> While man is losing his common sense, pigeons are riding on their ingenuity
call them “avian-Americans”) could vote, and this would ensure a wiser result.
I emailed a nature photographer friend who told me that that clever pigeon’s speed was equal to that of the rare white-throated needle-tail, one of the fastest birds on earth.
Scores of birdwatchers travelled to an island off the coast of Scotland in 2013 when a rare example flew to that country, he said.
“They arrived just in time to see the bird fly into a wind turbine which killed it instantly.” Fast but not brainy.
We recently lost the internet connection at our home last week when we were late paying the bill.
I asked the children: “We’ll need to lower the bills by cutting something off the list of necessities. Hmm, food or internet?”
“Food! Food! Drop the food! Please Dad!”
You see? Good parenting is all about choosing the right words.
Nury Vittachi is an Asia-based frequent traveller. Send ideas and comments to lifestyle.nury@ thesundaily.com.