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politijohn · 15 hours ago
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whywishesarehorses · 9 hours ago
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Pensioner sets off on 600-mile pony trek with pet dog in saddlebag
Jane Dotchin, 80, has been making the unusual journey from Northumberland to the Highlands since 1972. (Story from STV News)
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An 80-year-old woman who wears an eyepatch is on an annual trek with her pony from England to the Highlands – on a seven-week adventure which began in 1972.
Jane Dotchin packs her saddlebags onto her trusty pony’s back every year, and heads to the hills from her home near Hexham, Northumberland, on an epic 600-mile trek to Inverness, covering between 15 and 20 miles a day.
She set off on August 31 with her steed, Diamond, aged 13, and her disabled Jack Russell named Dinky for company, from the off-grid smallholding where she lives.
She carries everything she needs including her tent, food and just a few belongings – and despite wearing an eyepatch is determined to continue as long as she can.
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Ms Dotchin said: “My mother would look after my other ponies but she wasn’t that keen on looking after my Halfinger stallion, so I rode him down to Somerset to see a friend, which is about 300 miles.
“It was a bit of a hard slog, but it was good.”
After that initial journey, she caught the taste for the open road and travelled to visit friends near Fort Augustus, near Loch Ness, every autumn since.
The journey takes around seven weeks depending on weather and Ms Dotchin tries to stop off to see people she has met over the years.
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She said: “I refuse to go slogging on through pouring wet rain.
“There are a few different routes I can take depending on the weather.
“I don’t want to go over hilltops in foul weather, but I work it out on the way.
“I don’t bother with maps, I just keep to the routes I know.
“It is nice to go and see [people] again – I ring them up in the morning to say I’m going to be there in the evening.
“I don’t warn them too far in advance, because if the weather suddenly changes or I decide to stop early then they can be left wondering where I’ve got to.”
Disabled Jack Russell Dinky, who has deformed front legs, travels in a saddle bag.
Ms Dotchin said: “She manages fine, when there is a nice grassy track she gets out and has a run, but she doesn’t like stoney ground but she is a nice hot water bottle for me in the tent.”
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She said: “I asked for something good and solid in my old age and he got me a cob from Ireland. I struggle to get on her half the time, but otherwise I manage fine.”
Her diet consists of porridge oats, oatcakes and cheese which is bought at local shops.
She prefers to make porridge with milk, but water will suffice.
Ms Dotchin added: “You can always boil it from a stream.”
Her bathroom habits are equally DIY, and she said: “I dig a hole.”
Ms Dotchin is devastated by the littering she has seen over the years and said Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, is somewhere she finds “shameful” due to the amount of rubbish.
She said: “It’s appalling, in particular single used barbecues which are left lying all over the place.
“Cumbernauld is the fly-tipping capital of Britain.
“There are some lovely people there who let me camp, but some of it is so disgusting and shameful.”
Campervans on single track roads have also become a more persistent problem.
She said: “Drivers just didn’t seem to know how wide they were, I was forever just about getting swept off the roads by them.”
The right to roam has helped with countryside access, but she said: “There are still some locked gates or little side gates that you can’t get a horse with packs on through.”
For emergencies she carries an old mobile phone as the battery lasts six weeks.
Ms Dotchin said: “I keep it switched off and just ring out to ring up landowners to get gates unlocked or to warn people when I’m coming but sometimes the trouble is getting a signal.”
During the foot and mouth crisis in 2001 she went on bicycle instead.
She said: “I covered many more miles with the dog in a pannier but it was not the same, I missed my horse.”
In recognition of her independent spirit, and many years of long distance trekking, she received The British Horse Society lifetime achievement award last year, which she said was “a bit of a surprise.”
During her travels she witnesses rutting deer and stags fighting in the autumn, and foxes.
She said: “There is always something interesting happening and there is never a dull moment.
“I will probably be stopped one of these days.”
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gwydionmisha · 22 hours ago
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mysharona1987 · 2 days ago
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Colin Morgan as Jeff Wilson in Jez Butterworth’s Prime Video series ‘Mammals’
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yurimother · 2 days ago
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Seven Seas Announces News Yuri and BL Labels and New LGBTQ+ Licenses
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On Wednesday, May 18, North American manga and publisher Seven Seas Entertainment announced two new labels, Seven Seas BL for Boys' Love works and Seven Seas GL for Yuri works. The logos, which will appear on the backs of books, feature a lily for Yuri, the name of the flower in Japanese, and a chrysanthemum for BL, a euphemism for a male anus. Notably, a rose is more typically associated with the BL genre.
