Tuesday, August 21, 2007


Yesterday we had a new addition to the family.........his name is Thumper and he is a 2 year old lop-eared rabbit and he is the sweetest little thing.It is really strange but to look at he is the chubbiest thing you have ever seen but when you pick him up he is so bony, perhaps it is just that the guinea pigs have grown into such butterballs that I can feel the difference. Beauty was scheduled to go out with her child minder but was less that impressed when she had to go out as she had to leave Thumper behind.

Thankfully the Dora and Elmo toys that Beauty has are not on any of the lists that Mattel have put out. Soft toys so far do not seem to be affected.

Toys recalled over safety fears
Fisher Price toys in a US store on 1 August 2007
The recall affects 83 different types of toy currently on sale in the US
Toymaker Fisher Price is to recall almost one and a half million Chinese-made toys over fears that their paint contains too much lead.

An internal probe found the Chinese manufacturer had used a non-approved paint pigment, violating its safety standards, the company said.

The recall affects toys that have been on sale in the US and UK since May.

It is the latest in a series of safety scares involving goods - food, drugs and other products - made in China.

China has pledged to introduce tougher quality controls on products, but sought to stem international alarm over the latest incident by insisting that 99% of its exports are safe.

  2. Giggle Gabber
  3. 83 affected products, including Sesame Street's Elmo and Big Bird, and Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer
  4. Recalled items have date codes between 109-7LF and 187-7LF
  5. Affected products sold in US and UK stores from May 2007
  6. Full list of affected products

I am just shocked that in this day and age that people would do things like this, it must be a huge blow for Mattel. In future I shall have to consider what I buy Beauty very carefully.

I am sitting here listening to the videos that Beauty is watching on YouTube and I think because I hear the videos so often I don't really take notice of them. At present she is singing along to a Mickey Mouse song in Italian, I have also heard her sing in Welsh and French, it is definitely true that small children are like sponges. Unfortunately YouTube also seems to cater for teenage boy toilet humour which thankfully Beauty doesn't understand but she also doesn't understand when I won't let her watch certain videos. At the moment she is fascinated with Super Mario homemade videos where 'naughty boys' insert rude words into the songs.

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(A Blessing from St. Patrick)
May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

May the rains fall soft upon your fields,

And, until we meet again,

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