Fall is brilliant in the USA – it’s like the Americans can always find an excuse to find something to celebrate.
What’s this all about? In Fort Bragg, California on Labor Day weekend from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, this festival honours the industry’s famous life-logger, Paul Bunyan (him of American folklore) and celebrates the community’s history. The three-day festival includes a logging show competition where participants battle for prize money in categories such as log rolling, axe throwing, chainsaw bucking and hand chopping. Other weekend events feature a forest exposition, two parades, tricycle races, an ugly dog contest, horseshoe tournament, pie sale and water fight. More Paul Bunyan days occur across the nation at various times throughout the year.
Wow, how about that for a truly American experience! An ugly dog contest?! Hahahaha!
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Featuring me! Yey!
I can TALK (a lot) so they cut it down (we were chatting for an hour!) – but do listen to it all, cos it’s worth it, and I start nattering about 13 mins in. How much do I love drive-thru banking! I can’t pronounce Cinco de Mayo! It was hilarious fun! Get a cuppa and listen in, folks! Enjoy
The Washington Redskins Debate
There is a debate taking place in the NFL, the media and pretty much every social media outlet in the USA about the Washington Redskins and whether or not the name of the team is insulting and disrespectful.
For the past 14 years, Dan Snyder, principal owner of the Washington Redskins football franchise, has defied calls from activists and journalists to change his team’s name and Indian logo to something less “offensive.”
President Barack Obama jumped into the dispute too, saying that if he owned the team, he would consider changing the name. The name is one which American Indians and others have long pilloried as racist for a long while.
Reports today say that the days of the Washington Redskins are coming to an end.
Whether you think the name is an outrage or that the debate is a contrived controversy is irrelevant. The name isn’t going to last and likely will be changed soon, says USA today.