* AGM XXVIII
* Two Short Planks
* 1,001 Buildings
* WildlifeReport: Penguins
On with the motley...
A big Thankyou to Linda for sending me these two photos taken at AGM XXVIII (at the Tanfield Railway).
The first shows what Linda unkindly calls ‘the witches of Eastwick’ at East Tanfield station.
What do you think?
TWO SHORT PLANKS
Prompted no doubt by the list of inane complaints made to Thomas Cook and featured in posting 302, the wonderful Martin, of Houghton-le-Spring, has sent me this list of answers given by contestants in tv quizzes.
I know there are several lists like this doing the internet rounds but I’ve never seen this one before - and I like it a lot.
Which Duke lives at Woburn Abbey?
There are three states of matter: solid, liquid and….?
What is the name of the insect which makes honey?
The honey fly
What Z is a human who has returned from the dead?
Name a Paris landmark
Name an animal with horns
Name something that flies without an engine
A bicycle with wings
If you know of any others, send them to me, please.
And thanks, Martin.
1,001 BUILDINGS TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE
Time once again for the next ten ‘buildings you should see before you die’, as recommended in the lovely book I got for Christmas last year.
The buildings in the book are in chronological order. This list brings us up to 1462.
If you’ve seen any of them, or plan to, please get in touch.
I’m delighted to say that, with numbers 92, 93 and 98, my tally has gone up to eighteen - a respectable total of which I am immensely proud!
91 - Santa Maria da Vitoria Monastery, Portugal
93 - Ca’ d’Oro, Venice, Italy
95 - Palazzo Medici, Florence, Italy
97 - San Francisco and Temio Malatestiano, Rimini, Italy
99 - Malbork Castle, Poland
100 - Palazzo Piccolomini, Pienza, Italy
Having reached number 100, we’re now 10% of the way through our journey and it’s taken us all over the world. Perhaps we can forge links with another truckshunter project - our World Geography. If we’re not careful, this blog could turn into a kind of ‘alternative encyclopaedia’!
National totals so far are:
Italy 23, France 8, Egypt 5, England 5, China 5, India 4, Spain 4, Ireland 3, South Korea 3, Syria 2, Croatia 2, Iraq 2, Japan 2, Uzbekistan 2, then 1 each for Afghanistan, Armenia, Belgium, Cambodia, Denmark, Ethiopia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Indonesia, Iran, Isreal, Libya, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Tibet, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, USA, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
AND FINALLY….WILDLIFE REPORT: PENGUINS
My thanks to Dave for sending me this interesting and little-known fact of penguin life. He writes…
Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica? Where do they go?
Wonder no more!
It has recently been discovered that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life.
A penguin is very committed to its family and will mate for life, as well as maintaining a form of compassionate contact with its offspring throughout its life.
And if a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of the family and social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using their vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to be rolled into it and buried.
The male penguins then gather in a circle around the fresh grave and sing:
"Freeze a jolly good fellow"
"Freeze a jolly good fellow."
Then they kick him in the ice hole.
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