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However, there is also Partick Thistle where the level of support is maybe just a little bit less, resulting in jokes such as: Supporter - When does the game start on Saturday? Partick Thistle ticket seller - When can you get there? Also the Partick Thistle support is so small that the match commentator announces the names of the crowd to the players. Walter, I found blue sheep, but could not find a Partick Thistle fan! Hah , And here I had thought this was all an Ancient Myth going back years!!
I have also heard that the Blue sheep and Woolly Mammoth sheep are what scared the the Romans out of Scotland. It was said they would attack People in those days ,They had sharp teeth and horns and were Fierce.
They had a bad time with them. They built everything out of stone to keep them out and from attacking. Then Morag put a curse on them and So they were forever made mild mannered and you could peel the fur off them without a fight. The people were warmer after that and thought the sheep were Angels who saved them from the Bitter cold nights. PS - The Green synthesis of the wool shows how change happens naturally. But how did the Morag change, if at all?
They were aware of this animals ability to grow green, mossy wool and thought that this might have an application to the jungles of Cambodia and Guatamla, places in which US Special forces were then engaged in clandestine operations.
Under the watchful eye of Staff General Ramsay, the experiments were thorough and complete. Unfortunately, the colours obtained tended towards Sap Green and paler washed out colours. Thus, that phase of the experiment was abandoned and the flock returned to its native Scotland. However, a second experiment was launched using the black sheep so often found in many families. The following photograph, taken during night operations in the Scandia Mountains, near Almagordo, New Mexico shows great promise.
As you can or cannot see the squad of 24 sheep are all but invisible. Now, the military are working on a sheep silencer to eliminate the baa-sounds that might alert a vigilant enemy. I am learning so much, things I could only imagine in my wildest dreams!!! June, there are still people here who paint their face blue, usually at a soccer match, but it does not scare the Romans anymore, the last time Scotland played Italy we were defeated! Morag has skin like a Charmeleon which blends into the background, this is why she is so difficult to see, Unk she also has night vision eyes and would spot a black sheep in total darkness http: Do tell the legend.
Hi Unk I believe he is similar to Big Foot but really exists, I have heard strange noises when on the hills which made me retreat downhill in a rapid manner, here is some info Henry http: Hi Henry - glad to hear of the existence of the blue sheep - however, I believe that their existence is threatened in their native environment - and I fear for their long term and indeed short term survival if we release them among the hungry denizens of Glasgow.
The Roslin Institute are also relieved that they won't now have to clone a blue sheep but they say they will go ahead with the Partick Thistle supporter clone as the DNA is much simpler. Hi June - I'm glad to hear that you are taking this thread seriously - it is a great personal distress that so many people don't.
Your suspicions re Morag are correct - she has sadly not developed to cope with the current eco-logical changes and has been sufficiently exercised by this to have gone on several climate change demos cunningly disguised as a Chinese Dragon. Hi Wilf -we are quietly please and relieved that our peace-loving little Scottish green sheep did not find a place in the theatre of war. Additionally, I am afraid that I have to tell you that your photo of the black sheep is a fake - unfortunately the sheep were stolen by the enemy on the previous afternoon when they were unfortunately all too visible.
HI Chris - glad you are enjoying a laugh at our expense - have you no idea how serious this is? I thought that was the era of Barbie and GI Joe? I totally want one of those green photosynthetic wool sweaters. I want it to grow new sweaters as offshoots or runners while it's folded in my closet.
It might be awkward if it grew new sweaters while I'm walking down the street wearing it. So it needs to store sunlight energy during the day and use it to grow offshoots in the dark, of my closet. If it could grow a Morag pattern in a couple shades of green, that would be cool. Now the Salty Sheep of Orkney sounds right.
It is believable that Morag found them tastier than any other anywhere and hung around there for Centuries getting very fat and immobile. Of course ,no one would go near the shores or water there for years and years because of all the woolly debris scattered around so that got you tangled up and might drown.
It was called "The Brown Tide" then. Was Unk funning us again!! Or should we have a "Free the Sheep Rally " 50 years without visibility is quite enough. Can you imagine a Baaless sheep?? I am also not surprised about the Green Sheep. I have seen Photos and reports of Neon Green Butterflies. So Green sheep are certainly possible. If Morag has night vision , anything is possible. Where are they hiding all those Green sheep in Scotland? I might try to Google them later. BTW , did the game ever take place after the reading of all the names , or were the players too exhausted to get it going?
