The exhibition, “War Horse: Fact and Fiction”, based on the popular children’s book “War Horse” by Michael Morpurgo, explores the real-life stories of the millions of horses and mules who bore officers into battle in the Charge of the Light Brigade or trudged through fields of mud in World War One to transport ammunition.”Horses played a big role in World War One, and that was one of the things that came across to us when we were preparing for the exhibition,” curator, Pip Dodd, told Reuters.”We were amazed at how much we had in our collection as little material survives about the horses that did the pulling and the carrying — normally there tends only to be material on officers’ horses,” Dodd said.”We wanted to look at the forgotten heroes, as three quarters of the horses used by the army were carrying and pulling, not ridden by officers in the cavalry, and their story is one that should be told,” he said.Hand-written notebooks by poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon on horse care and the riding crop of Field Marshal Douglas Haig, who ordered the fateful British offensive at the Somme, are among the many artifacts on display, as well as three medals awarded to Jimson the mule — the only mule to receive medals from his regiment.Jimson worked in India in the 1890s before being moved to serve in the Boer War, Dodd said.”We’re not sure why Jimson was awarded the medals, but it was probably for something like carrying ammunition - something really vital that saved men’s lives,” Dodd said.”We also have a photo of Jimson with his medals. His handler is standing proudly next to him wearing his own medals, but he doesn’t have as many as Jimson!”The exhibition is the latest offshoot inspired by Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 novel “War Horse”, the story of Joey, a red bay farm horse and one of the 6 million horses sent to work on the World War One battlefields.The children’s tale has sparked recent widespread interest in the role of horses in war, forming the basis for both a West End production with life-sized puppets and a film directed by Steven Spielberg, due to be released in January 2012.”Millions of horses were killed in World War One, so it’s not a comfortable topic,” Morpurgo told Reuters.”A lot of people shy away from the subject and we don’t like to think about it — many people wrote to me and told me they could not finish the book because it was too uncomfortable for them to read,” he said.However, the widespread success of Joey the horse’s story comes from its capacity to personalize war for the reader, Morpurgo said.”War Horse works because it enables people to go back to the time of World War One but somehow personalizes it. War is so great a horror that it is difficult to understand, but if you personalize a tragedy it allows you to make sense of it.The horses were the innocent victims of war, like the soldiers, and Joey represents this.”The exhibition War Horse: Fact and Fiction will open at the National Army Museum on October 22.
* Says plant capacity expansion scheduled to come on stream in late-2013Oct 14 (Reuters) - Encana Corp , Canada’s largest gas producer, has entered into an agreement with Pembina Pipeline Corp as it looks to triple liquids-rich natural gas production in the Alberta deep basin.Pembina, which operates several conduits that transport crude oil and gas liquids to major pipeline hubs, will invest about C$230 million to expand the processing and liquids extraction capacity of the Resthaven plant.The Resthaven area, located in west central Alberta, is known for its prolific liquids rich natural gas supply.In the first of the two-phase expansion, Encana expects to boost extraction of natural gas liquids (NGLs) at Resthaven to about 8,000 barrels per day (bpd) from about 1,000 bpd.The second phase is expected to add another 4,000 barrels per day of extracted NGLs from Encana’s liquids-rich natural gas production in the region.Encana, which has been looking to divest $1-$2 billion worth of non-core assets, sold some natural gas midstream assets in Colorado and its Barnett Shale natural gas assets in North Texas to cut back on spending and cope with weak natural gas prices.”Over the next number of years, we expect our NGLs extraction to triple from about 10,000 barrels per day to about 30,000 barrels per day,” said Renee Zemljak, Encana’s executive vice-president, marketing, midstream & fundamentals.Encana is looking at production of 12,000 bpd at Resthaven, about 5,000 bpd at Musreau and more than 3,000 bpd at Gordondale, representing an incremental growth of about 20,000 bpd of NGLs.The plant capacity expansion is scheduled to come on stream in late-2013.While Encana shares closed at C$20.77 on Thursday, Pembina closed at C$25.50 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Volume was 91.68 million shares, compared with 117.8 million shares traded on Wednesday.”Concerns for foreign outflow from the Karachi bourse and a fall in international oil prices affected the market sentiment,” said Ahsan Mehanti, director at Arif Habib Investments Ltd.Foreign investors sold shares worth a net $3.2 million this week.In the currency market, the rupee firmed to 86.85/90 to the dollar compared with Wednesday’s close of 87.15/20 amid lack of import payments and on increased remittances from Pakistanis living abroad.According to official data, remittances rose 25 percent to $3.3 billion in the first three months of the 2011/12 fiscal year (July-June), compared with $2.65 billion in the same period last year.However remittances fell to $890 million in September, compared with $922 million received in September last year.In the money market, overnight rates ended at the top level of 11.90 percent amid tight liquidity in the market.Dealers said there were scheduled outflows of 264 billion Pakistani rupees ($3.028 billion) on Friday. ($1 = 87.175 Pakistani Rupees)