26 Apr 2007

Hello, sailor!

Looking for a shag?

Thought for the day

Here I am calling the Mayor to come out and fight.
Is he man or newt?
There's some debate whether a shag is a cormorant. Wikipedia states :

Some modern classifications of the family have divided it into two genera and have tried to attach the name "Cormorant" to one and "Shag" to the other, but this flies in the face of common usage

but a renowned shaggonomer from Itching Abbotts, Hants, writes me that shags are the ones with a Mohican. We, the spiffy species of Phalacrocorax Urbanus, address each other as cormorant or shag depending on mood.

When we're Satanic, it's cormorant as in Paradise Lost:
...up he flew, and on the tree of life,
The middle tree and highest there that grew,
Sat like a cormorant; yet not true life
Thereby regained, but sat devising death
To them who lived
When we're suave, it's shag.