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  • United Kingdom - No peanuts for squirrels

    Gill should get a kick out of this.

    One of Britain's oldest gardens has declared war on grey squirrels by banning the sale of peanuts, a spokesman for the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh said on Tuesday. "We thought: `Why feed these brutes and sow the seeds of our own self-destruction,'" said spokesman Alan Bennell. Bosses at the gardens, founded in 1670, decided to withdraw peanuts from sale at the gift shop after their 15,000 fragile plants became overrun. "Along comes the greedy American grey squirrel with its funny foreign habits, namely, it likes eating peanuts, and creates substantial damage to plants," Bennell said.

    I just discovered this article is over 2 years old. Maybe the American grey squirrels have starved by now.
    Last edited by Minnesota scroller; 12-31-2006, 11:40 AM.
    Mike

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    Generally speaking, I've nothing against squirrels of any creed, color, gender, religion, sexuality, or ethnic origin. I eat French bread, American mustard and Bombay duck. I drink French wine, Mexican tequila and Czech lager, but not at the same time, I hasten to add*. I'm multi-lingual to some degree, speaking English, a little French, and Brummagem. I've also had international dogs, such as German Shepherds and Chihuahuas.




    But those grey squirrels are a bloody menace. Up the Jocks!


    Incidentally, Mike - how do you spell "grey"?

    Gill



    * well, not often at the same time .
    There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
    (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

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    • #3
      Gill, I figured it wouldn't take long for you to read that thread, hehe.

      You certainly are multicultural. But what in the world is Brummagrem?

      Over here, we spell "grey" either grey or gray.
      Mike

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Minnesota scroller
        Over here, we spell "grey" either grey or gray.
        LIFE'S SHORT, USE IT WELL

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        • #5
          You Canadians are weird.

          I just dug into the Wikipedia encyclopedia and found where it says that the American spelling for "grey", a neutral color, is gray. It appears that grey is the British spelling.

          Isn't it interesting the things we learn when people post silly things?
          Mike

          Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
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          • #6
            Without a hint of irony, the Wikipedia entry for Brummagem says, "This article or section may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards."

            Britain has a wide range of accents and dialects. Some are easier to understand than others. Those from Birmingham (Brummie) and Newcastle (Geordie) are notorious but at least they've never been subjected to the indignities some Scots suffered when they were accompanied by subtitles on television .

            Gill
            There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
            (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

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            • #7
              squirrels

              Get black ones they will fight the Grey and red ones out of the area Jerry

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              • #8
                "...greedy American grey squirrel..."

                I'm sorry I must have missed the Great Grey Squirrel migration. Just when exactly did that occur?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Grizz
                  "...greedy American grey squirrel..."

                  I'm sorry I must have missed the Great Grey Squirrel migration. Just when exactly did that occur?
                  They must be darn good swimmers ....
                  Ian

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gill
                    at least they've never been subjected to the indignities some Scots suffered when they were accompanied by subtitles
                    Gill
                    There was a programme on TV here recently with Newfoundlanders talking and it was subtitled - it made me laugh since I actually find the Newfie accent easier to understand than some other North American accents ...
                    Ian

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