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Offline John C

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« on: December 18, 2007, 19:57 PM »
I posted comment about birds and folklore recently which rather sank like a proverbial stone.  What stimulated the original posting was an enquiry was an email from Mark Cocker who is writing a book with the working title of birds & people.  (For those that don't know he's a well known author who recently wrote 'Birds Britannia').    I mentioned to Mark that I'd posted something on the topic here and he's VERY keen on any Spanish folklore about birds for his new book (essentially a 'world' version of Birds Britannia).   Indeed he wants any anecdotes on birds that would be useful - if you're interested in helping with this interesting topic look at the webpage on this topic - www.birdsandpeople.org   

Rather than just writing about books, it would be good if we could collectively contribute to writing one!  Anyhow if you're interested go and look at Mark's site,

John   

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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2007, 21:28 PM »
Must have missed that post John

Anyway it's a topic I found fascinating. Let me have a think.
Nick
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2007, 23:19 PM »
Thanks, Jill - sorry it went unacknowledged!  I've posted something here too as mark has asked me to encourage any 'submissions'/informatiomn for his project.   As for Sue and owls, I hope you have the wit to woo her into posting something!

John

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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2007, 00:06 AM »
Oooh, John C!
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the wit to woo her
you've just gone down a coupla notches on the Technopat scale of memorable puns. I suppose it's the exhaustion of  the pre-Christmas preps that results in the lowered standards.
Reminds me of my Old Man, when every time we happened to hear an owl hooting, would say "he's talking to you, he's calling you - a tooo-wit!".

Getting-adrenaline-ready-for-spending-Winter-Solstice-with-the-in-laws regs.,
Technopat
Technopat's disclaimer: If this posting seems over the top and/or gets your goat (Sp. anyone?), please accept my apologies and don't take it personally - it's just my instinctive tendency to put my foot in it whenever/wherever possible. See also:
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2007, 09:37 AM »
Nick
http://iberianature.com/barcelona/history-of-barcelona/spanish-civil-war-tour-in-barcelona/
Spanish Civil War Tours in Barcelona
http://www.iberianature.com/
A guide to the environment, climate, wildlife, & nature of Spain
The Amazon/Forum Bookshop - lend us a hand
http://www.iberianatureforum.com/shop/index.htm
And also now The Natural History of Britain
http://iberianature.com/brita

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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2007, 18:19 PM »
Thanks Nick!

John

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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2007, 19:04 PM »
In the above case, whether or not it is true, there is certainly a widespread beilef that it was - and is therefore, folklore
Nick
http://iberianature.com/barcelona/history-of-barcelona/spanish-civil-war-tour-in-barcelona/
Spanish Civil War Tours in Barcelona
http://www.iberianature.com/
A guide to the environment, climate, wildlife, & nature of Spain
The Amazon/Forum Bookshop - lend us a hand
http://www.iberianatureforum.com/shop/index.htm
And also now The Natural History of Britain
http://iberianature.com/brita

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« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2007, 19:09 PM »


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We have met some ladies who are superstitious and would not allow a picture of an owl inside the house!

Sue, when writing about her avatar.

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« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2007, 21:08 PM »
Thanks Jill, I should say that I have not followed up on the question of owl pictures causing great fear in said ladies.

We could understand little from the panic stricken fleeing females but it was something about Witches being released into the building through the staring eyes of the little owl !!

Will aim to discover moreā€¦
Thinking of visiting the beautiful Sierra de Grazalema in Andalucia?
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« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2007, 22:54 PM »
I don't know if this is relevant. It's a story about a funeral which took place in the cold, grey place... so i'll be very brief.

A friend of mine had died, and while she was being lowered into the ground the mourners noticed a little owl sitting on the fence close-by, "watching". Most of the people had never seen a little owl before and didn't know that they quite often spend the day sitting on posts and so forth. They were convinced that the deceased had returned to join in the proceedings - and they remain convinced to this day. Who says superstition is dead in the Western world...?

As a reasonably down to earth, fairly scientifically minded person I have to admit that the event was truly quite freaky,  because our late lamented friend had a wicked sense of humour - and she was called Ollie...!

I call this opportunistic superstition, and I can easily see how it could, in the not so distant past, have developed into a piece of folklore.

Jill

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« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2007, 00:37 AM »
Thanks to all.  Owls in particular seem to collect a good deal of superstition for obvious reasons (noctural habits, calls etc)

John