Bustard numbers

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Subject: Bustard numbers
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 21:50:04 +1000
I should keep off this one, as I have no experience of Bustard-watching, but
when some messages indicate surprise at the Atlas results showing a decline,
I can't resist.

I guess everyone is familiar with the saying "lies, damned lies, and
statistics".  The German Forestry Service (where I encountered it) and
possibly the wider German community, has another saying which, if my memory
from an International Union of Forestry Organisations conference in '67 is
correct, goes something like -

   Luge,  Maneid, und Tier-erzahlen

(Someone with a knowledge of the language, please correct me.  I know that
at least there should be an umlaut over the 'u' of 'luge' - but I don't know
how to get one in this email.)

Which I was given to understand translates as "Lies, blasphemy, and

'nuff said!


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