Bake Off is on!

Hi fiends, how’s it going?

The Paralympics kicked off this week and I’m loving cheering everyone on. Have you been watching? I’ve also been very excited every Wednesday evening because The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens.

I really love watching the show, like most people across the country! Last year’s final had an average of 13.4 million viewers and was the most watched show of 2015. Did you know that every morning the crew bake a Victoria sponge in each oven to check they are all working? That is A LOT of cake!

They also all have to buy their own ingredients, but if someone forgets an ingredient on the morning of filming, they have a runner standing by at a local supermarket ready to save the day.

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I have all my ingredients ready to go.

I love watching the technical hallenges because they make really interesting things, like last week when they made dampfnudel and things didn’t go too well for most people. Actually the rest of you really enjoyed that too because it was trending on twitter.

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Let the technical challenge BEGIN!
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Hmm, yes… this one passes the taste test.

Last years winner, Nadia, even got to make a birthday cake for the Queen! That is really cool. It looked pretty tasty too…

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For the first time ever this week, the theme of the show is BATTER! This is something I’m very excited about because I love to bake and cook with batter…

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… although its a bit of a pain when it comes to washing up. Thats why it would be good to be on Bake Off because they never have to wash up, the crew do that for them! Although saying that, Mum normally cleans up after me hehe.

Remember (how could you forget!?) to watch the first ever Batter Week Bake Off on Wednesday evening at 8pm on BBC1.

Until next time fiends,

R x

Wind Energy and How Every Dog has his Day!

Hello Fiends!

I hope you all celebrated Dogs Day in style this week. I certainly did…

 

This week in my blog I am going to be looking at solar energy, and in particular wind turbines. This is because I have noticed more and more turbines popping up, and there have been lots of stories about wind farms being built off the coast of Britain! Aunty Jules says she sees them on her journeys quite often and lots of children always ask what they are and how they work!

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They use the kinetic energy (that means movement energy) of the wind which turns the blades of the turbine and transfers this energy to a generator which is housed in the centre of the turbine. Of course, this is me making it all much simpler for us all to understand… it is much more complicated than that.

 

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The wind is produced because of convection currents in the Earth’s atmosphere, which are driven by heat energy from the Sun. As a result of this, the kinetic energy in wind is a renewable resource which is great because it means as long as the Sun is there, we will have it! However, some people don’t like wind turbines because they can be considered an eye sore and when they turn they can be noisy.

 

My fiend Ellie told me that where she works at Glyndebourne, they have their very own wind turbine. It produces enough power to provide 95% of the energy for Glyndebourne Opera House, which is amazing when you think of all of the energy used in one show alone! Lighting rigs are not cheap to run!

 

Because of the need to have wind, you find wind turbines in windy places. That is why people want to build them out at sea. I always notice how windy it is down at the beach! This is good too because you can’t see or hear them as much.

 

Do you have any wind turbines or maybe solar panels near you? I’d love to see some photos of just how HUGE they are! If you’d like to know more about the science behind the turbines, you can take a look here.

 

Until next time fiends,

 

R x

Dogs behind the wheel…

Hello fiends! How are you this week? Have you been continuing to watch the Olympics? I was so excited to see how well we are doing and have been barking along in support! Isn’t Jessica Ennis-Hill just amazing!? I’ve loved following the swimming, diving and cycling too. Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know I like to do a Tongue Out Tuesday photo (#TOT), like some of these…

 

What do you think? I think it really brings out my eyes 👀 #tongueouttuesday #tot #potd #lfl #dogsofinstagram #pets

A photo posted by Ragamuffin Lewis (@ragamuffinlewis) on Jun 28, 2016 at 12:39am PDT

 

And I was really pleased to see I had some support from Bradley Wiggins when he was receiving his Olympic Gold Medal with Team GB.

 


There is an upcoming episode of The Adventures of Ragamuffin where I drive a car… sort of! I stumbled across a video today of a dog left alone in a car who decided to take it for a spin… It didn’t end awfully well to say the least!

Far worse than my attempt, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for that video soon.

However, not all of us are as careless and crash into supermarkets. Just take a look at some of the amazing things we are capable of with the right training…

Remember fiends, don’t leave your dogs in cars for too long or who knows what might happen! Especially in this warmer weather, it isn’t much fun.

 

That’s all for this week fiends, do let me know what you’re up to, or if you want a mention in my next blog, via Facebook and Twitter.

 

Until next time,

 

R x

It’s a Dog’s Life: Dogs Around the World

Hi there fiends!

The olympics are off to a flying start, even if there have been a few troubles with the accommodation! I watched the swimming yesterday and there are athletes there who are even better at me at moving through the water. Although I still think it’s a pity there is no doggy paddle category.

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It got me thinking about how many people there are around the world, and the countries they live in… and more importantly the dog fiends in those countries! So I thought this week we could look at dogs around the world, starting with here in the UK.

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We get treated very nicely here, I would recommend it to my fiends around the world. Just look at how Andy Murray treated his fiends Maggie May and Rusty when he won his Olympic medals…

 

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America is a lot like here too. Dogs are considered pets and are looked after really well, although sometimes that does mean silly fancy dress!

