From a recent NY Times article:
To make her point that such infections may have been crossing species well before mad cows created a scandal in Britain a decade ago, she read from an old report she has posted on her office door.

It is from an 1883 issue of the Medical Veterinary Review: A veterinarian named Serraet from southwest France describes a cow he saw die of the symptoms of scrapie, which had then been known in sheep for 100 years: itching, nervousness, partial paralysis and, ultimately, coma.
Dr. Serraet ends with a suggestion: "I would advise the managers of cattle abattoirs to sell the meat only to lower-class butcher shops."
Charles Riggs
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From a recent NY Times article: ... Dr. Serraet ends with a suggestion: "I would advise the managers of cattle abattoirs to sell the meat only to lower-class butcher shops."

We have lower-class butcher shops here in New Jersey. We also have LOW-class butcher shops (not sure of the difference), and one or two HIGH-class butcher shops. So ... (?)
Many years ago one of my sailing friends, Bob, went to a high-class butcher shop in Princeton (NJ) to stock up for a vacation sailboat cruise. Days later the three of us, in 3 separate boats, were anchored in a well-known locale in the Elizabeth Islands off the Massachusetts coast, enjoying our vacation cruise. Bob was preparing dinner for his wife Janice and the 2 kids. He had those high-class butcher shop steaks a-grillin' and the aroma permeated the anchorage and stimulated hunger among the all the sailors anchored in the vicinity.
Unfortunately the aromas from those steaks from that high-class butcher shop in Princeton also stimulated the curiosity of the locals, including some of the local fauna. Next thing I knew I heard a loud "sonnafabitch" from the vicinity of Bob's boat. A pair of seagulls with wingspans in the neighborhood of 4 feet had run off with those steaks from that high-class butcher shop in Princeton, leaving Bob, Janice, and the kids with 2 choices: peanut butter, or spam.
This happened a long time ago, and since then I've always wondered what things would have been like if Bob had invested instead in steaks from a lower-class butcher shop.

Good luck and good sailing.
s/v Kerry Deare of Barnegat
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From a recent NY Times article: ... Dr. Serraet ends ... abattoirs to sell the meat only to lower-class butcher shops."

We have lower-class butcher shops here in New Jersey. We also have LOW-class butcher shops (not sure of the difference), ... always wondered what things would have been like if Bob had invested instead in steaks from a lower-class butcher shop.

Seagulls of a lower class, without much taste?

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Robin Bignall
Quiet part of Hertfordshire
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In RAF Heliopolis in Egypt just after WWII I recollect a man emerging from the cookhouse with a sandwich in his hand that was snatched by a bird that we called kitehawks (or shitehawks) that perpetually circled the area. It was said that someone else experiencing a similar thing had inserted some calcium carbide in a sandwich and that was taken by a bird that flew off and quietly exploded. I have heard that it was a common practice in Portsmouth Hampshire in the pre-war days when bicycles were sometimes used with acetylene lights to do something similar to seagulls.

Peter P
In RAF Heliopolis in Egypt just after WWII I recollect a man emerging from the cookhouse with a sandwich in ... some calcium carbide in a sandwich and that was taken by a bird that flew off and quietly exploded ...

I am not familiar with quiet explosions. Pray tell.
... I have heard that it was a common practice in Portsmouth Hampshire in the pre-war days when bicycles were sometimes used with acetylene lights to do something similar to seagulls.

Sea people do not like seagulls. Plain and simple. I hear quite a few land people wax enthusiastically about these vermin, but nary a sea person. Truth is, they're a species of rodentia that bode ill.

Good luck and good sailing.
s/v Kerry Deare of Barnegat
http://kerrydeare.home.comcast.net /
In RAF Heliopolis in Egypt just after WWII I recollect ... by a bird that flew off and quietly exploded ...

I am not familiar with quiet explosions. Pray tell.

Popcorn farts?
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Sea people do not like seagulls. Plain and simple. I hear quite a few land people wax enthusiastically about these vermin, but nary a sea person. Truth is, they're a species of rodentia that bode ill.

Among the many animals I have kept in my house at one time or another, was a graywing seagull that a neighbor in exercising his basic humanity, broke one wing so it could not fly. I had a spare room which I kept with large pans of water on a floor covered with plastic sheeting and several large mirrors which I hoped would give it the sense of having company. I kept it for a couple of years and found it as friendly as any other animal.Finally a prying neighbor kept after me with the health department and I was forced to kill it. I suppose I do not conform to general human standards in this respect,but I am not anxious to change.
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Sea people do not like seagulls. Plain and simple. I ... Truth is, they're a species of rodentia that bode ill.

Among the many animals I have kept in my house at one time or another, was a graywing seagull that ... floor covered with plastic sheeting and several large mirrors which I hoped would give it the sense of having company.

Most pets don't require such elaborate settings, but there are exceptions. Recently several large cats (of the tiger and lion variety) were removed from private homes in New Jersey.
I kept it for a couple of years and found it as friendly as any other animal.

There is certainly a recognizable "animal friendliness" scale. I'd put dogs near the top (most breeds), and frogs and such much lower. I cannot suggest where seagulls and presidential candidates fall.
Finally a prying neighbor kept after me with the health department and I was forced to kill it. I suppose I do not conform to general human standards in this respect,but I am not anxious to change.

Lotsa folks kill pets. Can you guess the number of flushed goldfish?

Good luck and good sailing.
s/v Kerry Deare of Barnegat
http://kerrydeare.home.comcast.net /
Sea people do not like seagulls. Plain and simple. I hear quite a few land people wax enthusiastically

"Wax enthusiastic". "Wax" means "grow" here.
about these vermin, but nary a sea person.

Truth is, they're a species of rodentia that bode ill.

So if you see them, you know something bad is going to happen? Even if you're not holding a steak?
Among the many animals I have kept in my house at one time or another,

No comma.
was a graywing seagull that a neighbor in exercising his basic humanity, broke one wing so it could not fly.

How did your neighbor break the gull's wing by exercising his basic humanity?
I had a spare room which I kept with large pans of water on a floor covered with plastic sheeting ... any other animal.Finally a prying neighbor kept after me with the health department and I was forced to kill it.

Nowadays there are wildlife-rehabilitation centers where you can take injured animals, in the U.S. and I would bet also in Finland. Maybe not then. Keeping a wild bird yourself is illegal here, health department or no. Your neighbor could have gotten faster results by calling the Fish and Wildlife Service.
I suppose I do not conform to general human standards in this respect,but I am not anxious to change.

On the contrary, many people will make pets of anything. I do not conform to general human standards in this respect.

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