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BritNews RoundUp: Zebras, Curries and More

The English and their animals, Part 1: Horse trainer Bill Taylor had always wanted to break a zebra, that is, make it pliable enough to ride like a horse. However, noted the Telegraph: "Zebras are much less co-operative and more difficult to ride than horses, owing to their unpredictable nature and tendency to panic under stress." You'd probably panic too if you spent most of your time at the watering hole expecting to be eaten by a lion.

But Taylor was successful. It took him only two weeks to break Zebedee, which he now, being English and everything, rides to his pub, the King's Arms, for a pint after work.

The English and their animals, Part 2: David Attenborough is the well-known nature presenter who has visited the four corners of the globe in search of fascinating creatures. If he was reincarnated as an animal, what would he would want to be? Apparently one that mates in an unusual way.

The English and their animals, Part 3: Want to shoot a pigeon? No, with a camera, silly. Photographer Simon De Glanville hid a camera in a bit of food on the sidewalk to take very cool photos of urban wildlife. The pigeons look downright scary.

I love a good curry, the hotter the better. I had lamb vindaloo on Tuesday and it was okay -- but it wasn't hot enough. Now new research suggests eating curry may fight off dementia. Chicken tikka masala, Grandpa?

What is most British about this little video clip of London mayor Boris Johnson falling into a river while on a river-cleaning photo op is the reaction of the assembled press. They're delighted. Nothing makes them happier than the misfortune of others, especially an Oxford-educated, mop-topped Conservative.

Have a good weekend, everybody.

By John Kelly  |  June 5, 2009; 9:45 AM ET
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Loved the bird's eye view of Briton's wildlife. It really was beautifully done.

Couldn't tell if the British official falling into the water while on a "clean up" mission was hiding in the willows from embarassment or wet revealing trousers. Still, it was amusing.

Posted by: iremembrmama | June 6, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

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