Rown A New Spindizzy Farrier
The Centaur and Equine residents today were treated to the good news that Spindizzy has a new Farrier service available. The original Spindizzy Farrier as most hoofed residents of Spindizzy know by now, was bought out by the Japanese corporation known as "Sushimora Corporation", owners of the "Samurai Squid house" restaurant chain and "Larry's house of Tattoo's" in the strip district of Pittsburgh.

When purchasing the Farrier service, Sushimora Corp. promised faster trimming and shoeing due to their new "Samurai style" trimming technique which involves the use of Katana's and guttural noises over the customary trimming clippers and files. Of course they also offered a free squid with every shoeing and a tattoo while you wait. They boasted of having the least expensive shoes in all Spindizzy due to owning their very own horseshoe manufacturing plant in Japan. With all these features patrons were still complaining about choppy trimming and the feeling that the Japanese employees were calling them names in Japanese behind their backs. Of course the most voiced complaint was that after getting shod there, you felt like you had to get reshod an hour later!  

Reiter, Resident Centaur and Spindizzy local, claims that when checking his front shoes one-day because they felt loose, He noticed a "Budweiser" emblem showing through the metal on the shoe bottom. Later investigations proved that the shoes were made from recycled beer cans as well as old Toyota's and even Yugo's! Local Centaur and Spindizzy Resident Argon had his hind hooves trimmed there and found afterwards they had cut them for a Missouri Fox Trotter instead of a Clydesdale giving him a very feminine sway along with an uncomfortable duck footed stance. Argon could not be reached for comment.

While investigating complaints, This reporter went to Sushimora and got reshod. The shoe set rusted within one week. Upon farther investigation it was found that the shoes were made from a recycled 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. Very humiliating on my part. Had they been made from a recycled Charger or Mustang I wouldn't have felt as humiliated. 

The New Farrier uses the same time tested techniques as the original Farrier and also uses shoes made from virgin steel made from the raw materials. Patrons coming from the new Farrier have praised his work. Unfortunately, the price for a four-hoof trim and reset has gone up because of the competition from Sushimora but the new Farrier says that he's confident that he'll eventually be the only Farrier in Spindizzy soon and the price will fall. 

When questioned about the new Farrier's remark, an employee of Sushimora replied, "I'm not worried about "Sushi" (the pet name given to Sushimora by its employees). I'm sure the hoofed residents of Spindizzy will see what a wonderful company we are. And if they loved Sushi like I love Sushi…. At that point his superior in mid dance cut him off.

In a related story, Sushimora has also purchased a Furrier as well. They claim that they have just been given exclusive rights to a one of a kind "Fursnake" wrap from an unknown source.

Next week… Is Sushimora really a S.E.D. front?
Mavra Centaur Apparel Part II

As was said last time, the second part of this column shall cover as to what centaurs do to accessorize their wardrobes and what is done to manage the mane and tail.

While it may seem simple enough to take care of a mane like that of a centaur, keep in mind that arms are not flexible to the extent of being able to rotate 180 degrees around, very similar to that of a human.  And just like a human, eyes are not on the back of the head, so in human fashion, care is done mainly by feel, perhaps with the help of multiple mirrors, just like folks do with a ‘pony tail’.

Speaking of tails, a tail is something special for a centaur, mainly because for just about all of the four-legged folk, the tail is something that is barely reachable, if at all.  Proper care, namely brushing, combing, and the removal of foreign objects is a daily task, and something that is best done by another.  This is where the other iron shoe drops for not just any Tom, Dick, or Jane can do this, but rather one that is trusted, like a close friend, or a ‘significant other’, like a spouse.  As a matter of fact, since it *is* such a sensitive issue with centaurs, caring for one another’s tail is tantamount to either a close embrace or even a kiss.

While there are many imposed similarities, often where none is warranted, there is a general likeness between centaurs and horses as far as to what sort of shampoos and conditioners that can be used.  Centaurs are indeed a mixture of both, being able to use ‘Head & Shoulders’ for the head, and ‘Mane & Tail’ for, yes, the mane and the tail.  The final difference, however, is between having a greater degree of intelligence and fashion sense.  Centaurs *know* what looks good together and what doesn’t.

It is amazing as to just how many different combinations of scarves, ties, hats, shirts, vests, and yes, ribbons there can be.  Due to the widely varying hair patterns possible on a centaur’s lower body, often is the case where solid colors are worn, leaving the total appearance less ‘busy’.  The general rule of contrasts works best with centaurs, since most are either lighter in color or darker, the garments then being on the opposite side of brightness.  Clothing and accessories can be of the same contrast as the centaur, but care must be made so as to not to let things ‘bleed’ into one another, leaving the wearer looking like a swath of shadow, or worse, a dollop of tapioca.

Boki Ask Boki!  (Starring Boki Gull!)
Boki answers questions that make today's fish controversy!  Send your
questions or fish today!
Mr. Boki, How do you prepare the best fish?
Boki has already ate fish today, so you probably do not have the best fish!
 If you do then you should send it to Boki and he will tell you tomorrow!
Boki, I just captured a magic fish that will give me three wishes if I do
not eat it, but I do not want to get a fish curse!  What should I do?
This happens many times!  Boki would compromise for two wishes and a nice
fish dinner!
Boki!  I believe catching fish is an art!  But my friends do not believe so!
What is your opinion of art?
Boki thinks that art will put fish on the table! But Boki is more
interested in putting the fish in the beak!  So should you be!
Friend Boki, where are the best fish?
You should not want to know this!  You are trying to know where Boki is
hiding the best fish!  Boki will not say!  This article is over!
Argon Minority Fringe Group Makes Complaint
  This paper received an anonymous letter written in crayon stating the concerns of what was described as "A bunch of us.." concerning the group's perception of the paper being taken over by Centaurs.

The letter stated that "all the storys you done put in it this last week were made by senters.  Them that wernt was about them.  This isnt fair.  You need to stop consentrating on them horse people and let the rest of us normal furs read the real news."

Due to the lack of a return address, or avenue of communication with this 'group'. I decided to print it here, and inform them, and everyone, that stories are accepted and elicited from everyone.  Last week's edition did have a large number of Centaur writing and subjects only because they were the only contributions made to @Action News.  Please feel free to contribute items you think would be of interest to newspaper@spindizzy.org Thanks.

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