Friday, 27 September 2013

Labeling something a "lion" does not make it a lion

As that zoo in China has recently discovered, calling something a "lion" doesn't magically make it one. A dog by any other name is still a dog and a...

Yes, this statue was actually labeled "Lion".

Weasel? Capybara? Hedgehog? is definitely NOT a lion.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

George Eliot Knows What's Up

My two interests in life inexplicably collide!

‘Falsehood is so easy, truth so difficult. The pencil is conscious of a delightful facility in drawing a griffin—the longer the claws, and the larger the wings, the better; but that marvellous facility which we mistook for genius is apt to forsake us when we want to draw a real unexaggerated lion.’
George Eliot, Adam Bede, Ch. 17.

Thanks for the submission, Brian!

Friday, 6 September 2013

Guest Post

Today's guest post comes from loyal reader/enabler Will:

"So you see this lion, and you think...that's pretty bad right there:

And THEN you see the real one, and you realise: the first one is perhaps a warning sign, placed there so you have time to prepare yourself:

Thanks for contributing, Will!