haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (music-guitars)
I just heard that Glenn Frey died at the age of 67 from complications arising from rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia.

As a huge Eagles fan I am saddened for yet another massive loss to the world of music. I was lucky enough to see the Eagles live in NZ in 1995, and while I missed them when they came here last year, I have been a lifelong fan and always will be.

My thoughts are with his family and friends. I leave the last words to Glenn, from the song his family posted as a tribute:

“It’s Your World Now”
Written by Glenn Frey and Jack Tempchin
From the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden album


A perfect day, the sun is sinkin’ low
As evening falls, the gentle breezes blow
The time we shared went by so fast
Just like a dream, we knew it couldn’t last
But I’d do it all again
If I could, somehow
But I must be leavin’ soon
It’s your world now
It’s your world now
My race is run
I’m moving on
Like the setting sun
No sad goodbyes
No tears allowed
You’ll be alright
It’s your world now
Even when we are apart
You’ll always be in my heart
When dark clouds appear in the sky
Remember true love never dies
But first a kiss, one glass of wine
Just one more dance while there’s still time
My one last wish: someday, you’ll see
How hard I tried and how much you meant to me
It’s your world now
Use well your time
Be part of something good
Leave something good behind
The curtain falls
I take my bow
That’s how it’s meant to be
It’s your world now
It’s your world now
It’s your world now

RIP Andy

Oct. 8th, 2010 10:05 pm
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (scenes-nelson sunset 2009)
Our last guinea pig, Andy, died today.

After his mother Squeaka got ill and died last year (around this time) Andy and Ginger were still okay, and we had put them together in the hopes of having babies. That never happened. Some time later, both Ginger and Andy came down with whatever Squeaka had had, and Ginger passed away in August this year, but Andy had been hanging on. We looked after him as best we could, but there just wasn't any recovering from whatever it was that struck them down and Andy finally gave up the fight today.



Bye Andy; we loved you.
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (hitchhiker's guide-earth 42)
This morning was awful. I woke up around eight as a text came on my cellphone (lucky it was in my room, really, I often ignore it for days). I nearly left it, but had to answer nature's call so I decided to read it. It was a message from a workmate asking me to phone her at work as there was some bad news. I felt a bit hesitant, wondering what kind of bad news, but I still phoned.

The sad news was this )
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (johnny-notmyday)
I'm in mourning. Auckland Zoo's tiger, Nisha died yesterday.

Here's the NZ Herald report, if anyone would like to read it:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10381616

And this is a picture of her that I took some time ago:

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My kids and I are fairly frequent visitors to our zoo, which has always been improving things for the animals over the years and also been involved in preservation of endangered species. It's a fantastic zoo, with so much room for the animals, and the zookeepers do their utmost to ensure the animals are stimulated and happy. You just have to watch our "Zoo" programme about them to know this.

We went to the zoo a couple of weeks ago, and were really pleased to see them building the new enclosure for Nisha (she was in the old lion one, which had been concrete but had become beautifully overgrown and jungle-like) to house her and the new mate that they are bringing in September. The good news is that Oz is still coming, and they will bring Nisha's sister up from Hamilton to be with him, as Sumatran tigers are extremely endangered and they want to continue the breeding programme.

However, we will miss Nisha, she was an Auckland icon, and such a beautiful animal. May she rest in peace.

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