tger greenhaddock: Bad Mood

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Bad Mood

The last few days I have been in a bad mood, but I can't figure out what I am pissed off about - and that just pisses me off more. Most people seem to like a mystery. I don't - my mind wont rest until the mystery is solved.

Maybe it's the weather. But maybe not!

By now most people will have seen that the whale that swam up the river Thames to London has died. It died during the rescue operation to return it to the open sea. I must admit I am not surprised. There are many incidents of whales beaching every year worldwide, and the common factors for me always seem to be that the whales are either injured or ill, and have a death wish. To me it appears that a lot of whales in these situations are just going somewhere to die. Sad I know, but I think that was what this whale was trying to do. It is also possible that it was an Arsenal supporter, which would explain both its prescence in London and its death wish :)

On a more positive note, the seeds that I ordered from the Organic Gardening Catalogue arrived yesterday. I must say I am really impressed by their speed of service.


Blogger Luka Mirosevic said...

Is it just me or does that whale look like a dolphin? :D

January 22, 2006 2:50 PM  
Blogger The Capgras Delusion said...

ah... so you are pissed off about whales too!

An Arsenal fan? Ha! up the Spurs! at least the whale isn't PLAYING for us this time. Anyone remember Ronnie Rosenthal?

January 22, 2006 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I may be a miserable pillock but as I work in this field I'm speaking with some knowledge. They should have shot the poor creature, given the carcass to the Queen via the receiver of wreck. (It’s a Queen's fish along with sturgeon etc. Ok I know it's not a fish but neither are capybaras even though the Roman Catholic Church says they are.) She could then give the carcass to a research or educational establishment. Then they could have spent the thousands of pounds used in attempting to rescue it on a more viable conservation project, such as Water Vole re-introductions or Dorset heathland restoration. Somebody would also have a whale to stuff or peel or do something to. I know they wouldn't but they should.
Incidentally Luka, the Bottle Nosed Whale does resemble a large dolphin but is of the genus Ziphiidae which include the various beaked whales. Dolphins are of the genus Delphinidae that includes Pilot and Killer whales.

January 22, 2006 11:24 PM  
Blogger christina said...

Well, the things you learn on Mr. Haddock's blog!

That wasn't Neil, was it?

January 23, 2006 12:20 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Luka - I think Nonnie Mouse answered that one. But I must admit the whale does look a bit like Flipper.

Capgras - Me an Arsenal Fan! -NEVER! - I am infact a Spurs fan. Have been since I was a nipper. I was referring to the fact that thwe Arse were beaten by Everton over the weekend.
I remember Rocket Ronnie :)

Nonnie Mouse - I am impressed with your knowledge. Apparently the whale rescue effort cost in the region of GBP 1000

January 23, 2006 8:52 AM  
Blogger Nordbank said...

As a Gooner I can well understand Wally Whale taking his own life, although I thought it was Gascoigne checking out the Fulham manager's job. It's just a shame he couldn't hang on for a few months, he would have made the boat race intersting for once.

January 23, 2006 9:17 AM  
Blogger Léons Life said...

Husband and I watched this on TV here in France, kind of stunned, what humans do never stops amazing me !

I thought it was obvious that the poor creature was up the Thames because it was in distress and looking for somewhere to quielty die. They should have put it out of it's misery.

I find it sad that people spend money trying to save this whale, rather than on something a bit more worthy...I agree with anonymous on this !

January 23, 2006 10:53 AM  
Blogger Cancergiggles said...

Side note. Only in the UK. The guys from the small charity trying to rescue the whale, got back to find their clearly marked Marine Ambulances covered in £300 in parking fines.

January 23, 2006 1:39 PM  
Blogger GuNs said...

Haddock !!

Thanks for the comment on my blog dude !

Its unfortunate these magnificient creatures suffer this way. I was watchin on TV the other day. A lot dolphins (even killer whales) follow a high-risk policy to catch prey. They swim right up to the beach a few feet out of the water) sometimes whilst chasing their prey. This puts them at a high risk of being grounded too.

You played cricket?
Oh yes, now I notice you are an Englishman.

Cricket has changed in the last 10 years. All the major stars of the 1996 world cup are now retired and most teams look totally different now. I ermember South Africa losing Johnty Rhodes, Allan Donald, Gary Kirsten and a lot of other players, all at one go. i think they had the most number of retirees !!

Times change and so do people. Why dont you try and start playing cricket again? You can find some colleagues/friends in Germany who would be excited about learning a new game.

Thanks again !


January 23, 2006 7:22 PM  
Blogger michele said...

You know what they say in's better to be pissed off than to be pissed on.
stop by for a visit.

January 23, 2006 8:53 PM  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

They say in Vancouver that Jan 23rd is the most depressing day of the year. Really I don't know why.

I'm in high spirits because I know the days get longer and we are already over a month out of the shortest day of the year. Go visit Fasnacht and you've got some good times...

Look on the bright side, only 5 more months until summer! :)

January 24, 2006 4:10 AM  

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