Friday, 30 May 2008



Matthew, a 26-year-old chimp, is headed to court in Europe as part of a human effort to classify him as a person.

Beyond the legal challenges, anthropologists say chimpanzees are not humans, though without a clear definition of what it means to be human, backing that claim up is a challenge perhaps fit for some great courtroom drama.

Animal rights activist and teacher Paula Stibbe, along with the Vienna-based Association Against Animal Factories (AAAF), says she wants the chimpanzee, named Matthew Hiasl Pan, declared a person. That way, Stibbe says she can become the primate's legal guardian if the bankrupt animal sanctuary where Matthew lives closes. (Under Austrian law, only humans are entitled to have guardians.)

The appeal has been filed in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. The case comes after Austria's Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling in January, which rejected a request to appoint the chimp with a legal guardian. The rulings did not address whether a chimpanzee could be declared a person.

"His life depends on this decision," Eberhart Theuer, the animal rights group's legal advisor, told the Evening Standard, a tabloid newspaper in London. "This case is about the fundamental question: Who is the bearer of human rights? Who is a person according to the European Human Rights Charter?"

For some scientists, the question of humanness is a tricky one, as no single characteristic separates humans from every other animal. And behaviors once thought exclusive to us, such as tool-making, exist in many non-human primates. Considered our closest living relatives, chimps behave a lot like us and even share about 96 percent of their DNA sequence with humans.

But the bottom line is, chimps are chimps, not humans, say anthropologists.

"Granted, chimpanzees show many similarities with us as humans," said John Mitani, a primate behavioral ecologist at the University of Michigan, "but they are nonetheless chimpanzees, not humans, and are obviously different as well."

Chimp characteristics

One anthropologist says the chimp dilemma brings up an animal-rights issue.

"We don't have a real formal venue for chimpanzees that have outlived their usefulness to whatever humans sort of owned them," said Jonathan Marks of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. "Obviously it's a situation that needs to be addressed, but it needs to be addressed in the realm of animal welfare. Confusing humans for chimps never did anybody any good."

But is Matthew really like you and me?

"Everybody who knows him personally will see him as a person," Stibbe told the Evening Standard.

Yet the definition of what it means to be a person, to be human, is a work in progress.

"One of the hard things is there is no single characteristic that has been found that makes humans truly unique," said Sarah Brosnan of Georgia State University. Brosnan studies social behavior and cognition in non-human primates.

Making matters worse, chimps show a smorgasbord of behaviors once tagged to humans only, including altruism, tool-use, an ability to learn from their kin and deal-making behaviors.

Looking to genetics for an answer is also thorny. If you were to line up any string of nucleotides (structural units) from a chimp's DNA with the corresponding human strand, about 96 or 98 out of 100 of the nucleotides would match up.

"Nobody is going to look at a human genome and a chimp genome and mix them up," Brosnan said. "But human genomes are different from each other, so it depends on where you draw the line."

Chimp-human split

About 6 million years ago, chimpanzees and human ancestors diverged. Chimps went their way, and we began to go ours.

The split led to various differences. For instance, chimps are covered in hair and we are much less so. A chimp's brain is about one-third the size of an average human brain. And we walk upright on two legs, while chimps typically walk on all fours.

"What seems to have happened initially is that our ancestors began walking most of the time upright on two legs," Marks said.

Along the way, our ancestors shed their thick coats of body hair, which allowed us to disperse body heat differently from chimps. Chimpanzees, like most mammals, pant to keep their bodies from heating up. Humans sweat. Apparently, Marks said, when our ancestors began speaking, their vocal tracts reorganized and that made it difficult to pant.

Teeth tell a tale, too. Along our evolutionary trek, human ancestors developed much smaller canine teeth, while chimps still sport the dagger-like teeth.

"Male chimpanzees have canine teeth much larger than female chimpanzees," Marks told LiveScience. "That difference doesn't exist in humans. We call our lawyers instead of bearing our canine teeth. And women can call their lawyers just as readily as men can."

Animal rights

Even still, activist Stibbe says the legal standing is the only way to ensure the chimp's survival.

"In his home in the African jungle, he would have been well able to look after himself without a guardian," Stibbe said. "But since he was abducted into an alien environment, traumatized and locked up in an enclosure, it did become necessary for me to act on his behalf to secure the donation money for him and to avoid his deportation."

