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The gull and the magpie

The gull and the magpie were deep in conversation

Magpie: Well, there is a song about Magpies.

Gull: indeed. Someone once wrote a book with a gull as the title character.

Magpie: And there is another song about Magpies.

Gull: Two songs! Wow! But… every song there is, that ever was, that has ‘girl’ in the title can be sung using the word ‘gull’ instead. Lots of songs.

Magpie: Really. I think most birds have a song or two written about them: Nightingales, Robins, Eagles, Albatrosses (or Albatrossi), Blackbirds, Magpies, so, it’s nothing special.

Gull. True. But the numbers do favour gulls: ‘Gulls just want to have fun’, ‘It’s different for gulls’, ‘Some gulls’, ‘Gulls, gulls, gulls’, and so on.

Magpie: But Magpies are ‘pies’ and everybody loves pies.

Gull: Maggoty Pie? I think not. Everybody loves gulls.

Magpie: I don’t think that ‘everybody’ does love gulls – have you seen all the signs at the seasides and the quaysides? ‘Don’t feed the Seagulls – they are vicious!’

Gull: No such thing as a seagull. We are all just gulls of the sea. Anyway, we’ve just had a bad press. It’s not as if ‘we’ can put up signs saying, ‘Watch out for the people – they are liable to be vicious if you take their ice-creams or pasties!’

They are holding those things aloft for us, and then they get all upset when we accept their offerings. People are so very stupid.

Magpie: You are very persuasive, gull; and, yet, I do believe that Magpies have had (and do have) more poems written about them: ‘Magpie in a Rainbow’, ‘Magpie up a tree’, ‘The Magpie’, and hundreds more!

Gull; Maybe even a dozen.

Magpie: ‘A gull a day keeps the tourist away’:

Gull: You made that up!

Magpie: some of it. But, I dare say there are many more in that vein.

Gull: Probably. I must say that I do ike you, Magpie.

Magpie: Magpies are very likeable birds, once you get to know them.

Gull: As are gulls.

Magpies: unless you’ve ever lost your ice-cream or pasty to one.

Gull: True, very true.

Tuesday’s Classic Poem – ‘The Magpies’ by Denis Glover

The Magpies

When Tom and Elizabeth took the farm
The bracken made their bed
and Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle
The magpies said

Tom’s hand was strong to the plough
and Elizabeth’s lips were red
and Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle
The magpies said

Year in year out they worked
while the pines grew overhead
and Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle
The magpies said

But all the beautiful crops soon went
to the mortgage man instead
and Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle
The magpies said

Elizabeth is dead now (it’s long ago)
Old Tom’s gone light in the head
and Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle
The magpies said

The farm’s still there. Mortgage corporations
couldn’t give it away
and Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle
The magpies say.

When the first magpie discovered how to fly

When the first magpie

discovered how to fly,

he said, ‘This beats walking,

and talking nineteen to the dozen’,

as he flew around the heads

of the other magpies.

.

He was flying around and around

and then he said,

‘It’s better than walking upon the ground.

.

One of the magpies said,

to the magpie flying overhead,

‘How do you do?’

.

‘How do you do?’ replied the flying magpie.

.

‘No. How do you do,

that thing you do,

up in the air, there?’

.

‘Well…’ said the flying magpie,

‘I was walking along, I tripped,

and fell,

fell into the air!

I don’t quite know

how I got there –

in a panic I flapped my things;

I think that I

will call them… wings!’

.

The other magpies continued to look,

and many was the frown,

.

‘Hmm’, said one magpie to another,

I’m just a little worried,

about how he’s getting down!’

4 and 20 Black and White Birds Baked in a Pie – Recorded Audio from my phone (and a translation).

I saw a pie in a magazine a cookery magazine so I bought that mag I carried home the magazine and a 5p bag I saw that in the pie recipe there there are four and 20 black and white birds I stopped and I did stare black and white birds baked in a pie oh no no no no no why when the pie seems to be opened the birds will begin to sing there’s a thing I still think it’s cruelty to bake for and 20 black and white birds in a pie I have to write and ask the magazine why

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I saw a pie in a magazine

a cookery magazine,

so I bought that mag,

I carried home the magazine in a 5p bag;

I saw that in the pie recipe there were four and twenty black and white birds—

I stopped and I did stare…

‘black and white birds baked in a pie!’

Oh, no, no, no, no, no, why?

When the pie seems to be opened,

the birds will begin to sing – there’s a thing.

I think it’s cruelty to bake four and twenty black and white birds in a pie –

I just have to write and ask the magazine why.