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It’s a similar story in Italy and France…

However, life in India is very different for dog fiends, much like it can be for human fiends too! Dogs are found outside and on the streets much more, running wild and free with no scary trips to the vet’s! But this does mean sometimes their fur isn’t as shiny and they can get I’ll more easily. It makes me feel very lucky.

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Stray dogs surround an Indian roadside tea vendor as he reaches into a packet of cookies to feed them on a street in Allahabad , India, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Did you know in Saudi Arabia the only way dogs can be kept in the home as ‘pets’ is if they are classed as working dogs!? You find working dogs all over the world, as guide dogs, hearing dogs, sheep dogs, police, drug sniffers, money sniffers and security dogs! Attitudes are changing all over the world, and China – who hosted the 2008 Olympics – are even beginning to keep dogs as pets, which is great because they were not that nice to dog fiends to say the least.

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But my absolute favourite place for dog fiends to be is definitely Nepal. I think I’ll ask Mum to take me there for our holidays next year! They have a whole festival for animals each year and on the second day, known as Kukur Tihar or Khikchã Puja (meaning worship of the dogs), people place garlands, tika (a Hindu marking), and offer yummy foods to dogs to recognise the special relationship between humans and dogs.

They believe dogs are messengers of Lord Yamaraj, the God of Death, and so it is very important to treat them well. So remember that the next time you see me or one of my fiends!

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How do you spoil your pets? Do you live in a different country to me? What is it like? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter!

Until next time fiends

R x

Here Comes Rio 2016!

Hey fiends!

I hope you’ve all been appreciating the technology of Cat’s Eyes while driving about since last week’s blog. I’m looking forward to the week ahead, but I can’t believe that its August this week! July has flown by. I am quite excited though, because this Friday it is the Olympics Opening Ceremony for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

rio logo.jpgThis year rugby sevens is included in the games, which is great because it will really increase the profile of the sport and encourage youngsters to take it up! I have always been a rugby fan.

I’m also looking forward to watching the swimming, I have high hopes for team GB! I think I would be good enough to participate, but my butterfly isn’t yet strong enough… and there isn’t a category for dogs at the minute.

Great Britain always tend to do well in the equestrian events, so I’ve been giving that a go too this week.

hose ridI am also hoping that Andy Murray continues his winning streak in the Olympic tennis, sadly there won’t be any ball dogs at that event, only ball boys.

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It makes me feel quite nostalgic because the last Olympics were, of course, here in England for the London 2012 games. I was just a twinkle in my mummy’s eyes then, but I have been seeing what I missed out on. The BBC have created a show about the 2012 opening ceremony that is really interesting and moving! You can watch it here.

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And if you fancy swatting up on the last opening ceremony, here are some fun facts from BuzzFeed that you can WOW your fiends with.

Brazil certainly have a tough act to follow… even if I am biased! But I am so looking forward to watching it and cheering on team GB! Who will you be cheering for? Are there any events you are really looking forward to? Do let me know on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Until next time fiends,

R x

 

Tennis, Cycling and KISSING!

Hello there fiends!

How are you this week? It’s been quite the week for me out and about with my fiends exploring. You may have seen some of my posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I’ve been continuing to follow the tennis and support Andy Murray! Fingers crossed for him, you can see above I am hoping for a repeat of 2013.

The Tour de France also began last weekend and I have been cheering them on while admiring the beautiful French scenery, it has made me feel a little French in the head.

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Mark Cavendish is currently in the Green Jersey, meaning he is the current leader in the points competition. Although we all know it is all about the yellow jersey!

I’ll take the yellow cap instead of the jersey! …

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All this exercise reminds me of the endurance needed to compete! I have had lots of practise from my long walks across Devon.

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It would be easier by car!

I also do a bit of agility training and that takes lots of mental and physical endurance for us pups!

You may have seen this week it was National Kissing Day and my social media was covered with images of people sharing the love. Here are some of my favourites and of course my own, sharing the puppy love!

 

 

 

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Sharing the love and kissing my horsey fiend

Have a great week fiends, until next time

R x

A lovely week on Earth

Hello fiends! Have you been busy outside recently? I don’t know about where you live, but it has been very rainy this week and so I got very very wet doing my #30dayswild challenge!

Mum is always saying how time flies, and I know what she means this week because it’s been six months since Tim Peake went into space. He returned to Earth yesterday.

 

It is hard to believe all of the amazing things he has seen and shared with us in his time up in space. Let’s have a look at some of his best images!

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Above is a picture of Tim before he left Earth for space, he has said that he is going to put on lots of weight when he comes back because he lost so much while in orbit.

Below is an image of somewhere in England. Can you guess where?

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Photo by Tim Peake / ESA via Getty Images

If you look closely you can see a long winding snake. That isn’t actually a snake, it is the river Thames. This is a photo of London at night. Don’t we make an awful lot of light!

Here is Tim Peake taking a selfie before his first space walk. I don’t know if space walks are for me, I prefer the coast of Ilfracombe!