Marks disputes Stibbe's statement, saying that in nature chimps do have guardians, or other chimps to watch their backs. "That's ridiculous. Chimpanzees are very social creatures," Marks said. "One of the other tragedies of this chimpanzee is it seems to have grown up largely in isolation from other chimpanzees."

If Matthew the chimp were declared a person, scientists foresee it would open a messy can of worms.

"In general, I don't think that it's a good idea to grant chimpanzees legal human rights," Mitani said. "Chimpanzees are well-known to kill each other. What would we do to perpetrators of those 'crimes?'"

And what about other animals, like dogs and dolphins: A chimp-is-a-person ruling could trigger similar court cases in support of non-human animals getting human status, said Brosnan and other anthropologists.

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brettdonadeo wrote:
Undoubtedly, there is a better way to legally provide for this chimp's care. This woman should be raising funds to buy him from the sanctuary, or arranging to take ownership of him somehow. There is no need to have the legal ruling she seeks.

0 Recommend | Report Abuseposted 5/29/2008 12:55:39 PMRemaining_Dun wrote:
They should have asked biologists, not anthropologists, about species concepts. Humans and chimps can't interbreed so they're not the same species. Getting into tool-using and display of altruism is needless complexity and not really relevant here.

0 Recommend | Report Abuseposted 5/29/2008 4:10:42 PMedshafer wrote:
True, Remaining_Dun. Ability to interbreed is lacking and is the basic definition of any species.

What scares me is what will happen when the religious whackos hear about this? Heaven help us all is what I say.

1 Recommend | Report Abuseposted 5/29/2008 4:18:11 PMjeffvw29 wrote:
For the record Remaining_Dun, anthropologists understand species concepts perfectly well. Particularly those involved with paleoanthropology and human evolution.

In any case, it's not just that humans and chimps are different species, we're not even in the same genus as chimps. Of course we have similarities with the great apes, and beyond that other mammals and so on. But legal person status should only apply to members of the species H. sapiens, especially in the context of a human rights court ruling.

0 Recommend | Report Abuseposted 5/29/2008 4:38:11 PMChristimin wrote:
brettdonadeo, chimpanzees are incredibly expensive to care for properly (which is why the sanctuary has gone bankrupt.) Buying the chimp is not enough. The trainer wants to be declared the guardian so that she can collect donations. Under Austrian law, only a person can receive personal gifts... and apparently setting up a foundation of some sort is simply not enough to make her happy.

1 Recommend | Report Abuseposted 5/29/2008 7:51:52 PMTheWooj wrote:
"What scares me is what will happen when the religious whackos hear about this? Heaven help us all is what I say." -edshafer

Honestly, as what you might consider a "religious whacko", I wouldn't be surprised if courts started declaring animals to be people. The world has always been neutering what it means to be human (whatever it means to "be human") and distinct from everything else in all creation anyways that I really wouldn't be surprised for the trend to continue.

Anyways, I share the same concerns mentioned in the articles, though, from a legal standpoint. Anyone with a beloved pet considers the animal as part of the family. If a ruling declaring chimps to be human and have human rights was enacted then there would be no end to the ensuing court cases of people wanting their pet to be declared human as well. If I were a pet I'd be pissed off cause then I'd have to pay taxes lol!

Species exist as we define them to exist. The ability to interbreed is not exclusive between what we call two members of the same species. For example, I think horse donkey = mule? Two different species may still be able to interbreed, their resulting offspring will be defective though, which is why mules are almost always sterile. Therefore, what we call a "species" is not defined exclusively by member's abilities to interbreed.

0 Recommend | Report Abuseposted 5/29/2008 9:51:11 PMfenrirthedark wrote:
I read about this case last year on the BBC. According to that article, this was literally the only option to look after the chimp's welfare. One would figure that the Austrian government could step in and pass a law to deal with the situation. Instead, they sit back and let a ridiculous law suit get pushed through the system that could create ridiculous precedent.

If the chimp does get the status of a person, do you think we would have to stop calling him a chimp? Afterall, that might be considered derogatory.

