As a nation of animal lovers, it is no wonder that there are thought to be around 9 million dogs and 8 million cats
living here in the UK and a staggering 51 million pets living in domestic homes across the United Kingdom. Animal art is also becoming more and more popular with people choosing to animal prints up on their walls and you can also
buy Cat Lap trays from places like https://personalisedlaptrays.co.uk/
or perhaps grab one for a friend for Christmas.
Due to the large numbers of animals here in the UK it is a sad inevitability that some of these will end up as strays on the streets or being mistreated in their own homes. This is where the RSPCA and various rescue charities come into
play. Following on from their yearly analysis the RSPCA reported that around every 30 seconds someone dials their animal cruelty line and it was reported that they received over a million calls in 2017. A million calls is a vast number of animal cruelty and welfare issues for the organisation to deal especially as they only have around 500 active animal staff working for them in roles such as animal welfare officers, animal collection officers and inspectors.
The RSPCA was first established in 1824 when it was originally named the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals before the Royal patronage was established in 1840 by Queen Victoria. The organisation deals with a vast
number of cases each year as well as help sick and injured animals belonging to owners who can not afford for their veterinary care and they also rehome numerous animals each year. The figures are astounding:
In 2017 some of the figures included:
. Over 114,000 animals rescued from their current environments
. Over 44,000 animals were found new homes
. Investigation of over 140,000 cruelty complaints
. Just under 1,500 convictions against those individuals who broke the law in relation to the protection and welfare of animals
. Over 200,000 animals were taken to the RSPCA
veterinary practices to be microchipped, neutered and to be treated for a variety of illnesses and injuries.
The number of convictions compared to the number of investigations that take place each year is incredibly low, andthis can be due to the difficulties in taking these kinds of cases to court and providing sufficient evidence to prosecute an individual.
With Christmas ads on the airwaves and Christmas songs in the shops, it’s that time of year again. Why not get out and about and enjoy some of the great Christmas events in Gloucestershire. Whether you meet Santa himself or cheer and boo at the panto there’s so much to enjoy!
Enjoy mulled wine at a Christmas market
There’s no shortage of Christmas markets spreading cheer and goodwill throughout Gloucester this Christmas. Cheltenham delivers a delightful outdoor shopping experience with over 40 stalls, while the Dean Heritage Centre brings a Victorian flavour to the festivities. Meanwhile, the iconic Gloucester Cathedral promises carols on the hour at their Christmas market which takes place in the beautiful cloisters.
Father Christmas is everywhere in Gloucester this year, putting in appearances at the Regent Arcade in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds Clubhouse. At the Slimbridge Wetlands Centre
you can enjoy breakfast or tea with the elves and post a letter direct to the North Pole. The whole family will also love the opportunity to see the majestic wild swans and geese being given their evening feed on the enchanting floodlit lake.
Take in a Christmas show
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Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre has a packed programme of shows for all the family this Christmas, from the children’s classic The Velveteen Rabbit to Dickens' Old Curiosity Shop. Star of the show is the annual panto – this year it’s Aladdin, directed by Blue Peter’s Peter Duncan and it’ll have you cheering, booing and laughing out loud! There’s also Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Stroud, and a spectacular Dick Whittington at the Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury.
An alternative Christmas
Want to try something different this year? Stagecoach West is offering a Friends and Family Explorer ticket so you don’t need to miss a single Christmas light switch on and you can leave the car at home. Use your ticket to head for Hip Hopmas Eve at Cafe Rene in Gloucester to groove to some old school hip hop classics or head for the Regent Arcade and sign up for Elf School!
If you love Formula 1 racing, maybe you’ve always dreamed of watching a race
somewhere hot and exotic. The Mexican Grand Prix fits the bill perfectly and has
taken place at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City a grand total of
19 times since 1963. After more than 20 years of not hosting the race, the Mexican
Grand Prix returned to the F1 racing calendar in 2015. For your own once-in-a-
lifetime trackside experiences, visit the Mexico F1 Paddock Club with
The History of the Mexican Grand Prix
The very first Mexican race took place in 1962 where it was staged at the new
Magdalena Mixhuca circuit in Mexico City. The park also hosted events like
basketball, field hockey, track cycling and fencing for the Summer Olympics of 1968.
By 1963, the circuit became part of the Formula 1 Championship. However, it
wouldn’t be long before the Mexican race lost its place on the F1 calendar mostly
due to its incredible popularity. The organisers felt they could not control the
hundreds of thousands of spectators causing a safety issue for drivers. The last race
until 2015 happened in 1970 and was won by Ferrari team driver Jacky Ickx.
To help with safety, the circuit was partly redesigned and given a new name – the
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. It was named after two local racing brothers who
both died in racing accidents – Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez. It briefly returned to
the F1 calendar in 1986 and was a favourite with drivers, particularly the nerve-
wracking final corner named Peraltada. Sadly, the track fell out of favour once again
as organisers couldn’t fund the improvements needed to keep the track up to date.
Fast forward to 2015 and the Grand Prix once again returned to the Autodromo
Hermanos Rodriguez. The circuit had been redesigned with the main alteration being
a slow-speed section near the stadium which effectively halved the perilous final
Peraltada corner. Each race is a sell-out and it’s very well supported by local fans as
well as international ones.
Mexican Grand Prix Fact File
The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is the highest track on the F1 calendar at
2,240m above sea level. At the other end of the spectrum, the lowest track is the Yas
Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi and the Sochi Autodrom which both lie less than 1m
above sea level.
The driver Jim Clark is the only driver to complete a ‘Grand Slam’ at the Mexican
track in 1963. He took pole position, the quickest lap and won the race.
It was at the 1986 Mexican Grand Prix that driver Gerhard Berger had his first of 10
Grand Prix wins. He achieved this incredible success in a Benetton B186 and won
the Mexican race on just one set of Pirelli tyres.
The last turn on the newly designed circuit was renamed after British racing driver
Nigel Mansell in 2015 after winning the race twice in both 1987 and 1992.