Brian Duncan, Northern Ireland

‘Multiple Vultures’ competition

January 13, 2008
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Contributors and All,
  I’m not quite sure how my simple remark about a ‘roadful’ of vultures being the only compensation for being snowed off an opportunity to see N. eugeniae,  turned into a competition ? Anyhow,  the lure of Keith’s kind offer of a prize of some jonquil bulbs and Daffnet’s spirit of fun has resulted in more than 20 suggestions.
  Keith appointed me as sole judge, but that is an awesome responsibility  :-),  and I am grateful for the suggestions by Donna and Sandra that I needed help. In fact I had already decided to select a shortlist of 3 and ask for votes – 3 points for 1st choice; 2 for 2nd and 1 for 3rd.
  I liked ‘Hungry Horde’ from Phyllis and ‘Volley’ from Linda. ‘Snoffirgs’ (Michael Burrell), ‘Repugnance’ (Donna)and ‘Regurgitation’ (Ethel Smith)  had a sort of nasty appeal but the three that turned on my imagination and on which I’d like to have your votes in order of preference are, in alphabetical order :-
 
    Abracadaver (Denis Daley) – very clever, shiversome, would be good even without the Abra.
 
    Carry-on (John Pearson) – In Irish parlance this can mean a wildly undisciplined happening or situation which         seems appropriate to the fighting ,floundering and flailing of vultures at a corpse.
 
    Committee (Bill Lee) – There’s a short story in this suggestion! Consider a possible agenda for a Committee of     vultures when carion is scarce and they have to select from live animals to survive – calls of nature in the wild         could take on a new excitement as someone already suggested, if humans get on the menu.
 
Closing date for votes – Midnight (whereever you are) on 16th Jan. Thanks to all who participated, now let’s wrap it up and get back to daffodils.
Brian
 

One response to “‘Multiple Vultures’ competition”

  1. Donna Dietsch says:
    Hi Brian,
    Here’s my vote.
    #1 – 3 points  Abracadaver  That is probably from my enjoyment of things like Hobbits and Harry Potter and magicians and fairy dust.
    #2 – 2 points Committee  Brings to mind all sorts of flutterings and machinations.
    #3 – 1 point  Carry-On  I remember the movie “Carry On Nurse”  where a daffodil was used as a thermometer.  You neglected to mention that as a good reason for daffodil people to vote for this one.  Oh. Wait.  Maybe that is a bad reason.
    Thought about a secret vote, but what difference would it make. 
    Boy!  What we will do when there are no daffodils blooming in most places.  We amuse ourselves with a contest like this!  Great Fun!!
    Donna Dietsch
    Columbus Ohio

    “Brian S. Duncan” < title=> wrote:

    Contributors and All,
      I’m not quite sure how my simple remark about a ‘roadful’ of vultures being the only compensation for being snowed off an opportunity to see N. eugeniae,  turned into a competition ? Anyhow,  the lure of Keith’s kind offer of a prize of some jonquil bulbs and Daffnet’s spirit of fun has resulted in more than 20 suggestions.
      Keith appointed me as sole judge, but that is an awesome responsibility  :-),  and I am grateful for the suggestions by Donna and Sandra that I needed help. In fact I had already decided to select a shortlist of 3 and ask for votes – 3 points for 1st choice; 2 for 2nd and 1 for 3rd.
      I liked ‘Hungry Horde’ from Phyllis and ‘Volley’ from Linda. ‘Snoffirgs’ (Michael Burrell), ‘Repugnance’ (Donna)and ‘Regurgitation’ (Ethel Smith)  had a sort of nasty appeal but the three that turned on my imagination and on which I’d like to have your votes in order of preference are, in alphabetical order :-
     
        Abracadaver (Denis Daley) – very clever, shiversome, would be good even without the Abra.
     
        Carry-on (John Pearson) – In Irish parlance this can mean a wildly undisciplined happening or situation which         seems appropriate to the fighting ,floundering and flailing of vultures at a corpse.
     
        Committee (Bill Lee) – There’s a short story in this suggestion! Consider a possible agenda for a Committee of     vultures when carion is scarce and they have to select from live animals to survive – calls of nature in the wild         could take on a new excitement as someone already suggested, if humans get on the menu.
     
    Closing date for votes – Midnight (whereever you are) on 16th Jan. Thanks to all who participated, now let’s wrap it up and get back to daffodils.
    Brian