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Self Invitation

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 16 Oct 2017, 20:50

I don't know how it happened but I have accidentally invited myself to connect to myself on LinkedIn. (This is true.)

Should I accept?

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 15 Oct 2017, 22:37

This unhappy-looking animal

 is a manticore.


It's probably unhappy because it doesn't exist, and never did. Or perhaps because, if it had existed, it might feel miserable about this exotic but unflattering description.

The face of a man, the mouth open to the ears with a treble row of teeth beneath and above; long neck, whose greatness, roughness, body and feet are like a Lyon: of a red colour, his tail like the tail of a Scorpion of the Earth, the end armed with a sting, casting forth sharp pointed quills.

This is taken from Randle Holme, The Academy of Armorie and Blazon, 1688. But manticores were mentioned by ancient writers; such as Aristotle, who had his information in turn from Ctesias. 

Ctesias, writing ca. 400 BCE, spent time at the royal court in Persia, and the name of the beast is from Persian, and means "man eater". 

So Ctesias got this story from the Persian court, and it was still being repeated 2000 years later. A long-lived bit of fake news.

Image: Museum Meermanno, MMW, 10 B 25, Folio 13r. Manticore

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15 new species of gecko have just been discovered in Myanmar.

These species live in a relatively small region consisting of a plain that has limestone pinnacles. Roughly speaking, on each pinnacle a different kind of gecko has evolved in isolation.

I remember a holiday years ago in a rented Greek house. It had house geckos (they eat flies, so they are useful). I was fascinated by a tiny baby gecko, no longer than the joint of a finger, that I saw walking up a window pane. Geckos have special sticky footpads (still not completely understood I believe) that let them climb smooth vertical surfaces: they can literally "walk on walls".


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One Liner

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My friend's a professor of late 19th century German philosophy. Bit of a Nietzsche position.
 

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Espinas

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He wasn't surprised to find the spare room full of pineapples
It had been building up for some time
Starting with the cactuses in the kitchen
Then the odd sea urchin
And once he glimpsed a porcupine busy in the garden.
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Edited by Richard Walker, Friday, 13 Oct 2017, 19:05

I just love Chinese dumplings. But they always leave me wonton more.

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Tom Swifty

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"Look, there's a Dalmatian", exclaimed Sue. "Well spotted", said Tom.

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It's never too la

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Old fashioned beer tankards. I say pooh to them.

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Playground Joke

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Edited by Richard Walker, Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017, 23:01

Q. How can you get rid of a dessert made from milk?

A. Junk it.

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I told him, "You're a really good judge." He said, "Well I try".


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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 8 Oct 2017, 21:55

One fly was talking to another. He's like, "FLIT happens. Get over it."

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Kuus Kuus Kallike

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 7 Oct 2017, 23:25

Every morning I listen to music while I shower.

Today I heard a piece I did not know but which I can't forget. It's by Arvo Pärt, Estonian composer, and is his response qhen asked to write a lullaby, nine or ten years back.

"Kuus kuus, kalike". Perhaps it meams nothing in any language but its own lullabyese.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uCFFoGQV58



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Alla shopperen

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 7 Oct 2017, 22:39

Everyone loved the garden centre. Except for the mystery shopper.

He got pushed into a hopper.

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All the kids were very polite. Except Rose.

She kept picking her nose.

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Owl in a Hollybush

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 7 Oct 2017, 22:11

My brother Simon took a lovely picture of a Little Owl.


There's a Greek saying, "Glavkes stin Athina" - "Owls to Athens". It's like "Coals to Newcastle". No need, they have plenty there already.

The Little Owl is the mascot or companion of Athene, goddess of wisdom (amongst the goddess' other titles). So owls are considered wise.

Perhaps the most famous coin ever is the silver four-drachma piece from the mint at Athens. These coins were so ubiquitous they were called "owls".

"How much do you want for that horse?"

"Five γλαυκες to you Φιλω."


I love the observation, sympathy and humour shown by the coin designer. I think the headlamp eyes are related to the owl's reputation as a bird of wisdom, and could be the origin.

Last night I heard one of these little birds calling in the night outside my house. Its cry is very evocative.

Image from wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owl_of_Athena

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Love's Arrows

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Arrows, by any other name, would pierce the heart as sore.

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Haiku

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 5 Oct 2017, 21:52

Frankly I don't trust the Moon

I caught him watching us again last night.

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Musical Daffynitions

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 5 Oct 2017, 02:24

Barcarolle       Gamble on winning streak

Minuet             Last night's romantic dinner

Romance        Insect scouts

Nocturne         Criticise stage act      

Overture          Your turn now

Rondo              Relative of John Doe, Jane Doe, etc.

Andante           Another relative

Unison             The one at uni

Suite                Grain identification

Operetta          Grain dryer tragedy   

Symphony       Appear odd


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When it comes to crastination, I'm a pro.

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