(all photos in this post are courtesy of other people’s cats I’ve befriended on the street, and the lovely cats at the wonderful Sheffield Cat Shelter, where I am lucky to be a volunteer) While this is not a linguistic post as such, it does address the issue of pets and animal rights, which I… Continue reading Some thoughts on cat cafes
1 June 2017 I had the greatest opportunity to present a recent small-scale project at the 4th International Postgraduate Conference on Modern Languages, Linguistics and Literature at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. You can read my presentation slides: The Esther Effect- Conference ppt, read the full paper, or watch the presentation video here. “ There… Continue reading The Esther Effect: Interactive Frames in the Case of Grassroots Animal Rights Activism
On behalf of Hillside, the Linguini spent last Sunday fundraising in the Animal Aid Christmas Fayre. While the event is a consumerist activity (the stalls all offer items for sale), it is primarily an event that brings like-minded people together. Contrary to VegFest, the Animal Aid Christmas fayre hosts mostly animal rights and animal charity… Continue reading Specialinguini: Animal Aid Christmas Fayre
In New Scientist, 3 December 2016 and Metro, 6 December 2016 New Scientist boasts that, “after years of public health messaging and a tightening of the advice on safe limits, the UK public finally seems to be reading the warning signs”. Additionally, it is claimed that alcohol consumption is decreasing especially among young people, which is… Continue reading I spy…Holiday Cheer(s)
In Vogue, Jan 2017 This is the second time the Linguini spotted a vegan item in Vogue (the other being a vegetarian eaterie in London, written about as a vegan establishment). The article starts off with a myth buster: “If you think vegan beauty is reserved for the granola-munching and the barefoot, you’re sorely mistaken.”… Continue reading I spy… Vegan in Vogue!
In Microbiology Today 43:4 November 2016 This diarrhoea-causing virus occurs between ruminant animal hosts like sheep and cows via biting midges: Without these midges, BTV can’t spread from animal to animal. Apparently, there is a new strand that may be transmitted via direct contact. (And clearly, in factory farming, there’s lots of that). Clinical… Continue reading I spy… A spotlight on Bluetongue virus?
The author is willing to remove any content that may infringe on copyrights An interesting research that is under way in Ecolinguistics is whether using terms such as vegan or plant-based or vegetarian makes a difference in people’s perception of the movement and lifestyle, and ultimately their adoption of it. The use of the word… Continue reading Happy World Vegan Day!