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Monday, August 13, 2007


A scops owl was chewing my finger this weekend. Not this one, which I found here, but a fair imitation of him.

Isaiah Berlin writes to Stephen Spender, 1936:

My colleague O’Neil […] went to a law Court where a man was condemned to 4 months for throwing a stone at a bird – against Goering’s new Reichsjagdgesetzbuch (Reich Hunting Code) – because that is bestial cruelty and the National Socialist Regime is opposed to cruelty in every shape & form.

Found in Graeme Gibson’s Bedside Book of Birds.


Mark Granier said...

Remarkable. No comment needed. That's exactly the kind of thing Anthony might have adapted for one of his Hiroshima quatrains.

Twenty Major said...

Owls are cunts.