Anne Ward is also trained in web and graphic design, and has run Newmarket-based design company Blue Violet since 2004. Her clients in this field range from local sole traders through to larger companies, including BBA Shipping, for whom she designed and built a database-driven website.
I visited Rhenen’s Zoo (in The Netherlands) in July 2010 and was so impressed with everything — the standard of care for the animals, the layout and attention to detail in terms of retaining the interest of visitors of all ages, and quite simply the beauty of the place.
If you ever get the chance to visit, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. The rescued bears, naturalised as far as possible in a very carefully thought-out environment, are a highlight of any visit, but there are many other animals to see, and it is clear that the staff are dedicated to their welfare (and in some cases this is a long process, as they have taken responsibility for previously abused animals).
Opposite are a few pictures from my recent visit.
The magnificent brown bear on the right is called Mackenzie. I didn’t find out the name of the goat, but I wanted to bring her home!
The Rainforest Site — please visit and click on the button. It will cost you nothing and the sponsors will give a donation to a good cause on your behalf. You can also donate to other charity causes from the same site, including breast cancer and animal rescue.
Imar Spaanjaars — web programmer and author
De Vier Koeden — web development experts (tell them I sent you their way!)
Soho Dolls — super cool musicians
Rudi — music legends!
Shame Academy — continuing Rudi’s legend…
The Chameleons — the best ever Manchester band
Nick Cave — musician
Margot Smith — musician
Ben Kross — musician
Surfer Blood — musicians
That Petrol Emotion — musicians
Martin Percival — bloodstock consultant
The Racing Post — racing news and information
At The Races — racing tv channel
Philip Hobbs — racehorse trainer
David Simcock — racehorse trainer
Neil King — racehorse trainer
Kim Bailey — racehorse trainer
The Red Lion, Cheveley — pub/restaurant nr Newmarket
Fitzwilliam Hunt — Cambridgeshire hunt
Newmarket Racehorse Trainers — all about racing in Newmarket, including an up-to-date list of trainers
Equine Tranquillity — horse retirement home
Mischief Dog Services — dog walking & much more!
Prior Attire — creators of beautiful costumes
Blue Chip — specialist horse feeds and supplements
The Moon Up Above — beautiful, animal-themed jewellery