0 Recommend | Report Abuseposted 5/29/2008 10:50:30 wrote:

0 Recommend | Report Abuseposted 5/30/2008 12:19:40 AMLDK wrote:
Congratulations to Paula Stibbe and Vienna�s AAAF for finding a way to push the ethical envelope
and expand the outdated boundaries for animal rights. Many scientists understand that this is a leading edge issue rather than a trivial one - now it is high time to make this clear to the general public, particularly to the thinking public of Europe. Homo sapiens always wants to claim centre stage in the animal kingdom. So now we should be able to admit that this case is more about our species - homo sapiens - than it is about Matthew. Stibbe�s court case in Strasbourg is one more chance for humans to live up to our name and show some needed "sapiens" (wisdom).

0 Recommend | Report Abuseposted 5/30/2008 4:02:06 AMGAry_7 wrote:
Humans and chimps are different species therefore,,,chimps CANNOT be classified as HUMAN however,,, this is not really about "humanness". It's about SENTIENCE and that IS something we do need to address. When the day comes that your computer tells you to go jump in the lake(rather like MicroSoft operating systems???) because it doesn't wish to work today, that will imply sentience. Should we ever meet another technological species, we need to have in place some precedence to award and recognize their rights as sentient beings. We can start by defining what we mean by sentience,,,at least as far as current earthly life forms are concerned. Never forget, rights also come with responsibilities,,,

Gary 7

0 Recommend | Report Abuseposted 5/30/2008 10:16:33 AM
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Friday, 23 May 2008


I was shitty to mel today feel so bad but it breaks my heart to see what the bloody cancer has done to her i love her so much i pray she will get her spirit back and be able to get rid of the morphine she has had to go through so much shit in her life without family support but she is strong and i know we will get through this shit

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Sunday, 11 May 2008

barge life

had a look at your site, is good and will hopefully help and inspire those that to travel.. If i can help i'll be glad too.
1 average price! a friend just bought one for £3000 i paid £12000 you can pay over £100,000. you need to get down to the canals and talk to people on boats the cheap ones are not always advertised, but is a good start

2 You don't need to pay mooring fees, you pay a licence fee (mine is £500 a year, it works on the length of the barge) and you can moar anywhere for 2 weeks and then just move. there are 3000 miles of canals and 1000 miles of rivers in England/Scotland/Wales

3 see number 2

4 they generally run an old diesel engine which because its a boat we use red diesel chip fat whatever really, max speed is 4 mph so you aint going to use much fuel. you can always pull it too! is easier than you think...

5 they vary from about 20' to 70' a good starting size is around 40' plenty of room easy to move and turn and you can get through all locks

6 mmmmm lots of those will try and compile a list

7 best to wait by a lock the first time you encounter and ask the next boater through, most people will take time to show you and help, theyre so simple and easy, remember the design is 300 years old

8 ask lots of questions, speak to boaters on the water, DONT buy a boat unless its got a survey because if the steel is thin you will sink unless you get it fixed quick, the plus side is its steel and can be repaired easily (not always cheaply)
Living on a barge is a fantastic life, there are lots of likeminded people along the canals... Britsh Waterways are pain at times, but talk to them and they usually help out and at times are understanding! the waterways supply you with water points all over the country, there are chandlers all along the waterway some are better than others,

I'm not sure all this makes lots of sense? there is so much too it its best to just go for it, is a good life, anything you need let me know

Cheers Ray

andy wrote:
Hi ray,

what i'm basically after is the idiots guide to barging

1:average price of a barge
2:how much are the mooring fees etc
3:what licences you need etc
4:how much to transport
5:average size
6:do's and don'ts
7:how to operate the locks
8:and anything else you can think would be useful to the first time barger..............
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Saturday, 10 May 2008


Non-Lethal Deterrents: Part II
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They have a couple of grazing allotments that they will be using this year, and as the range rider will not be able to be at both places at once, we decided that the use of a Radio Activated Guard (RAG) box would help out in this situation. The RAG box is a device that was thought up by a rancher, who wondered how the signal emitted by the wolves' collars could be used to set off rockets or gunfire so as to scare the wolves away. What was eventually developed was the RAG box, which has a strobe light on top, a pair of speakers, and an internal computer. When a collared wolf comes within range of the RAG box, the signal coming from it's collar sets off the computer which in turn activates the strobe light, and the cassette player, which plays a tape of loud noises, which includes gunshots, the clatter of horses hooves, and helicopters. The flashing lights and loud sounds scare off the wolves and reduce the predators’ desires to enter or remain in the area where the livestock are located. Information collected by the RAG box’s computer includes the number of times the wolf approached the area during a set time interval and range.

