Monthly Archives: July 2011

Pin-Up of the Week

This week’s pin-up is Princess the kitten from Aberdeen who survived an hour stuck in a washing machine cycle. She emerged bedraggled and shaken, but appears to have fully recovered after three days at the vets.

The Mysterious Quail’s Egg Of Hertford

There it was on the carpet – a quail’s egg. Bolly was fascinated by it. So was I. How did it get there? It’s a while since I’ve had quails’ eggs in the kitchen. And I’m certainly not aware of…

But then, on closer inspection, I realised it was one of the new pebbles I put in the garden at the weekend. No quails involved whatsoever.

Guinea Pigs – Collective Noun Update

a guinea pig judging panel pores (paws?) over your nominations Thanks for all the suggestions. I’m currently liking – a wibble (Sarah) a squeak (Phil) a squee (H) a snuffle (Andrew) But the fluffy jury’s still out. Please keep them…

Wanted – Collective Noun For Guinea Pigs

guinea pigs at Van Hages I spent an inordinate amount of time watching the guinea pigs at Van Hages garden centre yesterday with my friend Henrietta. And we suddenly realised we had no idea what the collective noun was for…

a Van Hages guinea pig impersonating Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter herself (actually, an odd chicken-type creature in Van Hages mini zoo)

Here are some of my favourite existing collective nouns – Birds pride, pulchritude, ostentation or muster of peacocks (quite right too) sedge of bitterns plump of moorhens murmuration of starlings herd of wrens (herd? eh?) squabble of seagulls parcel of…

Pin-Up of the Week

This week’s pin-up is the world’s smallest cat, Mr Peebles from Illinois, with his friend Robert the guinea pig.

Pompous Pop Song Titles

Mick Jagger of the Circumrotary Monoliths Having expatiated upon Latinate and Hellenistic verbalisations, I’ve now become obsessed with making up pompous titles for pop songs. Here are my top ten. Please email your suggestions to ian@peacockshock.com Persecute me with your…

Epiphenomenal Imbroglios

What do you prefer? Dog or canine? (‘How much is that canine in the fenestration? The one with the vacillating appendage…’) Flood or inundate? Troth or fidelity? Foresake or relinquish? Aware or cognizant? Brainy or cerebral? Harbinger or indicator? Before…