Henry ,I take everything very seriously. It is called "Stream of Conscious "!: Hi Cathy - I know for certain that the Roslin Institute can produce the green sheep in at least two colours which could indeed form a pattern as you suggest. However the Institute have been experimenting with this for a more scientific reason. Following the serious problems with BSE in cattle and scrapie in sheep, it is very important that we know the provenance of the individual animals so they need to be individually identifiable.
One of the ways of doing this is of course to tag or brand the animals. However, this is pretty painful for the animals, so the Roslin Institute have come up with the self-tagging sheep in the first instance.
Basically, they have taken the green sheep and used each animals individual DNA to produce a unique striped pattern of green and white on the sheep coats. In this way, animals can be uniquely identified at large distances using a specially designed laser reader.
Now some bright spark will probably say that the sheep now have a "baah code" but that is just the sort of mindless inanity that true scientists have to put up with all the time and certainly has no place on WetCanvas. Hi June - I think you have neatly highlighted the important concepts contained in this thread and tried to establish some order. Just had a thought - given the all pervading influence of sheep in the thread maybe we would be better to call it a yarn rather than a thread.
With regard to the "Stream of conscious" idea - since Morag and the green sheep are Scottish Morag's passport confirms this although the passport photo does not do her justice - had a problem getting in the booth apparently -- anyway-- I think this might be better as the "Burn of Blather" although admittedly it doesn't have the same ring to it.
Walter, there is a new colour pattern for the sheep that has not been released for general consumtion, its called "Morag of Morar Tartan" please note how the green and white stripes have developed, some may say that the sheep have been over designed, and that a simpler pattern may be more suited to mass production Morag has given her approval of this design, with the proviso that she receives commission on each unit manufactured, subject to production difficulties being solved http: Upon revival, she claimed to have been out for a stroll when she came upon a monster of dire appearance.
Her description and the absence of footprints leading to or from the beach clearly shows that she had an encounter with the legendary Morag. Authorities will record this meeting as an encounter, rather than a sighting.
Miss Penny's purse was found complete and intact where it fell from her grasp, showing that robbery was not the monsters intent. Local police have cordoned off the area for further investgation.
Robert, who owns the local nearby pub, informs this reporter that his establishment is now filled nightly from floor to ceiling with excited young American girls all wanting a Morag encounter. Hi Henry - this must be a pre-production model that I wasn't aware of although it is maybe part of the longer term plan to produce the first self-playing set of bagpipes - you already have the tartan and the sheep's stomach - so just need to engineer in a chanter and a few drones and you are there.
Well done Morag on her business acumen by the way. Hi Wilf Looks more like a case of 12 Glenlivets and then a bad haggis to me but I bow to your superior knowledge of young American girls! BTW, who gave planning permission for those blocks of flats on the iconic Morar Sands?
Walter, the "Scotland the Brave" tune would sound like, baabaa ba ba ba baa ba ba ba ba baa ba ba ba Unk, are you sure Penny is from New York?
The buildings in the background are the start of a new Holiday Inn complex being built in anticipation of the influx of new tourists. Apparently, Morag and the attendant green sheep are getting world wide media attention and only recently was featured in a double page spread in the Conrad Nast publication - Insider Travel. June Actually June - those were the Celts not sheep: After doing a bit of catch up am amazed how we can move from a monster of the deep to sheep - wonderful story telling.
It seems the Roslin Institute have been working overtime to produce more colours to add to their range PS - are we mounting a protest at the building of those horrendous residences in such a beautiful spot!!! Henry, that tartan sheep is perfect! I just need a handful of that wool. I will need to wear it on my shoulder for a day to store some sunlight, then fall asleep with it on. In the morning I will be wearing a Morag tartan sweater!
Subsequent sweaters will grow by runners. Walter, barcode striped sheep? Ugh, so boring, and kind of biblical. Instead, each sheep could have its own unique pretty tartan pattern.
Then it's identifiable to the scientists and makes a great sweater too! Cathy , What a great idea! Oh My Goodness , My husband thinks I have turned the corner!!
Since he now sleeps in the computer room ,he hears my loud , raucous laughing and repeated falls on the floor, in the middle of the night. He has threatened to tell the children! I might have to move in with the Colhouns down the street if this goes on any longer , but I am not giving up. How does one order a"Fluffy Cushion sheep?
