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peterhewett
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 1:49:56 AM
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Postal deliveries in a small Devon town have been disrupted due to a spate of seagull attacks

Around 20 seagulls have been swooping on unsuspecting postal workers in Berry Drive, Paignton and as a result the Royal Mail has warned residents it will not be able to deliver post due to its workers feeling threatened.

The seagulls have been causing problems for the past two weeks as they defend their chicks which have fallen from rooftops onto the ground.

A statement from the Royal Mail said it was “committed” to delivering to people’s homes but "occasionally might not be able to due to the attacks".

Several residents of the town have now been told to collect their post themselves from the main sorting office.








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chitta chatta
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 2:25:34 AM
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Nice change, Peter.
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Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 5:18:23 AM
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Brave birdies they are! What a lovely, funny and heartwarming note, Peter, thanks for posting it!
Epiphileon
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 7:23:25 AM

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A couple alka-seltzers wrapped in bread, tossed in the air, would put a very quick end to that crap.Shame on you
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 7:34:23 AM

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In Helsinki Market Square seagulls have become a nuisance (like stealing your ice-cream from your hand)
but I must admit I admire their brave perseverance.



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Kat
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 7:46:36 AM
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Sounds like a scene from "The Birds". Run for your life.
Vickster
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 8:12:48 AM
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I like seagulls...lol Nice to see you back Peter...
pedro
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 8:15:36 AM
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apparently they taste disgusting
HWNN1961
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 9:08:15 AM
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Seagulls, aka: winged rats, or dumpster pigeons. I still like them anyway. I've blackbirds that will swoop down if you get too close to their nests, especially in spring and early summer when the chicks are new. Every year I have to gird myself for battle just to mow the back lawn near the tall bushes they inhabit.
peterhewett
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 9:59:35 AM
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Thanks Vickster.

I have seen plovers defend their nests. They pretend they have a broken wing and attempt to lead you away from the nest, a depression in the ground, or they dive bomb you. It is very touching to see this courageous defence of young or eggs

Epi said

A couple alka-seltzers wrapped in bread, tossed in the air, would put a very quick end to that crap.

peter said That sounds out of character for you, but it would work.
Susie
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 11:01:28 AM
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LOL Applause I guess we find it funny since our mail is not affected by this. But I am sure the people wating on their mail are less than thrilled about it. Even so, good laugh.
peterhewett
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 11:15:45 AM
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Two seagulls were flying over a great crowd at a world cup football match. 'Go on' said one to the 'other let it drop.'

Nah' said the other 'there's no skill in it'
chitta chatta
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 11:58:42 AM
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When our magpie season arrives in Australia, our school kids have been seen donning an icecream container with painted eyes on front, and back. I believe this does work, so maybe you could suggest it to the mail people there. Lol, Pedro. Loved your joke, Peter.

Is that an old tyre polluting those waters? We have a national, volunteer, once-a- year Clean-Up-Australia day, mid-March.. it is a wonderful bonus for our tourism.. does that happen in your country J.J.?
RuthP
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 12:31:48 PM

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I like gulls, but while they are opportunists I've had worse problems with magpies and blue jays. (chitta chatta: The only time I was actually clonked on the head was by a magpie)

The creme-de-la-creme of assertive birds has to be the crow. They actually recognize faces:
NYT '08: Friend or Foe, Crows Never Forget a Face, It Seems
worldsclyde
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 12:51:29 PM
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Welcome home Mr. Hewett,

When I lived in Iceland and was training for the Reykjavik marathon, part of my training run was through a large area of nesting auks (that's what we called them anyway). They too were very protective of their territory and would divebomb at incredible speeds, making that roaring jet sound, just missing my head by inches. I realized that they were just bluffing but I could only think that one might make a slight navigation error at 100 mph. A 2 pound bird at that speed could mean instant death, for both of us. I made subsequent runs with a 2 ft long piece of plastic pipe to counter their threat and it seemed to keep them at bay, somewhat anyway. It also relieved the boredom of running through the tundra.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, June 25, 2010 12:52:21 PM

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C/C, that pic was not from Finland. But yes, we have voluntary bees for cleaning up surroundings.

Sometimes our "neighbourhood birds" hold their weekly meeting in our backyard. Usually they talk about food if I have understood it right. There are common gulls, crows, magpies and jackdaws. Fun to watch and listen. After five minutes they usually end up in a horrible dispute and fight, just like some posters here.
chitta chatta
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 4:44:48 AM
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At the local Hilton Hotel, regular and seasonal eagle-nesting occurs on the outside patios. The hotel has gone to extremes to help protect the chicks from falling from their nest. Peter, maybe if they fix the problem of chicks falling, it could solve the parent-attack problem?

