Just a quick posting today. The rabbit was taken by this photo of the Cingino Dam in northern Italy. As can be seen more clearly from the enlargement, there are goats attached to the precipitous wall of the dam - ibex goats to be precise. Apparently ibex goats spend their lives climbing up and down mountains - it's to do with grazing on different types of grasses. 'Ah!' I hear you cry. 'There are no grasses up the wall of a dam!' This is correct but the goats like to lick minerals and salts off the dam's stones. They apparently have soft pincer like hooves. The article states 'big and supple with shortish, powerful legs, they are very sure-footed and have good eyesight'.
Just as well really.
Above is a chocolate box marketed by Bettys a northern café and tea rooms institution of which the rabbit is fond. Bettys are marketing a retro chocolate box. Staff unearthed the ornate model (left in pic above) on top of a 90-year-old chocolate box buried deep in their archives. The image, which was deemed suitable for the 1920s, has now been chosen to appear on the boxes of their new vintage chocolates but not before it is toned down (see box on right).
The brunette has had buttons added to her clothes, her hair smoothed down and a suggestively arched eyebrow has been lowered to make the box more appropriate to the tea room's - erm - wholesome image.
Sarah Wells, who looks after the Bettys archive, said 'we would certainly not like to be thought of as prudish, but as a family business we took the decision that an extra button or two would not go amiss'.
The temptation to observe that some people should get out more is irresistible. Hat Tip to Mahal.
Apart from Test Match Special and, I suppose Today - which is first thing in the morning and the rabbit is not a morning person so there may be a query as to whether things done first thing in the morning by him are voluntary acts - the only radio programme that the rabbit makes a point of tuning on for - as opposed to just having on as background noise is The Danny Baker Show, a constant source of genuine wit and entertainment. The rabbit was sad to learn that Danny Baker is suffering from cancer and - in the unlikely event that he reads this - wishes him a speedy recovery.