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A very nice (and rather coquettish) wild boar, via the Guardian (George Monbiot’s piece on the re-introduction of wild boar to South-East England is interesting too). Thanks to the cohab for passing it on.

 

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Yes, it’s a video about ethical farming made by a fast food company, and yes, it’s Coldplay, but on the other hand, it’s extremely cute, and Willie Nelson!

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Pig of the week

Statue of a pig in Winchester, with a fitting caption. Thanks to Sheila for sending me the picture!

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Red river hogs at a zoo in Berlin, from the Guardian. Does that mean they come from the Red River Valley?

From this valley they say you are going,
We will miss your bright eyes and your smile,
And they say you are taking the sunshine
That has brightened our pathway a while.

So come sit by my side if you love me,
Do not hasten to bid me adieu.
Just remember the Red River Valley,
And the cowboy that loved you so true.

 

Edit: Pig of the week readers who have been paying attention will note the resemblance to a previous pig of the week by Hans Hoffmann.

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PIIGS not PIGS

There hasn’t been a pig of the week for some time. At least in part this is due to economics commentators messing up my google alerts with references to the PIGS countries. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, at the Daily Telegraph, is the latest to commit this error; a particularly egregious instance as he actually discusses Italy’s situation. As we should all know by now, the Eurozone countries with unstable or possibly unstable levels of national debt should be referred to as the PIIGS countries. PIGS are a completely different thing.

PS. However! I did not know until I read that article that Angela Merkel has a PhD in nuclear physics! That is pretty cool.

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Pig of the week

On mange avec plaisir et… sans fatigue: les bons saucissons du COCHON PRODIGUE. Via Sociological Images.

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Pig of the week

Because my friends now email me all pig related things, I have this call-out from the ‘Pigs are still worth it’ pig farmers’ campaign for a new anthem for the pork industry:

In 2008 the Pigsareworthit! anthem, “Stand By Your Ham” attracted huge amounts of publicity and support for the campaign. We are now looking for a new campaign anthem to help raise awareness of the 2011 Pigsarestillworthit! Campaign. We are looking for pithy and humorous suggestions for a title and lyrics that communicate the following campaign messages:

  • The losses pig farmers are experiencing due to high feed prices
  • The need for a fair price from supermarkets and processors
  • The higher welfare standards of British pig farming

Email your suggestions to info@pigsarestillworthit.co.uk

Here’s the 2008 video of ‘Stand by your ham’ but you have to watch the whole thing before you get to the pigs:

Thanks to Lucy for the heads-up!

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From Regret the error.

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This is beautiful, and well worth reading: Death of a pig, by E.B. White.

The scheme of buying a spring pig in blossom time, feeding it through summer and fall, and butchering it when the solid cold weather arrives, is a familiar scheme to me and follows an antique pattern. It is a tragedy enacted on most farms with perfect fidelity to the original script. The murder, being premeditated, is in the first degree but is quick and skillful, and the smoked bacon and ham provide a ceremonial ending whose fitness is seldom questioned.

Once in a while something slips – one of the actors goes up in his lines and the whole performance stumbles and halts. My pig simply failed to show up for a meal. The alarm spread rapidly. The classic outline of the tragedy was lost. I found myself cast suddenly in the role of pig’s friend and physician – a farcical character with an enema bag for a prop. I had a presentiment, the very first afternoon, that the play would never regain its balance and that my sympathies were now wholly with the pig. This was slapstick – the sort of dramatic treatment which instantly appealed to my old dachshund, Fred, who joined the vigil, held the bag, and, when all was over, presided at the interment. When we slid the body into the grave, we both wore shaken to the core. The loss we felt was not the loss of ham but the loss of pig. He had evidently become precious to me, not that he represented a distant nourishment in a hungry time, but that he had suffered in a suffering world.

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Grimms Märchen

Eine graue Sau in einem Winkel. Nachdem wir lange gegangen sind, mit schmützigen Schuhen, nach einer schon endlosen Fahrt in Vorortzug, frierend, in einem Winkel des Hofs, am Ende der Welt, zeig uns doch deine Tiere, Karl, steht sie im fahlen Licht, linst über das Gitter aus Knüppeln, eine graue Sau, ungeben vom niedrigen Stall am Ende der Welt.

— Elke Erb

Grimm’s Fairytales

A grey sow in a corner. After a long walk in muddy shoes, after an already endless ride in the local train, freezing, in a corner of the yard, at the end of the world, why don’t you show us your animals, Karl, there she stands in the pale light, peers over the fence posts, a grey sow, in a low pen, at the end of the world.

— Elke Erb
trans. Rosmarie Waldrop

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Via the Guardian, pigs in an organic farm in Germany.

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Via Metro. The pigs have been brought in to a school in Rochdale to be a calming influence on children.

Headteacher Lynne Coxell says the pigs have settled in quickly: ‘They have settled in beautifully. The children get on with whatever they’re doing.’

‘You’d expect them to go wild but they have got used to them being there and the pigs have got used to the noise – if they are tired they’ll lie down and go to sleep. The pigs are learning lots!’

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Pig of the week

Thanks very much to Sorcha for this week’s exceptionally delightful POTW.

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Pigs in high-end jewellery in Russian Vogue, via Fashionologie

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Pig of the week

Thanks to Gwen for the photo of Poppy having a bath. If you want to meet Poppy she lives at Newham City Farm.

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One of the highlights of my summer so far. We went to the East of England show and having done the more conventional livestock competitions for pigs, they moved on to ‘piggy pranks’, in which pig farmers competed to take their pigs round a course: wiggling in and out of cones, marching through two poles (as above), in and out of a maltese cross-shaped fence, and penned within a magic circle. It was marvellous and hilarious. The pigs shown were very lovely and clever too. I recommend it very highly to all my readers.

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The Gloucester Old Spot has been given ‘the same protected marketing status as French champagne’. Picture via the Guardian.

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Thanks to Jason! It’s well worth clicking through to the Pigs Peace Sanctuary channel for their other videos.

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Soviet pigs in space

Very disappointingly, these lovely pictures of a pig being sent into space by the Soviet Union aren’t really real. How nice if they were.

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Sheep-pig

So cute. Via the Mirror. DON’T click through to look at the monkey-faced pig, which is a terrifying nightmare animal.

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