It’s been an unusually busy week for our favourite woolly wonders, so we’re bringing you into the fold with all the news fit to bleat.
1. Google Sheep View – find flocks from your desk
Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like: Google Sheep View searches Google Street View for sheep on the lam(b), and rounds them up for you. Like all the best ideas, it came out of a Freudian slip: the site’s co-creator Ding Ren told Mashable, “I was asking Mike to look something up on Google Street View and said Google Sheep View by mistake and didn’t even realise it. Guess I just always have sheep on the mind.”
Featured flocks come from all over the place: Wales, New Zealand and the hilly bits of England are well-represented, of course, but Sardinia, Taiwan and Chile make an appearance too.
Some of our favourites:
You’ll find Google Sheep View on Tumblr. Obviously.
2. King Lear with an all-sheep cast
This might be the best play description we’ve ever read:
“…A stubborn director is trying to put on a production of King Lear with a cast composed solely of sheep. As expected, his actors are both silent and mutinous. Much chaos ensues. King Lear with Sheep is an experimental re-evaluation of its famous predecessor that overturns theatrical conventions through the startling and revolutionary device of costumed sheep.”
The play runs for 5 days (12th-16th August) at the Courtyard Theatre in London. Tickets cost £10 from TicketWeb, and amazingly haven’t sold out yet. You’d be baa-my to miss it.
3. The world’s cutest sheep comes to Wales
The BBC reports that the utterly adorable Valais Blacknose sheep has made its debut in Wales this week. Looking like a race-flipped version of Dougal from the Magic Roundabout while sounding like the ovine equivalent of Barry White, this cute-as-a-mutton breed hails from the Swiss mountains.