It was the
Queen's father, King George VI, who started the
Corgi trend, by introducing the first of the
breed to the Royal household in 1933.
Corgi is now a Royal icon, as recognisable, and
perhaps as admired, as some of the Royal Family!
|HM The Queen has kept up the Corgi
tradition by owning three to four at any one
time, but has also introduced the 'Dorgi' to the
family which is a cross between a Corgi and a
Dachshund. The Queen's corgis are almost all
direct descendants from Susan, a female given to
her on her 18th birthday.
Old English Sheepdog Or as it is
known around here - the Dulux dog! Originating in
the 1800's in the UK the Old English Sheepdog has
an immense shaggy coat and consequently requires
a great deal of grooming.
Thought to have developed from
drover's dogs, such as the Shepherd dogs, found
in mainland Europe the Old English Sheepdog
requires plenty of exercise to keep it happy and
healthy. The Old English Sheepdog is also known
as the Bobtail.
The original point of the
Andrex puppy was that Andrex was good value
because you got a lot of it for your money. The
puppy got tangled up in the loo-roll, ran around
the garden (negating the need to even depict a
bathroom) and the family were amused at how far
it went. But the adverts rapidly reached a point
where 'Labrador Puppy' meant 'loo-roll'
|Sooty and Sweep
well known to Britsh children from the Sooty and
Sweep television show.
There's a likely looking show speciimen"
the Menace has been a professional ten-year-old
for over 50 years and is well known as the mascot
of mayhem to countless generations of children.
and his faithful hound Gnasher have sprung from
the pages of D.C. Thomson's best selling comic
"The Beano" and are bouncing aroundthe
television sets of the world in 26 half-hour
animated tales, written and produced by
Collingwood O'Hare Entertainment.
is a story about the Woodentops.
There was Mummy Woodentop and the baby and Daddy
|And then there were Willie and
Jenny, the twins.And Mrs Scrubit who comes to
help Mummy.And Sam who helps Daddy Woodentop.And
last of all, the very biggest spotty dog you ever
did see.And they all live together in a little
house in the country.
changes to and tests with the weapon continuing
until only days before the raid was planned to
take place, many problems were overcome and on
the night of Sunday May 16th 1943, 19 Lancasters
took off for the Dams, in three waves; Gibson's
flight to attack the Mohne and Eder, McCarthy's
to attack the Sorpe, and a mobile reserve and
diversionary force led by Townsend. A full moon
lit the night sky, making normal operations
impossible. An apparently bad omen was that
Gibson's black Labrador, Nigger, had been run
over and killed as the crews were being briefed
for the operation. Gibson had given orders that
Nigger was to be buried at midnight on the grass
verge outside his office; he had the premonition
that he and Nigger would be going into the ground
at the same time. The car's driver, a doctor from
Grantham, did actually stop.
(It's interesting to note that on
some versions of the film, the name
"Nigger" is either cut out or
voice-overed. The prospect of adjusting history
in the interests of Politically Correct Stupidity
never ceases to amaze me. It is apparently PC to
remind the Germans they lost the war but not PC
to say the correct name of a dog. In this
context, who could take offence? The editing
required to eliminate the name of Gibson's dog
also results in some important tracts of the film
The British Bulldog
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