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    Quote Originally Posted by Energy58 View Post
    Our neighbours had peacocks when I was a kid - as well as being really noisy they cant fly properly either. They would periodically "land" on the roof (think controlled crash which sounded like the chimney was falling down) and then spend the next few hours shouting "help!" at each other at top volume
    There was a house not far from where I lived as a kid, close enough you could hear them when the traffic was light and the wind the right way, had a couple; they had clipped wings, so could not fly.
    First time I saw one on a roof ridge on this estate, my first thought was "How the hell did that get there?", I honestly considered them to be flightless ornaments.
    Sort of a dolled up Ostrich out on the pull.
    I was more impressed with a family of Jays in the garden.

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    They're feral here and roam round the countryside in flocks of 10-20, it can be a shock to meet them on the roads.
    Definitely don't doubt Dawn - not if you value your life

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divemouse View Post
    They're feral here and roam round the countryside in flocks of 10-20, it can be a shock to meet them on the roads.
    Are you referring to peacocks or the locals?

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    Just spent a week in Glen Coe, weather not great but north of the worst winds. Walked down glen Coe on the old military road, something I have meant to do for some time as stopping for pics when driving through is "difficult". These roads over Scotland were largely built under General Wade to subdue the Jacobite rebellions. What an aptly named person!
    Evolution is great at solving problems. It's the methods that concern me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Digger View Post
    Just spent a week in Glen Coe, weather not great but north of the worst winds. Walked down glen Coe on the old military road, something I have meant to do for some time as stopping for pics when driving through is "difficult". These roads over Scotland were largely built under General Wade to subdue the Jacobite rebellions. What an aptly named person!
    The road was evidently built before his promotion which is mentioned in the now-disused fourth verse of the National Anthem:

    "Lord, grant that Marshal Wade,
    May by thy mighty aid,
    Victory bring.
    May he sedition hush,
    and like a torrent rush,
    Rebellious Scots to crush,
    God save the King"

    As one of The Corries put it "This verse never really caught on in Scotland"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iain Smith View Post
    The road was evidently built before his promotion which is mentioned in the now-disused fourth verse of the National Anthem:

    "Lord, grant that Marshal Wade,
    May by thy mighty aid,
    Victory bring.
    May he sedition hush,
    and like a torrent rush,
    Rebellious Scots to crush,
    God save the King"

    As one of The Corries put it "This verse never really caught on in Scotland"!
    I like that. Have we got one about the Welsh too?
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    If God had meant us to breathe underwater, he would have given us larger bank balances.
    Human beings were invented by water as a means of moving itself from one place to another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelemonkey View Post
    I like that. Have we got one about the Welsh too?
    No, but the Welsh do have a laugh when the english start giving it the "yacky da" line; the full toast translates as "Good health, and arseholes to the english".

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesp View Post
    No, but the Welsh do have a laugh when the english start giving it the "yacky da" line; the full toast translates as "Good health, and arseholes to the english".
    Iechyd da i bob Cymro a thwll din i bob Sais. According to google.
    I wish I could pronounce that.
    Paul.
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    Human beings were invented by water as a means of moving itself from one place to another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelemonkey View Post
    I like that. Have we got one about the Welsh too?
    I think you need Flanders and Swann for that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4zyfwtDIHE
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Digger View Post
    I think you need Flanders and Swann for that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4zyfwtDIHE
    I was at a dinner party recently where the late night conversation got to "what do you want played at your funeral?" and I picked this!


 

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