Sunday, 14 August 2011

Oh deer.


This photo from Le Figaro reminds me - can't quite explain the logical progression, I'm afraid, maybe Scarlet could oblige - of the story of the flock of ostriches. Suddenly aware of some danger, they all buried their heads in the sand. One, bolder than the others, lifted his head out first, looked round him and said 'But where are the others?'*

Happy Sunday. Or whatever day you read it on. If you read it at all.


*Courtesy my Aunt Evelyn, ca. 1956. Other little gems may follow at discreet (and indeed discrete) intervals. Be prepared.

28 comments:

dinahmow said...

I am now thoroughly confused - you said you were going to Greece. Did you really mean Crete, as in this Crete? Or are you dissing Crete? Or is this a taxonomy riddle?
I'm sure I shall better understand it in the morning.
(I had an Aunt Evelyn.I don't think she had much to do with ostriches.)

Christopher said...

It is the morning. And any rhodes up I would find it hard to diss Crete 'cos I haven't actually been thera yet...

Dave said...

Pliny the Elder first suggested that ostriches hide their heads in bushes. Ostriches don't hide, either in bushes or sand, although they do sometimes lie on the ground to make themselves inconspicuous. The 'burying their head in the sand' myth is likely to have originated from people observing them lowering their heads when feeding.

In Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the 'Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal' was described as 'so mind-bogglingly stupid that it assumes that if you can't see it, then it can't see you.'

Christopher said...

Dave, thank you. This is the first mention of Pliny the Elder ever registered on Lydian Airs, unless Rog - or indeed Tim or Martin - have smuggled him unsuspected in the form of a pun or jeux de mots). And it is such a pleasure to host your scholarship. Floreat Oriens!, as Pliny used to say.

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Dave said...

I trust this was also the first ever mention of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal. We visitors from the East have certain standards to maintain, you know.

Z said...

Cor. Phew.

Rog said...

I think you'll find Dave's scholarship is hosted here

Slarty Bartfarst. He designed those intricate Norwegian Fords and Swedish Saabs you know.

Dave said...

True scholarship comes in knowing what question to ask, and where to look for the answer.

Dave said...

And I know how to do umlaüts too, Rog.

Rog said...

I see you're a dab hand with cut 'n paste as well Dave!

Liz said...

Happy Sunday to you too, Mr Lydian Airs.

All hail to Dave for quoting from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I was once on a quiz team who chose 'The Slarty Bartfarst Society' as our team name and most of our opponents had no idea where the name came from (a lot fo them thought it was something rude).

mig said...

Thank you and a Happy Monday to you.

Christopher said...

Comment Deleted: Very wise. Second thoughts are best.

Z: Careful! Only a handful of these Greek islands work convincingly. At this point the wise punster packsi tin...

(Bet you can't carry on!)

Dave: I see you've been gracing other organs again.

Rog: Yes, zero tolerance for those um louts. And pirate cutters.

Liz: Hi. Good of you to drop in. Greetings to you both and a bun for the bear, if you can allow him a couple of minutes off from polishing your pub quiz trophies.

Mig: Yes, it's Monday, as ever was. I plan to fritter it away as usual. How about you?

Z said...

No indeed. I'd soon come a cropolis.

Christopher said...

Samos usual, I see.

Rosie said...

Well, you didn't get my quote from "Grease" the last time but it was mostly harmless anyway.

Dave said...

That's a quote from Hitchhikers, if you don't spot it Chris.

Dave said...

No mortal man, moreover is wise at all moments.

That's a quote from Pliny the Elder.

Dave said...

Nulla dies sine linea.

It's been my attitude to my blog, almost from the start, even though it is merely a quote from Pliny the Younger.

Christopher said...

Rosie, the only quotes I've had from you this month have been:

I'll take a case of that, thank you

and You've certainly taken a leaf out of the same book or something

which I suspect you lifted from the works of Pliny the Younger. Nothing about 'Grease'. Did you perhaps submit it to Rog for pun quality control? He's much too gentlemanly to turn it down, surely?

Dave: This is truly impressive. Don't stop now (which you'll recognise as a quote from Scarlet the Elder).

Mike and Ann said...

Quandoque bonum Homerus dormitat (I think).

Dave said...

I have just realised that 'no day without a line' is actually a reference to drugs.

Christopher said...

Mike: Exactly. And when the good Homer nods...

Rem acu tetigisti, as Dave would say sub specie papaveris.

Spadoman said...

Reading very early on Tuesday morning. (Couldn't sleep). That's not why I came here, the couldn't sleep part. I am long overdue and you are very entertaining, knowledgeable and cultured. (I don't have much to compare you to around here).
I do like the Ostriches idea of escapism, although I have done the same thing with my head in a bottle of what I deem as good wine. It's not in a box, as I'm sure that's what you were thinking. (Do you have wine in boxes in France? Just wonderin')
Anyway, good to visit here.

Peace

Dave said...

Very good. Although I believe that taking a line of cocaine involves snorting it, rather than using a needle.

Pearl said...

A comment section quoting The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy AND Pliny the Elder?! Where am I?!

:-)

Pearl

Christopher said...

Spadoman: I hope your visit here helped you to sleep? Yes, we do have wine in boxes, mostly for everyday drinking or for cooking. You can also buy it in large plastic containers which the French acknowledge their indebtedness to the USA by calling un jerrican.

Dave: Yes, I felt quite proud of this one!

Pearl: Very pleased to see you, thanks for calling in. Tea? Coffee? Citron pressé? We could probably find a root beer if that's what you'd prefer. There's a chair for you by the window next to Dave, who is much given to Pearls of wisdom.