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Old 02-03-2018, 06:12 PM
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Susan, did the course consider if male turkeys worried about splinters?
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Old 02-04-2018, 12:45 PM
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I made the mistake of thinking that this topic was good fodder for conversation with my daughters, who are university students and therefore know everything.

I got no farther than "Have you heard the sad story of Nigel the Gannet?" before the corrections started. With infinite condescension, the younger one interrupted to say, "Mom, I think it's pronounced 'nat.' Nigel the Gnat. The 'g' is silent."

After clarifying, somewhat testily, that Nigel was not an insect, I foolishly continued trying to paraphrase this thread, only to have the other daughter femsplain to me, based on the title alone, that the song "She Didn't Say No" is a horrible relic of a benighted age of assumptions about sexual consent.

I'm becoming increasingly envious of Nigel, who for years happily chattered away to his nearest and dearest, in a paradise where nary was heard a discouraging word.

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Old 02-04-2018, 03:10 PM
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I have missed you, Julie. Thank you for your hilarious post.
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Old 02-04-2018, 05:02 PM
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What Max said.
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Old 03-10-2018, 02:13 AM
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Glad to have been able to plug the gap and give Nigel a send-off in Autumn Sky P. D. yesterday.

https://autumnskypoetrydaily.com/ (9 March Nigel No Mates))
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Old 03-10-2018, 11:22 AM
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Ned,

I hope you don't mind, but so that anyone can post their own poems about poor old Nigel, I've moved this thread from GT to Drills and Amusements.

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Old 03-10-2018, 02:37 PM
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I enjoyed your poem about Nigel, Jerome.

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Old 03-12-2018, 11:30 AM
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Thanks, Susan. Autumn Sky P. D. has a wider range than you might sometimes think. I hope the removal of the rats from Mana Island really will mean the gannet colony gets going again. The RSPB has done the same here with the Scilly Islands of St Agnes and Gugh with a consequent rise in Manx shearwater numbers and the return of long absent storm petrels.
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Old 03-12-2018, 11:56 PM
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This immediately calls to mind a tragic Pygmalion. No Venus came to his rescue to turn his stony gannet into a feathery mate.

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Old 03-13-2018, 01:40 PM
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I got a kick out of your ballad, Jerome. The link you supplied was to the home page of Autumn Sky Poetry Daily. Here is the direct link to your poem so folks can read it without having to search the archives.

https://autumnskypoetrydaily.com/201...-jerome-betts/
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