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Nursery Rhyme Time 1

A Scottish Black Bee

A Scottish Black Bee

“Buzz buzz, Black Bee
Have you lost your stripes?”
“No, sir; not me
Those bees are different types;

One courts disaster
When you’ve go-faster bands
One is so much safer
If you’re a ninja fan.”

The Plight of the Humble Bumble-Bee Keeper!

A selection of British Bee-Keepers.

A selection of British Bee-Keepers.

Keeper of the Bees

It is now time, once again, to spare a thought for the plight of the humble, bumble-bee-

It was only a decade ago that we thought that British bee-keepers were a dying breed. Numbering fewer than 8,000 in number (and not all of those with a mating capacity) and declining slowly and surely into the endangered species category, there seemed no hope for them.

However, numbers have increased (perhaps due to an enforced mating programme) and at last count there were 25,000+ with the promise of a healthy increase in numbers for the future.

The British Bee-Keeper (descended from Apiarists) is a sturdy, hardy sort and their stubbornness has, at least in part, seen them safely ensconced in British gardens for years to come.

The Plight of the Humble Bumble Bee

A Bee

A Bee

Dialogue (imagine you are hearing it – it makes slightly more sense).

Grae: There are no Bs in Alaska.

Audience Member: There aren’t?

Grae: No.

Aud: How do you know that?

Grae: Jane told me.

Aud: How does ‘she’ know?

Grae: I don’t know; Alaska.
(To Jane) Jane?

Jane: What?

Grae: Alaska?

Jane: What about it?

Grae: Any ‘Bs’ in Alaska?

Jane: No; definitely no Bs in Alaska;
not a one!

Grae: Okay, thanks Jane.

Jane: You’re welcome.

Grae (To Aud): No, definitely no Bs in Alaska.

Aud: Ugger!

The Plight of the Humble B