A new Kenyan law aims to quell poaching by increasing the notoriously light penalties for the growing illegal trade
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Sunday 22 March 2009
Tuesday 03 February 2009
Monday 26 January 2009
A rare reptile has become a father at the age of 111 for the first time. Henry, a New Zealand tuatara, confounded experts who believed he was past it when he succumbed to the charms of Mildred last year.
Sunday 28 December 2008
This column's smash of 2007 was Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour. I'm afraid it's déjà vu all over again, to coin a phrase. The music, mostly drawn from the mid-century hinterland of American popular music, may be an acquired taste, but it's presented by the wisest man on radio. It's not too big a leap to imagine that, for many, Dylan's legacy will not be restricted to his own music.
Wednesday 26 November 2008
The former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein insists there is too much at stake in football to hold back on the introduction of technology and has said that referees are a "endangered species". Costly and questionable refereeing decisions have prompted hot debate on the issue over recent years, most prominently on whether technology could be used to decide whether a ball has crossed the goal-line.
Friday 21 November 2008
Wednesday 05 November 2008
Tuesday 04 November 2008
It Is the thing every meglomaniac has dreamed of and every sane person has feared.
Monday 06 October 2008
Schemes to protect natterjack toads, fritillary butterflies and sharks are to receive funding as part of a £5.5 million programme to help some of England's most threatened wildlife, it was announced today.
Tuesday 12 August 2008
Sir Bill Cotton, the former BBC executive who oversaw classic shows including Monty Python's Flying Circus, Morecambe And Wise and The Two Ronnies, has died aged 80.
Tuesday 12 August 2008
In a rare glimmer of good news for the housing market, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said yesterday that it detected "tentative signs that housing activity may be nearing a floor", but also warned that the Government's "confused messages" on stamp duty "risks damaging any returning confidence and may discourage mobility".
Friday 25 July 2008
The Highland kilt must rank as one of the most distinctive and manly items of clothing that the world has ever seen. But it has no pockets. Braveheart warrior types, though, were never going to resort to carrying some kind of proto man bag. So the sealskin sporran was born.
Wednesday 21 May 2008
It's not only the drugs, money or jewels that customs officials have to look out for. Yesterday, some rather exotic stowaways were discovered at an Australian customs exports checkpoint. A batch of 15 leaf-tail geckos had been concealed within hollowed-out books and behind the canvas in some picture frames. Sent by post, the packages were bound for the Czech Republic. The tale does not have a happy ending, however: most of the reptiles had died through lack of air, food and water. "The general method seems to have been to send more than one gecko in each parcel and hope that at least one of them survived the journey," said Richard Janeczko, who managed the investigation.
Friday 16 May 2008
Thursday 15 May 2008
The United States declared the polar bear a threatened species yesterday; saying the dramatic reduction in sea ice caused by global warming has put it in imminent danger of extinction.
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
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