowan it looks blue and black. Which goes to show how we perceive the world can be very, very different. There's an interesting piece with links here:
http://www.vice.com/read/heres-whats-happening-with-that-dress-with-the-confusing-colors-882
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This is the start of my back piece, a work by Esme Loasby at Alternative Art tattoo and piercing studioin Northampton. This is an amazing piece of work and I'm really excited to have Esme creating it! I can't wait for our next session. I'm lucky in that I don't find tattooing that painful or uncomfortable so we were able to get the outline completed in one solid 3 hour sitting.
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It looks awesome, it's a really beautiful concept! I love the little animals, especially the little squirrel and rat! I look forward to seeing more of it as it's completed.  :):)

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To be read in a David Attenborough accent…
 
This bus was thirsty
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HAHAHA!!!

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Turns out I am the original +RayWoodward on Google Plus. I feel like I won the lottery of who gets to have the name and doesn't have to choose what numbers or letters you have append to it. No +RayWoodward67 or +RayWoodward1 for me. And the Grand Prize is… loads of people land on my profile page and go "Damn! That's definitely NOT the Ray Woodward I was looking for!". At a rough guess, of the 40,000 odd views my profile page has got, only 20 were actually searching GooglePlus for me.

Maybe I should put some work into my profile page. Or not, that could give the wrong impression. :)
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I'm pleased that the 'researchers' who spend their life killing, poisoning, mutilating and torturing rats and other animals are finally starting to see that their all cruelty is felt and understood by those they exploit. Of course rats can read each others emotions. Care for a few and take time to watch them at rest, work and play. They know when one of them is in pain. They know when one is happy.

This ridiculous need to test animals, and mammals in particular so that they must each prove they display the key sets of consciousness and emotions that we do is plain idiocy. They feel love, hate, pleasure, pain, commitment, happiness and sadness like we do. Now we know this to be true, all treatment of animals should be from the standpoint that if we are better than them, we should behave better than them and stopping using them in vile experiments would be a good start. </rant>
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You may not have heard about this, but while Gap Inc. has banned fur from all of its well-known brands, it continues to sell numerous fur items at INTERMIX, which has 30 stores and an online shopping site. INTERMIX sells fur from rabbits, coyotes, foxes, minks, and Asiatic raccoon dogs—animals who are often slammed to the ground and bludgeoned with metal rods, causing convulsions and broken bones but not always an immediate death. Undercover investigations reveal that many of these animals are skinned while still alive, and video footage even shows a skinned raccoon dog on a heap of carcasses with just enough strength to lift his bloodied head and stare at the camera.

Please take a few moments to urge Gap Inc. to join ANN INC., Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, J.Crew, and dozens of other companies that are 100 percent fur-free.
Please take a few moments to urge Gap Inc. to join dozens of companies that are 100 percent fur-free.
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That one preview frame of the video looks like it's a picture of a Star Trek crew member playing the drums, a thought that completely threw me, and I went off into a world of wondering what else the crew of the USS Enterprise might do in their down time. Play Squash, Darts, maybe a pub and a lounge bar to unwind... a cinema to watch old movies like The Breakfast Club and documentaries like old Star Trek seasons. Oh I am way overthinking things aren't I?
 
I watched "The Breakfast Club" a couple days ago, and I've had this stuck in my head ever since.
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Satire, Religion and why a massacre is no joke

Personally I think satire is overrated as entertainment. It rarely achieves anything other than point out the obvious hypocrisies around us. However the freedom to do that is not old and remains a very much fringe activity. Private Eye for example sells 220,000 copies a fortnight, Charlie Hebdo a print run of 60,000 per week.

And making fun of any religion (or political ideology) is a dangerous activity that has only recently become a tolerated mainstream activity. Generally the mocking is of the religion's members, not their prophets. The only one that regularly uses them for comedy that I know of is the online Jesus and Mo comic strip, which uses them to mock religion as a whole and not a section of the population.

It's also worth remembering that before I was born, magazines like Private Eye and Charlie Hebdo just didn't exist. So to try and mock Christianity in any way in the West before the late 1960's using a national publication would be almost impossible. Even worse the national English papers regularly used cartoon imagery to promote highly offensive and misrepresentative depictions of other peoples and religions. The black man and Irishman where regularly depicted as apemen in both The Times and Punch. I'm sure if I drew a cartoon of Christ as Mary Magdalen's pimp would upset a lot of people even now. And for what purpose?

Like any freedom there comes a responsibility. Does depicting Irish Republicans as ageing paedophiles trying to steal the young innocent Ireland from the bosom of a strong Britannia do anything but stir up hatred? Does Sir John Tennial's Punch cartoons of the drunk 'White Negro' Irishman serve any satirical purpose other than to dehumanise and promote hatred of a people of different race or culture for the establishment's obvious political purpose? Because of the history of political cartoons I cannot say I stand shoulder to shoulder with those who publish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in the way many have. There is only one that I've seen that is of any obvious satirical purpose and even in that the Prophet is saying "I’m the prophet, you asshole". The rest are childish and many are quite repugnant - and I say that as an atheist.

So I choose to stand neither with those who say "I am Charlie Hebdo" or with the murderous militant psychopaths who misrepresent Islam or with those who are the new enemy of the West and need to be crushed in the same way that Africa, the Americas and India were crushed. I choose to stand aside and observe 12 murders become a rallying call for more carnage and bloodshed and killing of those who are "different". And I'm lucky to live in a country where I can say these things openly without fear of being censored, arrested or murdered. And if I was religious I would end by saying Praise Allah or Thank God. But I'm not so I'll just say Thank You for reading what I have to say.
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I remember TV Cream saying that for all the deification of satire ('The Satire Boom', TW3, The Establishment Club et al) there was only really one single example of that they could think of, of satire 'working' i.e. the targets were made to look so ridiculous that their position became untenable. 

Any guesses?

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Happy New Year to EVERYONE who is a member of this group, whether you write regularly (maybe a bit too regularly in my case) or just sometimes, whether you +1 or not because all that doesn't matter. You love your rattles and you are therefore awesome people and the group that +Rob Fay​ is the best group and has the best members, who I all wish a very, very Happy 2015 to!!!
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Happy New Year to all y'all and your Ratties, or whatever other fluff children you may have 😘💚🐀🐁🐈🐕
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