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You might have seen Miss Mouse from CBeebies up in space with him too! He took three very special items with him when he left. A rugby ball and shirt to launch BBC six nations coverage, a tuxedo t-shirt to present Adele with her Brit Award, and Miss Mouse to teach children about space on Show Me Show Me.

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DID YOU KNOW in the 1950’s and 60’s the USSR sent dogs into space to test if it was safe for humans to be able to go. I think Tim Peake has a lot to thank us for.

But after all his hard work it was announced that for his services to space research he has been awarded an Order of St Michael and St George in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Congratulations Tim! I hope you have a lovely week on Earth.

 

Another of my videos is out today, so keep your eyes peeled on YouTube. Let me know what you’ve been up to this week and keep in touch with me on my Facebook page.

 

Until next time fiends

R x

The Queen

Hi Fiends

Have you seen my latest episode on YouTube yet? Take a look… and let me know what you think I was really trying to eat!

We want to honour the Queen and say a very Happy Birthday.  We think the Royal Family are great and the Queen particularly, how can anyone live to be 90 years old and not be grumpy, yet she always smiles!  Mum can be grumpy at the littlest thing. In dog years her Majesty is 630, wow!

To honour the Queen, I thought I’d show you some more of our photos when we were at Sandringham because we love it there.  This is me with George and the other Mrs. Windsor, my Auntie Jayne Windsor.

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I really enjoy playing with George in Her Majesty’s garden, not sure who has the longest tongue, I mean between George and me obviously.

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The Queen’s garden is so beautiful and Mum says the sun shines on the righteous so that must mean the Queen and me, dear blog fiends what does righteous mean?.

Auntie Jayne talked about me at my film launch and about the Queen when we last visited. Although I wasn’t allowed to go into the Church and had to watch from the window, later on Prince Philip spotted me, I was very flattered that he recognised me.

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I’m having a very important birthday too on April 28th I will be 3 or in human years 21, I can’t wait I hope Mum has organised a party for me.

Let you know next time my Fiends

R x

The Red Carpet Continued…

Hi Fiends

My last blog was delayed and a bit short as I was having some real technical difficulties and haven’t been at all well the past week. I even had to go and see the vet! Anyway I was a bit upset my last post didn’t turn out perfectly, so I thought I would deliver you the juicy gossip from the red carpet again, now that I feel better and without the technological blips! Here we go… !

Well what can I say, I had a fantastic week at my film launch at Elstree two weeks ago. It was amazing and so many of my lovely fiends came. Mum, Auntie Pip and I got to the studios at 9.00am to help prepare. I was rather nervous, what with it being only my second public appearance and to think of all those famous stars who went before me.

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It took Mum quite some time to get me ready. I thought I looked fine as I was, but you know Mothers, one tiny hair out of place and they go straight for the hairbrush.  I was very flattered to have my own dressing room, I let Mum share it and also George Olney who was our interviewer. Mum made him change his clothes but he didn’t mind as he was in good company.

When it was time to go everybody was there waiting just for me to arrive. George interviewed some of my special guests and fiends like Buster. Here are a couple:

Well, I got to walk up the red carpet and Mum said whatever happens don’t pee on it, as if I would, honestly Mum you can be so embarrassing.

Wow! When we went in everybody clapped and cheered and said my name and I said hi to some of my fiends, but I was really nervous and overwhelmed so I couldn’t deliver my speech that I worked so hard on! Mum did it for me and said it didn’t matter, lots of famous people get stage fright.  The important thing is to try.

I’ll show you what Daniel Roche had to say next week and tell you what I’ve been getting up to. Be sure to check out my YouTube page in the meantime, it has a few of my episodes on already!

 

Thanks fiends, till next time!

R x

The Red Carpet!

Hi Fiends

 

Well, what can I say! A Fantastic week my film launch at Elstree, it was amazing and so many of my lovely fiends came.  Mum, Auntie Pip and I got to the studios at 9.00am to help prepare. I was rather nervous, it being only my second public appearance and to think of all those famous stars who went before me.

 

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It took Mum quite some time to get me ready, I thought I looked fine as I was but you know Mothers, one tiny hair out of place and they go straight for the hairbrush.  I was very flattered to have my own dressing room, I let Mum share it and also George Olney who was our interviewer, Mum made him change his clothes but he didn’t mind, as he was in good company.

See a video of me getting ready here and here!

When it was time to go everybody was there waiting just for me to arrive.

Well I got to walk up the red carpet and Mum said whatever happens don’t pee on it! As if I would! Honestly Mum you can be so embarrassing.

Wow! When we went in everybody clapped and cheered and said my name and I said Hi to some of my fiends. I was really nervous and overwhelmed, so I couldn’t deliver my speech that I worked so hard on but Mum did it for me and said it didn’t matter, lots of famous people get stage fright.  The important thing is to try.

I will show you the actual launch on Sunday and what Daniel Roche had to say!

Until then here is my second video, let me know the strangest thing you have eaten.

Thanks fiends, till next time!

R x