11.02.2010

Quote of the Day

"In the 1970s he would weave his way down the front steps and out of the Museum at about the time that most of us were having our afternoon tea break. He had that rather delicate, cantilevered gait of the experienced toper. I could never work out the origin of his accent; it could have been Irish -- but then again it could have been Scottish. He had the deliverate delivery of the habitually sozzled, a series of short barks separated by significant pauses. When he spoke, his sentences always made rather ponderous sense. But in this condition he could perform the delicate slicing necessary to age whales."

Dry Storeroom No 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum (Richard Fortey)

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Typo of the Day

Codnition: piscine telepathy.

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Best-named fund-raiser

THE MOTH BALL

1 comment:

  1. These quotes . . . it's as if you're elsewhere and have hired stunt writers. They certainly remind me of your stuff -- generous, observant, playful -- a rolling around on the mental tongue.

    "He had that rather delicate, cantilevered gait of the experienced toper." I can see it now.

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