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Meet "White Crow's Son", the albino blackbird.

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  • Meet "White Crow's Son", the albino blackbird.

    Would you Adam'n'Eve it? The Multiverse, in her endless variety, has chosen to honour the publication of White Wolf's Son with the rare appearance of an albino blackbird here in Merrie Olde England. In fact in ye Countye of Cornwalle.

    The bird made the pages of the Guardian newspaper on Tuesday and again today in the science section.

    The reports can be read here:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/st...500909,00.html

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/thisw...501756,00.html

    and a picture from today’s paper scanned by moi, here:

    [broken link]

    It’s a shame the journos haven’t made the connection with Mike’s new book, but perhaps the Multiverse has more subtle schemes afoot and the bird isn’t really there to publicise White Wolf’s Son at all…?? Nah, couldn’t just be coincidence, could it !?

    :)
    Last edited by Rothgo; 04-24-2010, 05:34 AM.

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    Re: Meet "White Crow's Son", the albino blackbird.

    Originally posted by TheGuardian
    A pure albino blackbird has been found in the garden of a house in Cornwall but the creature is unlikely to live a year. :)
    That's what they think... soon it will be sipping away at the magick potions and leading all of the other birds in a mighty army against us. Hitchcock was a harbinger! Block your chimneys!! The time of the pecking approaches... :(
    "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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    • #3
      Re: Meet "White Crow's Son", the albino blackbird.

      Originally posted by DeeCrowSeer
      Originally posted by TheGuardian
      A pure albino blackbird has been found in the garden of a house in Cornwall but the creature is unlikely to live a year. :)
      That's what they think... soon it will be sipping away at the magick potions and leading all of the other birds in a mighty army against us. Hitchcock was a harbinger! Block your chimneys!! The time of the pecking approaches... :(
      Very likely, but will Our Boy peck for Law or on the side of Chaos?

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      • #4
        Blackbirds and other Turdidae can be appeased with raisins thrown onto a dawn lawn. And worms.

        This is as distressing as the metallic green mallards of 1996...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Perdix
          Blackbirds and other Turdidae...
          "Turdidae"? Honestly, old chap, there's no need for that sort of language. Come the time of The Pecking, you'll be regretting such profanity!
          "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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          • #6
            Ooh, yes! Even the Ivory-billed Woodpecker has come out of extinction to join in (I was going to do an article on it for PX, but the idea of any more work on those lines starts me twitching). >tik!< See?

            >Tik<

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DeeCrowSeer
              Originally posted by Perdix
              Blackbirds and other Turdidae...
              "Turdidae"? Honestly, old chap, there's no need for that sort of language. Come the time of The Pecking, you'll be regretting such profanity!
              You have a problem, sir, with the names assigned to the members of the order Turdidae?

              Do you disdain the use of that common, immensely useful word "turdiform" -- meaning "resembling a thrush" (another member of the family)?

              Do you object strenuously to the genus and species of the "robin red breast"? (Turdus turdus)

              :lol:

              Nice misleading word.

              LSN

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              • #8
                Troglodytes is fun, too. And fun-sized...

                We won't mention titmice.

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                • #9
                  Or shags.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Perdix
                    Ooh, yes! Even the Ivory-billed Woodpecker has come out of extinction to join in (I was going to do an article on it for PX, but the idea of any more work on those lines starts me twitching). >tik!< See?

                    >Tik<
                    Ah yes, the so-called Grail bird. Also known as the Runestaff fowl in other parts of the Multiverse. The little bugger escaped from my menagerie when I wasn't looking. It makes the most incredible pecking sound, like cloister bells on a damp afternoon. I also discovered an escaped American Indian. Be wary, he is a tiny little bugger who likes to hid in cupboards.

                    The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker was re-discovered in the back woods of my adopted Arkansas. The Army Core of Engineers has already decided that the planned development of a surrounding watershed will go on as planned and will not have any repurcussions for this long-thought extinct grubhunter. Ah, industry. Apparantly the Ivory-billed isn't quite as handsome as the condor, which was nearly a celebrity in it's revival, while the poor Grail-bird gets shafted by the current administration's lackeys.

                    Progress...

                    Jeff

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                    • #11
                      It's always the LBJ's* that get trodden underfoot, be they ne'er so rare...





                      *LBJ - Little Brown Jobs. Not dubious ex-presidents.

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                      • #12
                        They're all a bunch of peckerheads if you ask me.
                        The cat spread its wings and flew high into the air, hovering to keep pace with them as they moved cautiously toward the city. Then, as they climbed over the rubble of what had once been a gateway and began to make their way through piles of weed-grown masonry, the cat flew to the squat building with the yellow dome upon its roof. It flew twice around the dome and then came back to settle on Jhary's shoulder. - The King of the Swords

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                        • #13
                          Albino wallaby

                          It gets stranger, with pictures of an Albino wallaby hopping around. The only report I could find was in The Sun, the paper that called Mike 'a person of rare goodness and sanity'

                          http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2005280111,00.html
                          'You know, I can't keep up with you. If I hadn't met you in person, I quite honestly would NOT believe you really existed. I just COULDN'T. You do so MUCH... if half of what goes into your zines is to be believed, you've read more at the age of 17 than I have at the age of 32 - LOTS more'

                          Archie Mercer to Mike (Burroughsania letters page, 1957)

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                          • #14
                            Nice find, Aral!

                            Thanks for the link.

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                            • #15
                              All-white blackbird photographed

                              Originally posted by GuyLawley View Post
                              Would you Adam'n'Eve it? The Multiverse, in her endless variety, has chosen to honour the publication of White Wolf's Son with the rare appearance of an albino blackbird here in Merrie Olde England. In fact in ye Countye of Cornwalle.

                              The bird made the pages of the Guardian newspaper on Tuesday and again today in the science section.

                              The reports can be read here:

                              http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/st...500909,00.html

                              http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/thisw...501756,00.html

                              and a picture from today’s paper scanned by moi, here:

                              [broken link]

                              It’s a shame the journos haven’t made the connection with Mike’s new book, but perhaps the Multiverse has more subtle schemes afoot and the bird isn’t really there to publicise White Wolf’s Son at all…?? Nah, couldn’t just be coincidence, could it !?

                              :)
                              I this this blackbird might have been in The White Wolf's Son.



                              BBC Nature:
                              All-white blackbird photographed
                              The bird is leucistic, which is a genetic mutation that prevents pigments from being deposited normally in its feathers.
                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/16646922

                              This is most fascinating. Now I have learned about leucism as well as albinism.

                              I see this handsome bird leading us through The Multiverse!














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