Archive for March, 2014

Ask Your Friends to Help Fight Stroke!

March 31, 2014

Hugh Paxton’s Blog missed this one. But that’s Monday morning for you. Lots of incoming!

I am not sure that a petition will help but this issue is rather close to my heart. My mother got whacked by a series of strokes. Utterly undeserved. She smoked not. Her idea of a stiff drink was a small glass of sherry on Christmas Eve and she lived a healthy life. Perhaps a bit too hardworking.

She was smitten by a series of strokes. Each more formidable than its earlier visitor. They battered her to pieces. A fine mind, a kind woman, number one English cook, and a wonderful mother was reduced to nothing but a terribly inaccessible lady in a bed in The Pines (an Appleby care home in Cumbria, England). She lingered but couldn’t speak. She was locked in. The last time I saw her she moved and tried to kiss me. And said “Hugh”.

She’d broken that lock. Still loved me and although she’s dead I still love her.

We only get one mummy. And when she’s gone there’s a hole in the world that can’t really be filled in. I don’t think this petition will change things. But if you’ve got a mummy, sign it? Why not!

Best!

Hugh

From: Kayla C., Care2 Action Alerts [mailto:actionalerts@care2.com]
Sent: Monday, February 10, 2014 9:10 AM
To: Hugh Paxton
Subject: Ask Your Friends to Help Fight Stroke!

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Dear Hugh,

Thanks so much for signing the petition to prevent Atrial Fibrillation (AF) -related stroke through earlier diagnosis, better education, and access to treatment and care.

Now, will you please ask your friends and family to raise awareness about AF-related stroke, too?

AF is one of the most important risk factors for stroke. People with AF are five times more likely to have a stroke compared to the general population. Plus, AF-related strokes are severe, cause greater disability and have a worse prognosis than strokes in patients without AF. Identifying and treating people with AF early will save lives and costs to healthcare providers.

Please ask your friends and family to join us in raising awareness about AF dianosis and treatment to fight stroke. You can send an email to your friends and family, share the petition on Facebook, and send a tweet to ask your network to support the cause.

Here’s a quick message you can copy and send to rally support:

Hi –

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is one of the most important risk factors for stroke. People with AF are five times more likely to have a stroke compared to the general population. Plus, AF-related strokes are more severe, cause greater disability, and have a worse prognosis than strokes in patients without AF. Identifying and treating people with AF early will save lives and costs to healthcare providers.

Please join me in raising awareness about AF and supporting access to treatment for it so that we can fight stroke! Click through to sign the petition.
http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AHaPv/zo3z/cb83O

Thanks!

Thank you for taking action,

Kayla C.
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Thai Days: Hugh in Bangkok not Vietnam

March 31, 2014

Hugh Paxton’s Blog can’t tell you about Hanoi. Because I’m in Bangkok.

A quick resend. Nothing’s going right. And my computer has joined the party. Remember Hal in 2001 Space Odyssey. Rather like that. I’m receiving emails sent weeks ago. And I’m not sure if any emails I have sent are sent. Looking on the bright side the computer has yet to try to kill me. But if it did I’d thank it!

The Nam affair was an expensive and tiring fiasco. Read on! This email I sent to Midi and I’m too knackered to re-write.

START:

Midi!

Hope all’s well! Bit of a cock up at this end.

I should be in Hanoi right now. But I’m not. Khun Den rolled up at 3AM with his wife and child and I’d stayed awake and was all packed and ready and we got to the airport after a lengthy debate about Jesus. Khun Den has stopped being tentative about his faith and has fully converted to Christianity. But not in an aggressive fashion. After half an hour he confessed to being a Red Shirt sympathiser.

Everything seemed to be going perfectly. Khun Den our Red/Jesus lover didn’t crash the car, I cleared the Air Asia lines and was then told that I didn’t have a visa. Absolutely correct. I didn’t. I had been informed that I could get one on arrival. I toured various help desks and was eventually given a telephone number for the Viet embassy. 5 thirty AM Sunday? Yes, I thought, those guys will just be itching for a call!

The final Thai woman said “You must prepare yourself, sir.”

I said “Do I get a smile?”

Got a sneer. Fair enough. I can’t think of anything worse than handling Air Asia complaints at 5 AM in that dismal flood stricken airport. I gave her a Hugh smile and her face lost thirty years when she smiled back. Flagged a cab (with a driver who wasn’t using crystal meth and didn’t want to practice his English or teach me about Jesus) and came home uneventfully. Khun Mee had locked all the doors but I eventually managed to climb through a window she’d missed in her security spree. Breakfast options were limited. I’d given everything in my fridge to Khun Den. Everything. Khun Mee turned up to walk Buggly and almost had a heart attack when she saw me. Hardly surprising. Mere hours earlier she had waved me off to Hanoi. And here I was – the Incredible Re-appearing Man – who had incredibly misted through her locks and security and was busily mopping dog urine off the piano.

