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hutch0
Date: 2008-01-10 23:59
Subject: a new aye aye is among us...
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This is Raz, a baby Aye Aye who has just been born at Bristol Zoo.



The Aye Aye is, of course, the presiding spirit of the villages, and they're outlandishly endangered. I read somewhere there may be only about a thousand of them left in the wild, mostly in Madagascar.
Welcome, Raz. It's a tough old world.
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pds_lit: Arthur
User: pds_lit
Date: 2008-01-11 01:48 (UTC)
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A face only a mother could love! Just kidding, it's cute!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-11 21:51 (UTC)
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Actually, the adults don't look too weird, but the babies are really spooky.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-01-11 01:55 (UTC)
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You ever hear the old Take It From Here episode set among the Roman legions, who numbered off from the right:

ay
ay ay
ay ay ay
ay vee . . .


and so on?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-11 21:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That sounds familiar from somewhere, but I don't remember Take It From Here at all.
I do, however, remember - from either Carry On Cleo or the movie version of Up Pompeii a cohort of centurians marching along and the leader calling out "Sinister, dexter, sinister, dexter!" which I thought was weirdly sophisticated.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-01-11 21:59 (UTC)
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Take It from Here was on the Home Service (later known as Radio 4) and starred Jimmy Edwards, Dick Bentley and, I think, June Whitfield. I used to listen to it as a kid, and then through into my teens. I've heard occasional reruns of it since.

The first half of each broadcast was not dissimilar to a Round the Horne "magazine"-style format; the second half always was a new slice of life centred on a family called The Glums -- Edwards as Dad, Whitfield (I think) as daughter Eth, and Bentley as her ever-in-attendance swain Ron. Mrs Glum was never voiced at all, but represented only by an occasional sound of carpet slippers on lino shuffling rapidly away in panic.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-11 22:02 (UTC)
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Yep, I know what you mean now. I know I never heard it because I never heard The Glums.
Round The Horne, though, now you're talking...
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-12 00:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oddly enough, those are the exact words Bogna used when she first met me...
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jmward14: Duzell3
User: jmward14
Date: 2008-01-11 07:21 (UTC)
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Do I see a new icon in your future? Could do worse. Hugs and smiles, Jean Marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-12 00:23 (UTC)
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Yep. Just might.

Big Hugs.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-01-11 07:42 (UTC)
Subject: until today ...
I hadn't heard of the Aye Aye specifically until earlier today in a chance phone call with one of my cousins (a long, dull story in itself). One of her sons-in-law is on his way to Madagascar to study them for some post-doc work.

The stewardship of the planet is such an overwhelming task. One project at a time does its part to a greater or lesser effect. Sometimes such efforts work; sometimes they don't. We saw the last two of a subspecies of rhino at the San Diego Wild Animal Park in November. Heartbreaking.

Thanks for the sweet picture and the edification.

-the ojm
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-11 21:59 (UTC)
Subject: Re: until today ...
Actually, I hadn't heard of them until about fifteen months ago; there was another one born in a zoo over here and its picture was all over the papers and I fell in love with them. I've no idea why they're called Aye Ayes.
You're right about the stewardship of the planet. Sometimes I think we're losing.
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