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Friday, December 18, 2015

Police raid a brothel ~ arrest a woman for keeping a lamb !!!!

In the film Gambeeram, Vadivelu would raid a hut from which a woman bootlegger would be operating – despite other cops asking him not to go, Vadivelu would daringly enter – the woman would capture him, remove his dress, leave him nude and run away wearing his dress…. One often reads about rides on brothel houses and arrests made ~ miles away in Germany, Police raided a brothel, found something amiss and arrested a person …. Can you imagine what this could be all about !!

"Mary Had a Little Lamb" is an English language nursery rhyme of 19thcentury American origin.  The nursery rhyme was first published by the Boston publishing firm Marsh, Capen & Lyon, as an original poem by Sarah Josepha Hale in May, 1830, and was inspired by an actual incident.   As a young girl, Mary Sawyer (later Mrs. Mary Tyler) kept a pet lamb, which she took to school one day at the suggestion of her brother. A commotion naturally ensued.

The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott Glenn, the film is based on Thomas Harris' 1988 novel of the same name.  It won Academy awards in all 5 top categories.  The film is considered "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant by the U.S. Library of Congress and was selected to be preserved in the National Film Registry in 2011.

Lambs are ruminants and eat grass.  Elsewhere in Surrey, UK, a flock of sheep that were bound for abattoir got high on cannabis plants worth £4,000, after the drugs were ditched in a  field.  The stash of marijuana plants, which were each roughly three foot tall, were dumped at the edge of Fanny's Farm in Markedge Lane, a newspaper reported.  The sheep being inquisitive had an interesting feast on it !!

Police who raided a brothel in Munich got more than they bargained for when they discovered a three-week-old lamb living there. Officers had been tipped off that a prostitute was in possession of contraband but did not expect it to include livestock. Unlike the wooly situation in the UK, prostitution is legal in Germany, and tourists are known to flock to Munich's red light district for the shear thrill of purchasing the affection of women.

The woman, who has not been named, but the lamb is named as ‘birke’- the woman tried to defend herself by claiming the lamb followed her to the brothel – which the German police have decided is against the rules, after examining a letter the woman provided, in which a vet established the conditions in which a lamb should be raised. The prostitute was handed an immediate ban against keeping animals.  Birke was alter handed over to an animal protection group, according to the police statement.

In another interesting incident, a Moscow psychiatric facility that earlier made the headlines for strapping its child inmates to the beds is now at the center of another scandal after it showed children with psychiatric disorders the film "The Silence of the Lambs."

The film is viewed as a dark and gruesome U.S. thriller about a murderous cannibal and a serial killer. A court ruled that in showing the Oscar-winning grizzly tale at the facility, the hospital had broken the law on distributing information to children that is harmful to their health and ordered the hospital to pay a fine of an undisclosed size.  In the U.S., the 1991 film was given an R rating upon its release, meaning that viewers under 17 had to be accompanied by an adult. "The Silence of the Lambs" placed seventh on a list of "The 100 Scariest Movie Moments" compiled in 2004 by the U.S.-based Bravo television channel.

Ending Lamb’s silence,  Mary Sawyer's house, located in Sterling, Massachusetts, was destroyed by arson in Aug 2007.  A statue representing Mary's Little Lamb stands in the town center. The Redstone School, which was built in 1798, was purchased by Henry Ford and relocated to a churchyard on the property of Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts.  The rhyme [Mary had a little lamb]  is also famous for being the very first thing recorded by Thomas Edison on his newly invented phonograph in 1877.  It was the first instance of recorded verse. In 1927 Edison re-enacted the recording which still survives.The earliest recording (1878) was retrieved by 3-D imaging equipment in 2012.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

25th May 2015.

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