Archive for March, 2013

I know the below article from Outdoor Life Magazine is controversial but I want to share it anyway because as a Zimbabwean it is a subject close to my heart. I know the article is about Tanzania but the subject is transferable except that the percentages in Zimbabwe’s case are even higher with regular tourism not bringing in anything like as much as the big game hunters.

I personally have never hunted a lion and even if the national lottery came a calling would the desire ever possess me, I have hunted plains game for meat though and would do so again tomorrow if the opportunity and finances presented themselves.

What do my readers think?

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

Hunting: The Only Way to Save the African Lion 

The New York Times ran an editorial Sunday arguing that the only thing that can save the African lion is legalized hunting.

In the piece, director of wildlife for the Tanzanian Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Dr. Alexander N. Songorwa explains that American sport hunters constitute 60 percent of that country’s trophy hunting market and that money from this group finances Tanzania’s game reserves and wildlife management areas. Yes, Dr. Songorwa points out that some of the money for these operations comes from tourists but “[hunters] pay thousands of dollars to pursue lions with rifles and take home trophies from what is often a once-in-a-lifetime hunt. Those hunters spend 10 to 25 times more than regular tourists and travel to (and spend money in) remote areas rarely visited by photographic tourists.”

The editorial continues by breaking down how that money impacts the country.

“In Tanzania, lions are hunted under a 21-day safari package. Hunters pay $9,800 in government fees for the opportunity. An average of about 200 lions are shot a year, generating about $1,960,000 in revenue. Money is also spent on camp fees, wages, local goods and transportation. And hunters almost always come to hunt more than one species, though the lion is often the most coveted trophy sought. All told, trophy hunting generated roughly $75 million for Tanzania’s economy from 2008 to 2011.”

If the United States Fish and Wildlife lists the African lion as endangered, as many are proposing, the decision would be “would be disastrous to [Tanzania’s] conservation efforts.”

Lion hunting, of course, is heavily regulated in Tanzania.  Females and lions under 6 years of age may not be hunted.

For now…

If the USFWS lists the African lion as endangered, no one from the US will be hunting them.

 

the next stage of my fathers journey, you can always find out more from http://www.birdingzimbabwe.com

Birding in Zimbabwe

Hi all

I’m back ………………………

Leaving the Indian Ocean behind us we drove steadily westwards passing the famous Uluguru Mountains.  There are a bunch of special birds up there including the Uluguru Bush-shrike.  Unfortunately it is a long hard and arduous climb and as ANBM had a triple by-pass some months previously it was deemed unwise for us to attempt the climb.

Through the Mikumi National Park and into the town of Mikumi itself, where we booked in to the Tan-Swiss Lodge.  Very comfortable motel type accommodation and a restaurant.  Next morning we were off again on a new mission !

Southwards, skirting the also famous Udzungwa Mountains National Park.

Our destination was to go past the town (village ?) of Ifakara and into the Kilombero swamps !  Why – you ask ?

There are two other specials, also both discovered as recently as 1986 ……………….

Well our intentions were…

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and to follow on, here come the big cats, well and some meerkats because, well because they’re cute and some jellyfish because they’re pretty.

The light on the day way dire to say the least and my primary focus was ensuring I didn’t lose the kids in the crowds too often, I still came away with a couple of shots that I am over the moon with and several hundred more for the scrap-heap.

as previously shared

as previously shared

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darn sticks

my favourite picture of the day

my favourite picture of the day

here kitty kitty

here kitty kitty

lioness

 

am I regal enough?

am I regal enough?

 

ok I'll move along then

ok I’ll move along then

 

why hello there

why hello there

it wasn't us we're innocent I tell you

it wasn’t us we’re innocent I tell you

 

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we're not aliens

we’re not aliens

I hope you like them and please do add your thoughts and comments to the section below, I’m obviously emotionally attached to the pictures and critiques and ideas are always welcome.

Hope you’re having a great day.

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

 

as promised I am going to share some shots from my shoot with new Croydon rock and roll band Mach 23 Around the Silver Planet I had an absolute blast with these guys and whilst I’d do the shoot differently next time (dig out my flash for a start) I really enjoyed forcing myself to really make the best use of the terrible lighting in the studio.

so without further ado, here they are in all their glory.

Adam Adam again Adam Does the pistols Belting it out Billy Cover Photo FB game faces on look at those hands go solo

 

I’ve gone fairly lo-fi on my editing for a number of reasons, first I think it fits the feel of the band’s style, all of them would really like to have big hair and tight leather trousers so they could be as if they could be in Bon Jovi in 1986, second the low light meant I really had to push the ISO to the limit of my ancient DSLR’s (1600) capacity, especially as the small room meant I was forced to use my wide lens which doesn’t go below f4.

I still am really proud of how they came out though and I know the band themselves were over the moon.

Maybe one day they’ll be rich and famous and will pay me for my services.

My photo’s from the zoo are still coming.

Have a great day y’all.

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

 

This is just a quick preview of what’s coming up on these here pages, I did a photo shoot with new band Mach 23 Around the Silver Planet on Friday night please check out their page for some of my pictures. and then on Saturday we visited Chessington Zoo where I managed to get what I think are some stunning big cat photo’s which I’ll be doing a full post on in due course.

