The character for ai, the ‘love’ that one person
feels for another, suggests that although the
word is now used as freely in China as elsewhere,
love was once considered a highly
spiritual emotion. Some sages believed it to be
a form of giving that should be extended not
only to those closest to us, but to more distant
members of society as well.
In the center is the ‘heart’ pictogram.
Above and below ‘heart’ are the characters
for ‘breath’ and ‘graceful movement’. Love,
therefore, can be seen as a kind of inspiration.
It breathes life into the heart, and brings grace
to the body.

Go Obama!

Barack Obama

Barack Obama (Photo credit: philomythus)

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who drove up the national debt? Give Obama four more years!

We Added A New Member To Our Family!


We have just adopted a new dog, and his name is Mika. He’s a West Siberian Laika that we got from a farm in Indiana where the couple that lived there rescued animals to help out the county they live in. He’s registered, and his papers trace his bloodline back a hundred years to Russia. He’s a sweet boy that’s gentle, very loving and full of personality. We could not have asked for a better dog, and we already love him so much!


Tigergrove Now Joined With Flattr.Com

Flattr is the worlds first social micro-payment system

The idea had already been initiated in 2007, but the first release was in 2010 due to typical geeky laziness.

Flattr was founded to help people share money, not just content. Before Flattr, the only reasonable way to donate has been to use Paypal or other systems to send money to people. The threshold for this is quite high. People would just ignore the option to send donations if it wasn’t for a really important cause. Sending just a small sum has always been a pain in the ass. Who would ever even login to a payment system just to donate €0.01? And €10 was just too high for just one blog entry we liked…

Flattr solves this issue. When you’re registered to flattr, you pay a small monthly fee. You set the amount yourself. At the end of the month, that fee is divided between all the things you flattered. You’re always logged in to the account. That means that giving someone some flattr-love is just a button away. And you should! Clicking one more button doesn’t add to your fee, it just divides the fee between more people! Flattr tries to encourage people to share. Not only pieces of content, but also some money to support the people who created them. With love!

Flattr has no different user types. We know that everybody that create also uses other content. And vice versa. We make no difference between people.

Flattr can be used as a complement to accepting donations. Or to having advertising on your blog. Or to help getting small donations you never get for your open source software.

To Start A Flattr Account And Donate Click On: Flattr.Com

Loyal Pit Bull Saves Mother And Child From Home Invader

A three-year-old Pit bull named Ruger saved his family from a violent intruder in Valparasio, Illinois on Wednesday. Twenty-year-old Jayne Casteel said Ruger protected her and her son after a stranger forced his way into her apartment.

Jayne said she woke to change her son’s diaper around 3 a.m. when she heard a knock at the front door. Peering through the peephole, she saw a man she recognized from a few weeks ago, who had stopped by her apartment looking for someone who did not live there.

Jayne cracked open the door with the chain still in place, and asked what the man wanted. He told her his car had broken down and he needed to use her phone. When she told him her phone was out of order, he replied “Oh really?” and kicked through her screen door door and punched through the front door, breaking the chain.

Jayne screamed as the man knocked her to the ground. She had gone to the front door with her three dogs and her son and when she fell, Ruger immediately came to her defense and clamped down on the man’s arm. Jayne told the Chicago Post Tribune the man “barely got in the house” before Ruger dragged the man back out of the house by the arm.

By this time, Jayne’s fiance Nathan Asbridge and a friend who is living with them, heard her and her son’s screams and followed the man out of the apartment and began punching the stranger and his accomplice who had been waiting outside. Ruger also bit the intruder a second time on the leg. The two suspects soon ran off.

After the encounter, Jayne explained Ruger is usually very gentle and “a big baby”. She believes Ruger lept to the family’s defense because her toddler began crying after she was pushed. She added they had trained hiim to be protective of her son when he was just a baby. “I’m so proud of him,” Jayne said of Ruger.

Valparaiso police are now hunting for the suspects. They found blood, two shoes and a glove at the scene which may help in locating the criminals. Jayne described the man as white, average height and around 200 pounds, wearing dark-colored basketball shorts without a shirt.

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Tiger Awareness:

White Tiger (Singapore Zoo)

White Tiger (Singapore Zoo) (Photo credit: madaboutasia)

Tiger Fundraising Events

 Donation Online button From Tiger Awareness:

We really appreciate the efforts of people who have helped to raise funds for our efforts.

Some details below:

Leeds Fun Run
A group organised by Claire O’Neill and friend raised £700 at the Fun Run In Leeds in August 2011.

Tara Broughton – £1500
I chose tiger awareness because tigers are my favourite animal and I am all too aware of what an endangered species they are. Having read about Tiger Awareness I was very impressed that not only do they contribute to saving the tiger but also in educating people about the plight of the tiger.

 Animal Friends Insurance I know that there are many tiger charities that have a similar ethos but the final factor was that they are based in Leicester, which is the home of the rugby team I support and who funnily enough are known as “Leicester Tigers”!!”

