Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido
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Schott's Miscellany, 2 January 2009

Bank Holiday (Scotland & New Zealand)


MELODY OF SINGING BIRDS

The melody of singing birds was traditionally ranked:
the NIGHTINGALE first,
then the LINNET, TITLARK, SKYLARK, and WOODLARK.
The MOCKINGBIRD has the greatest powers of imitation;
the ROBIN and GOLDFINCH are superior in vigorous notes.

It was remarked to me by the late Mr Charles Roupell ... that to play billiards well was a sign of an ill-spent youth.
Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)
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