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Issue:- 1 November  2012

Guide Dogs' tips to help your dog through bonfire night

BONFIRE night and the nights just before and after, can be a stressful time for dogs and it's common for them to be frightened of the loud bangs. But it's easy for owners to spot signs of stress and take a few simple steps to help their dog cope.  Based on their research, experts at Guide Dogs, have outlined some simple advice for dog owners:

Before Bonfire Night:-

► Prepare a safe area for your dog to use as a den by putting a blanket over a table or place their bed behind the sofa.

► Start any new routine, such as an earlier feeding or exercise regime a few days before. Feed your dog before the noise starts as this should encourage them to rest.

On the night:-

► TV or radio noise will help comfort the dog. Owners should behave calmly, maintain a normal routine and draw curtains to avoid flashes.

► Watch for signs of stress in your dog such as trembling, panting, shaking, attention-seeking behaviour, destructiveness or whining and barking.

► If your dog shows signs of stress or restlessness, ignore them and reward any calm or relaxed behaviour.

► Make sure your dog is safe and can't escape through insecure fence panels or open gates.

► Make sure your dog is microchipped, and wears a collar and a disk so they can be easily identified should they escape.


► Let your dog go outside when fireworks are sounding, even if they show no signs of stress. This includes taking them for a walk when fireworks are likely to go off.

► Punish your dog for behaviour which is a consequence of being frightened.

► Leave them alone when there are fireworks nearby.

► Fuss or try to reassure your dog when they are frightened. This rewards the fear behaviour and will encourage them to repeat it.

► Take your dog to a firework display.

Head of Canine Research at Guide Dogs, David Grice, said:- "After a night of fireworks, some dogs can still be anxious and seem extra alert around sudden noises. If this is your dog, try to ignore its anxious behaviour and continue to reward calmness with attention. Some dogs may seek more attention than others and some may seem nervous at being left alone. Keep a close eye on your dog in the weeks following fireworks, and if you're worried about changes in their behaviour get advice from a vet or qualified animal behaviourist."

Letters to the Editor:- "Joey Barton research needed."

"MY name is Arnaud Bonnin, I'm a French journalist for Canal +. I'm preparing a report about Joey Barton. And for this report, we have planned to go to Liverpool, to Huyton to speak about Joey's childhood. We would like to meet people who knew him when he was a child, for example friends, his first coaches, teachers. But from Paris it is hard to find these people. I'm wondering if your readers can help us. If you can, please contact Southport Reporter to forward your information on to me or call me on +0033 646 491 250." Arnaud Bonnin.


THE Multi-platinum, Grammy winning artist Alanis Morissette, will be returning to the UK this November starting with a huge show at London The O2. This new tour came about following a string of sold out shows in June 2012 and the well received release of her album "Guardian", back in August 2012.  Tickets are selling fast and only a few are left al the venues, so do not be slow if you want to see her live...  Get your tickets now.   Plus Liverpool will be your last chance to see her on this Tour of the UK!

In November, Alanis will playing at following:-

Wednesday, 28  November 2012,  London, at The O2, call:- 0844 856 0202.

Thursday, 29  November 2012, in Nottingham,  at the Capital FM Arena, call:- 0843 373 3000.

Friday, 30 November 2012,  Liverpool, at the Echo Arena, call:- 0844 8000 400.

Tickets available from and from 24hr CC Hotline:- 0844 811 0051.

Did you know that since 1995 Alanis Morissette has been one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music?  Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise, 12 Canadian Juno Awards, 7 Grammy® Awards (with an additional 14 nominations), a Golden Globe nomination and sales of over 60 million albums worldwide.   Morissette's 1995 debut, "Jagged Little Pill", was followed by such eclectic and acclaimed albums as:- "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" (1998), "MTV Unplugged" (1999), "Under Rug Swept" (2002), "Feast On Scraps" (2002), "So-Called Chaos" (2004), "Jagged Little Pill - Acoustic" (2005), her greatest hits album:- "The Colloection" (2005), and "Flavors Of Entanglement" (2008).

But did you also know that she has also made many memorable contributions to theatrical releases including:- "Uninvited" to the film, "City Of Angels" (1999), "Still" to "Dogma" (1999), and "I Remain", which she wrote for the "Prince Of Persia - The Sands Of Time".  Not only that, more recently Alanis has acted on the small screen with roles in hit television series:- "Weeds" and "Up All Night Night", and has appeared as a celebrity guest mentor on the current season of "The Voice".  

For more information about her, please visit:-

Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival brings groundbreaking comedy show 'Funny Arabs' to Liverpool & London

LIVERPOOL Arabic Arts Festival's Funny Arabs brings acclaimed New York based Arab comedienne Maysoon Zayid to Liverpool and London for the first time this November, playing Liverpool's Epstein Theatre on the afternoon of Sunday, 25 November 2012 and London's SOAS Brunei Theatre on the evening of Friday, 23 November 2012.  Funny Arabs - a laugh about living in the West and being Arab at the same time. From marriage to politics, family to TV, food to romance and celebrity culture. Actress and professional stand up comedian Maysoon Zayid has featured on Comedy Central's The Watch List and PBS's America at a Crossroads: Muslim Comics Stand Up. Maysoon, who lives with Cerebral Palsy, draws on her experience of disability and the trials of being a female American born to Palestinian parents for her comedy act. She has been quoted as saying:- "comedy is pain plus time."  Maysoon has performed stand-up in top New York clubs, and has toured extensively in the USA as well as Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. In April 2001, she founded Maysoon's Kids, a scholarship and wellness program for disabled and wounded refugee children and orphans in Palestine. She is the co-founder and executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and currently a full-time on air contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Current TV. Razanne Carmey, Director of Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival said:- "LAAF is excited to bring Maysoon Zayid to Liverpool and London to raise the profile of Arab comedy in the UK. Obviously most UK Arabs speak English and have learned to laugh at English jokes and now it's time for the English to experience Arab humour! We are delighted to also be spreading the word of Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival in London by taking Funny Arabs there in addition to our home City. Arabs have had their fair share of bad publiCity; often underserved; but comedy can help turn around this prejudice, change public perceptions and forge a greater understanding."   A great night of comedy from a unique lady.  Find out more at:-

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