shanlung (shanlung) wrote,
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A slice of the Artic//Riamfada again around neighbourhood // Riamfada cage// round the mulberry bush

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A slice of the Artic

How sweet!

We are now seeing on all the news channel mighty countries around the Artic all fighting for a slice of the Artic. From shipping rights to the oil and mineral wealth on the sea bed.

I wrote of this in June 2009, and earlier too.

The ticking time bomb - The melting tundra
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/101464.html

I extract into here a bit of what I wrote then.
My perverse nature no doubt asserting itself.

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Given what we have seen with the melting of Artic icecap that led countries in a mad scramble to claim rights on shipping lanes, on the buried oil, and on the minerals that are now accessible, do we really have that much hope?

I liken that to miners in a mine fighting and arguing who will keep the dead body of the canary for the money they think they can get from that dead body instead of finding out what killed the canary and will it kill them soon.

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Have we not seen enough of the drought and forest fires in Russia?

The floods in Pakistan and elsewhere and how the people were ravaged?

Do you believe that Artic icecaps melting and gone have no connection to all the weather turning crazy?

When I was in Taiwan in July 2004, something happened for the first time there.
I wrote of that there and then in
OT Taiwan and 7-2 shades of 'Day after Tomorrow'
http://www.geocities.com/shanlung9/taiwan72dat.htm

What happened there was not widely known in the world as Taiwan was sadly a pariah country.

A new term was coined in Taiwan that struck far greater fear than mere typhoons or hurricanes. That was called Si Nan Chi Liu. Or South West Jet Stream. Innocent sounding name.

At the point of my writing then, it was thought that the Si Nan Chi Liu dropped 1600 mm of rain in a 30 hour period. And as much as 2500 mm of rain in some places.
Entire mountain sides collapsed , and rivers changed their courses.

Regardless if it came from North, South, East or West, I called that now the Si Nan Chi Liu.

This appeared yesterday in South Korea. Just a pale shadow of the one that hit Taiwan. You all seen on BBC and CNN and Aljazeera the images of Seoul flooded out.


Will the Si Nan Chi Liu need to be visited on USA and on Europe that it sets off real alarm that something is terribly wrong with the Earth? A full blown Si Nan Chi Liu of similar magnitude that I experienced in Taiwan?

Can your wildest nightmare conjured what 1600-2500 mm of rain within 30 hours will do to your country?

Floods 4 times worse than what happened in Pakistan will give you a starting point.

Or are people and countries that greedy for more wealth in the way that they are carving up the Artic now?

Have we collectively lost our minds together with our souls ?

Will what kill the canary be killing us all soon?

That the Artic ice melting and gone meant nothing more than to go and grap the mineral wealth on that seabed.
And not a canary dying in a mine.

It will not matter if you have no wealth, little wealth, or lots of wealth.
We all are on the same planet.


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Riamfada again around neighbourhood


more photos in flickr folder 'Riamfada again around neighbourhood '
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/72157625010944952/

I decide to content myself with very safe flights.

Riamfada, or your parrot if you allowed him/her, flying about at home in environment made safe for him/her to do so will be more than good enough.

Please do not do what you see me do.


FREE FLIGHT IS LIFE AND DEATH PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS YOURSELF UNLESS YOU DO KNOW.
NEVER EVER FREE FLY WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE AS THIS CAN LEAD TO LOSS AND DEATH OF YOUR BIRD.

Do not fly with harness and leash among trees even if you see me doing that.
I know what I am doing, and Riamfada know what she is doing. We did that in small tiny steps to what we are doing now.

DO NOT TRY TO REPLICATE RIAMFADA FLYING UNDER AND AROUND TREES.

This report is continuation of our going around our neighbourhood. This include into the backlane where we stayed with trees on both sides.

Many of the sequential shorts have me holding the camera and shooting Riam as she came to me.

I sometimes had thoughts of free flying Riamfada in just her harness with our phone numbers in the aluminum thingy. A few times, I took her out unleashed in just her harness in moments of weak mindedness.

