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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

C'mon People - it's just a sparrow!

BBC News report on the sparrow that was shot after knocking down 23,000 dominoes that were part of world record attempt.
If you're like me, you will be wondering why this a news story - it's just a sparrow.
Well, in the Netherlands, a sparrow is never just a sparrow.
In fact, justice was served for this sparrow's death - his/her killer was fined 170euros for the crime. Check out the website in remembrance of the sparrow. My Dutch is fairly non-existent but I don't think that this a humourous website....
The little dead birdie will be displayed in Rotterdam's Natural History Museum.

Simon and Garfunkel in their "Wednesday Morning at 3a.m." album have a similar tribute to a sparrow - probably an ancestor of the noble Dutch sparrow that was sacrificed cruelly on the altar of dominoes.

Who will love a little Sparrow?
Will no one write her eulogy?
"I will," said the Earth,
"For all I've created returns unto me,
From dust were ye made and dust ye shall be."

2 Comments:

Blogger greengirl said...

The glorious Dolly Parton is also fond of singing about sparrows

December 13, 2005 12:25 p.m.  
Blogger Auds said...

Indeed she does. Little Sparrow. She does a version of it with Kasey Chamber which is worth checking out if you haven't heard it.

December 13, 2005 2:23 p.m.  

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