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Fried pigeon egg for breakfast

Posted: April 9th 2013 15:17. Last modified: April 11th 2013 14:35

This is a rather convenient arrangement - I 'ate facking pigeons.

A bird in the hand

Posted: November 19th 2012 16:13. Last modified: November 20th 2012 12:38

Is the Nursing Madonna actually a dirty joke? Jesu, rex masturbatorum?

Question about diachronicity, dreams and nationalist historians

Posted: March 1st 2012 13:11. Last modified: March 1st 2012 13:14

OK, in this dream I'm talking to a pigeon farmer about how folks are more prepared to condone pinioning some species than others, and then a flock starts smothering my face and I wake up with a bit of sheet over my head. So brain 1) meets object in the here-and-now, 2) makes false interpretation, […]

Revealed, the identity of the horny apparition in the story of St Benedict, the blackbird, and the nettles

Posted: January 9th 2012 00:16. Last modified: January 9th 2012 00:26

A 19th century Roman historian says she's from the Roman Merula (blackbird) clan.

Separating egg yolks from whites

Posted: August 6th 2011 23:26. Last modified: August 7th 2011 09:55

Tülin Özen's shell technique in Semih KaplanoÄŸlu's Bal, comparison with the palm technique, brief speculation re historical usage of both, and a Moorish honey-cookie recipe.

Three Russian rooster animations

Posted: September 30th 2010 15:50. Last modified: October 31st 2010 21:35

"Big cock" and "The old man and the cock are versions of "Medio pollico" / "Demi-coq", and "Why the cock wears shorts" is something else.

¡Tú imitas tan bien a los animales! ¿No serás … aztor?

Posted: July 30th 2010 11:59. Last modified: July 30th 2010 12:03

A phonological curiosity from coastal Cantabria, with speculation as to the supernatural powers of María Teresa Fernández de la Vega.

What’s it like being stuffed up a rooster’s arse?

Posted: May 1st 2010 17:36. Last modified: May 1st 2010 17:38

Half Cock looks to a Tuscan witch for inspiration.

The storks of war

Posted: January 30th 2010 00:05. Last modified: January 30th 2010 00:07

A fragment from Italo Calvino's quasi-17th century folk romance, Il visconte dimezzato/The cloven viscount, uses storks as a portent of battle. Several unconnected 2nd century Greek accounts might appear to do the same, perhaps particularly if one's a lazy sod and doesn't read anything but scraps of stuff on Google Books.

Video: cat vs pigeon

Posted: April 27th 2009 08:42. Last modified: April 27th 2009 08:46

Will the pigeon get the cat's food, or will the cat get the pigeon?

On-line fraud

Posted: April 19th 2009 22:33.

Birdies that ain't.

Terminal Germinal

Posted: April 13th 2009 11:49. Last modified: January 9th 2012 11:22

The pros of walking to Barcelona Airport.

What have racing cyclists and American Black Vultures got in common?

Posted: March 28th 2009 09:13. Last modified: March 28th 2009 09:18


Misspent lunch with the birds

Posted: March 21st 2009 16:54. Last modified: March 21st 2009 21:39

I hope to post interviews and analysis soon.

Duck hunting in the nature reserve on the Llobregat

Posted: March 18th 2009 18:38. Last modified: March 18th 2009 18:46

It's no longer a swinging safari now the nature-lovers have got guns too.

Gaudí­’s pelican leaves Sagrada Familia, makes new home in Bavaria

Posted: March 15th 2009 17:03. Last modified: December 21st 2018 10:56

Is it on a mission from God?

Venus de Milo tribute in Villanueva y Geltrú

Posted: March 9th 2009 10:41. Last modified: November 13th 2012 11:45

And what to do when those boring old marble columns get in the way of your new staircase.

David Icke-like view of the relationship between pigeons and statues

Posted: February 23rd 2009 13:11. Last modified: July 16th 2012 08:55

Statues are designed to be bird-friendly on the orders of a mysterious avian deity, which may have held sway over Luis Buñuel.

Photos of pet dogs trying to eat a live vulture

Posted: January 19th 2009 11:04.

I can't see the moral difference between this and when your cat brings in a vole, but someone is outraged.

The Times: no news in 2009

Posted: January 6th 2009 09:29.

So they've posted a report alleging Sir John Moore's defeat by the weather, 200 years ago. It's snowing a bit in Spain at the moment, but no signs of it turning into a repeat of 1829-30, when the Ebro froze, 1835-6, when eggs froze in their shells in Palencia, 1836-7, when it snowed on the […]


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