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On stopping reading books

I normally don’t like stopping reading books- I even made it all the way through Labyrinth by the implausibly named Kate Mosse- but I knew I’d run into trouble on p. 9 Matthew Reilly’s promisingly-titled Seven Ancient Wonders where he describes Crocodylus nilocticus, the notorious Nile crocodile. Apparently it is the most man-eating crocodilian in the world. Too much excellent grammar for me.*

The book would make a passable film with an enormous special-effects budget to make up for the lack of real plot, unconvincing elite teams of ruthless military archaeologists who seem to know all the secrets of the places that haven’t been touched for millennia, reliance on drawings to describe the numerous traps they are all bound to overcome, and the excerpts from encyclopedias that don’t seem to, oh whatever: the point is don’t bother reading it; don’t waste the £1 or so I spent on it in the charity shop.

Sadly we no longer have an open fire on which I can dispose of this, so I will have to do the done thing and recycle it.

*Surely, it should be man-eatingest.

Revamped cow pages on

I have overhauled the cow pages on They now look nice and cow-like in the same style as the cow games page, which looks a bit like this page too. In particular, there is a new cow jokes page, based largely on the cow Christmas cracker jokes post I did on this weblog just before Christmas, and a revamped cow songs and poems page. The list of cow pages is now as follows:

  • Cow games: a list of cow-themed games playable on the web.
  • Famous cows: a list of famous cows of myth, legend, history, and culture.
  • Cow jokes: a collection of cow jokes.
  • Cow songs and poems: a list of cow songs and poems.
  • Breeds of cow: information about breeds of cows and links to further information.

I am always interested to hear of new entries for any of these pages, but particularly for the latter, which is still quite short, although I am being picky: I would like poems or songs where the mention of cows is not incidental, which are preferably classic or by classic authors, and which are not simply doggerel (cowwerel?) for children. There isn’t a lot, as far as I can see.

The meaning of gullible

From the Urban Dictionary:


The only word that is not in the dictionary. Go look.

I swear, gullible is not there.

Worth checking.