Beagle Chasing – Atherstone – 2

Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up. The oldest event is the Replace the Collar contest where individual hares chase a beagle across country, replace its collar, and return to the start all without dropping their vegetable onContinue reading “Beagle Chasing – Atherstone – 2”

Beagle Chasing – Atherstone – 1

Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up. On Easter Monday in Atherstone in Warwickshire an unusual sports event takes place that attracts hundreds of competitors. It’s the annual Beagle Chasing extravaganza, which dates from the restoration of CharlesContinue reading “Beagle Chasing – Atherstone – 1”

The Unusual Pets Society (TUPS)

The Unusual Pets Society has a network around the world and meets online once a month. TUPS has a convention every second year, each time in a different country. The next meeting will be in September 2017 in Palermo. An unusual pet is defined as one that can be either transported around the world withoutContinue reading “The Unusual Pets Society (TUPS)”

Scargill’s Gannet – 1

Scargill’s Gannet has been extinct for about three hundred years. Whereas the seabird called the gannet has numerous colonies around the British coast, the numbers of Scargill’s Gannets gradually dwindled away until none were left. Scientists discovered skeletons of this bird embedded in logs and branches – their beaks stuck fast in the wood. It’sContinue reading “Scargill’s Gannet – 1”

Malta – 1

The Republic of Malta consists of two main islands, Malta and Gozo, with a third, much smaller island called Comino lying between the two larger islands. This small nation of 122 square miles stands at the centre of the Mediterranean Sea roughly halfway between the Italian mainland and North Africa. Here, around 3600BC, the megalithicContinue reading “Malta – 1”

Fruit Falcon – 3

The other favourite fruit of this falcon is known as five-finger on St Lucia. Alternative names include Starfruit and Carambola. The falcon hovers near the yellow Carambola and picks the fruit of the tree with its beak. It flies to the ground and eats the whole fruit, which has a tart taste and is aContinue reading “Fruit Falcon – 3”

Toasted Caiman – 2

This method comes in very useful when the caiman attacks its most famous prey, the Electric Eel. The bodies of these eels contain electric organs with about 6,000 specialized cells called electrocytes that store power like batteries. When threatened, these cells will emit a burst of at least 600 volts. When a Toasted Caiman seesContinue reading “Toasted Caiman – 2”

Black Hill Hotel – Excerpt 1

The next thing Knowles knew was that hot air was being blown into his ear and something warm and sticky was caressing his face. The back of his head hurt like hell and he could feel some matted blood at the base of his neck. He opened an eye and saw a dog standing overContinue reading “Black Hill Hotel – Excerpt 1”

The Silver Jackdaw of Bratislava

The Silver Jackdaw of Bratislava is a little known offshoot of the Corvidae family of birds. In the summer, Silver Jackdaws migrate from the area between Bratislava and Vienna to the High Tatra mountains in Eastern Slovakia and Poland where they build nests well out of the sight of humans. The reason these jackdaws haveContinue reading “The Silver Jackdaw of Bratislava”

Goat Parva Murders – Chapter 5

Carol Herald was in position early for her morning thrills; this morning it was going to be Lord Avon and his stable lad cavorting in the ferns in Hen’s Wood. Lord Avon would sit astride the youth and then whip him quite savagely as he bucked and pranced in imitation of a bull – itContinue reading “Goat Parva Murders – Chapter 5”