Khun Den arrived and looked similarly dismayed. I think he thought I was a homing ghost. I didn’t ask him to give me all the food back or for a loaf of bread and five fishes ( a Jesus miracle I had been reminded of by Khun Den) but I managed a humble request for milk. Fortunately I hadn’t given away all our cereal.

So instead of an Air Asia feast of pre-ordered chicken with basil and sticky rice followed by a leisurely cuppa in my Palace hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter I ate Alpen surrounded by the wreckage of books and newspapers newly provided by Buggly. Can’t fault that beagle for laziness. He’s busy.

Tomorrow I’ll try and sort out what I can and hopefully Air Asia will be merciful and re-heat my chicken and basil.

They probably won’t.

A Five Star cock up. But maybe things will go well when office hours commence tomorrow.

They probably won’t! Everybody is having an election and a riot.

A tired Hugh in Bangkok

Thai Days: Monday!

March 31, 2014

Hugh Paxton’s Blog woke up at 5:30. Pavlovian. A normal 5:30 is wake up for me to make tea for my beloved wife. But oh??!! No wife! 5:30 and I’m here. My wife isn’t. She’s in Houston or Costa Rica.

5:30 AM and it’s normally time for me to give my beloved daughter another thirty minutes of bed time before rousting her from her nest and hurling her into a brutal world.

No daughter. She’s in Japan.

I had five thirty and thought, OK no daughter, no wife, but Hugh you are awake don’t need to do any catering, let’s have a look at it! What does 5:30 look like when you aren’t making sandwiches, brewing tea and listening to a groggy girl saying “Just two more minutes.”

It was, quite frankly, appalling!

I approached the living room and the stench was physical. A punch. A “Hello Hugh welcome to Beagle World.”

The dog was sitting there on my table, tongue hanging out, the stupid animal hadn’t eaten everything and thank God (if there is such an entity which I profoundly doubt) had just taken my credit card for a brisk walk. The card made it intact. Four more books had been chewed along with my newspapers and it was a case of hell’s confetti.

5:40 AM Bangkok. OK, my gals are off and about. But I’ve still got things to feed. Fish first. No problems there. Fish don’t bark. if they’ve got complaints I can’t hear them. The turtles are similar. The hedgehogs were asleep (and stinking) as usual. The late and lamented Steve Hollier told me that hedgehogs make great pets. The still living Hugh can assure you that they don’t.

They are horrible pets. In the garden, in the wild, yes! Great fun! In a cage no.

I then fed the cat. This is always a bit of a task. She ate a squirrel yesterday and brought me its tail. I gave her a boot in the rump that sent her tree top high. I like squirrels.

Back to the plot!

Feed the cat!

She’s a picky thing. Takes time to decide.

Treat (the cat): Hmm, looks tempting, but with what should accompany this? A Merlot? Perhaps a rough solid Algerian Red? South Africa fuels the World with wine of outstanding quality!

Treat: Hmm. I’ll have a very long look.

Hugh: Eat the bloody thing before the dog gets it!

Treat: Miaow?

Buggly: That’s mine!

Quick gulp and breakfast is over.

I hid briefly in my bedroom. Brief. A good word. The gardener arrived. He’s a fine chap but one of those people who likes a bit of noise. There was lots of noise.

He left eventually and then Khun Mee arrived.

Well meaning. Noisy.

OK let’s move on to eight thirty. Door bell rings. Khun Mee ignores it. Maybe she’s hearing impaired.

Hugh: You! You bastard!

Chang: Are you talking to Buggly, sir!

Hugh: Hi Chang! How are you?

Polite conversation. Chang likes me. I like Chang. Come to think about it I like everybody. Apart from Robot Mugabe.

Time for tea and no toast and a browse through the paper.

“Month of political chaos approaches” That was the header.

Another month? We’ve had four already!

The acting PM has sprained her ankle in Chiang Mai, opposition leader Abhisit fell down stairs and broke his collar bone. The monk who got punched in the face by a Red Shirt lout is recovering. Red Shirt radio says the monk was being rude. Hospitals are filling up.

I thought, Hugh, the safest place for you is in bed (or under it).

The door bell rang.

Chang again with two small people wearing chemical weapons masks.

OK. Twilight Zone!

I signed a form thinking how long will Monday last? and saying it was acceptable to destroy all my termites on Tuesday. I don’t have termites. And spray Thai Village with fumes designed to kill mozzies.

The form had no other signatures. Everybody’s away on holiday.

Two decrepit trucks rolled along gusting clouds of smoke.

I watched their progress and was not enthused.