My wife screamed and I had to leashed Riamfada. My wife was right.
I do not have the frame of mind and calmness nowadays. Not with our impending departure in a few days.


more photos in flickr folder 'Riamfada again around neighbourhood '
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/72157625010944952/

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more photos in flickr folder 'Riamfada again around neighbourhood '
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanlung/sets/72157625010944952/

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Riamfada cage

I had taken Riamfada cage back from the Jabri. Not that I needed the cage. But if Riamfada is going to spend more time in the cage with the Jabris, I thought of making the cage more friendly and homey to Riamfada.

I used sisal rope to give her climbing and hanging space and to chew on.

Roberta, rheadabovewater asked me a couple of posting back if Riamfada chewed.
Of course! Riamfada chewed and chewed.
When in the car, her perch was such that she could only chew on her thick sisal rope perch. She was content to remain on her perch for long time. Still, we do stop the car periodically to reward her with stretch wings flights, or a cool fruit juice drink.

At home, an eye had to be kept on her.

She chewed off all the markings on the remote TV control, and a lot of guess work in pressing the buttons. Towels are kept in readiness. If she decided to chew on sofa, the towel go on that sofa, normally too late. But further damage prevented at least.

I bought the sofa as durable hard wearing sofa. But no sofa can be totally immuned to a chewing CAG. But that is our sofa, and not the land lord.

Learn to live with it. And remember to smile!



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Here we go round the mulberry bush

We have this mulberry bush in our little garden.
We bought it to entice wild birds with the berries.

Riamfada love it too.

The mulberry bush been fruiting again. Part of the neighbourhood walk ritual
would see us going around the mulberry bush. For Riam to eat 4-5 fruits each time.





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Change of flight plan

Winding down in Muscat took a bit more time then I thought. I forgot that after Ramadan, there was a week of public holiday. That affected my winding down plans.

So instead of flying off on 26 Sept 2010, I will now fly off on 3rd Oct 2010.





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I knew we were here in Oman on borrowed time since the end of last year. Ever since early this year, I expected I have to leave Oman and all my creatures here. If you have not known about all that and wondered why I cannot take Riamfada with me, please read the following.

Riamfada foraging // 3 days 2 nights at Wadi Bani Awf and ending of this chapter
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/107799.html


Closing this chapter//Buwah off Harban with Dommie// Beautiful Wadi Qurai
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/108103.html

Dedication // Raining curses on Katie at Al Felaij Dam // Riam in cage at Jabri
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/110199.html

Mystic octopus // Snake Tshirt and more hide&seek recalls //Countdown to chapter end
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/116653.html

It is painful enough for me as it is. So please read or re-read above before you write to me wondering why I have to leave them. Please do not make it even more painful for me to reply and tell you things I have said above because you had not read that.


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An important key in your relationship and understanding your parrot mentality from Tinkerbell Legacy
Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot - Rant 03 (a flighted parrot mentality)
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/2187.html

Important old letters on harness
Harness for flighted parrots – To Nick and folks
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/8284.html

August, 2005.
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/2005/08/

‘ cargo cult'
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/100244.html

'Ramadan & Kitties on beach// Chess -1st Saturday IM Tournament // Tinkerbell Harness for Piper '
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/104066.html



Making of Tinkerbell Mash
Morning with Harry & the decision// Sultan of Oman Palace// Tinkerbell Mash Batch 7
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/109957.html

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If you like the photos here, they are all taken by my wife and uploaded on my behalf by her.

She has her own sets of photos in her Flickr account here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shimmertje/collections/




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FREE FLIGHT IS LIFE AND DEATH PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS YOURSELF UNLESS YOU DO KNOW.
NEVER EVER FREE FLY WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE AS THIS CAN LEAD TO LOSS AND DEATH OF YOUR BIRD.


If what I wrote help you and you like to help, give a thought
for the wildlife sharing our planet.
Do write that cheque to Gerald Durrell wildlife trust

I am a life member of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Do join us to do
whatever we can for the wildlife that shared our planet.


http://www.durrellwildlife.org/
or to any wildlife conservation body of your choice


DEDICATION
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For those that through no fault of their own, or otherwise, and had to part painfully and unwillingly from their beastie or birdies, whether in the past, or the present, or in the future, I dedicate the saga of Riamfada that I had wrote , and continue to write to that final handover , to you all.

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