How much in USD? Do they have it in RED? June am sorry to say that the 'Fluffy Cushion' sheep is an endangered species and we don't export them anymore. It was about 5 yrs ago that infiltrators from afar well up the road - need I say more!!! It was discovered that Bert was actually a stuffed sheepdog http: So distraught was his owner that he immediately had him stuffed and put back in the field. When the Society found out about the missing sheep - most of the remaining sheep had been exported with the exception of Fred and Beattie who were two old timers - no longer able to produce little fluffy lambs.
So a plan was formulated - sending out an SOS Save Our Sheep we managed to gather enough people and sheepdogs to put together a plan. Using various forms of camouflage However due to the trauma they had been through - we have had to put the breeding program on hold. You will be pleased to know that our Fluffy Cushion Sheep are now at a secret location being well protected. Ohhhh I am quite fond of this "Morag of Morar Tartan".
It must be the Scottish in me grandmother's father on dad's side. Notice how it goes so well with the man's jacket?! My cat, Flannagan looks quite smashing in his new tartan tie made from the red sheep of Morag of Morar, dont you think?
Looks great, no disrespect though Patty, but last time I saw a cat go out wearing a tie it accidently hanged itself. Put up hell of a fight though. These infiltrators were found trying to break into the our secret location I am most concerned that you have inad-verdantly given away the secret location Janet, I was on the Isle of Skye late last year, and I definately agree with you regarding these leaves, they are native only to Skye "Foliatis Skyiatum Leafius" futhermore they are only located on the east coast of Skye, a short doggy paddle from Morag Pat, the game is up!
Luckily our increased security is working out ok so I have now contacted our operatives 'in the field' and they are as we type taking action to move our Fluffy Cushion Sheep to a more secure and secluded location.
Last seen travelling down a country road with the rallying cry No one will get by us with our great magnifying glasses. Pa,,, and I was about to ask you to sell Burt to me!! You are so Organised! What a Pleasure to have someone who can really handle security!! Beware of that one behind the tree! I suggest you send the sheep here to this colonial outpost of empire - Canada. To Calabogie village to be exact, where my great, great aunt has a farm. They'd be safe there, even though Hortense that's her name is an avid knitter and a member of the Greater Calabogie Wool Knitters Circle.
The UK sent the crown jewels and other important stuff to Canada during both wars, so we'd be willing to have a bunch of sheep in the current crisis and they'd get to meet the llamas we're now looking after for the Peruvian government.
Who knows, if they like each other we may end up breeding a flock of Shlamas - tall woolly things you know. Pat are you able to supply estimates for teh start and finish of the journey and dimensions and weight of the sheep-mobile you pictured?
They are packed a la sardines and each is supplied with a ration pack of selected grasses - to last the length of the selected journey. You can count them here in this photograph, although keep in mind you'll probably fall into a deep sleep at mid-count. Also interesting is the fact that this photograph clearly shows some of the sheep already in the early stages of morphing into the green. Why do the white r sheep spell SOS???? Has ISSC accounted for lambing season?
Unk, a Jewish friend infroms me that the word "Shlamas" is already in use, its describes a very powerful aperitif, not disimilar to a "Tequila Slammer" As we are on the subject of alcohol, there is a by-probuct produced in the manufactured of our treasured sheep known as "Sheep Dip" a very profitable sideline it is proving to be!
Well, all of your top secret secret plans for cornering the market on tartan sheep products and all your calculations on shipping costs just may be too late. You've overlooked the resourcefulness of American students! On my very last study trip this Spring taking my students across the Pond, we ended up in some very remote area which looked like it might be some sort of top secret research installation.
When some of the girls saw what was being housed beyond the security fences, they were taken by what they thought might could become the very latest trend. And student are nothing if not trendy. Although I tried to convince them that sheep smuggling might land us all in prison "When you're busted over there, you're busted for life" , I guess the temptation to be first in the States with the latest just overcame them.
You may not have too much to be concerned about. Teenagers are rather short-sighted. My concern is that in their eagerness to hit the markets first, they just might have destroyed their "means of production" without taking care to ensure they had a second generation of sheep already safe in the fold.
But I'm nervous about taking them back this coming Spring. I've overheard some of the girls talking about wanting monster-hide shoes, purses, and bags: If there is a risk of this happening a second time I would advise against bringing them over to see our sheep ever again The movie was made and shot in New Zealand. Hard to imagine 40 million sheep, would they fit into Monaco or Lichenstein. And how many sweaters would that be.
