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Looks like July might follow June as the hottest month in the instrumental record, although obvz have to wait and see. No idea why more people aren't terrified.
It will have to be an ongoing trend for people to get alarmed or they will simply put it down to freak hot spells.
From what I can remember 1976 was probably worse in some ways as reservoirs dried up and the dry spell lasted a lot longer.
But then a year later is was all back to normal. As I said, I think it will have to be a significant long term trend before the average person focuses in on it.
 

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Here's one of ours - they sit either side of the fireplace and keep evil spirits from entering the house via the chimney. Since they were installed, we've had no more nonsense from the fat bearded guy in red :laugh2:


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Sorry for the crap photo, but I got snarled at by H who is watching TV :confused:
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Yeah, the ancient Chinese believed that lions kept evil spirits away. I think it was the Brits who first called them lion dogs, obviously because they didn't really look like lions to them.
I'm not sure about actual pug dog statues although there are some dog figures that resemble them.
I do know that they were so revered that that would ride in carriages whilst other dog breeds had to walk on behind.
 

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Them's lions, I think... temple guardians...
They are called lion dogs ( Fu dogs ) but many of those old stone statues depicting lions had very similar faces to this which is a pug or Fu dog as I think they were originally called.

was going to say . hard call . either way __ they're funny looking things

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was going to say . hard call . either way __ they're funny looking things

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I think those are supposed to be lions or Fu dogs as they became known as by the first European traders. Lions are not native to China so a bit of artistic license was obviously taken by the people who carved them.
European traders who first saw them likened them to certain dog breeds they saw for the first time such as the pug , Shih Tzu etc.
Ironically though pugs were depicted in Chinese art several centuries before the first lion statues.
 

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Afternoon Ebers..
How's the heat holding out over there?

Well, the heat seems to be holding out pretty well despite all efforts to run it off....

It is surprisingly a bit cooler at the moment for a rare change...high 70°s.... Will probably be a hunnert in a couple hours....

We've had some bad weather come through which allowed us a short reprieve from being stuck on a rotisserie suspended over the fires of hell 24/7...
 

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Well, the heat seems to be holding out pretty well despite all efforts to run it off....

It is surprisingly a bit cooler at the moment for a rare change...high 70°s.... Will probably be a hunnert in a couple hours....

We've had some bad weather come through which allowed us a short reprieve from being stuck on a rotisserie suspended over the fires of hell 24/7...
:lol: ...:applause:

 

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Phil's correct - they are lions. If you look at the head you can see sort of curly or wavy hair - that's supposed to be the mane...
I think The original idea for lion dogs came from the Asian lion but as there was no photography then people would have relied on crude sketches of these creatures which by the time a Chinese stone carver had used a bit artistic license probably ended up looking more like a dog than a lion.
A bit like the medieval interpretation of an elephant..
 




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