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#115983 - 11/15/03 12:12 PM Re: Ornithology 101
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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Bill, I couldn't get your link to work, but got this: http://www.uib.no/people/hnohf/vice.htm. that's a fun site, thanks for finding it! sometimes we can't find what we're looking for because we don't know the right question!

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#115984 - 11/15/03 12:43 PM Re: Ornithology 101
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Dear etaoin: Funny, it now won't work for me. But in Yahoo Search box I entered "Tolkien nevbosh" and the site came up.
Try that. Bill


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#115985 - 11/15/03 04:15 PM Re: Ornithology 101
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thanks, Bill. I found the main site, since both of our sites come from the same source: http://www.uib.no/people/hnohf/index.html lots and lots of stuff there!

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#115986 - 12/08/03 03:24 PM Re: Ornithology 101
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They say that the government of Britain will fall if the rooks leave the Tower of London. To ensure that this won't happen, the government unsportingly clips their wings. What the tour guides don't tell you is the reason why the rooks were ever there in the first place. They used to feed on the dismembered corpses of executed criminals. I suspect that they now only get to eat disgraced cabinet ministers. Or, at least, I wish that were the case ...


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#115987 - 12/08/03 04:41 PM Re: Ornithology 101
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Dear Capfka: How would you like a rook pie (mentioned as a delicacy in Dickens novel) made from Tower rooks fed surplus cabinet ministers?

From the Pickwick Papers:

The boy shouted, and shook a branch with a nest on it. Half a
dozen young rooks in violent conversation, flew out to ask what
the matter was. The old gentleman fired by way of reply. Down
fell one bird, and off flew the others.

'Take him up, Joe,' said the old gentleman.

There was a smile upon the youth's face as he advanced.
Indistinct visions of rook-pie floated through his imagination.
He laughed as he retired with the bird--it was a plump one.




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#115988 - 12/09/03 06:18 AM Re: Ornithology 101
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They are actually ravens at the Tower of London - a much bigger bird altogether. This is quite an amusing presentation:

http://www.toweroflondontour.com/kids/


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#115989 - 12/09/03 11:59 AM Re: Ornithology 101
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Dixbie, I read your post with indignation. Then I reread mine. You are quite right of course. It was a slip of the brain/finger co-ordination process. Ravens they are. Big, fat, well-fed looking things too!


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#115990 - 12/09/03 12:55 PM Re: Ornithology 101
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And raven pie would not be a delicacy to rave about.


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#115991 - 12/10/03 02:57 AM Re: Ornithology 101
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Big, fat, well-fed looking things too!

"I suspect that they now only get to eat disgraced cabinet ministers."


Well - with such a rich diet....


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#115992 - 12/10/03 09:55 AM Re: Ornithology 101
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We're currently hoping for a disgraced Prime Minister. Although he's a bit on the lean side. But we'd settle for the deputy as an entree ... the ravens must be fed appropriately!


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