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Gold Fly

austrian fly brooch

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Here is my beautiful gold Austrian pin – Yes, it’s a Fly and she is all the way from Colorado, from an eBay seller,   oldsilverandgold.   This little Fly has a body of 14 carat yellow gold and wings of white gold, and red eyes.  It is a small fly, about 1/12 inch by 1/12 inch in size. She fastens in a kind of “floaty” way via the pronged spiral.  Call me daft if you like, but I am the same as David Attenborough, because both D.A. and I RESPECT all animals, quite different to saying that we love all animals.

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Anglo American Dumps the Pebble Mine in Alaska

Anglo American Dumps the Pebble Mine

By Joel Reynolds, September 16, 2013

Today Anglo American, a 50 percent partner in the Pebble Limited Partnership, announced that it is withdrawing from Pebble Mine – a giant gold and copper mine proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska.  The London-based mining giant finally recognized what Alaska Natives, Bristol Bay residents, commercial fishermen, sportsmen, lodge owners, chefs, jewelers, EPA scientists, NRDC and others have been saying for years: Pebble Mine poses too great of a risk.

Anglo American Chief Executive Mark Cutifani issued a statement lauding the “rare magnitude and quality” of the Pebble deposit, while also justifying Anglo’s plans to withdraw from the risky venture: “Our focus has been to prioritise capital to projects with the highest value and lowest risks within our portfolio, and reduce the capital required to sustain such projects during the pre-approval phases of development as part of a more effective, value-driven capital allocation model.”

There is no question that Pebble Mine is a  bad investment, replete with environmental, economic, operational,  reputational, social, regulatory, and legal risks.  Mitsubishi Corporation realized it in 2011 when it sold 100% of its interest in the Pebble project.  Anglo American realized it only after spending $541 million trying to develop Pebble Mine.

Proposed at the headwaters of the world’s greatest wild salmon fishery, Pebble Mine would threaten the region’s internationally renowned salmon runs.  Salmon are the economic, cultural, and ecological linchpin of the region, supporting a  $1.5 billion annual commercial fishery that employ 14,000 workers.  Salmon also sustain the culture, tradition, and spirituality of native communities that have relied on subsistence fishing for thousands of years, and they are food to a vast array of wildlife, including bears, eagles, seals and whales.

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Birthday Give Away – Your Feedback Wanted for a Breyer Chalkboard Horse

Breyer chalkboard horse

To Celebrate my Birthday, which was on 14th September, I am giving away a Chalkboard Horse from Breyer.  This un-usual item can be stood in your Kitchen or other shared area, and used by various members of your family or household to write short color coded messages on, like “Remember the Eggs” or “Back at 9pm”  OR  you can have it in your bed-room and use it to leave yourself messages, or just enjoy it to decorate with the different coloured chalks !!    This Horse is low maintenance, 9.5 inches high with an eraser, and is for Young and Old alike.

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The Cougar

Cougar (Felis concolor)- captive in winter habitatClick on picture then Save to your Computer as your

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Felidae
Genus Puma

The symbolism of the Cougar is ease, grace, strength and focus.

The Cougar is the largest cat in North America.   Cougars are solitary and nocturnal, and are excellent hunters.  Cougar teaches decisiveness, and imparts resolve to those who come across the “Cougar” or have her (him) as their Totem Animal or as an animal ally.   The Cougar has a high sense of awareness and intuition, and can sense what is happening around her/him for miles, and thus can make the right decisions to both fend off danger and carry out other actions.

The Cougar spirit animal represents the Fury of the female spirit.  As a Mother, the female Cougar will fight violently to protect her cubs and feed them.   She will do whatever is necessary to provide for her cubs and ensure that they are always safe.

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