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Hey Francis! What have you done with all the piafs?

 
 
Reply Wed 19 Apr, 2006 05:42 pm
The city's Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle is so concerned that it has launched a campaign to capture, examine and ring Parisian sparrows to investigate possible causes for their falling numbers...

The bird protection league is also appealing to Parisians to place a sparrow nesting-box on their balconies amid their geraniums - and to keep their cats indoors.

from http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article358584.ece
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 19 Apr, 2006 06:03 pm
Australia will donate billions of them to Paris upon request!
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 19 Apr, 2006 07:55 pm
The word you want is Musée . . .

You need to contact The Independent an' tell 'em they ain't no such word as "museum" in Froggy talk . . .
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margo
 
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Reply Wed 19 Apr, 2006 09:36 pm
you can have my share! Want some starlings, too?
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dlowan
 
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Reply Wed 19 Apr, 2006 11:23 pm
And bloody blackbirds?
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Francis
 
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Reply Thu 20 Apr, 2006 01:24 am
As a matter of fact, there is a French word Muséum, though used under special conditions :

Muséum


I see half the people consider myself antiornithologist...

They are absolutely...wrong.

Some Australian birds would be welcome...preferably night birds..

Steve, you are welcome in Paris to check it by yourself, I'll guide you...
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 20 Apr, 2006 03:18 am
Francis..I don't think you are necessarily antiornothologist if you eat birds....

Possibly if you eat ORNITHOLOGISTS, you might be!

But...if I eat free range chicken (which I do) am I antifreerange chicken?

I think not.
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 20 Apr, 2006 03:29 am
<blows whistle> enough semantics. What's Francis done with the sparrows. Thats what I want to know.
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Francis
 
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Reply Thu 20 Apr, 2006 03:34 am
Deb, you nitpicker, you!
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Francis
 
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Reply Thu 20 Apr, 2006 03:36 am
Steve - I edit them...
???

Because I "edith piaf"...
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 20 Apr, 2006 03:47 am
groan
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dadpad
 
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Reply Thu 20 Apr, 2006 03:49 am
Noisy miner birds free to good home. Every Parisian home should have one!

set of steak knives with every order.

post and packing additional.
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margo
 
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Reply Thu 20 Apr, 2006 06:55 am
Sparrows, starlings, blackbirds - these are not Australian birds - well - they may now have Oz accents - but they aren't Oz Birds - you lot can have them all back!

Aaustralian birds are much more interesting, and colourful!
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 20 Apr, 2006 07:04 am
Is that why you pussycats love to eat them so, Margo?
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margo
 
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Reply Thu 20 Apr, 2006 07:05 am
yep - give interesting feather patterns around the mouth!
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 20 Apr, 2006 07:42 am
I don't care what you say, Francis--muséum is wretched franglais, and i refuse to surrender to it . . .

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We have vile starlings here, too . . . and they have driven out many native species. The red-wing blackbird is making a come back, and long survived by roosting in the shrubbery in highway interchanges. We got the starling because a pack of precious bloody idjits in New York at the end of the nineteenth century decided to introduce into North America every species of bird mentioned in Shakespeare (how's that for sound ecological judgment?). They failed in their first thirteen attempts. Nothing daunted, they tried again, and we've been blighted ever since.

Fortunately, we have been spared the introduction of the particularly vile breed of wabbit known to the Antipodes.
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Francis
 
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Reply Thu 20 Apr, 2006 09:22 am
Setanta wrote:
I don't care what you say, Francis--muséum is wretched franglais, and i refuse to surrender to it . . .


(However, it has been considered French for centuries)

I'm not asking for you to surrender as you know it's a typical French thing Twisted Evil

But I do not agree with the fact that it would be franglais. At most it could be Frantin or Latrais...

Hmmmm..(Humming bird).. Cool
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 20 Apr, 2006 09:26 am
I was fascinated with humming birds since childhood. We had grape arbors, and trumpet vines would climb the trunks of the grapes, and attracted the humming birds.

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You stand convicted in the court of public opinion Francis. More than forty percent of those responding consider you responsible for the drastic decrease in sparrow population. That's more than the number of Americans who think the Shrub is doing a good job.

Why do you hate sparrows, Francis?
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Francis
 
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Reply Thu 20 Apr, 2006 09:41 am
Setanta wrote:
You stand convicted in the court of public opinion Francis. More than forty percent of those responding consider you responsible for the drastic decrease in sparrow population. That's more than the number of Americans who think the Shrub is doing a good job.

Why do you hate sparrows, Francis?


Hitchcok's fault..

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/gismonda/images/sparrow-photo.jpg
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 20 Apr, 2006 09:45 am
http://www.storyhouse.org/peterpic.jpg

So, you're using Tippy Hedren Syndrome as a defense?
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