Gr8at: #ComedyWildlifePhotographyAwards

I love animals, photography and comedy, so anything that successfully combines all three is a sure-fire winner for me. I covered The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards in a post last year so it’s great to add some from this year’s edition too. Especially as the standard is a high as ever. These are my eight favourites, but be sure to check out the official website for more great photos, as well as any possible merchandise that catches your eye.

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Things to See: The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

Pink Floyd really are something. Formed in London in 1965 by students Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright, the group have gone on to be one of the most famous bands ever. They’ve sold 250 million records worldwide, had 17 UK Top 10 albums (6 at Number 1) and with 5 US Number One albums, are one of the few British bands to truly break the US over a sustained period. But the group has always been about more than chart success, as this exhibition by the V@A Museum in South Kensington demonstrates.

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Gr8at: Planet Earth II Photographs

10 years after the original series, Planet Earth II has been released, mesmerising viewers with its extraordinary landscape views and detailed insights into animal life. Narrated by legendary broadcaster and famous naturalist Sir David Attenborough, it is expected to garner as much acclaim as its original, which was five years in the making. Below are eight different photographs taken from the Islands, Deserts, Jungles and Mountains categories.

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Gr8at: Hilarious Animal Cartoons by They Can Talk

Whether doing many quizzes on their roles in films, highlighting their cuteness, their spectacular nature or the spontaneous images they provide, I’ve always made animals a part of this blog.  I did a post a while back on animal humour and I’ve been looking for some good ones ever since. And I struck gold when my sister let me know about these hilarious cartoon strips from the animal kingdom by They Can Talk. Do you have any pets? Which is your favourite cartoon here? If any grab you, these signed prints should definitely interest you.

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Gr8at: National Geographic Animal Photographs

National Geographic has countless superb images, so it’s my pleasure to do another post sharing their superlative photographs with you all. While my last post focused more on landscapes, this time I’m concentrating on the wide array of animals their photographers have captured. Do you have a favourite? What makes it stand out?

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Things to See: Guinness Storehouse

Guinness is one of Ireland’s most famous and long-standing exports, brewed in almost 60 countries and available in over 120 countries. No surprise then, that the Guinness Storehouse, filled with history of how “dark stuff”, is Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction. There was no way I was going to Dublin without seeing it.

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Things to See: Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo

When I knew I was visiting Dublin, I knew straight away I would have to see Phoenix Park, and the zoo inside it. Covering a space of nearly seven miles, it is one of the largest parks in Europe and a wonderful place to go for a walk. The weather might not have been perfect, but it was still a delight to go for such a long and scenic walk. There’s a cycle lane and plenty of space for walking your dog, but most people I saw were just alone and enjoying the walk for themselves.

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Gr8at: Funny Animal Cartoons

I’ve always been a big fan of funny cartoons and animals so it’s no surprise that I was going to combine the two in a post at some point. And one was never going to be enough. Below are eight animal-themed cartoons that caught my eye. Do you have any pets? Are you a fan of cartoon strips? As always, please feel free to say if you have a favourite of the eight below.

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Gr8at: Autumn Mist Photographs

I don’t normally post two Gr8ats concurrently, but I saw a article on the BBC website that really caught my eye. BBC Autumnwatch asked the public to send in their photographs of Autumn Mist and they put them on their website here. The eight photographs below are my favourite. Is there one that stands out to you? Is Autumn the season you like most?

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Gr8at: The Far Side

My fondness of cartoons will already be pretty well known I’m sure. I’ve done several posts on Calvin and Hobbes, as well as recent ones on Dilbert and Cyanide and Happiness. About time for another selection, this time from the talent that is Gary Larson and his Far Side collection. Are you a fan of comic strips in general?

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