Q&A: What does ‘topical issue’ mean?

Question by : What does ‘topical issue’ mean?
For my highest level LAMDA acting examinations in Devised Performance I need to write a script to do with a topical issue. What is a topical issue? Is racism and drugs one??
Thank you! If you have any ideas on what I could base my script on (preferably something very original) the please post!!
Thanks again, yahooers :)

Best answer:

Answer by Ms. Worth
A topical issue is one that is the “hot topic” of the day.

The Tiger Woods story is a topical issue — everyone is talking about that topic.

Global warming is a topical issue.

Possibly early release of prisoners is a topical issue, and piracy.

Drugs and racism are never out of the news for long, so they are considered topical — just not LSD use by hippies (not topical any more!)

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Dog Trail: Poetry, sheer poetry

People often email me things in the hopes I’ll share them: contests, stories, pictures, YouTube videos that tickled their fancy. Sometimes I share them, when I know it’s something you would enjoy.

I love to write poetry and I think you all know that. I even have a tag: “Bad Poetry.” My poems are bad, but lovingly crafted. I know this. But the other day I opened an email from a writer, a real live good one, and it was just beautiful and I think you all would really like it. It’s about a black labrador. Here’s a snippet:


On our hill there was a trail to the moon.
Our black dog found it, beat it into the ground with his paws.
It could be supposed that he hated moons,
that his ferocity was more than dutiful,
but we’ll never know.

Do yourself a favor and head on over to Literal Latte to read the whole piece. Then tell me if you loved it as much as I did! A + + + + + + +

Shared for no reason other than a love of a beautiful turn of phrase.

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Emmylou Harris Honored by Best Friends Animal Society

She’s garnered 13 Grammy Awards over the course of her music career by tugging at our heartstrings with timeless tunes, and now singer/songwriter Emmylou Harris has received an award for…

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Texas Terri Bomb

A few nice scabies images I found:

Texas Terri Bomb

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Texas Terri Bomb performing with the Damned (Brian James/Rat Scabies version) at the 100 Club, London, on Thursday the 7th of June 2012


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Toby and Ylan

This is Toby – a three month old Staffordshire bull terrier pup who lives in Gorbio village. In the third photo you see him running across the square with Ylan. Is there anything nicer than a young boy and a young dog happy together. 


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Search-and-Rescue Bloodhound elected mayor of Colorado town

It was a tight race. Buster the cat was in the lead just a few weeks ago, but at the 11th hour supporters of Pa Kettle the Bloodhound pulled out the stops—and the cash—to give the office of mayor of Divide, Colorado to the soulful Bloodhound. The mayor race is part of a creative fundraiser by the Teller Regional Animal Shelter, a no kill shelter. In this election cash equals votes, one dollar buys a…
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We’re Spring Cleaning Here on DogTipper!

It’s spring cleaning time here on DogTipper! With our site now passing 10,000 pages, we’re doing a little virtual housecleaning and rearranging of furniture. One big change will be a move…

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Cattle scab: First Scots case since 1980s found in Borders

Cattle scab: First Scots case since 1980s found in Borders
Psoroptic mange is caused by mites. Tests on a calf at a Borders farm have confirmed the first case of cattle scab in Scotland since the early 1980s. The disease, also known as psoroptic mange, is caused by mites that pierce the animal's skin to feed.
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St Boswells vets confirm Scotland's first case of Cattle Scab on Borders farm
Properly known as Psoroptic Mange it's caused by mites that pierce the skin to feed which causes immense irritation in the infected animal. Clusters of Cattle Scab have been found in Wales, south west England, in Yorkshire, in Ireland and mainland
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Cattle Scab found in Borders
Psoroptic mange, also known as cattle scab, is caused by mites that pierce the animal's skin to feed, causing immense irritation. The mite pierces the cow's skin to feed Credit: AHVLA. Clusters have been found in Wales, South West England and Yorkshire
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MROSD concerned about rodenticide's effect on local bobcats
Studies by the National Park Service in southern California indicate that outbreaks of mange in animal populations is a result of exposure to anticoagulant rodenticides. These poisons weaken animals' immune systems and make them less able to fight mite …
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Dog Meets Hedgehog | Video

Omigosh this is so sweet! Cute dog Nimbus wants to play with Poki the hedgehog!! The hedgehog is so adorable. Hope this video brightens your day like it did mine!!!

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Spring Is Here: Tell Me Your Favorite Thing About the Season!

What Is Your Favorite Thing About Spring?

Essley and I spent last weekend in Indianapolis, and I let out an audible squeal upon seeing tiny green buds on the trees there.  Things still look pretty winter-ish up here in the Chicago area, but the little hint of fresh growth I saw over the weekend got me all sorts of excited about spring.  In honor of the season of rebirth (after the worst winter I can remember), I decided to ask this month’s group of medium and large sponsors to tell me their favorite things about springtime.  Their answers got me even more psyched for the warmer weather, longer days, blooming flowers, lush green leaves, and fun springtime clothing that is starting to appear.  If I had to pick one season, I’d say I’m definitely a summer girl, but spring is a close second – and I’m thrilled that it’s finally here. 

To find out more about the rad people behind Bubby and Bean’s April sponsor team, just click on the links in each of their submissions below to visit their homes around the web.  Their shops and blogs each have something pretty fantastic to offer.  And then be sure to leave me a comment with your favorite thing about springtime!

Every April 1st, us PlanetShoes folk kickoff spring with a day at our local farm, sorting veggies and prepping for planting season. It’s such a wonderful way to start the spring season, getting our hands dirty in the great outdoors. But of course, our absolute favorite part of springtime is showing off our toes! With colorful peep-toe flats, embellished sandals and classic wedges, we absolutely adore sifting through our spring shoe collection… it’s our perfect way to welcome sunny weather.

My favorite thing about spring this year is planting and tending to our natural dye garden! We have built a pond, a water catchment system, and planted every natural dye plant we can get our hands on.

My favorite thing about spring is everything. All the rain/thunderstorms, the vibrant colors, bird watching, spring clothes, and people tend to smile more. I live out in the country so I love this small gap of time that I can throw open all the windows at my house and listen to records, feel the cool wind, and enjoy the pre summertime vibes.

My favorite thing about springtime is the flowers blooming, and the change in the weather. I can’t think of a better day than walking through the park picking wildflowers.

My favourite thing about spring-time? Taking walks with our dog, seeing all the blossoming trees, enjoying dinner + wine with my hubby on our patio and working on my little urban garden. Heaven!

Honestly, my favorite thing about spring is not having to put on a million layers in the morning. I get up at 6 AM to get ready for work, so it’s nice not to worry about being freezing!

My favorite thing about Springtime has to be pulling my jean jacket out of hibernation! I love the crisp mornings and being able to simply throw it on and go!

Thanks again to those who shared their favorite parts of springtime with us!  Sponsors are crucial to Bubby and Bean.  The funds raised by their ad spots are used to devote the necessary time and money to keep this blog going and make sure it’s at its best for our readers. Sponsors support Bubby and Bean, so when our readers support our sponsors, everyone wins! 

As for me, my favorite thing about springtime goes back to what I said at the beginning of this post about seeing those tiny buds on the trees.  Watching nature transform from a cold, lifeless, grey and brown to a colorful, lush, vibrant green energizes me.  I absolutely cannot wait to get to spend more time outside.

Your turn!  What is your favorite thing about spring?  I want to know!

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