Please do also swing by my facebook page and say hi I promise I’m getting much better at getting things on to there in a timely manner.

In the meantime here’s a quick teaser

Tiger

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

The below is list of a couple idea’s I’ve come up with to get me through my days as a stay at home dad and their pros and cons instead of resorting to the television.

  •  Books

Pros: 

books are cool,

books are educational,

books are colourful,

books are entertaining,

books contain characters from television.

Cons: 

Books are edible,

books can be used as a weapon,

books are repetitive, seriously we own hundreds of kids books why do we need to read Fireman Sam again, oh yes it has a siren.

see a siren, who's idea was that? they didn't have kids I can tell you that much

see a siren, whose idea was that? they didn’t have kids I can tell you that much

Toddlers can destroy a book in seconds.

Yes that is the same duck as it was when we read this book five minutes ago. No no, ducks are fine, no I’m not reading Fireman Sam again.

ouch that’s my head, ouch, ok who wants something to eat?

  • Art

Pros: 

Educational,

quiet,

productive, can show Mrs BC we’ve achieved something.

Cons: 

Crayons are edible,

washable is marketing speak or lying,

no Daddy doesn’t want to draw you a snake, spider, Scooby Doo, etc. etc. etc.

Paint, do I need to say more?

Glue, do I need to say more?

that special shade of shit, I know, I know I’m supposed to coo and go ooh my babies made that but seriously it’s tough.

see those lines, yeah the kid missed them too

see those lines, yeah the kid missed them too

  • The Play Cafe

Pros: 

They’re relatively safe

They love it

They interact with other kids

Cons:

Other people’s children……

Extortionate prices

Clingy kids

They do their best, but by midday everything is bound to be sticky (I fear my kids are largely to blame here)

I’ve only just scratched the surface here but if anyone asks what I’ve been up to with all my free time since I’ve been home with my kids I’ll point them here and suggest that they give it a go sometime.

I mean seriously has anyone actually done a study that suggests the maximum amount of television it’s OK to let a toddler watch, is 12 hours a day too much?

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

P.S. the reality is they get no weekday daytime television unless Zimbabwe are playing cricket and then they get that. Doesn’t make it any easier to say no to them every day though.

I’m sure I’ve written before about the genius who is Amber of http://www.crappypictures.com her insightful and hilarious posts are well worth following whether you are a parent or not, but today she has published the post I’m re-blogging wholesale below, I’m sure that every parent of toddlers can relate.

P.S. she’s got a book coming out, go and buy it from amazon

Enjoy

TTFN

Mr Bunny Chow

(Attention: If this is the first post of mine you’ve ever read you might think I’m one of those bitter parents who don’t seem to like their kids very much. You might even be inspired to say nasty and judgmental things in the comments. Dude. Get a grip. The rest of this blog isn’t like this. Well, not usually. But everyone snaps at some point. This week? I’ve snapped.)  

Jobs.

You know what the best part of having jobs always was for me? Quitting them. Sure, I had a couple jobs I actually liked, the best being an indie video store in college(Bongo Video in Madison, WI – now closed, sadly) but I had plenty of really crappy ones. Glory was found in quitting.

One of my first jobs as a teenager was so horrible and demeaning that I pissed on the uniform* and then returned it in a grocery bag. When I handed the bag over I said, “This job sucks. I quit.”

It was that bad.

So now I’m a parent. People have long compared parenting to having a job. You hear quotes all the time like “the hardest job you’ll ever love” and stuff like that.

Well you know what? Parenting isn’t just hard.

This job sucks. I quit.

Ahhh, there’s the rub. You can’t quit. Ever.

Oh but I daydream about it sometimes. Don’t you?

When I’m at the bottom of the pit of despair (otherwise known as circling the drain)I daydream about quitting. I envision myself walking out the front door, down the front steps and onto the street. From there I hitchhike and somehow wind up backpacking across Spain. There are wildflowers and country villas and all kinds of lovely things. Complete freedom. Alone.

I’ve even gotten so far as to actually walk out that front door. Course I don’t get past the steps. Instead I collapse onto them and cry my eyes out.

Parenting can be brutal.

Endless.

And I try really hard to be a “good” parent. To give my kids attention and respect. But you know what?

Sometimes I just want to tell them to fuck off.

Sometimes, this is what I WANT to say versus what I REALLY say…

 

 

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Oh and those toys that NEVER get picked up? That are covering every surface of my entire house no matter how many times I ask them to pick them up?

Well…

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Sigh. And they still rarely help.

In addition to the “I don’t like you” thing, he also says “Go Away!” all the time.

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And we all know there is nothing worse than a kid who won’t go to sleep.

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The pee denial annoys the crap out of me. (This was age 3-4.5 with Crappy Boy. And currently with Crappy Baby. Yay.)

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And that contradictions thing they do?

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And this happens almost daily…

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He ignores me. Followed immediately by him falling.

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And after all of these things happen in just one day…

Crappy Papa comes home.

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Then I usually hand him something with pee on it.

Some things never change.

 

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*Yes, I really peed on the uniform. True story. It was a gas station. 

And admittedly, sometimes I do say what I want to say. Not perfect. Especially during weeks like this. Haven’t set fire to any toys yet though. Yet.