Yes, RuthP, I did mention magpies at the beginning of the thread (I have two pet ones in my back yard who bring their baby to feed from my verandah, each spring. Never attacked anyone in my yard, in 28 years. But, media has reported they once picked out one little boys eye in an attack).

Nice to hear of the Finland Clean-Up working bee, J.J. Maybe we should (also) have an "international-Clean Up Day", once a year? Whilst driving, I never noticed the litter on the side of the road, until I had to walk everywhere.
Discombobulated
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 5:45:01 AM
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our town used a bird of prey to deal with the seagulls diving people and stealing their lunch. I don't think it worked well cause the seagull army is still at force!
chitta chatta
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 6:59:33 AM
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does "Discombobulated" have a meaning? Or, is it just a fun name?
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 7:08:08 AM

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chitta chatta wrote:
does "Discombobulated" have a meaning? Or, is it just a fun name?


TFD entry of discombobulated.
Discombobulated
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 7:18:17 AM
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
chitta chatta wrote:
does "Discombobulated" have a meaning? Or, is it just a fun name?


TFD entry of discombobulated.


Plus, it's my favourite word Dancing
chitta chatta
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 7:25:52 AM
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Thanks, J.J. and also Discombobulated.. just thought it might be one of those wee' Scottish words, that's all. Confusion now cleared up.. (silent chuckle).
Discombobulated
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 7:37:33 AM
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Och aye chitta shame it isnae but ken its a nifty wee word aw e same
chitta chatta
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 9:24:11 AM
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An' it'sa brit munlit nit tonit, back ter yeu, Dissy!
Discombobulated
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 9:38:42 AM
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A ken man a ken. Check 'is oot:

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He's cault Big Man walkin'. Check out 'is kilt, shame it isnae tartan. 'e's pure dead Scottish innae?
chitta chatta
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 10:18:09 AM
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With those dashing good looks and covered in all that blue, he's a dead-ringer for Mel Gibson as Braveheart. Welllll... Whistle maybe his head is a wee' more like what Mel looks like now. G'nit ter yeu all, now.
peterhewett
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 10:46:07 AM
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Ere…whots all this rubish abowt the scots… och the new… or whotever. Scotswmin are uglee and always dress in tweed and gurt stocins The ownly scots laidy I ever liked wos mabel mutterridge. He he… we used to go beind the bicicle shed at scuol to discuss qwantum pisics… among over thins. Four a scots woin she weren’t alf bad once you got the tweeds… ha hem … wont go their. Shee always admired my equipment did mable.
Discombobulated
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 10:59:24 AM
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Pete, oor scuol use te 'ave maths sheds fur 'at kinda malarkey hehe ah back in e day ye used te hide behind 'em fur a good ol' winching (snogging or kissing for all you non Scots). Gud times man, gud times. 'cept if a ginger nut came on te ye - 'at's pure bad times man, ken wit a mean?
Epiphileon
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 12:03:51 PM

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chitta chatta wrote:
An' it'sa brit munlit nit tonit, back ter yeu, Dissy!


Just a wee deoch `n doris, just a wee drop, that's all.
Just a wee deoch `n doris afore ye gang awa.
peterhewett
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 12:38:01 PM
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Och the noo. Now that we have all highjacked this thread lets turn to one on my favourite Scottish poets.



To A Mountain Daisy
On turning down with the Plough, in April, 1786.
1786
Type: Poem by Rabbie Burns

Wee, modest crimson-tipped flow'r,
Thou's met me in an evil hour;
For I maun crush amang the stoure
Thy slender stem:
To spare thee now is past my pow'r,
Thou bonie gem.

Alas! it's no thy neibor sweet,
The bonie lark, companion meet,
Bending thee 'mang the dewy weet,
Wi' spreckl'd breast!
When upward-springing, blythe, to greet
The purpling east.

Cauld blew the bitter-biting north
Upon thy early, humble birth;
Yet cheerfully thou glinted forth
Amid the storm,
Scarce rear'd above the parent-earth
Thy tender form.

The flaunting flow'rs our gardens yield,
High shelt'ring woods and wa's maun shield;
But thou, beneath the random bield
O' clod or stane,
Adorns the histie stibble field,
Unseen, alane.

