Packing Your Festival Essentials Even though Christmas is more than 7 months away, and is one of the furthest things from most Long Islanders" minds, but this cold and dreary weather this week has me thinking of happier times while wearing a sweater... Fishing is another popular pastime in Lorne. Beach fishing can be good but most anglers seem to prefer the Lorne pier where you can catch just about anything. Whiting and Flathead are a common catch and in winter you can get on to a school of Snapper. Squid can also be caught by jigging at the end of the pier. If you don"t have any luck there is no need to worry because the local fishing co-op is right near the pier and they do sport wristbands very good fish and chips.

KEN STRINGFELLOW: I love a couple bands I worked with recently--Oh, Libia! from Spain, who are like freaked out Apples In Stereo; and Hanggai, from Beijing, who mix Mongolian folk music with rock and indie sounds. The Black Weirdo Tour began in Austin, Texas where the group performed for the city"s annual, South By South West festival wristbands. Next on the list was a trip to California where the duo performed two shows. Now they"re here in Toronto for a 3 day performance set. It"s been more than a decade from the time when that first Funk Fest was performed, the event wristbands has blossomed into a 5 city annual event that attracts more than 10,000 people per city and is expected to invade a total of 15 cities by 2015. Funk Fest can be seen in Atlanta GA, Memphis TN, St. Petersburg/Tampa FL, Jacksonville FL, and now in Orlando FL. It may fall on any day during May depend on which calendar year. If you"re at Kuching during this period, visit the Buddhist temples, the place that the crowds are gathered on this special occasion. The rhyme does go into strange details about the horse, that most of it is made of hay or straw. Unless this is a metaphor for tangled hair it unlikely that this was a real horse, I should imagine... Maybe the rhyme came from a toy horse. The hay is described as "pounce" which I haven"t heard used as an adjective, and draw a blank.

WUHAN - Fishing would be gradually banned in all 332 nature reserves along China"s Yangtze River from January to restore the ecosystem of the country"s largest river.

The ban also applies to future nature reserves, said Zhao Yimin, deputy director of the Yangtze River Fishing Supervision and Administration Office under the Ministry of Agriculture.

The ban has won support from local governments along the river. Authorities will offer fishermen subsidies and vocational training to help them find new jobs, said Zhao.

In recent years, wildlife in the Yangtze has declined, leaving many species on the verge of extinction. The annual fish catch in the Yangtze is less than 100,000 tonnes.

The Chinese paddlefish and white-flag dolphins have not been seen in years and the Chinese sturgeon and finless porpoise are on the brink of extinction. The number of four species of carp has decreased by 97 percent from the levels in the 1950s.