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Gah! Good dog!

Pazuzu has nothing on this guy. The tour guide told us how much the school children love this thing. It gave me the icks.

Back to the almshouse. Their heraldic symbol was a leopard and this wooden one was on the pinnacle of the roof for many years. If you go to the gallery section of the Sackville College website, the first image is the replacement leopard. The new one was carved out of mahogany and then coated in resin, so it should last a while.

I was surprised to learn it didn’t take many hundreds of years to age like this: he’s 150 or so. The College became very run down in the early 19th C and a mid-Victorian benefactor funded a lot of renovation.

“College” in this sense means “a group of people with a particular job, purpose, duty, or power who are organized into a group for sharing ideas, making decisions, etc.” Not an institution of higher learning.

p.s. his tongue and ears are hammered lead.

p.p.s. today is Mo the cockerel’s birthday. He’s six. Hatch day, really, but no need to be pedantic. Tomorrow is Sam the cockerel’s – hence why he’s called Sam. I don’t do anything special for them. They’re chickens.

p.p.p.s. okay, I did sing “Happy Hatch Day to You!”


Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: July 3, 2024, 7:51 pm

Is there an American ex-pat community that assembles every July 4 to surreptitiously celebrate the day we waved goodbye to monarch, Parliament and TWWNLOC?

That would be so rebellious, no?

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: July 3, 2024, 9:29 pm

Will Uncle B be celebrating tomorrow in honor of not having to care what sort of stupid thing “the colonists” are going to do next?
Throwing tea into the harbor, throwing the baby out with the bath water, overthrowing “democracy” to save “democracy”, Judges overthrowing the rule of law in favor of pretending our President is king and can do things like… pay off college loans, or choose not to defend our borders, or tell Americans they can’t have natural gas stoves and gasoline powered vehicles… without asking our permission!

Course I say that pretending the US isn’t the 8000lb gorilla splashing around in almost everyone’s bathtub.

Kinda like California and Washington DC are for the rest of us.

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