Thursday, 31 October 2013
Emma the flock star: Real-life Bo Peep is the first woman to win sheepdog contest in its 40-year history
- Emma Gray has become the first female winner of the Northumberland Sheepdog Trials League, which began in 1976
- Aged 23 she convinced the National Trust to give her sole tenancy of the 150-acre Fallowlees Farm
PUBLISHED: 20:07, 30 October 2013 | UPDATED: 20:21, 30 October 2013
After making her name as Britain’s youngest shepherdess, she is used to smashing barriers.
But now Emma Gray has gone one step further – by becoming the first woman to win a prestigious sheepdog championship in the contest’s four-decade history.
The 27-year-old impressed judges in the Northumberland Sheepdog Trials League, which began in 1976, with her six-year-old sheepdog Roy, who she has had since he was a puppy.
Shepherdess Emma Gray, 27, from Elsdon, Northumberland, who has become the first woman to win a sheepdog trial championship in its history
Emma Gray and her winning sheepdog Roy wowed judges who awarded her top marks
The award is the latest high point in her extraordinary rise from helping out at her parents’ farm in Hawick in the Scottish Borders to winning the mantle of running a National Trust farm in Northumberland aged just 23.
Miss Gray, who is the third generation in her family to work in farming, said: ‘I am really proud to be the first woman to have won the trials and I feel overwhelmed by it all.
‘I was one of only a handful of women taking part; it is a very male-dominated sport, so it feels like an amazing achievement.’
The league involves more than 30 dogs competing in 25 trials over the course of a season and Miss Gray said she was determined to triumph.
‘It was always my ambition to win,’ she said. ‘When I first started competing there was a shepherd sat in the judge’s car who put money on me to win. That was my first trial. I am pleased to have won him his bet.’
Last year Miss Gray published an autobiography called One Girl And Her Dog, describing her quest for romance as a singleton in the wilderness.
Miss Gray began working with dogs at 13, and is is currently training Roy¿s five-month-old puppies
League chairman Bevis Jordan said: ‘I cannot remember any other women winning. It has always been won by a man before this. It is a good achievement for her because she has not been trialling for very long.
‘She has been consistently good all through this season. There are one or two women that compete as well but she is strong competition for everybody at the minute.
‘There does seem to be a few more women willing to participate in this sport now.’
Miss Gray is currently training Roy’s five-month-old puppies and said that they take after their father.
She began working with dogs at 13 and said that by the time she was 17, she knew it was her calling, choosing to study sheep management at college.
Aged 23, after a heartbreaking split from her fiancé, she convinced the National Trust to give her sole tenancy of the 150-acre Fallowlees Farm.
The property has no mains electricity or gas supply and uses a windmill-powered hot water system.
But Miss Gray, who has represented England in the International Sheepdog Trials, has run the farm successfully ever since.
Last year she published an autobiography called One Girl And Her Dog, describing her quest for romance as a singleton in the wilderness.
She was nicknamed ‘Britain’s loneliest shepherdess’ and the book sparked a rush for her affections.
But yesterday she revealed she has found love with a local vet, although she still lives on her farm alone.
She said: ‘I suppose you could say I am no longer Britain’s loneliest shepherdess.
‘We have been together for ten months and everything is going well.’
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Drinking three litres of water a day took TEN YEARS off my face: Sarah, 42, was hoping to solve her headaches and poor digestion... just look what else happened
- One in five women drinks less than the recommended daily intake of water
- Every system and function in our body depends on water...
- Especially because the liquid flushes toxins from vital organs
By SARAH SMITH
PUBLISHED: 22:08, 30 October 2013 | UPDATED: 02:17, 31 October 2013
You might think I'd have little in common with a camel, but we do share one useful skill: both of us can go for a very long time without water.
Usually I start my day with a cup of tea, then I might have a glass of water with my lunch and one with dinner - that's about a litre of liquid in 24 hours. It feels like plenty, but apparently it's not nearly enough.
After years of suffering headaches and poor digestion I spoke to a neurologist about my regular headaches and a nutritionist about my poor digestion, and both told me I should be drinking up to three litres of liquid a day for my body to function at its best.
After four weeks: Sarah looks like a different woman
Then, when I read a recent survey suggesting that at least one in five women in the UK consumes less than the recommended daily intake of water, I decided to conduct an experiment. What would happen if I drank the recommended amount every day for a month?
The photograph of me taken the day I started this trial demonstrates perfectly - and rather frighteningly - what a lack of hydration does to a face.
I am 42, but have to admit I look more like 52 in this picture, which is shocking. There are dark shadows under and around my eyes, which make me look exhausted, a profusion of wrinkles and strange reddish blotches, and my skin lacks any lustre. It looks dead.
