Redheads March In First Ginger Pride Walk

Redheads March In First Ginger Pride WalkPeople with red hair have shown their true colours in a march through Edinburgh. It had been billed as the UK’s first Ginger Pride Walk and was part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

‘Stand up against prejudice’

Marchers gathered outside the Balmoral Hotel from 11:00, with the event being led by Canadian comedian and proud redhead, Shawn Hitchins. He said it was a fun way to stand up against prejudice and those who poke fun at people with ginger hair.

Scotland is said to be home to almost a fifth of the world’s redheads.

Speaking ahead of the march, Hitchins said: “Even although it isn’t a real word, gingerism exists and bullying exists and you can’t deny that kids are being subjected to taunts or being bullied in schools just for having red hair.”

‘Ginger and proud’

The event has generated a considerable amount of online interest, with Hitchins admitting he had been surprised at the number of ginger websites, blogs and activists.

Slogans prepared for the parade were said to include “Ginger and proud”, “For the love of ginger”, and “All hail! The red, orange and pale.”

Do you have ginger hair? Have you ever been bullied because of the color of your hair?

Source: BBC News

Image: The Guardian

Giant Pandas Touch Down in Edinburgh for 10-year Research

Two giant pandas have arrived in Edinburgh, after a nine-hour journey from China. Edinburgh Zoo’s new residents, Tian Tian and Yang Guang, are the first giant pandas to live in the UK for 17 years. They are on a 10-year loan from China for genetics and cognition research.

Chinese Charge d’Affaires Qin Gang added: “The father of Yang Guang keeps the world record of fathering 107 panda cubs, and the mother of Tian Tian, known as Panda Mum, has also given birth to many baby pandas.

Animal welfare campaigners have criticised the zoo for accepting the pandas, saying it is a “primarily commercial deal”. They claim it is not a credible way to go about saving the giant panda. Bringing the pandas to Edinburgh has involved a five-year effort by the zoo. The eight-year-old pair will stay at the zoo for at least 10 years. Officials hope their presence will boost tourism and the Scottish economy.

The Scottish government said the loan of the pandas symbolised a “growing friendship” between Scotland and China. The arrival of the pandas coincides with Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond’s visit to China to promote business and cultural links.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the arrival of the pandas was a reflection of the strength of the UK’s relationship with China. “It shows that we can co-operate closely not only on commerce, but on a broad range of environmental and cultural issues as well,” he said.


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