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The Great Daffodil Appeal 2012

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Today, the 1st of March, 2012, marks the start of Marie Curie Cancer Care’s month-long Great Daffodil Appeal in the UK.

Started in 1948, the same year the National Health Service (NHS) was launched, Marie Curie Cancer Care is best known for its network of 2000 nurses, who work in the homes of terminally ill patients across the UK, providing practical care and support.

To show our support of the great work done by the Marie Curie nurses and the charity as a whole and to coincide with the start of the Great Daffodil Appeal we, at Black Stallion Country, thought it only fit that we showcase Daffodils on our March Desktop Calendar.

Feel free to download the calendar by clicking on the image above and we really hope you’ll use it as your desktop calendar this month serving as a constant reminder of the invaluable service offered by the Marie Curie nurses.

Please do share this with family and friends and am sure that if you are willing to offer the charity any practical or monetary support, it would be gratefully received.

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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Jungle City

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

August has been a really hectic month both for myself as well as the City of Edinburgh. The city has played host to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 – a month-long spectacle that sees close to 21,000 performers presenting 41,689 performances of a record-breaking 2,542 shows at 258 venues – and I have been kept busy photographing bits and pieces of the Festival.

Edinburgh might well have been the Festival City in August but now with the festival drawing to a close, the city is getting ready to acquaint itself with its wild side and be transformed into a Jungle City. 130 life-size animal sculptures of the planet’s most endangered species – Asian Elephants, Tigers, Orangutans, Crocodiles and Hornbills – have been unleashed in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. From the 6th of September these animals will hit the capital’s streets.

Jungle City, set to be Edinburgh’s biggest outdoor art event on record, has received the backing of a large number of donors and supporters. Many large corporates have also sponsored the event and by doing so they’ve played a part in a major conservation project – one example is the image below that shows a tiger sponsored by the Scottish Football Club, Rangers.

A Fundraising initiative by the charity Elephant Family, the sculptures will be sold via auction (online or live – details can be found on their website) in a bid to raise £1 million for the survival of endangered species.

So if you live in Edinburgh or just happen to be here, head over to the Botanics and see these beautiful creatures for yourselves. They are on display at the Botanics till Sunday 4th September. And after that, look out for them on the streets of Edinburgh where they will be on display till the end of the month.

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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