Dad Makes Epic Halloween Yard With Giant Spider and Horror Movie to Raise Thousands For Local Hospice:
A crafty dad has transformed his family’s home in England with epic Halloween decorations, all handmade, including a lifelike giant spider, all to raise cash for charity. Kieron King has packed the outside of the house with massive spiders, demons, and webs, to create the ultimate spooky and memorable experience. The Halloween cogs start turning each summer, when the engineer and carpenter gets started on the display with his partner and their two kids. Kieron says “Every year I build on the last and it just gets bigger and bigger. This year we have different skeletons which I made, some rotting flesh. The giant spider is new, and we’ve added an 8-foot demon.” The idea to raise money for charity came last Halloween when people started offering money after visiting the display in Gillingham, Kent. Last year the family raised around $3,100 in three days for the local children’s hospice called Demelza. This year they are determined to do even better and they have set up a Just Giving page hoping to beat last year’s total.
First French Memorial for ‘Hero Dogs’ Honoring Their Military Service With New Monument:
The military dogs of the 132nd Infantry Regiment and their handlers – Courtesy of Centrale Canine.
Many countries have monuments to their fallen soldiers, but the French have recently inaugurated a “Tomb of the Unknown Canine,” to honor the contributions of dogs to the civil, police, and military service of the nation. From lending their noses to counter-banditry operations across the Sahel, to tracking down the perpetrators of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, to rescuing people from buildings and the mountains, dogs have every right to be considered just as heroic as the officers and soldiers leading them in these endeavors. At the end of 2018, when the centenary of the end of the First World War was celebrated, France’s national kennel club, Centrale Canine, expressed its desire to erect a work paying tribute to hero dogs who also participated alongside their human companions. So, they enlisted the help of the French-Colombian sculpture Milthon depicting a WWI soldier and a dog huddled together. Many representatives of the armed forces were able to attend the inauguration ceremony, including General Elrick Irastorza, former Chief of Staff of the Army who agreed to be the sponsor of the memorial. There were no treats, no jokes, nor puppy-dog talk at the inauguration. It was a serious ceremony with a steely atmosphere like the skies in Suippes, a fine testament to the honor, value, and esteem those assembled on two legs had for those on four.
Spectacular Rooftop Forest Planned for Courthouse in London-Including 100 Trees, 10,000 Plants, and Much More:
– Fabrix Roots in the Sky.
An old courthouse in London is set to host one of the largest rooftop forests in all of Europe, as it welcomes 125 trees and more than 10,000 plants in total. Roots in The Sky as it’s being called, was given to Fabrix, an architecture, design, and technology company that looks to breathe new life into underused urban spaces. The rooftop area will include a bar, swimming pool, and private terraces for the offices below. The greenery will benefit from a passive water capture and irrigation system, and hopefully can reintroduce wildlife to the city. Access to the public will be provided to those seeking to immerse themselves in this forest in the sky, and green-thumbed Londoners will have access to gardening sheds and beds to grow in, as well as a community seed bank and barn.