Thought for the month

“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young." "Why, what did she tell you?" "I don't know, I didn't listen.” From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Author (1952-2001)

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Once bittern, twice shy?

The main news here in the UK today is clearly the national parliamentary election and the expected result remains a complete unknown following a lively 4 weeks of the campaign. With the prospect of no party winning an outright majority, some political mating is anticipated in the following days and weeks. Another rare and unique mating ritual has finally been caught on camera.  A BBC natural history film crew has captured what experts believe is the first footage of a male bittern "booming" in daylight in the UK. news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8663000/8663139.stm

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