Patrick links to this Telegraph story about the use of pigeons to pay kidnap ransoms in Iraq. "One family attached $10,000 in $100 notes to the legs of five homing pigeons, which they found in a cage left on their doorstep." Pigeon keeping is more popular in the Middle Est than almost anywhere-- breeds include several I have, including black (Msawad) dewlaps, which I saw in turkey.
They even put jewelry on them; here is one with earrings Sir Terence Clark photographed in Syria last year.
He also has several posts on the endless idiocies of PETA-- more in a bit.
Larissa is back, with photos from Paris. I particularly like the one she calls (in comments) "I have nothing to wear"....
Like cooking with guts and such? We at Casa Q do. Here is a contest for the best offal recipe. I don't know if we have anything original, and we already have the prize-- but we may enter anyway. Grilled sweetbreads with Argentine hot sauce!
Readers: do you think I could make money with this blog? My financial needs are more modest than Anarchangel's.
Hate Big Oil? How about Big Oil plus Big China Government? (see Peculiar for more China re Tibet.)
The inimitable curmudgeon John Derbyshire has been kind to Q and company recently. Peculiar explains one essay here. And in his March Diary (second page), he comments on a forthcoming book we will be saying more about here soon. It is a good one.
"We Give Our Hearts to Dogs to Tear. That's the title of a book due out in April from Transaction Publishers. You can pre-order it from Amazon, and if you ever loved and lost a pooch, I recommend you do so.
"The author is Alston Chase, one of the more interesting and reflective writers about nature and the wilderness, one of the few who doesn't come at these topics from a position of Goreite "give-a-ton-of-your-money to-us-wise-leaders-and-stop-doing-all-the-things-you-like-and-then-we'll-fix-the-problem" leftism. He is a friend of Stephen Bodio, of whom I would say the same; and Stephen is a friend of mine, so I guess Alston and I are grand-friends. I hope so, anyway, because I really like his book. (Though with one quibble: I think he gets Kurt Gödel wrong.)
"Among the delights of the book are the snippets of poetry and prose Alston has used as chapter epigraphs. I did not know this one, for example, from Ogden Nash.
Ten years ago she split the air
To seize what she could spy;
Tonight she bumps against a chair,
Betrayed by milky eye.
She seems to pant, Time up, time up!
My little dog must die,
And lie in dust with Hector's pup;
So, presently, must I."