The smoke was caught by the wind and left my house without even giving me lung cancer. It billowed away towards the latest building site. The mozzies have left the building site and are making themselves at home here with me.

That’s been my Monday morning!

But that’s why God made Monday mornings! Give us hope for Tuesday!

cheers from Bangkok!

Hugh

Hanoi! Here I come!

March 29, 2014

Hugh Paxton’s Blog is off to Hanoi. One week. I’ll let you know what happens. My taxi is coming here at 3 AM. khun Den is coming at 3 AM to make sure I’m awake at 3 AM. i call that devotion to duty!

Thais are rather good!

Cheers!

Hugh in Bangkok

Violence

March 28, 2014

Hugh Paxton’s Blog can only agree! Violence is something to think about! Andre! A good one!

Hugh

PS Any non-violent ideas?

From: Andre Gast [mailto:imagine1@iway.na]
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2014 3:51 PM
To: Hugh Paxton; Jacques Loftus; Donovan Stanford; ssg
Subject: FW: Violence

" It’s only when you see a mosquito landing on your testicles that you
realise that there is always a way to solve problems without using violence. "

The Missing Malaysian Plane: the Chinese should shut up

March 26, 2014

Hugh Paxton’s Blog watched the CEO of Malaysian “where the hell is it? What happened to it?” Airlines defend himself while being interviewed by a BBC “I’m a tough as hell fat and unattractive looking Brit TV journo with no understanding of what I’m talking or asking about. But this victim looks exhausted so I’ll ignore his responses and slaughter him” and then the cameras switched to grieving Chinese relatives rioting outside the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing. Hysterics, one and all. They’d have made great Red Guards. Brainless and energetic. Hyped up. Trying to hit out at something intangible.

I thought, not for the first time, that the BBC is capable of brilliance but can more reliably be expected to deliver utter nonsense and arrogant disregard for truth and human feelings.

The Malaysian people, government, the CEO of the airline, their spokesmen and women, the Chinese police guarding the embassy… none, not one! of these people had anything to do with it. And the Bermuda Triangle is innocent.

The incident was and remains inexplicable but blaming a country for it is inexcusable. And relatives rioting and yelling about indifference and authorities offering misinformation is just plain primitive and silly. Exactly what I have come to expect from China.

Malaysia is a country ( a country I love). Its airline is its own (I’ve flown with them many times and arrived on time as opposed to spending twelve hours in Sudan after my plane caught fire – never made the news). Its politicians are elected (I wouldn’t elect any of them). Its people are its people.

This plane thing is not Malaysia’s fault. It certainly isn’t Thailand’s fault. Some media tried to pin this thing on Thailand. Ridiculous.

My suggestion is this. A letter or message of support from anybody who has flown on a Malaysian plane and enjoyed the time in the air. I reckon it might lift spirits in KL. They are being demonized and it just is not fair.

Cheers!

Hugh in Bangkok!

Brigitte’s Pick: Incredible Old photos

March 26, 2014

Hugh Paxton’s Blog posted this from Brigitte but hurriedly pulled it because (for reasons unknown) when I checked to see if it had arrived it hadn’t. Instead a rather surreal musical performance had. If you checked my Blog and didn’t see Incredible Old Photos but were subjected to music I apologise. I think normal service has been resumed. Please advise me if the concert remains ongoing and the Incredible Old Photos are still in limbo.

Thanks!

Hugh in Bangkok

From: Brigitte Alpers
Subject: FW: Incredible Old photos

Kind regards
Brigitte

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Chinese Bunny Hugger Par Excellence : Photo & Video Links: Film Actress Zhu Zhu Cries for Animals in Striking Photo Campaign to Ban China’s Cruel Cosmetics Animal Testing

March 26, 2014

Hugh Paxton’s blog provides you with this bunny hugger courtesy of the Humane Society and Chinese actress Zhu Zhu. Seems that not all Chinese eat everything with four legs apart from their dining table and chairs.

From: Wendy Higgins [mailto:whiggins@hsi.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 9:32 PM
To: Paxton, Hugh
Subject: Photo & Video Links: Film Actress Zhu Zhu Cries for Animals in Striking Photo Campaign to Ban China’s Cruel Cosmetics Animal Testing

Dear Hugh

Further to our press release unveiling our #BeCrueltyFree China poster featuring actress Zhu Zhu, a link to a low res copy of her stunning poster is available below together with a link to her PSA video in both English and Chinese. If you would like a high resolution copy of the photo, email me at whiggins

Kind regards

Wendy Higgins
Humane Society International

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Photo & Video Links: Film Actress Zhu Zhu Cries for Animals in Striking Photo Campaign to Ban China’s Cruel Cosmetics Animal Testing

To see a low-resolution copy of Zhu Zhu’s #BeCrueltyFree China poster click here

For high resolution photos email: whiggins

To view Zhu Zhu’s video in English click

To view Zhu Zhu’s video in Chinese click

Film Actress Zhu Zhu Cries for Animals in Striking Photo Campaign to Ban China’s Cruel Cosmetics Animal Testing

Star named HSI’s Be Cruelty-Free China Ambassador

BEIJING (25 March 2014) – Film actress and former MTV China host, Zhu Zhu, (Cloud Atlas; The Man With the Iron Fists) has unveiled a striking new poster in support of Be Cruelty-Free China, the campaign by Humane Society International and Capital Animal Welfare Association to ban cruel animal testing for cosmetics such as lipstick and shampoo.