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Many readers took to Twitter to voice their happiness at seeing LGBT manga and light novels get their own spotlight and labels. However, some responses were mixed. Girls' Love (commonly shortened to GL) is a marketing term coined by publishers to create an analogous term for BL.
However, Yuri is the name commonly used in Japan and chosen specifically by creators to honor the genre's history, inclusivity, and lesbian roots. Yuricon founder and LGBTQ manga tastemaker Erica Friedman responded to the news by Tweeting, "[Yuri creators and fans] spent 20+ years making Yuri the preferred term and one not easily conflated with Boys' Love. Yuri is the term we use.
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YuriMother notes that the genre's name, Yuri, is used on this site and article to align with the terminology used in Japan and honor the genre's LGBT history and the wishes of creators and fans.
Seven Seas also announced new BL and Yuri licenses. The Yuri licenses are:
Asumi-chan is Interested in Lesbian Brothels!
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Asumi-chan is Interested in Lesbian Brothels! (Asumi-chan wa Les Fuuzoku ni Kyoumi ga Arimasu!) is a mature Yuri manga by Kuru Itsuki. It has been serialized in Comic Yuri Hime since 2020 and is collected in Japanese in two volumes published by Ichijinsha. Seven Seas describes the series:
A Mature-rated, sweet and sexy yuri rom-com about self-discovery and the search for lost love! Sweet but awkward college student Asumi never got over her childhood crush on her old friend Mai. She’s mortified by the memory of their first kiss, which couldn’t have gone worse. When she discovers that Mai may be working at a nearby brothel, she sees her chance for redemption. There’s only one catch: none of the girls on the brothel’s website use their real names. Goaded along by a more experienced friend, Asumi begins a journey of exploring her sexuality, trying new fetishes, and getting comfortable in her own skin as she sleeps with the brothel’s women one at a time in her search for Mai. Is it possible Mai is searching for her out there, too? And when they finally reunite, will Asumi be experienced and confident this time?
Volume 1 of Asumi-chan will be released in English in November 2022.
There’s No Freaking Way I’ll be Your Lover! Unless… (Light Novel) and (Manga)
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There's No Freaking Way I'll be Your Lover! Unless... (Watashi ga Koibito ni Nareru Wake Naijan, Muri Muri! (*Muri Janakatta!?)) is a comedy schoolgirl Yuri light novel by Teren Mikami with illustrations by Eku Takeshima (Whisper Me a Love Song). Shueisha publishes four volumes of the light novel in Japanese under its Dash X Bunko label. A manga adaptation by Musshu began online serialization on the Dash X Comic section of Nico Nico Seiga.
Seven Seas has licensed both the light novel and the manga adaptation of There's NO Freaking Way I'll be Your Lover! Unless... The publisher describes the manga:
A high school yuri comedy about fake dating, real dating, competitive dating–and one very overwhelmed girl who’s accidentally doing all three at once?! Renako Amaori is leaving her awkward and lonely junior high school life behind, determined to become a normal girl with normal friends in high school. Glamorous, confident Mai Ouzuka is Renako’s total opposite: wealthy, outgoing, and a literal fashion model. Against the odds, the two girls form an immediate connection. Renako thinks she may have found the best friend of her dreams…until Mai’s romantic confession sends her into a tailspin. Renako wants to prove to Mai that being BFFs is better than being girlfriends, but Mai is dead set on convincing Renako that they’re destined to be lovers. Let the love games begin!
The manga's first volume will be released in North America in April 2023, with the light novel's English debut will follow in May of the same year.
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thedisneyhub · a day ago
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Rachel Zegler on the set of Snow White in London
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gffa · 2 days ago
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Star Wars: Hyperspace Stories | August 10, 2022
Issue #1, from Amanda Deibert and Star Wars Tales artist Lucas Marangon, kicks off the run with a story set during the Clone Wars. When members of a Republic mission led by Senator Padmé Amidala are abducted by the ruthless Separatist General Grievous, Jedi Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi leap to the rescue. But the operation quickly goes awry…
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animenostalgia · 2 days ago
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News - The first full PV for the new Urusei Yatsura reboot has dropped! Showing off some brief, iconic moments from the series, we’re also now given a release window (October 2022!), as well as the seiyuu for both Cherry (Wataru Takagi) and Sakura (Miyuki Sawashiro)! Music composer Masaru Yokoyama, who recently did music for the Fruits Basket reboot, was also announced for the new series.
It also seems that they’ve possibly altered the original announcement title from Urusei Yatsura AllStars to just Urusei Yatsura? I guess we’ll see this October!
