[DWJ] Widdy's Subjects

Minnow minnow at belfry.org.uk
Wed Jun 20 11:26:54 EDT 2007

>> >--- Sally Odgers <sodgers at iinet.net.au> wrote:
>> and Rosie rightly replied:
>> >> "Eels, what are eels? Fish I think, or are they reptiles... Anyway,
>> >> just
>> >> part of natural history."
>> >
>> >Arthur Ransome, Secret Water. I think it's Daisy speaking.

and I smacked my forehead and exclaimed

>> Ach, of course.
>> So can anyone now tell me what the Flanders and Swann thing is that is not
>> too dissimilar?  I'm fairly sure that somewhere in their work there is a
>> comment about something being 'just part of Natural History'.

widdy then suggested

>Could it be "The Reluctant Cannibal"
>"You can't change human nature!" - I know that's a stretch, but it's what
>leapt to mind.

Not sure, but it may have been.

Perhaps there is something about natural history in one of the
introductions....  I don't think it's in an actual song-lyric, anyhow.


sorely bemused Minnow

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