Monthly Archives: December 2012

Do Moths Have Ears?

Cute Moth Mum’s favourite cashmere jumper has been savaged by a moth. But it’s turned its nose up (do moths have noses?) at her woollies. Apparently this is normal. Moths have expensive tastes. They prefer cashmere to wool and synthetic…

New Year’s Eve Eve

New Year’s Eve – Allendale, Northumberland Gosh. It’s New Year’s Eve Eve already. In these wild and woolly northern parts, New Year’s Eve itself is still pretty eccentric and some families still insist on the ritual of ‘first-footing’. It basically…

Graveyard on New Year’s Eve – Talca, Chile

Bureaucrats

I was amused to stumble on a little-known book by the late astronomer Sir Patrick Moore – a guide to getting revenge on jobsworths. I met him several times – at the Cat of the Year Show and his house…

Happy Wren Day (Unless You’re a Wren)

Wrenboys It may be Boxing Day in England. But in Ireland, it’s Wren Day. Until the 1930s, Irish ‘Wrenboys’ would hunt for a wren, kill it and stick it on a pole. Then, wearing weird straw hats, they’d process round…

Octopuses – Tentacles? Arms? Legs?

This morning’s Peacock conversation turned to the dexterity of cephalopods. Are all their tentacles identical? In an octopus’s garden, would your typical octopus use one tentacle for, say, weeding and another more suitable tentacle for holding the watering can? We…

Paranormal Santa Claus

Unidentified Flying Santas are attracting the attention of paranormal researchers, according to the Boston Globe. Could aliens or ghosts be manifesting themselves as St Nicholas?

Christmas Up North

Bolly and I are up north for a few weeks. Here she is in her holiday HQ – a little nook under the sofa-bed. It’s a bit like a lobster pot. She can get in but not out, so she…

Alternative Christmas Tree

Following the tragic demise of my Christmas tree Spruce Willis, my olive tree Nana has taken on the role.