The end of an era?

12 08 2007

ABC2News in Baltimore is reporting that fifty-two horses have been removed from an urban stable after the city condemned the building:

Graziano and other city officials from the Health Department explained to the Arabbers how they will transport the animals to the Maryland Jockey Club farm in Bowie. The City says it hopes to bring the horses back to Pimlico within the week, where the horses will stay until the City can find permanent stables for the arabbers to use. Officials say they still hope to one day create stables that can double as a cultural exhibit for tourists to visit.

Doesn’t seem like much consolation for people who could lose their livelihood, but the horses definitely deserve better accommodations, if the news report is accurate.

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The arabbers of Baltimore

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Another day, another RCMP scandal

12 08 2007

Surprisingly, this does not actually involve breaches of national security or lackluster police work:

Red-coated Mounties are no longer clip-clopping their black steeds freely around Parliament Hill, apparently after a mishap involving a hoof and a tourist’s foot.

It was either that or a nip that one of the horses took at a Mountie that has ended a colourful and popular tradition that dates back almost three decades, according to sources on the Hill.

Either way, the two retired horses from the force’s famed musical ride are now penned up in a corner beside another Parliament Hill landmark — a colony of stray cats beside Centre Block. Link

Btw, fans of the Mountie mystique might be interested in this: The Mountie: from Dime Novel to Disney by Michael Dawson, a chum of mine from grad school.

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Normal service resumes

12 08 2007

Yeah, I’m back (please don’t ask me where I’ve been, the important thing is I’m here now 😉 ). Ye gads, who let all the spammers in? You equestriancupid and country furniture people are on very thin fscking ice at the moment, peeps; just thought I’d let you know that.

Anyway, my apologies. We’re back! What’d I miss?

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