Asylum Seekers: Now With Wings

Written by Holmes Charnley

It seems inconceivable that a bird table could lead to thoughts about asylum seeking, but this seems to berepparttar case.

It all started innocently enough, of course. With winter now upon us, I thought it would be a nice idea to buy a bird table, to bring back memories of a childhood where my parents stuck some bacon rind up on a branch, bought merepparttar 118202 Observerís Book of Birds and left me to it.

Whichever hobby they decided on for me, there was always an Observerís book involved and a hope that I would then get on with it.

Anyway, torepparttar 118203 local shop for a bird table. Mightily expensive they turned out to be, so rather than a mahogany table, replete with eaves and a foot spa, we returned home with a round mesh with a stick in it and a packet of peanuts. I had attempted to go torepparttar 118204 counter with bird seed, rather than peanuts. I was calmly informed thatrepparttar 118205 seed was smaller thanrepparttar 118206 mesh and would merely have left a trail.

Not a problem. Peanuts it was then and by day three,repparttar 118207 birds arrived. Well,repparttar 118208 Tit family anyway and thatís more than good enough for me. It really is a delight, andrepparttar 118209 children are as excited as Iíd hoped they would be.

Hang on, one secondÖ (ďNo dear, thatís not a Peregrine, thatís still a Great Tit!Ē)

So, as I say, we have, if nothing else, been inundated withrepparttar 118210 Tit family. We needed to identifyrepparttar 118211 different breeds within this family, so a little bit of research has revealed that so far, we have had a Great Tit, a Blue Tit, a Coal Tit and also a Marsh Tit. No Crested Tit, though. These have grey-brown upper parts, whitish under parts and a black and white head with, funnily enough, a crest on it. These, you see, are only found inrepparttar 118212 Caledonian forests of Scotland and I live inrepparttar 118213 middle of Devon.

The $600,000 Quarter - A True Story

Written by Rocky Ramsey

The $600,000 Quarter - A True Story By Rocky Ramsey

My father has what can only be described as fantastically good luck or horribly bad luck. You'll have to berepparttar judge with this one. This is a true story.

Several months ago my parents went to a Biloxi casino and were waiting in line for breakfast. The casino, being thoughtful for its guests, not to mention making a few extra bucks forrepparttar 118201 casino, had a line of slot machines that could be played while people waited in line to get intorepparttar 118202 restaurant.

Dad decided to play a progressive slot machine while he waited.

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