Read more information here about the donation from Tara Broughton from Animal Friends Insurance.

Rob Edlington
Rob raised £1200 on September 26th 2010 by running a half marathon. Great effort!

 Rob Edlington

Andy Watts and Fern his dog walked from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise funds for Tiger Awareness and Project Era Foundation in Bandhavgarh. Andy raised £4000.

 Andy Watts and Fern his dog

Karl Davies ran the Bath Half Marathon in March and raised £280 for Tiger Awareness.

 Karl Davies

Emma and Pete raised £100 at their wedding, to help our work.

 Emma and Pete

Bob Smith had a passion for helping Tigers – he would watch many documentaries on them. Bob passed away on February 2nd 2010 aged 83. The family collected £370 for our projects in remembrance of Bob.

 Bob Smith

Charity Netball Event 19th July 2009. Big THANK YOU to Claire Brandom and City Tigers for raising £1000.

 Claire Brandom

Philip Elliott ran the Silverstone half marathon March 15th and raised £350.00.

 Philip Elliott

A presentation of a cheque for £1350 from CHOKOLIT for the sales of the BITING BACK Bar.

Drawing from Outwoods Edge School, Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Emma Taylor, aged 9, hopes that her picture will inspire other children to think about the plight of the tiger.

Many thanks to the girls from Queen Elizabeth School in Dorset who raised £30 at the end of June 2008.

 tiger fundraising

 tiger fundraising

Craig Smith raised £1000 by running the Edinburgh marathon and climbing the two tallest mountains in Tanzania.

Craig did the marathon on May 25th (the time is on the photo!) and he climbed Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro between June 4th and 16th.

Top class from Brentry Primary School who had a Tiger
Day in January 2008 and raised £700.

July 2007 – Claire Brandom and City Tigers had a charity netball tournament and raised £1500.

Jenny Osgood had a good street collection and rasied £110.

 Jenny Osgood

April 2007 – Tom Taylor completed the London Marathon in 3 Hrs 30 Minutes and raised £660.

January 2007 – ICTUS raised £315 by having a gig in Leicester.

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There are so many sites: Anyone who sends in a picture of a Tiger(s) that brings awareness will be posted on my tiger page and this blog. All interest is appreciated!

“Peninsula” – Poem by Heather Whitley Gibson


Camera; seen

armed with needles so

sweet sounding; peninsula

soft & Foxed in insular

Mellisonant, a weeded field.

water torn; clear flight

a wonton wing; fortune cookies

proverbs sealed.

 Edges of mouths part; crusted

cracked, razing sun,


vaulted words crunched.

scratched days.

Sweet Memento

rusted kisses; silver

A candied ending.

Where Love flows;


and whirling. A shot-gun

display closed.

 sold four

tribute money

then pictured; in a hard-bound book.

leaves dried and covered, lost..

left to left, sonorous;

in Gold.

still waiting at a willing well.

A dime-store summary.

The foundress of affairs.

Blessings and fortune falls.

behind a grateful glass view;

watching the sun nest,

winds and doves

 shillings. fly. stencilled.

 As scales shimmer, as

an aperture increasing;

Vows Quenched.

memoria Bound.

“Lullabies bottled in the Original Title” – Poem by; Heather Whitley Gibson


   Lullabies and Fire Flies

Slurred words, muttering, still.

Pursuance. A letter’s cornered ear.

A flattened fear still sticking, with Rabbit skin glue.

Ink blurred; open and black. Pages beat…   back.

The Ocean’s skin.

Pages still swelling, roughly, straddling; wet

With tears. True rain hears.

Wet with the feeling of real rain raining;

rung with reels of skinned stories, a lathed cat.

A manic hanging, of her ghostly tongue, a cat skinned.

Words enshrined, a convalescent bee.

 Flat, slight fit, land, living trap, eye capped. Cloths drying pinned.

On this thin-skinned page, pacing sunshine.

A forever fire Fly. Or a corrugated field. An accident of the pen;

Detected by time, a shutter-feed design.

 Appeasing, hung out to dry.

A blasphemy, to love undetected. Lured.

Eye capped;

A camera celluliar  insight, tear-ducked,

 to far to cry.

An unopened hatching, beautiful list, yet touched.

  dry. bundles wrapped,

 Defected, but sweetly caught,

 a watershed; Attached.

  Of nerves. Trapped.

Honed in. Honey sucked. Sacked.

 Foundering, sinking meaning, a paper meal.

Lures deflected, sold for Lye, stitches, weighted and scaled.

Yellow and twirled, wounded and aubergine lute, a paper light proverb.

A wadded washington, eagle ironed; handed appeal.

For a dime-store lulling, no reverb.

Shelved salt-taffy tails.

Death is walking, where fireflies are talking.

Where hearts meet, a unwundered street, love is there, in dimming light,

Unspoken history, blue-colored, perfect fifth key word. Stalking.

A voice from a outsider’s. To lay against write.

Paper weight, A. Changed.

The original title.