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What Men Deserve To Lose Peatbog Records CDBOG003
There can be no one direct approach taken to describe the constantly evolving music of the Peatbog Faeries, its very nature is polyglot and that disparate collection of philosophies makes them the perfect band for 2007. In a time when we have to move beyond silly categories and vague labels, which by very definition can no longer apply – unless you’re stuck in a time warp – fusion is the only term that makes real sense. If anything, What Men Deserve to Lose ( a quote from writer Derek Cooper) moves out further into the big, blue beyond, still latching on to island roots yet in a mood of glorious experiment. The Peatbogs have thrown caution to the wind, through ten tracks of busy, busy music nothing seems beyond them and even if it is, by God they have a bloody good tray at touching every base. So is this where the writer falls back on Clich├ęs and starts to make generic references? Er, no! However, allow me this – if Junior Walker & All Stars had been based in Portree, played bagpipes and fiddles as well as brass and known about dub and programming, then maybe I should just say this is unique. I love it heaps. Now if only Milo had time to do a remix.
Simon Jones fRoots September 2007

Croftwork Peatbog Records CDBOG002
Yep, I know it's got a cow on the cover, but Croftwork is intelligence and daring wrapped in an Aladdin's Cave of possibilities. No bull. If Shooglenifty are Scots fusion pushing into wider world styles, then Peatbog Faeries are happy to be Scots pushing their own style into the wide world. Got the difference? Good, because it's crucial to understanding the potential of the Skye mavericks. Welcome to Dunvegas was their calling card left politely, this one hammers the message through the front door and down the hallway. Here Adam Sutherland and Peter Morrison - in particular - piper and fiddler respectively, have hit stride and stir the same demons as Moving Hearts did with the genius of The Storm; that is, put simply, a compelling, haunting, danceable spree that makes no apologies for roots, indeed, would not and could not exist without them so shouts it loudly from the rooftops. Whilst one or two of the titles may be a bit tongue in cheek, for instance Scots on the Rocks, there is nothing apologetic about the music which runs some eleven tracks, from hi-tech drizzle reeling to plaintive electronic airs. Peppered with a horn section that comes straight out of The Commitments, there is pretty much no stone left unturned in their race to recreate the Caledonian soul. The opening track comes on like a Battlefield Band lift, until the cavalry arrives in the shape of huge granite rhythms and honking brass riding a funk groove. If only James Brown had been born in Portree! There are moments too of jazzy ambience: Weakened wheels and circles in cascading spirals, the horns once more punctuating the forest of samples and loops. The title track picks up similar ideas to the late lamented Martyn Bennett, while When The Seahound Left Me could have come fresh from a Nathan Hines album before surging into a plaintive fiddle led lament. Other such glories flood rather than pepper the rest of an album that's almost taken up residence in the stereo. Your home will be the poorer for not owning this joyful, playful, energetic wonder.
Simon Jones, Froots, October 2005

