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Category Archives: Uncle Davey's Natural Selection

I love nature. This section contains everything that falls within that interest area.

Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #13 “More Geese than Swans”, aka “fowling the water”.


Original playout date: 5 April 2008
Duration: 8:32

We’re having fun feeding the birds by the Gade in the Water Gardens in Hemel Hempstead, Sophie and me.
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Just a little point for travellers


Original playout date: 30 March 2008
Duration: 4:04

A mobile Hulirant encouraging people to repect the CITES convention and not buy rare species or things made from them while travelling. You can see the items confiscated in Warsaw airport, in a special “gablotta” as the term of art is, dedicated to making travellers wise up and stop taking elephants’ feet.
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Cobra Cobra, mend my show!


Original playout date: 22 March 2008
Duration: 1:32

“There’s a fine nursery rhyme called “”cobbler cobbler””. The idea to mix this up with “”cobra, cobra”” came from my daughter Sophie when we were watching this clip of the snake, which is certainly doing the rounds here on YouTube. From what I can make out they must have milked the snake’s venom dry and also (from the way it is simply slapping with its chin when it strikes) taped the mouth shut with clear sticky tape.

I don’t really approve of the use of snakes in this form of entertainment, by the way – I’m just mining some humour out of the juxtaposition.”
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #7 “Tring Museum”


Original playout date: 2 March 2008
Duration: 8:28

A nice visit to Tring Museum with family. Sophie and cousins.
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Uncle Davey’s Herts Content, #5 “On fish and watercress”


Original playout date: 26 February 2008
Duration: 11:22

“On this spot, 40 years ago, I got clawed by a tiger. Happy memories!

This is a walk along the Grand Union Canal and a discussion of how species get their names and some of the things that we can see along the canal.”
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Pushkin’s Post-castration Video


Original playout date: 16 February 2008
Duration: 4:07

Anyone who has pets and needs to get them neutered or castrated might be surprised to see sexual behaviours still linger after the mechanisms driving such behaviours have been set aside.
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Pushkin’s Pre-castration video


Original playout date: 9 February 2008
Duration: 2:38

If you have an uncastrated male cat then after about eight months, they are going to get into musth, and then they are very frustrated if they can’t go out in search of females. Pushkin was lietrally climbing up the walls to get out of here just to try to find the female cats he could smell on the breeze. Castration is a mercy to a cat if he is not going to breed. It is also part of a contract if you don’t pay the pedigree price.
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Aquarium in Krakow Radisson


Original playout date: 27 January 2008
Duration: 2:18

Here is a quick shorty showing the lovely tank at the Krakow Radisson, and revealing the biological timebomb already inherent in the set up.
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Starlinggrad!


Original playout date: 26 January 2008
Duration: 1:11

Some times in the year, here in Warsaw, we get inundated with huge flocks of starlings.
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Bengali wrestles wife, wife tries to get kit off on camera!


Original playout date: 24 January 2008
Duration: 6:46

I suppose the provocative title is the main reason for the 20 thousand views, but then again it is quite an amusing, if blurry, battle of wills between my wife and our Bengal kitten (then kitten, now 11 year old cat) Pushkin. As well as a chance to hear some Russian.
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Bengal Funny Mood


Original playout date: 12 January 2008
Duration: 12:16

A strange and funny mood prevails one Saturday afternoon, in our house, featuring George avoiding the camera, Tatyana hogging it and Pushkin the Bengal Cat not reacting much to all the things he normally enjoys.
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Pushkin – The story so far…


Original playout date: 29 December 2007
Duration: 5:27

Some flashbacks to when we had bought Pushkin some months earlier, his homecoming in September 2007 and subsequent weeks of growing up and getting used to us.
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