A few years ago, my lovely partner and I saw a mother duck and her young ducklings surrounded by a murder of crows on someone’s front lawn. As you can imagine:
- the crows were intent on helping themselves to a snack or two; and
- the poor mother was looking pretty stressed and had her work cut out to protect her young.
The mother’s problem was that the local river was about 300 metres away down the road and shepherding her flightless young chicks that far back to the water (ducks and water go great – crows and water not so) was impossible without losing some or all of them.
So the good Mrs and I decided to intervene by shooing the crows away and guiding the ducks back to the river. Suffice to say, we felt pretty pleased with ourselves as we watched the young family take to the water. As we walked back up the road, the crows (now on the roof of the house) made it very clear what they thought too!
We then went to the local Chinese restaurant to celebrate the rightful future of ducks.
In the spirit of saving young ducklings, Andrew Bolt (via Rita Panahi) has shared this beautiful video – it’ll make your heart warm:
When TMR’s not busy being a lawyer, talking trash on a basketball court somewhere, tending to his fruit trees or lamenting the state of our nation’s finances – he’s working on his guitar skills. His latest foray involves compiling a jazz style arrangement for the timeless classic, Fly Me to the Moon – an absolute treasure trove of seventh chord variants to explore and experiment with.
As one typically does with this pastime, TMR went to YouTube and found the following three delights to draw inspiration from.
Coming in with the bronze medal was this beautifully understated composition by the very cleverly named ortoPilot and his capo:
Second place went to this unbelievable composition put together by Tommy Emmanuel and Emil Ernebro – which provided equal doses of jaw dropping amazement, inspiration and, of course, despondency!
However, trumping all of the above was this from (then) eight year old Norwegian girl, Angelina Jordan.
You may need a tissue:
Have a great weekend everyone!
Politics and the scourge of the left couldn’t have been further from my mind while exploring Tuscany.
Consequently, the purpose of this post is to recommend the magnificent Siena House, run by Malvin and Amanda Tyler. Located in the heart of Tuscany, this four-room B&B is the perfect hub for exploring the region and is a stone’s throw away from:
Continue reading “Gratuitous Advertising – Siena House and Andrew Bolt’s Book”
TMR is on the road in Europe and sends you the heartiest of greetings from its first stop in Munich.
Among many interesting things to note so far are that:
- smokers and non-smokers seem to have an amazing ability to co-habitate, without one group having to wipe the other from the face of open air public spaces*; and
- mindless political correctness is definitely not on the menu (see various items in the first section):
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I’ll leave you to form your own opinion.
(Thanks to reader Peter Part).
Here’s the story:
- Mother enrolls her kids in a drama class.
- Mother later finds out that the teacher, shock horror, is gay.
- Mother sends message to teacher saying that her kids will no longer be attending his classes because of the teacher’s ‘lifestyle’ and because she does not want her kids to be influenced ‘unconventional ideas’.
- Teacher sends response to mother which goes viral.
Continue reading “Gay People Can Unfairly Discriminate Too”
I can guarantee you that if any intelligent person had an ant plague in their backyard, their strategic response would not exclusively involve getting out a revolver and periodically shooting some of the ants roaming the surface. They also probably wouldn’t attempt to ‘open up a dialogue’ with the ants in order to better understand them or get their friends to denounce the ants on social media.
(Please correct me if I’m wrong and you have successfully eradicated ants with any of these strategies).
Knowing this, why is bombing rubble into powdered rubble with air strikes pretty much the only strategy used by world leaders against IS to date? Unless, of course, the strategy is to keep the ants?