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Online Images [Jan. 4th, 2019|04:03 pm]
Tony Grist
A cute little rodent has set up home with its cute little partner under one of the bird feeders- where, of course, it rains manna from heaven. Clever little rodent! I can't quite decide if it's a rat or a mouse- and so I've been looking at pictures online- but that hasn't helped because I'm sure some of the pictures labelled "mouse" are of rats- and vice versa. Anyway I've made the executive decision that it's a mouse because people like mice and have an unreasoning ancestral prejudice against rats- and I want them to view it- as I do- in the best possible light.

Talking about online images, I've also been looking at photos of the French town of Niort- which is in the news because professionally unpleasant French novelist Michel Houellebecq has called it "ugly". Judging by the evidence I've seen, it's not ugly at all. It has a river, ancient bridges, spires- and now I want to visit. The Angevin monarch Henry II- who was their king and ours- built a stonking great castle there- and while not exactly pretty- its remains- two huge towers linked by a renaissance living space- are mightily impressive.

[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-01-04 10:05 pm (UTC)

Rats just have that reputation...but they are exceedingly intelligent creatures.

I am not familiar with Niort and you made me curious so I looked at google images and you are right. It looks like a perfectly lovely town ....and interesting!

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-01-05 09:15 am (UTC)
My guess is Houllebecq just picked a provincial town at random. I doubt that he's been there.
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[User Picture]From: resonant
2019-01-05 01:29 am (UTC)
Google doesn't show Niort to be that hideous.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-01-05 09:16 am (UTC)
I believe the mayor of Niort has thanked Houllebecq for the free publicity.
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