October 10th, 2002


Bat rescue

The first bat of the new spring has arrived. She is a western broadnosed bat, weighs 6 grams, and has fur thr colour of dark chocolate.

Last night she must have decided she had the perfect roost, but when the sun rose she discovered that the perfect roost was, in fact, the plate-glass window in front of The Daily Liberal. One of their reporters rang me and said he'd found a baby bat. It wasn't a baby, of course, it was fully grown.

All the handling and being-shoved-in-a-box had woken her, so by the time I arrived she was really active and excitable.

I felt under her armpits for nipple, but they're tiny so she doesn't have a pup stashed away. Anyway, there's nothing wrong with her so I'll try to feed her tonight and let her go at dusk. If there is a pup it'll be ok.

She is Bat F for this year but I don't have a name yet.
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Fran The Bat

She's gone! At Dusk I took her from the bat tent and shoved a dead meal worm into her mouth. She tried spat it out, looked surprised as she licked her lips, then scarfed it down in a few seconds. I kept feeding worms to her until she stopped; about 15 worms in all.

At 7pm I took her back to the newspaper office and let her out of the bag. She scampered all over my arms, onto my shirt, back down to the bag, and then did her wing stretches. After 10 minutes of that she launched.

I watched her zoom around the front of the newspaper office before disappearing up the dark alley in front of me. A few seconds later I saw a bat swoop on the moths flying around a lone fluorescent light at the end of the alley.

I only had her for a few hours. Oddly enough she wasn't totally pissed off at me, which was a nice change.
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Getting The Lovejoys

It happened again. I was wandering through my favourite 2nd hand place when I found myself in front of the crap used book shelf. I idly pulled a small, coverless book from the middle of the shelf and almost fell over. I was holding a near perfect facsimile of Izaak Walton's "The Compeat Angler, or The Contemplative Man's Recreation."

The publisher went to a great deal of trouble recreating the book that was published in 1653. They used a photographic process to copy the typeface and the wonderful woodcuts, and cut the pages to all odd sizes so they're never quite the same size. They even turned page 217 upside down as it was in the original. This was done (said Mr Walton) so that two anglers could stand facing each other with the book between them and read the music for the Angler's song that was there "for two voyces, Treble and baffe"

$1.00. I am insanely happy. It would be nice to have the covers, but you can't expect much for $1.00.

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