The Last Furlong

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Next, there will be bird ‘unions’

Fancy that! Maybe we could get our birds to weed our garden? If we ever get any birds again, that is!

In France they have trained Rooks to clear up litter in a Park. What a brilliant idea. This is how it works –

The rooks at the Puy du Fou theme park in the west of the country have been taught to collect cigarette ends and other small bits of rubbish.

They then deposit the litter into a small box which will deliver some bird food as a reward for their hard work.

I’m impressed. Maybe Rooks will be put to work everywhere? When they get politically motivated, they’ll be forming ‘bird unions’ so they can go on strike for better ‘wages’.

A rook crow

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Our Royal connection

Some of the younger Furlongs visited Buckingham Palace yesterday. Our granddaughter was adamant that a Queen must live in a castle, so it should be Buckingham Castle. But of course the Queen has a Palace AND a Castle. Continue reading


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The great bird sucking vortex in the sky

I have come to the conclusion that in the week we were away on holiday at the beginning of the heatwave in June, a great bird sucking vortex appeared overhead here, above our building, and sucked up all our birds. Continue reading


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Simple pleasures, then and now

I’ve never been a fan of ventriloquists and their ‘dolls’. Not then, not now. Continue reading


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A new old word for modern parents

I have thought of a solution to reduce the stress that modern parents do NOT show when their small children are trashing the shop, shrieking around tables in a restaurant, hurtling down the street like uncivilised savages. Continue reading


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From the frying pan into the fire – Zimbabwe

Oh dear. Something really seems wrong with the Zimbabwe election.

It was close –

Officials from the Electoral Commission announced early on Friday that Mnangagwa had received 2.46m votes, or 50.8% of the 4.8m votes cast. Chamis won 2.14m votes, or 44.3%, the ZEC said. Mnangagwa needed to win by more than 50% to avoid a runoff vote.

The rural areas are full of those people used to the old corrupt government: where memories of hot coals shoved down throats to elicit votes, must be still in the culture. The Crocodile oversaw those days of the hot coals – and the days of torture and killings. It was the rural areas that voted for The Crocodile. Fear is hard to erase. Fear is embedded in the minds of the people.

The Urban areas voted for change. Zimbabwe needs change. And the biggest change should be a release from fear.

The people of Zimbabwe either duffed it by voting for The Crocodile or this election is a fraud!

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The English mustard test for harvest mite bite – results

I got some guinea pig ladies in my swimming group to test English mustard on harvest mite bites. Continue reading