There, in thy scanty mantle clad,
Thy snawie bosom sun-ward spread,
Thou lifts thy unassuming head
In humble guise;
But now the share uptears thy bed,
And low thou lies!

Such is the fate of artless maid,
Sweet flow'ret of the rural shade!
By love's simplicity betray'd,
And guileless trust;
Till she, like thee, all soil'd, is laid
Low i' the dust.

Such is the fate of simple bard,
On life's rough ocean luckless starr'd!
Unskilful he to note the card
Of prudent lore,
Till billows rage, and gales blow hard,
And whelm him o'er!

Such fate to suffering worth is giv'n,
Who long with wants and woes has striv'n,
By human pride or cunning driv'n
To mis'ry's brink;
Till wrench'd of ev'ry stay but Heav'n,
He, ruin'd, sink!

Ev'n thou who mourn'st the Daisy's fate,
That fate is thine-no distant date;
Stern Ruin's plough-share drives elate,
Full on thy bloom,
Till crush'd beneath the furrow's weight,
Shall be thy doom!
Discombobulated
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 12:48:35 PM
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Och aye Pete, I be sorry fur hijackin' yer wee post, I dinae mean tae make ya fret. Hope aw is cushty.

That poem's a pure belter man that Rabbie Burns wiz well gud. 'ere's a pure heafti statue of 'im in ma toon, an' 'is missus. Cheers fur sharing it wi' us pal
maximus
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 6:44:57 PM
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peterhewett wrote:
Och the noo. Now that we have all highjacked this thread lets turn to one on my favourite Scottish poets.



To A Mountain Daisy
On turning down with the Plough, in April, 1786.
1786
Type: Poem by Rabbie Burns

Wee, modest crimson-tipped flow'r,
Thou's met me in an evil hour;
For I maun crush amang the stoure
Thy slender stem:
To spare thee now is past my pow'r,
Thou bonie gem.

Alas! it's no thy neibor sweet,
The bonie lark, companion meet,
Bending thee 'mang the dewy weet,
Wi' spreckl'd breast!
When upward-springing, blythe, to greet
The purpling east.

Cauld blew the bitter-biting north
Upon thy early, humble birth;
Yet cheerfully thou glinted forth
Amid the storm,
Scarce rear'd above the parent-earth
Thy tender form.

The flaunting flow'rs our gardens yield,
High shelt'ring woods and wa's maun shield;
But thou, beneath the random bield
O' clod or stane,
Adorns the histie stibble field,
Unseen, alane.

There, in thy scanty mantle clad,
Thy snawie bosom sun-ward spread,
Thou lifts thy unassuming head
In humble guise;
But now the share uptears thy bed,
And low thou lies!

Such is the fate of artless maid,
Sweet flow'ret of the rural shade!
By love's simplicity betray'd,
And guileless trust;
Till she, like thee, all soil'd, is laid
Low i' the dust.

Such is the fate of simple bard,
On life's rough ocean luckless starr'd!
Unskilful he to note the card
Of prudent lore,
Till billows rage, and gales blow hard,
And whelm him o'er!

Such fate to suffering worth is giv'n,
Who long with wants and woes has striv'n,
By human pride or cunning driv'n
To mis'ry's brink;
Till wrench'd of ev'ry stay but Heav'n,
He, ruin'd, sink!

Ev'n thou who mourn'st the Daisy's fate,
That fate is thine-no distant date;
Stern Ruin's plough-share drives elate,
Full on thy bloom,
Till crush'd beneath the furrow's weight,
Shall be thy doom!



Hey thanks peter for sharing the wonderful poem.
kisholoy mukherjee
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 8:19:47 PM
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Birds can also cause plane crashes. That is really unfortunate. All the birds as well the people in the planes die.
Here the seagulls were defending their chicks? Poor little things. How did they fall from the roof tops, I wonder. Storm?
grammargeek
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kisholoy mukherjee wrote:
Birds can also cause plane crashes. That is really unfortunate. All the birds as well the people in the planes die.


Not if your pilot is Sully Sullengerger.
kisholoy mukherjee
Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 9:03:55 PM
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grammargeek wrote:
kisholoy mukherjee wrote:
Birds can also cause plane crashes. That is really unfortunate. All the birds as well the people in the planes die.


Not if your pilot is Sully Sullengerger.


Wow, looked him up. What a pilot. 155 people would be thanking him every moment of their lives.
(But the birds must have died :|)
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