Robin - Karma & Fire

May 14, 2019

One of the most recognisable songbirds in the garden is the plucky Robin.  Being a member of the thrush family, it’s not only cousin to the song thrush and blackbird, but also to the nightingale, so it’s no surprise that the robin has a beautiful voice as well.

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The Love Drug

April 11, 2019

The earliest depictions of the use of the heart symbol is believed to derive from the ancient culture of Cyrene, a North African city which was founded by the Greeks in 631 BC, and then later ruled by the Romans.

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“Flamin’ Flamingos!”

March 22, 2019

There’s a lot of ancient mythical beasts which seem pretty isolated, unique to a country’s culture, or even to a specific region.  Others, like mermaids, dragons, and giants, are intercultural, being known by many.  The Phoenix is one of these mythical superstars, and was known by the Greeks, the Romans, the Egyptians, and even by the Chinese.

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The Water Baby

March 15, 2019

In the year 1500 BC, the Israelites who had settled in Egypt had significantly grown in numbers.  So much so that the Pharaoh at the time grew fearful of them: paranoid that they would eventually take over.  Forgetting that it was actually an Israelite by the name of Joseph - yes, the guy with the groovy coat - who had guided the Egyptian people away from famine a few hundred years earlier, the Pharaoh made all the Israelites slaves.  Things then took a most heinous turn when the Pharaoh ordered the midwives to drown all male Hebrew babies at birth.

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A Very Big Appetite

January 29, 2019

To some cultures they were gods, keepers of wisdom, to others they were living monsters and the bringer of storms, and to a certain little wooden boy out at sea looking for his dad, one was simply known as ‘Monstro’!  

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An Unlikely Battle Companion

December 24, 2018

How do you defeat those pesky Romans: with a broadsword, a throwing spear, a battle horse?  All of those sound like they could be very useful, but what you really need in your arsenal is a Hare.  Just ask Queen Boudica - and if anyone should know it would be this red hared heroine, who impressively managed to defeat the all conquering Romans in three separate battles.  

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A Bushy Barometer

December 17, 2018

After a summer to remember, with heatwaves even overstaying their welcome, certain press publications are already peddling scare stories of a potentially harsh winter ahead, and yes, it’ll be the “harshest winter for almost a decade”!  Now, as stereotypes go, the British being weather obsessed is, I think, aptly associated, so much so that weather scare stories alone are enough to shift newspapers - and don’t certain publications know it!  

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Emperor Pingu

December 03, 2018

“Noot Noot!” That’s hello in "Pinguish" or "Penguinese”, and is the language spoken by the children’s TV sensation, ‘Pingu’ - possibly the most famous penguin in the world, having been broadcasted in no less than 150 countries.  

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A Werecat in London

November 05, 2018

It seems that wherever man has been, and a cat of some sort, you’ll find tales of people shapeshifting into felines.  In fact the only places on earth where it’s safe from the werecat are Australia and Antartica; two continents which don't have a native cat - I hear they have their hands full with werekangeroo’s and werepenguine’s as it is!

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To Cross One's Path

November 01, 2018

To see one of these animals on their own is good luck, and if it crosses your path then you can expect great gains in life, rubbing the animals fat on your bonce will cure baldness, and carrying the animals teeth around with you will treat a bad leg.   But to see one near your house, or even worse, to see many of these animals together, spells dooooom!, and if you’re bitten by one of these animals you’ll have no more than 7 years to live.

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An Elephant in the Room

October 23, 2018

The elephants trunk is one of the creatures most amazing assets.  Our nose has 5 measly muscles, (which I think sounds a little overkill considering what little we can do with it), but an elephants trunk is made up of an astonishing 40,000 muscles, has the ability to suck up 14 litres of water, is powerful enough to pick up a tree trunk, and delicate enough to pick up a single blade of grass - oh, and it also gives them the best sense of smell… in the entire animal kingdom! 

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The Real Lovebirds

October 10, 2018

It’s the tail end of winter, somewhere in a smart part of town - probably by a river - a swanky restaurant is hosting one of their most important evenings of the year.  Only tables for two are available, and the establishment is decorated head to toe with couples.

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