Archive for July, 2015

RAPID response to rhino poaching – could new technology end rhino poaching?

July 22, 2015

Finally, some cause for hope in the war against poaching!

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Dr Paul O'Donoghue, Inventor, Protect RAPID and Chief Scientific Advisor, Protect with a sedated rhino. Humane Society International photo and copyright Dr Paul O’Donoghue, Inventor, Protect RAPID and Chief Scientific Advisor, Protect with a sedated rhino. Humane Society International photo and copyright

According to an HSI press release  {LONDON 20 July 2015) Humane Society International and Protect have today launched the final stage of a new project to save rhinos from extinction – a British GPS/heart-rate device that could dramatically reduce illegal poaching of rhino and other endangered species through real time telemetry. 

The new RAPID device has been developed by Dr Paul O’Donoghue with initial funding by global animal protection charity Humane Society International, and could vastly increase the chances of poachers being caught on the scene by anti-poaching forces who currently struggle to detect a rhino kill in real time.

HSI’s celebrity supporter Ricky Gervais, who has been very vocal in condemnation of rhino poaching, has been happy to give RAPID his support too.

While figures from Africa and…

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Thai Days: Tokay gecko eggs

July 21, 2015

Ever wondered what a Tokay gecko egg looks like? Now you know! They are glued to a wall under a bridge adjoining a reeking pond full of catfish and next to a sleazy bar full of drunken cops and gangsters. Hugh Paxton’s Blog loves the occasional nature ramble! Miles took the photo. Thanks Miles! It’s a classic!

Anilbalan’s Ghost Cities: New post Scarborough Fair

July 19, 2015

A pretty tune, quite haunting, but Hugh Paxton’s Blog never had a clue what Scarborough Fair was actually about. I’m still somewhat in the dark but, thanks to Anilbalan’s latest post on his excellent Ghost Cities Blog, at least I know what the herbs mean. I think.

Subject: [New post] Scarborough Fair

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Scarborough Fair

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Scarborough Fair is a traditional English ballad about the Yorkshire town of Scarborough. Today, Scarborough is a quiet town with a rich history: in the 1600s, mineral waters were found in Scarborough and it became a popular holiday resort. Long before this, however, it hosted the ‘Scarborough Fair’ – a popular gathering in Medieval times, which attracted traders and entertainers from all over the country. The fair lasted 45 days and started every August 15th. In the Medieval period, this fair gave its name to a popular folk song that became widely known as Bards would sing it when they traveled from town to town. The author of the original song is unknown, and today many different versions exist, the best known of which is probably the one by Simon & Garfunkel. Paul Simon learned about this song when he was on tour in England, where he heard a version by a popular folk singer named Martin Carthy. The traditional version has many more lyrics, some of which are quite sinister and replete with mythological associations.

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Malay Peninsula Black Leopard spots spotted

July 18, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog received this from dauntless wildlife conservationist, Tim Scott, via my esteemed wife (another dauntless wildlife conservationist!). A very new take on Bagheera! Some of the comments following the story are downright nerdy, some interesting, all worth a read if you’ve time. The photos I find really intriguing. I knew polar bear fur is actually black (or more correctly dark brown) but I had always assumed panthers were spotless. Read on!


It is fascinating.

I know Reuben Clements who is mentioned in the story. He is an amazingly passionate and intelligent man who is doing some great work in one of the corridor areas in the Central Forest Spine!


Creature Feature: Striped Bark Scorpion

July 15, 2015

I’ve seen these creatures a number of times, but they are very shy and dash off quickly.

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A Striped Bark Scorpion on a log in Louisiana The Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus) is a nocturnal predator of insects with a broad range extending from Mexico through the southern United States east to Louisiana. Photo and copyright C.Paxton

Striped Bark Scorpion, image and copyright Charles Paxton Striped Bark Scorpion, image and copyright Charles Paxton

This specimen is about 2.5 inches long and has pincers with which to clasp its prey while the stinger pierces its chitinous armour and injects venom. The claws then bring the food to its two protuberant jaws, the chelicerae.

Striped Bark Scorpion Striped Bark Scorpion in Louisiana

This Striped Bark Scorpion has six eyes. Two Median eyes on top and a pair of lateral eyes on each side. This Striped Bark Scorpion has six eyes. Two Median eyes on top and a pair of lateral eyes on each side.

A macro shot of a Striped Bark Scorpion. In your face, Scorpion. A macro shot of a Striped Bark scorpion. Photo and copyright C.Paxton.

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July 14, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog has Brigitte to thank for forwarding this! Four magical minutes courtesy of National Geographic! Wonderful! Click below and enjoy!


Brigitte’s Pick: Rats in Africa saving tons of lives

July 14, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog thanks Brigitte for this. I particularly like the retirement plan!

Rats in Africa are saving tons of lives in the most badass way possible – May 25 20151.docx

Thai Days: movie review

July 10, 2015

It is called Minions. And don’t bother watching it. It’s crap.

Here’s a Thai review.

“Minions story of the film by Universal Studios. Pictures and Illuminata Nations. Entertainment Displacement From the dawn of time Min Union started out as a unicellular organism yellow. Through the evolution And serves the nasty boss ever. They Michelle Mannion failed to save lives forever in my own boss. From T. Rex Up until Napoleon. They found themselves without a boss and sunk in depression. But Min smooth one named Kevin had a plan and it has collaborated with Stuart and Bob Wong cropped cute. In the adventure in the world to master the new villain.”

The review added, rather hopefully, “Can you improve the translation?”

Cheers from Bangkok!


Brigitte’s Pick: education

July 9, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog thinks this my sort of pub. All I need now is for Brigitte to tell me where it is. If she does that I’ll let you know. We can all assemble there and get educatered.


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Thai DayZZZ: Sleeping driver.

July 6, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog has to hand it to my beloved wife. Bags packed for river boat trip to Heart of Borneo (it’s in Sarawak – big jungly area), leech-proof socks, wet tropics gear, the works, and the taxi to the airport for the Bangkok/Singapore/Kuching flight is driven by a narcoleptic fellow who dings four cars then falls asleep twice. My wife snaps a shot of, as Jeeves would describe, “tired eyelids falling on tired eyes” and then spends the rest of the taxi driver’s journey to the airport watching him closely and prodding him to maintain a state of wakefulness.

The bloke was tired, old, possibly trying to sustain himself and his dignity and endless hungry family hands grabbing at his wallet. He might have had the help of crystal M. Or, perhaps driving the cab for a relative who didn’t turn up. My wife didn’t report him. He could barely park.

Let the cops sort the poor fellow out. Better still, if he could make it out of traffic, pull his cab into a little dirt road with farmers playing cards and kids with bare feet falling off boats and family squabbling…they’ll see him right. A lot of places like that in Bangkok.

My philosophy is this: My wife’s alive, my daughter’s happy, the taxi driver wasn’t at his best but after being prodded repeatedly by my wife he might have learned the error of his ways , if he’s beyond help the cops will already have him in a horrid detention cell (the intl airport is the LAST place to be if you have illegal substances in your bloodstream, rectum, handbag or if you are a nasty little Islamist terrorist with sexual problems and a need to go to heaven by killing sunbathers or lashing small kids for licking lollipops and listening to music).

It’s worked out well for us. I feel sorry for the taxi driver but at the same time it is not a thing he should be doing. If you take a taxi, don’t just check that he is turning on the meter, give him a once-over, politely, and if he’s snoring, take the next cab. I’m seriously blessed that I am not a taxi driver driven to such extremes.


Hugh in Bangkok

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