Thursday, December 8


Albert has insisted I post some of his recent animal studies.

The first is a well-fed pigeon.


This chap is called, I think, a water dragon. He's worth clicking on, to see his full majesty.

water dragon

Here in NSC, we have lizards too, and there's currently a fat healthy one resident in the garden. He's got no tail, probably thanks to the dog. For him, the dog's death must be a big relief. It all balances up. I'll get a photo of him some time, but meanwhile here's one of his mates on the road in front of the house. The dog's saying - it wisnae me! Or I'm sure you can think of a caption.


  1. I saw!

    What interesting braaie you must have.

    MM III

  2. Mingers. I wondered what the plural was.

  3. I like the Water Dragon.

    I used to enjoy the geckos in AZ when I lived there. They would drop their tails if you scared them.

    I tried not to, but there was one that used to live outside the back door. We took turns startling each other.

  4. Nanners. We have tiny ones here, that drop their tails. The tails go on wagging like crazy.

  5. I say!

    Each year around this time Mrs M and myself host a small party for the servants. We all very much enjoy my quiz - I've been told this many times by all who attend.

    Here are this year's quiz questions:

    Quiz New Year 2011/12

    1. True or False? One of the Titanic’s four funnels was just for show and did not emit fumes.

    2. True or False? To celebrate the new country of Southern Sudan, the government announced a plan for the capital city to be rebuilt in the shape of a rhinocerous, and the second city Wau to be rebuilt in the shape of a zebra.

    3. True or false? Teflon-coated frying pans, Velcro and cordless power tools are all spin-off discoveries of the space missions.

    4. In a farmyard, there are some black sheep and white sheep. Each white sheep can see as many white sheep as black sheep, but each black sheep can see twice as many white sheep as black sheep. How many sheep are in the farmyard altogether?

    5. True or false? The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world.

    6. True or false? When it was built, in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest man-made structure in the world.

    7. Don Rowe attempts to rearrange the letters of his name into one word. Is this possible?

    8. I have 25 ties divided into five different colours. If I was blindfolded, how many would I have to pick out to be sure of having one of each colour?

    9. If only one of the following statements is true, how many beans have I got?
    I’ve got ten or more beans.
    I’ve got less than ten beans.
    I’ve got at least one bean.

    10. Which is the odd one out?
    President Jaramogi Ajuma Oginga Odinga
    President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba
    President Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan
    President Canaan Sodindo Banana

    11. If you have the same amount of money as your friend, how much money should you give him so that he will have Kwacha 10 more than you?

    12. Who picked a peck of pickled peppers?

    13. How many wives of Henry VIII were beheaded?

    14. What was the name of Tintin’s faithful dog?

    15. Two days ago Bert was 20. Next year he will be 23. How can this be possible?

    16. What object can you cut clean through, and be left with one object with two ends?

    17. Who is the bear in The Jungle Book?

    18. In which sport do you have a short stop and you can have a pinch hitter, a long reliever or a closer?

    19. Since 1975, what sport must be played right-handed even if you are left-handed?

    20. How many balls are there on a snooker table at the start of a game?

    21. Which is the largest country without an airport?

    MM III

  6. Mingin'! I've got an answer! But I'm keeping shtumm since I didn't get a prize the last time! Hotboy

  7. Mingers, I reckon the ridiculous ones are true.

    Three sheep.

  8. I say!

    Three sheep is incorrect. And not all of the ridiculous ones are true, as that would be ridiculous.

    MM III

  9. I say!

    Doviko tells me he can now see into the future, and that your next post will be about fragrant cleavage. I told him this was a load of codswallop.

    MM III

  10. Mingers. My cleavage blog is separate. (Postmodern joke)

    How many sheep is it? I'm on holiday and so's my brain.

  11. Mingers. Did you work it out yourself?

  12. I say!

    I'll answer that one when Doviko has come back from the bottle store with the ciggies.

    It's only three miles. How long can it possibly take him?

    He's on double time for this trip, BTW.

    MM III