I got halfway through opening a store with Storenvy but didn’t finish it. I would have had to link my account to Paypal and I decided I didn’t want to.

I named the half-finished store Animalistic and I made a logo.

After deciding not to proceed with Storenvy, I was closing the logo image in Photoshop when I thought of this addition to the name. It was prompted by a conversation between one of the keepers at the wildlife park I was at last weekend, and a visitor.

The visitor asked what the keeper thought was on the tiger’s mind, and the keep said he was pretty sure that he was thinking of lunch – lunch being the keeper and the visitor.

“I’m pretty scrawny,” said the visitor. “Would he be interested in me?”

“He’d be across that enclosure faster than you could say knife.”

I was in a group of four people with special access to the animals, and at some points I was just a foot or so away from the tigers.

The keeper warned us against grabbing the fencing to steady ourselves, because our fingers were very tasty.

And I was thinking about the tiger springing across the enclosure quicker than I could say knife, and homing in on a tasty handful of fingers.

Polar Bears

Early in the morning we had been down by the fence with the polar bears. Again, I was just a matter of inches from the bears. They were huge. The sensation of one of them coming closer and its sheer bulk was an amazing experience.

It wasn’t just that it was big, though. It was lithe, and it looked like it could move very fast.

If you wonder who would come off best between a tiger and a polar bear, then before last weekend I would have said the tiger would be the winner.

I guess I would have imagined it attacking the bear from behind and hanging onto its throat, and slashing with its claws.

But now that I have seen the bear, I think one swipe with its paw would break a tiger.

15 Tag Rule?

In a post entitled ‘Better Tagging for Increased Traffic‘ and subtitled ‘Tags are great for getting more exposure and for finding interesting new blogs to follow.’, Krista from WordPress says:

*Remember posts tagged with a combination of more than 15 tags and categories are removed from the Reader to ensure that tags contain relevant content. You can use any combination of tags and categories, as long as the total count doesn’t exceed the magic number 15.

I rarely use more that two or three tags. As often as not I forget to tag – or don’t bother to remember to tag.

But did you know the ’15′ rule?


Take a look at Timethief’s comment here and at her post Quick Blog Post Tagging Tips for the lowdown on tagging.

Photos And Catch-Up

Here are a couple of photos, the first of which is a heavily worked-on version of a photo of a mannequin that I took a couple of years ago.

The second is an Amur tiger that I photographed a couple of weeks ago at the Highland park that I mentioned in the post about the oystercatcher.

The sad thing is that the Amur tiger was previously known as the Siberian tiger – but there aren’t any there any more…




I wrote on Flying Twigs about how to add Pinterest Rich Pins and get the benefit for your website.

And I also wrote about how to change the name of your Facebook page if you have one and have more than 200 followers.

The reason for the post is that 200 followers is the cutoff point for being able to make the changes yourself.

And finally, this is a worked-on version of a photo of a building here in Edinburgh. There are lots and lots of architectural gems here – I am thinking about setting up an Edinburgh Architecture site.

Should I do it and take my attention off the business-y things I am supposed to be devoting 110% to (haha)?