The dangers of (British) gulls..

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Subject: The dangers of (British) gulls..
From: "Ross Macfarlane (TPG)" <>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 08:44:46 +0000
No kidding! A month ago I was with a client at Middle Head in Sydney (where the 
old army barracks have been turned into offices), when I scored a wing in my 
right ear-hole, and a beak-sized hole in my roast chicken roll. My client 
wasn't so lucky - 5 minutes later the kookaburra took 2 thirds of his roll out 
of his hands and scattered it half-way down the hill...

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brian fleming
Sent: Sunday, 2 August 2015 10:58 AM
To: Dave Torr; 
Subject: The dangers of (British) gulls..

Perhaps we should introduce a sport called Kookaburra-running, for picnic 
grounds and camping areas? See how far you can get with a chop-bone?

Anthea Fleming

On 2/08/2015 8:48 AM, Dave Torr wrote:
>  From the "World Wide Words" newsletter:
> Reports in British newspapers these past few days have featured the 
> menace from seagulls, particularly in Cornwall. Earlier this month a 
> dog was killed 
> <>
> by a seagull in that county and a tortoise died 
> <> after being 
> flipped over and pecked to death. The birds are brazen in grabbing 
> food from visitors and in doing so have caused injuries. Young people 
> have taken advantage by inventing a game called *gull running*. It’s 
> said to have started in Whitby but has since spread to other seaside 
> towns. One person holds food above their head — usually fish and chips 
> — and runs a set course. The winner is whoever can run the furthest 
> without a seagull grabbing the food.
> One correspondent to my newspaper was less concerned about the 
> physical injuries the birds can cause than about the purity of 
> language. There are no such things as seagulls, he argued. In the UK 
> there are herring, great black-backed, lesser black-backed, 
> black-headed and common gulls and the kittiwake, but something called 
> a seagull doesn’t exist. A touch pedantic, perhaps? We may be sure it 
> won’t change his view to be told that English has had *seagull* as a popular 
> collective term since medieval times.
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