Sunday, June 14, 2009

Global Warming is turning my tootsies blue June 14

Some bits and bobs from the NZ Papers Past on this date.
Enjoy!

1866 In the June 14th edition of the Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle a one A. Dudley Dobson possibly crushed the hope and spirit of a budding palaeontologist who oh-so innocently requested Dobson's help in excavating a petrified bird from a stone; but noooooooooo Dobson did not have the imaginaton to see the rare, but now quite flightless, winged creature trapped within the rock and proceeded to report his findings to the world at large through the newspaper.
Professor Owen - and other  fossil lovers- were probably cast adrift into a cruel sea of monotony and allowed themselves to be dragged by their fathers into careers of tax auditing baboons, insurance sales for dust bunny collectors and toe nail trimming for camels.
*Apologies to podiatrists for the last remark, we know how much you love fossils*

In The Nelson Evening Mail of the same date, Mr Thornton of the Victoria Hotel in Haven Rd, Nelson was keen to let the world know his reasonable prices for alcohol including the fact Scotch Ale was a piddling 1s 6 d.
Could throw a whole party for a few quid....in fact I hear some miserable professors got shickered up good and proper that night.....

Elsewhere in the Nelson Evening Mail there were harsh words about the little Sunday School horrors who were damaging the windows, removing the books, breaking pencils and the slates, and outright theft!
*ahem* 8th commandment...? Someone forgot to drum that into the little darlings heads?
Gracious, how far is it to Mr Thornton's pub, again?

Perhaps put one of the louts to work? The old saying is "idle hands are the Devil's tool" after all!
The Bruce Herald of this date had a position for -
"a stout lad to milk a cow, look after two horses, work in the garden and make himself generally useful. Board and lodging and £6 10 a quarter".
That's it, keep the little bugger working so hard he'll be too knackered to even think about nicking a pencil or Sunday School slate ever again.
So there!

3 comments:

Brian Hughes said...

"...but noooooooooo Dobson did not have the imaginaton to see the rare, but now quite flightless, winged creature trapped within the rock..."

Yep...sounds about right. Good to see that academia never changes.

Jayne said...

Same bucket of fossil shyte, different level....

River said...

6 pounds 10 a quarter. Almost as much as I'm earning now....

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