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Mutton racing


Lamb racing: not a serious sport. These beasties were well accustomed to humans and not keen on running anywhere. They had to be chased by hooting farm children, and even then they kept stopping for skritchies and treats from the crowd. I think they did a best 3 out of 4 and no lamb won twice. This was from Sunday again.

On a sinister note, they’ve been pulling bodies out of the sea on a beach up the coast from us today. They’re up to five now, including two found by walkers after dusk, washed up on the beach. And Twitter tells me there’s a helicopter out looking for another.

There were thousands of people on the beaches today and the news is treating these as ordinary swimming accidents, but nobody knows anything. They have no identities, no backstory. They don’t even know if any of these people were together. Five is a real lot for one day around here, with little wind and calm seas.

It seldom gets above 80° here, but I think it was nearer 90° this afternoon. Eh. I’m off to take a cool bath.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 24, 2016, 11:00 pm

Yep. Here come the first speculation these might have been illegal migrants.

Young men in their twenties, black or asian, fully dressed, no family on the beach.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: August 24, 2016, 11:46 pm

I am assuming that you mean Asian in the Brit sense, and note the difference in the American sense. Myself being a decidedly infidel flavor of Asian in the American sense. To be honest, the most likely explanation for a cluster of bodies in the Channel in the absence of intelligence of a sinking of a known vessel would be part of a bunch of Islamic invaders who tried to invade in a craft not built for the Channel [which is not a millpond at the best of times]. Other than wanting the authorities on the other side of the Channel to block whatever means the invaders used to get to sea, it is not a cause for worry.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: August 24, 2016, 11:50 pm

If those are the facts, I wouldnt call it speculation.

Oh, any burkinis on your beach?

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: August 25, 2016, 1:22 am

Yes, what about those Muslim women drowning because they have to wear those burqa things? We had three of those incidents here up around Venice Beach. Surreal looking rescues. Almost naked lifeguard towing black baggy covered woman thru the waves. Is THAT in the Koran?

Speaking of drowning, during Trump visit to Baton Rouge, I lost count of the number of chickens up on roofs. Water up to the windows on every house AND a little flock of chickens on the roof. Very weird.

What did they eat up there? How do they get down? And where were the little chicks? Bad thoughts of dead chicks floating down streets and baked, dead chickens on roofs.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: August 25, 2016, 2:27 am

Are British citizens routinely fingerprinted—maybe for NHS?

Comment from gromulin
Time: August 25, 2016, 2:56 am

I’ve been surprised how many meet their fate in the ocean, at the beach. Since moving to the coastside, just north of Half Moon Bay, CA, there have been at least 10 drownings or accidental deaths in the three years I’ve been here (one 20-something guy dug a hole in the sand that collapsed on him and he suffocated) within 10 miles each way. Latest was a middle aged woman from the other side of the bay that was at home at 1:30 in the afternoon and washed up dead on a beach in Pacifica by later that evening. No malice suspected.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 25, 2016, 1:35 pm

Turns out, it was five young Tamils from London, down together on a day trip. Late teens, early twenties. Nobody knows how they got into trouble.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 25, 2016, 1:37 pm

But lest you think me paranoid, they picked up six migrants in distress in a boat near the same spot today.

At one point, they were going to introduce a biometric ID, Deborah, but they backed off. Sadly, they decided to pilot the program with immigrants, so I had all my biometrics taken 🙁

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: August 25, 2016, 2:16 pm

They said they were in appropriate beach attire what ever that means. Assuming they were in swim suits, maybe they werent experienced swimmers. Maybe they did what young men often do, dared each other to swim out too far. Do they have rip tides there?

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: August 25, 2016, 5:33 pm

There goes your potential life of crime, Stoaty!

Re: Lamb races. Pint-sized American cowboys and cowgirls participate in Mutton Busting! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm_FTC_Za98

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: August 25, 2016, 8:19 pm

What? You had your “biometrics” taken? Could you have refused? Were needles involved?

To be honest, I don’t even know what it means, but having your “biometrics” taken just sounds bad.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: August 25, 2016, 8:56 pm

Fingerprints at a minimum, tom. I don’t know what else, for sure. It’s on a chip on my passport, which doubles as my visa.

The latest speculation on the drowned is that they were playing football in the sand and got their feet stuck. I can believe that. The tide comes in faster than a man can walk on parts of that beach.

Comment from Niña
Time: August 26, 2016, 6:31 am

My daughter had to do biometrics for England to get her Visa for grad school, but when she moves there for good they’ll make her do it again!

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: August 31, 2016, 5:01 am

What could those people know about Hillary Clinton?

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