July 29th, 2008


news from the islands of lost feet

I've been remiss in checking the Seattle Times over the past week or so, and I missed this news that one of the feet has been positively identified. Apparently DNA testing has established that it belongs to a man from the Vancouver area who went missing a year ago suffering from depression. So, one foot down, four to go. Two of them have been identified as belonging to one chap, another to a woman. There also seems a faint hope that there may be a connection to a human skeleton found on another island last year, missing an arm and both feet, but DNA testing will have to be used, which takes time. Once again, I have to speculate that the Pacific Northwest is a passing strange place.
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radioactive cat


Unfurl the bunting, mix up a vat of daiquiris for quietselkie, get that barrel of Guinness from out back for lilithsaintcrow, make up a pot of decaffeinated tea for realthog, and pray join me on the village green to perform the Druidic Mime Routine Of Welcome (discovered in a drawer in the cellar of Sir John Soane's Museum in a wax-sealed envelope marked `If You Value The Continued Existence Of Humanity Do Not Perform This Mime Routine) for txtriffidranch, fellow Prime survivor, is among us. Welcome, Paul.
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I first encountered Clerihews years and years ago during the brief period when I had subscriptions to Punch and Private Eye, and I'm afraid I can't remember which publication introduced me to them. But The Guardian has called an informal Clerihew competition. If you're baffled as to what a Clerihew is, all is explained here, although it seems slightly inaccurate to describe GK Chesterton as `the illustrator.'
Anyway, there seems to have been a healthy response so far. My favourite is:

Catherine Deneuve
Makes many men perve;
When they see her on screen,
Their thoughts turn obscene.

I've had a totally shitty day and my brain's shrunk to the size of a gnat's testicle right now, otherwise I'd offer you a Clerihew of my own, but if anyone else wants to have a go...
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