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My daughters, Alice, eight, and Betty, four, tell me I look 'about 100 years old' in this photograph and I have to agree.
Even my lips look shrivelled. This is all classic evidence of poor hydration, apparently. Every system and function in our body depends on water.
It flushes toxins from the vital organs, carries nutrients to cells, provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues, and eliminates waste.
Not drinking enough means all these functions become impaired. So I decided to see how I would look and feel if I drank three litres of water every day for 28 days. The results were astonishing . . .
Dehydration: One in five women consumes less than the recommended daily intake of water
Weight: 8st 7lb
Three litres of water is just over five pints, which sounds like an awful lot. I visit my local GP in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, to be sure there can be no adverse health implications to upping my water intake so dramatically.
He is very encouraging. 'I suggest you have a big jug of water in the morning, then another in the afternoon and another in the evening,' he says. 'Your kidneys, which filter waste products from the blood before turning it to urine, will quickly feel the benefit, as they will be getting a good flush through.'
I usually have a wee three times a day: when I get up, before I go to bed and at some point in the afternoon. By the end of my first day of drinking more water, I have had six and my usually sluggish bowels are much more lively.
I exfoliate my face every day to try to get rid of dry patches before I apply moisturiser, but suddenly I seem to be breaking out in spots. Maybe it's all the toxins coming out of my skin. A few days into the experiment I'm still urinating five or six times a day but it's clear now, rather than dark yellow.
I'm enjoying lots of cups of tea. My husband says that's cheating, but I tell him the British Nutritional Foundation says 'moderate amounts of caffeine do not cause dehydration, so they do count towards your fluid intake'.
I meet friends for a drink one night, remembering that alcohol is a diuretic (a substance which promotes the production of urine), acting on the kidneys. For every one alcoholic drink, your body can eliminate up to four times as much liquid.
I assume a white wine spritzer is a good option because the alcohol is diluted with soda water, and I sip water between alcoholic drinks throughout the evening.
Hangover headaches result from dehydration: the body's organs try to make up for a lack of water by stealing it from the brain, as a result of which it actually shrinks.
Headaches result from the pulling on the membranes that connect your brain to your skull. Ouch. Luckily, I escape all this and wake up hangover-free.
For years I've been doing ten minutes of yoga every morning straight after I get up, but I've been feeling stiffer over the past six months. Yet since I started drinking more water my flexibility has improved. Gemma Critchley, from the British Dietetic Association, confirms that water helps lubricate the joints.
Week Two: The blotches on my face are diminishing and the shadows around my eyes less pronounced
Weight: 8st 6lb (lost a pound)
My complexion is improving and my skin tone is more even. I still have wrinkles under my eyes, but they look less crepey and shadowy than before.
The blotches on my face are diminishing, and the shadows around my eyes are less pronounced.
I feel pleased when my sister-in-law tells me my skin looks clearer than it did a week ago. I have a busy week with lots of time away from home, so I stock up on half-litre bottles of mineral water I can carry around in my bag. A week's worth costs just over £8. If I spread my water intake over the day, that's half a litre when I wake up, another with breakfast, one with lunch, one in the afternoon, one with my evening meal then another before bed. It sounds like a lot, but I'm finding it manageable.
Today, I've noticed my breath smells less 'breathy', maybe because I've ditched tea - I decided water was better for me. I'm certainly not missing the sweet, milky taste it left in my mouth.
Gemma Critchley says: 'Water is obviously the best choice since it has no calories and will hydrate you efficiently.' I say I might try juice instead of water sometimes, just for the taste and variety, but she warns me not to.
'If you drink a large glass of juice, you could be consuming more energy than you need,' she says, which would mean weight gain.
I haven't had a headache for over a week now, which is unusual for me, and I'm delighted that my bowels are working so much better. Result!
I went shopping this afternoon in Leeds, but having to find a lavatory three times in five hours was irritating - they always seem to be in the most hidden corner of every shop.
I'd expected my stomach to feel bloated with all the extra water but it's actually flatter than usual. And my husband says the cellulite on my bottom and thighs has vanished.
Surely this is too good to be true?
Week Three: My skin looks plumper and more nourished
Weight: 8st 6lb
Waist: 27.5in (lost half an inch)
The dark rings and wrinkles under my eyes have virtually disappeared, and my skin looks plumper and more nourished. My friend, who is a beauty therapist, says this is because the water is helping my skin cells regenerate more efficiently.
I've noticed I've stopped rubbing my eyes when I wake up in the morning. They used to be dry and full of sleep, but not now. All this extra water must be keeping them moist.