The animal-loving film star, announced this week as a Be Cruelty-Free China Ambassador, joins international celebrities including Sir Paul McCartney and Leona Lewis, in speaking up for cosmetics with compassion on behalf of the global Be Cruelty-Free campaign.

Zhu Zhu’s Be Cruelty-Free photo campaign launched in Beijing, features the actress crying whilst cradling a rabbit, one of the most commonly used animals in cosmetics testing. An estimated 300,000 rabbits, mice and other animals are used in cosmetics testing each year in China. They have chemicals dripped in their eyes, spread on their shaved skin or force fed to them in massive, lethal doses. No pain relief is given.

Zhu Zhu said: "It breaks my heart to know that here in China, gentle animals such as rabbits are still suffering such pain just to test cosmetics. That’s why I’m proud to become a Be Cruelty-Free China Ambassador, to help spread the message of cosmetics with compassion. The Be Cruelty-Free campaign has already achieved so much around the world, with testing bans in Europe, Israel and India and countries such as the United States, Brazil and New Zealand all considering taking action thanks to Be Cruelty-Free campaigning. I want China to join them. Animals don’t need to die for our cosmetics industry.”

The photo, along with a heart-felt personal video message from the star, will appear at selected sites at Beijing metro station in the coming months, as well as be promoted online through China’s burgeoning social media platforms such as Weibo. The campaign was shot on location in Los Angeles by top celebrity photographer Robert Sebree, with make-up artist Paige Padgett using strictly cruelty-free cosmetics on set. Rescued rabbit Blizzard stars alongside Zhu Zhu.

Qin Xiaona, president of Capital Animal Welfare Association, a Be Cruelty-Free China partner, said: “Our powerful Be Cruelty-Free China poster shows Zhu Zhu as the face of cosmetics with compassion and we are honoured that she has agreed to be our campaign Ambassador. Cosmetics animal testing is not only cruel, it is also unreliable. These are old-fashioned tests of questionable relevance to people. Modern state-of-the-art science is far better able to assure consumer safety. So ending cosmetics cruelty is good for people as well as animals and we urge China to do so as soon as possible.”

In China testing cosmetics on animals is still required by law. Progress towards the Be Cruelty-Free goal was made last year when the China Food and Drug Administration announced it will phase out some mandatory animal testing for domestically-produced cosmetics from June. Based in Beijing, HSI and CAWA’s team works with Chinese policymakers and regulators to advance the acceptance of non-animal tests and accelerate a move away from animal testing.

ENDS

Media contact:

Be Cruelty-Free China: Irene Zhang , irenezy0910@gmail.com

Be Cruelty-Free China is part of the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing. Be Cruelty-Free campaigns are active in Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan and the United States.

Wendy Higgins, Communications Director: 44 (0)7989 972 423, whiggins

Regarding the life and death of Paul Van Schlkwyk – Namibian photographer

March 26, 2014

Hugh Paxton’s Blog received this from Charles regarding the death of Paul.

Start:

We were shocked to hear that shortly after I interviewed him he suffered a tragic and fatal accident while photographing the landscape and wildlife from his plane over The Etosha National Park in Namibia and so the original article has been modified for sensitivity’s sake.

http://wildopeneye.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/photographer-in-focus-paul-van-schalkwyk-takes-landscape-photography-to-dizzying-heights/

His amazing images will live on to tell the unending story of Namibia’s magnificent wilderness.

Best wishes,

Charles

Website Manager For Andy Luck

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Main site:http://www.wildopeneye.com

Blog: http://wildopeneye.wordpress.com

Glad Phelps is dead

March 25, 2014

Hugh Paxton’s Blog is very happy that Phelps is dead and that his inbred racist anti-gay thoroughly ludicrous “Baptist” congregation is beginning in their muddled way to clear off. They shouldn’t have assembled in the first place.

Their behavior, at best, could be described as cruel.

Other adjectives spring to mind

Lots

Stupid etc

But cruel is the one I will use and remember when it come to the fallen Phelps. Hope the devil’s gay and has a massive hard on when Phelps tumbles into Hell with a sign saying “Gays go to hell!”


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