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politijohn · 2 days ago
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dailydanneelackles · 2 days ago
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Press release for The Winchesters (x)
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gwydionmisha · a day ago
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As "pro-life" Christians Republicans are categorically against feeding the poor, especially babies, in accordance with the will of Jesus, who hated the poor and children as well as opposed feeding the hungry according to their beliefs.
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mysharona1987 · a day ago
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heartstopperdaily · a day ago
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‘HEARTSTOPPER’ has been renewed for Season 2 & 3 at Netflix.
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thedisneyhub · a day ago
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Check out this brand-new poster for Baymax!, streaming June 29 only on Disney+
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Who are you in this vast Multiverse? 🌀
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A new analysis out Friday confirms that the number of U.S. households with kids that report not having enough food to eat has surged in the months since corporate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia joined Senate Republicans in refusing to extend the expanded Child Tax Credit benefit beyond mid-December.
"Continuation of the advance CTC payments could help children avoid food insufficiency, with immediate and lifelong personal and societal benefits."
Data from the Household Pulse Survey (HPS), a nationally representative internet survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, shows that from April 27 to May 9, 15% of households with children reported food insufficiency—defined as sometimes or often not having enough food to eat in the past week. In early August, the percentage of families with kids that reported struggling with hunger was roughly 9.5%.
Food has become more expensive in recent months as a handful of corporate grocery giants and meat, egg, and dairy conglomerates have raised prices while cutting frontline worker pay and raking in record profits amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But Manchin and the GOP's decision to allow the enhanced CTC benefit to expire at the end of last year is making it even harder for millions of families to make ends meet.
Right-wing lawmakers let the enlarged CTC lapse despite ample evidence that the popular measure improved the lives of children nationwide. In January, the first month since July 2021 that eligible families didn't receive a monthly payment of up to $300 per child, 3.7 million kids were thrown into poverty.
In a guest blog post published Friday by the Economic Policy Insitute, Julia Raifman, assistant professor at Boston University School of Public Health, and Allison Bovell-Ammon, Director of Policy Strategy for Children's HealthWatch at Boston Medical Center, wrote:
"In prior work using HPS data, we found that the advance CTC was associated with a 26% decrease in food insufficiency in households with children relative to households without children. Our findings were consistent with those of other researchers, who found that the advance CTC was associated with a 25% decline in poverty and improved dietary quality for children.
In a new pre-print using HPS data, we find expiration of the advance CTC was associated with a 12% increase in food insufficiency in households with children relative to households without children by February—and rates of food insufficiency continued to climb since February."
"While HPS data are not directly comparable to data collected prior to the pandemic," Raifman and Bovell-Ammon noted, "rates of food insufficiency in March–April 2022 were about three to four times pre-pandemic levels."
"Food insufficiency among families with children poses a short- and long-term moral and economic threat to the United States," they wrote. "Even brief disruptions in access to food can have lasting consequences."
The pair continued: "Not having enough to eat often disrupts children's cognitive and emotional development and education. This was the case for a child who disclosed that the reason she was fidgeting and not paying attention in class was that she did not have enough food to eat. There may be lifelong ramifications of not having enough to eat in childhood, including increased likelihood of poor health outcomes and avoidable medical expenditures across the lifespan."
Despite Manchin's baseless and dehumanizing claim that parents would use federal cash to buy drugs, Raifman and Bovell-Ammon pointed out that several analyses "indicate families with low incomes overwhelmingly used advance CTC payments on basic needs for children, including food, rent, utilities, clothing, and educational costs. There is also no evidence suggesting a reduction in employment among parents in families receiving CTC payments."
It's not too late, Raifman and Bovell-Ammon stressed, for Manchin and the GOP to change course.
"As Congress turns its attention to the next reconciliation package, there is an opportunity to reinstate the expanded CTC monthly payments," the pair wrote. "Amidst continued inflation, rising food insufficiency in households with children, and the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect work, health, and the economy, continuation of the advance CTC payments could help children avoid food insufficiency, with immediate and lifelong personal and societal benefits."
"The most recent wave of HPS data," Raifman and Bovell-Ammon noted, "show that food insufficiency is concentrated in the lowest-income households with children."
"Implementing an expanded CTC without exclusions due to work or immigration status will best reach children in families with the greatest need, to the benefit of all children and society," they added. "While some policymakers have considered work requirements to receive CTC benefits, such requirements carry an administrative burden for states and families that often prevents those who most need benefits from receiving them and results in negative outcomes."
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