Peatbog Faeries - Croftwork (Peatbog Records)
It's only their fourth album, yet it seems the Faeries have travelled a long long way from their striking yet tentative Greentrax label debut Mellowosity. Basically yet most excitingly, Now, Croftwork really does what the press handout says - it combines “everything you've ever heard from the band in the past with a distinctly new sound for now”. With the many Celtic-fusion albums of the past few years, you might think you've heard all the ways in which bagpipe-music can be rocked-up or grooved-out, but the joy here is that the Faeries still retain an element of surprise and innovation in their treatments of the traditional-sounding dance tunes created by band members (mostly the work of pipes/whistle player Peter Morrison, with some by fiddle/mandolin player Adam Sutherland and drummer Iain Copeland and bassist Innes Hutton, either jointly or severally).
This time round, the band have added the sound of brass to the mix with a mini-horn-section (trombone and sax) spicing up the already pretty full group sound, and to bristlingly good effect. Specially so with the title track, which is boldly heralded in by what might be a radio news call-sign and then pursues its quarry in the style of a contemporary Scottish-set crime-action-movie soundtrack complete with exotic touches of instrumentation and cinematically lush textures. As elsewhere on the album, there's a lot of new sounds in the picture now, and much of it is a genuinely groundbreaking new mix that retains the powerful upfront attack and strong presence for which the Faeries have always been noted as a live act, all the while startling our preconceptions with intriguing subtleties in the arrangement. The Anthropologist is probably the funkiest slice of strutting the Faeries have ever committed to CD, with a brazen jazzy swagger that propels it along the streetwise beat like nobody's business. When The Seahound Left Me and All About Windmills stray into lounge-jazz territory, whereas Croftwork's Trans Island Express (surely a sly nod to Kraftwerk's Trans Europe Express, geddit?!) transports us from outer-space, with echoes of world-music static filtering through the transmission distortion, soon zooming right on down to earth and trundling along its track rather stylishly. The extended Decisions, Decisions/Kevin O'Neill set revolves captivatingly around a lazy spacey reel, while The Great Ceilidh Swindle boogies on down in the time-honoured manner and The Drone Age updates the Third Ear Band with a similarly hypnotic modern-day trance beat, taking it further into filmic terrain with added vocal nuances. On first playthrough I thought a couple of the tracks were a mite relentless, at least on initial acquaintance, and with the latter half of the album the Faeries certainly seem to get more into their experimental stride, but second playthrough and a neat cranking-up of the volume enabled me to appreciate the serious dance grooves and the inventive majesty of the complex sound-picture so much better. Brilliant - so get right in there and lie back to dance!
David Kidman

Croftwork is the fourth album from this Skye-based band. As was the previous album, they recorded it in Roag in Skye. This band are fine innovators and Croftwork is their most high tempo album to date. There are performances from special guests as well as a top class brass section on this CD and the band have worked hard to try and make this their best release yet. Tremendous work from the boys with plenty of laid-back rythmn, contemporary groove, and yet still a strongly identifiable Scottish accent. Pipes and whistles, fiddles, mandolin and guitars surge with dobro, piano, horns and twanger (yes!) in a hyper-cool Celtic collection.
Footstompin' Website

Summary: A Cracking AlbumComment: If you've heard their previous albums you'll pretty much know what to expect and The Peatbogs deliver in a big way! There is much that is familiar here; in that we have the bagpipes, fiddles and whistles to a driving up tempo beat, first rate musicianship and "tunesmithery" and... brass!Yes, this is the new magic ingredient and it does lift the album to heights as yet unreached by our chums from the Isles. At times the album is almost "jazzy". The Brass section is used on several tracks whether the musicians are "hired guns" or "friends with a horn" is unclear from the sleeve notes but they play up a storm and after the shock of the new expanded voice of the band you'll hardly believe they've never used them before!Do I like this album? - Oh yes!Is it their best to date? - I think I perhaps prefer "Faerie Stories" but it's a shoe in for second best!For those of you who have never tried a Peatbog Faeries album, their music is almost impossible to describe "joyous" and"life-affirming" come close. In terms of who they sound like, well if you like Shooglenifty they are a more lively version of them. A scottish version of the Afro Celt Sound System perhaps.Look just buy the album - you'll thank me for it!
Unknown - from the Web

Scottish Fusion – Wow!
How do you categorize the Peatbog Faeries' latest release Croftwork, how about WOW!
Blending the haunting sound of Peter Morrison on Pipes (bagpipes) and Whistles, with Adam Sutherland on Fiddles, Mandolin, Glissando Guitar, Innes Hutton on Bass and Percussion, Tom Salter on Guitar, Leighton Jones on Piano and Keyboards and Iain Copeland on Drums and Percussion, you have a sound that is Rock, Celtic and Jazz, and as stated on their web site “is their most ambitious and dynamic offering to date”.
Energy is the key to this release, and you feel it throughout all the tracks and through all the instruments. Great tracks abound from The Anthropologist (Jazzy and beyond), to Scots On The Rocks (haunting pipes lead the way), the title song Croftwork (pipes, a hard drum line and fiddles are woven together), When The Seahound Left Me (Celtic/Rock), and Decisions, Decisions (electronic programming line with a fiddle) are just a few of the gems that Croftwork contains.
I had the opportunity to experience the Peatbog Faeries live at Whisky Live during Tartan Week in New York in April 2005 (for information on Whisky Live and other Tartan Week events please read Spirits World, and The Winners sections), and I was totally taken by their presence, musicianship and energy. Croftwork is the group’s fourth release and is truly “ambitious” and “dynamic”; prior releases were Mellowosity (1996), Faerie Stories (2001) and Welcome to Dun Vegas (2003).
The band continues to inspire each other to new levels, and you can hear it on this release, and WOW is it worth it – walk, run or let your fingers do the walking on the Internet, but give Croftwork a listen.
Luxury Web Magazine (American web based Magazine)