Boy , You can sure tell who the Good Business Minds are here!! JT , UNk and Grainne have the transport question all sewed up!! Did you say the "Silence of the Haggis "? You could certainly do it justice with your talent as a Maestro and Such , making the Thriller! What do you think? Seeing so many sheep in such a short time has got me talking their language Am afraid our sheep were horrified when shown the Bo-PeeP Model 1X " ConCom Customized shipping container - Fluffy Cushion Sheep have a pampered existence and so we have decided that - although the motorbike was good for our 'biker' sheep - the majority weren't happy.
Having scoured the country for suitable incognito transport we have decided to use the good old beetle camper van We have a local 'Black Sheep Brewery' and their strongest ale 5. This dialect word comes from the old Viking words: It is one of those beers that One pint is enough!!
This is part of the reason I love painting Rocks, I see so many things in them. Sad news from Loch Morar What with all the royalties and franchise payments now wending their way to Morag, she has sadly become spoiled and has changed from the shy retiring freshwater mammal that we all loved into what can only be described as a She is now to be seen sunning herself aboard her luxury yacht on Loch Morar and waving patronisingly to her many admirers on the shoreline.
Even worse, she has taken to a diet of green sheep to the exclusion of all other sweetmeats. She is to be seen munching away and every now and then spits a great shower of green wool over the side of the yacht - the unique wool stays for a moment on the surface and then sinks slowly into the dark loch and as the life-giving light grows ever fainter, it dies a slow and agonising, non-photosynthetising death.
Even more worser, she has inadvertently eaten the master green sheep clone and so has killed the "goose that laid the golden eggs" albeit the goose was a green sheep and the golden eggs were the green sheeps' coats - but you get the idea.
Even more worser still, her daughter Moira has been been sent to Monster Finishing School in Lake Lucerne and has turned into a right little madam and now despises her Mama and all things Scottish- michty! And what of Nessie I hear you ask faintly - well that is the cruellest cut of all - he was so proud of having fathered Moira - and was devasted when Morag in a fit of pique -she is having these more and more often - told him that he was not Moira's father but that Morag had done a deal with the Roslin Institute and Moira was actually a Morag clone with no daddy at all.
He is now to be found crying his eyes out back in the labyrinthine depths of Loch Ness and he asks himself how come I can cry underwater - and as with so many things, there is no answer Woolly in extremis with big red eyes. It ran under the couch where it still hides. All this sheep stuff has my brain addled or else the canny sheep have spotted my involvement in this " ship the sheep " proposal and are sending me a message.
Pardon me while I return to the drink cupboard for a bura peg a large one in Hindi. Always find that a snort sorta clears the thinking. I know you reserved Brits and Scots with your institutes and research facilities are thinking that my students are only interested in fashion and fun, but I want you to know that the guys in my group have been working feverishly in the science lab here at the academy trying to develop the world's first albino black sheep in time for this year's Nobel Prize in Animal Husbandry.
But alas, they were only partially successful. Perhaps by next year. We could have used that million dollar prize. I hate to tell you Grainne I am deeply perturbed I have always considered Nessie to be a female UNK My advice is to catch and enter this red eyed sheep in a Halloween contest and win a big prize as he is most ferlie and fittin.
Do you own her? I am impressed June: Actually, I eventually got the creature out from under the couch only to find I'd been the subject of a jape or wheeze. Yes, the furry stuff is real sheepskin - but alas the eyes are simply Now where are those bandaids. The seabird is the one that someone called a samurai!
And right smack dab above him is a turtle! The white above that? I have ingested no substances but coffee today. Well, maybe a little peanut butter Nancy , They say that Peanuts have special powers! You can Google it if you don't believe me. I posted a link to this thread in the oil painting forum, but my post was deleted very quickly, revealing no doubt the far-reaching powers of the Loch Ness Monster.
Actually oil slicks are very dangerous for nessies: Apparently the universe is looking out for them, thus the "powers that be" pulled the plug on your thread. You'll just have to enjoy reading about their adventures here is the more enviro-friendly watercolor forum: Just water with a Bit of color , green or maybe blue , just a Bit.: They've done it again.
This morning I went north to my cottage studio and quickly noticed something amiss. The local mountain actually a hillock had vanished overnight. Could the mountain already be on its way to Bonnie Scotland.
Anyhow here's where it was.