October 27, 2008

Protection against financial crisis

From the UK Sun comes this reminder of why there will always be a jolly olde England:

Ravens to stave off credit curse
Four extra ravens are being drafted into the Tower of London because of the financial crisis — to prevent a 350-year-old curse coming true. King Charles II decreed there must be at least six ravens otherwise a disaster would strike the nation and the Royal Family.

And up to now, bosses have kept just one spare bird in residence to act as a “super sub”.

But with the UK facing credit crunch meltdown, they ruled an extra four must now be acquired.

Two six-month-old birds Gundolf and Hugine have just arrived and are about to complete their four-week quarantine period.

Another two will be delivered next week.

Raven Master Derrick Coyle, 64, said: “I believe in the curse. It was said that if the number ever fell below six, the Tower would fall and great harm would befall the nation. We certainly feel more secure now.”

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Gundolf with his person Derrick — I really like ravens. Smart and loyal critters. We have a nesting pair that live near our fields and it's always a delight to see them in flight. We do not bother them and they do not bother us except for when we mow — then they love to follow the mower looking for displaced mice and snakes.

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