I wanted to check out REM but sorry guys, it's your misfortune to be on at the same time as THE PEATBOG FAERIES, the highlight of Glastonbury. Mere earth words can't do the Faeries justice...
NME Glastonbury Festival
"The band have taken their superbly seamless blend of crisply played tunes on pipes, fiddle and whistle, a world class rhythm section and a totally diverse but successful mix of other musical styles and turned the dance-o-meter up to 12 to create the most pumping, uplifting and exciting Scottish fusion you're ever likely to come across. Unreservedly recommended".
Rootin About festival programme.
Peatbog FaeriesThe Arches, Glasgow Celtic Connections 2006****It is a bold band that can launch a set with a muscular, epic track which makes them sound like a Celtic Led Zeppelin and promise that "it's still uphill all the way", but Skye's Peatbog Faeries are a bold band - bold enough to team bagpipes and fiddle with unabashed rock drumming, as they do on said track, Croftwork, and bolder still to employ a brass section, which was often called on to add extra dramatic oomph to an already hefty sound.The danger with folk fusion is that it can be genre-splicing for the sake of trying something different and unsatisfying to folk, jazz or rock devotees. But Peatbog Faeries pay close attention to the dynamics. Each fresh ingredient (did they just throw a synthesiser into the mix?) served to beef up the sound, not muddy the waters. The Great Ceilidh Swindle teamed very traditional Scottish fiddle and pipes parts with rumbling rock rhythms, a couple of otherwise straightforward Irish reels were embellished with African jit guitars and sassy brass, and there was still space for some bluesy harmonica, Pink Floyd guitars, a dubby jam incorporating Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag and the staple drum solo.The escalating party momentum of the last half hour was akin to a Celtic rave, eliciting waves of euphoria from the crowd and uniting the tribes in dance. The Peatbog Faeries really do drive uphill all the way.Fiona Shepherd - The Scotsman, Saturday 21 January 2006

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Andy the Daft Hermit lives 45 minutes outside Inverness with his wife Mel in an old bus parked in a layby. This current home of theirs is the longest they have ever stayed in one spot. “I’ve been travelling now 25 years,” said Andy Lowe. “Mel’s been travelling 15. One of the reasons we’ve come and stayed up here is because of Mel’s health. I wanted to bring her to the mountains for fresh air and clean water and just a slower pace of life.” Mel has had breast cancer twice, skin cancer once, and for three years believed she had bone cancer after being wrongly diagnosed. Andy’s belief in the restorative powers of the north made them pack up ‘The Black Bus’ that they live in and cross the border into Scotland. New Highland home for hermit couple Andy and Mel “I think we both believe in trying to get to a more simple way of life,” said Andy, “but it’s strange for us because we are sort of hermits, or we like to live separate, but it’s not being anti-social… it’s just the way we are that allows us to be creative.” Andy first began travelling when he left the army. Fed up with bureaucracy he packed a rucksack and left for France and has been travelling ever since. By investing any money the couple have earned into solar panels and wind generators they now live a self-sustaining existence, without electric bills, and collect rain water “straight from Heaven”. “It’s not easy,” said Mel. “There might be time when there might not be enough facilities around, but you always find a way, you know?” Rather than rejecting technology, Andy blogs about his travels online and collaborates with artists from around the world via his ‘Scratchy Heid Film Studio’, which he runs from a static trailer next to the couple’s bus. He explained his philosophy: “My belief is that if you can go through life and you drop dead and you’ve got a balance there that slightly outweighs the good than the bad, you’ve done alright. “Yesterday, with what Mel’s been through with the cancer and all that, I had a woman on one of my sites there that thanked me for the writing, for the positive things, and to me that’s worth everything. You can keep your millions, we’re not interested. That is what we do.” To check out Andy’s artwork and video projects check out his website. MORE FROM THE NORTH

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