I'm feeling guilty about all the plastic bottles I've been using so I'm back on Yorkshire tap water, which I carry around in a re-usable water bottle.
I have to take a long train journey and I realise afterwards how productive I felt and how easy I found it to concentrate, rather than having my customary snooze.
Dr Emma Derbyshire, senior lecturer in nutritional physiology at Manchester Metropolitan University and adviser to the Natural Hydration Council, says: 'Our brain is 73 per cent water, so poor hydration can affect how it functions. Dehydration can reduce our ability to concentrate as well as our cognitive performance.'
The downside was having to use train toilets. Dreadful.
I'm eating less because drinking water with meals makes me feel fuller quicker. I used to snack, but I was reaching for food when I was actually thirsty. Studies show 37 per cent of people mistake thirst for hunger.
When I put on eye make-up, my eyes seem less wrinkled. When I rubbed an eye-shadow applicator over my eyelid, it used to drag the skin with it, too, but now my skin seems to have more elasticity.
Week Four: I am going to keep on drinking three litres of water every day
Weight: 8st 5lb (lost another 1lb)
Waist: 27in (another half an inch)
I genuinely can't believe the difference in my face. I look like a different woman. The dark shadows around my eyes have all but disappeared and the blotches have gone. My skin is almost as dewy as it was when I was a child. The transformation is nothing short of remarkable.
I'm feeling leaner and fitter, too, which is amazing, since the only thing I've changed is the amount of water I drink. My best friend says she's worried about how much water I'm consuming - she's heard rumours about Nigella Lawson being an 'aquaholic' who drinks three litres before bed.
But I am following safe guidelines under the supervision of my GP, so I am able to reassure her.
I even enjoy another boozy night out but drink lots of water along the way and wake up feeling fresh as a daisy. Whatever happens, I am going to keep on drinking three litres of water a day - and would advise every woman to do the same (after checking with her doctor, of course).
I feel fitter, leaner and healthier, and my husband and friends tell me I look ten years younger. Who in their right mind would not want to try something which gets such incredible results?
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Tuesday, 29 October 2013
Clark Cable in 1936 with an English Setter. Photograph by Clarence Sinclair Bull
Elizabeth Taylor at MGM in 1950
Throughout her life Elizabeth Taylor was devoted to her dogs, and is seen here attempting to bath her Cocker Spaniel, Amy.
Grace Kelly at MGM in 1956
Grace Kelly and her Weimaraner, a wedding present from her brother Jack, and given to her before she left America to marry Prince Ranier of Monaco in 1956.
Audrey Hepbun at Paramount Pictures in 1956
In a rare example of a Hollywood star's dog appearing in a film, Hepburn's Yorkshire Terrier Mr Famous had a brief cameo role with her in Funny Face.
Photograph by Richard Avedon
Brigitte Bardot, Lutetia Films in 1955
Brigitte Bardot and a black spaniel take an invigorating stroll on the French Riviera. She owned many dogs, and since retiring from public life she has become a vociferous and passionate advocate for animal rights.
Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis at Universal in 1953
Curtis had trained as an acrobat before going into films, and is here training his Poodle to balance in imitation of a circus act.
Ann Sheridan, Warner Brothers, 1943
On the lawn of her Encino ranch home with her Boxer, Butcher.
Anita Ekberg, Paramount Pictures, 1955
The former Miss Sweden (1950) is seen here in a typical 'cheesecake' pose with a Poodle, to be used for promotional publicity shots. Her screen career was largely unremarkable until she was used by Fellini in his 1960 film La Dolce Vita, getting soaked in the Trevi fountain in Rome.
Barbara Stanwyck and Lassie in 1944
Lassie, the adorable collie who debuted in 1943, will forever have a place in our hearts.
Stan Laurel, Hal Roach Studios, 1928
Taking a breather with his dog, Lady, in between takes on The Finishing Touch. Stan made the dog sit in his car most of the time as she was so disruptive on the set.
Randolph Scott. Paramount Pictures, 1933
Between takes on Go West Young Man, Scott is photographed with his two Great Danes.He appeared in almost one hundred films, approximately half of which were Westerns.
Roy Rogers, Republic Pictures, 1951
The German Shepherd Bullet and his owner Roy Rogers on the set of The Roy Rogers Show. Bullet was never quite as famous as Roy Rogers' horse Trigger, but was an integral part of the many films, television shows, books and comics that were produced.
Hollywood Dogs: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation is published by ACC Editions (£25.00).
Read more at http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/blogs/suzannah-ramsdale/544715/11-photos-of-hollywood-movie-dogs-that-we-can-t-stop-looking-at.html#8j8yl1SbcKV1wIGr.99