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Pink blossom

April 9, 2012

It’s getting a bit late for me to be blogging – we’ve just watched an interesting TV programme about hippos (whose closest relative is apparently the whale). Unfortunately for Arlo, who loves animals, but has inherited his maternal grandfather’s tendency to faint at the sight of blood, the programe showed a dead (of natural causes I think) hippo being cut up. We were treated to a view of a bloody section of hippo’s skin which is an inch thick, followed by the exhumation of the animal’s stomach – which is huge – and was full of partially digested grass. The Hippo’s voice box was removed and finally (for Arlo) its foot was cut off showing a solid leg bone with no marrow which explains why hippos can walk on the ground under water (they’re so heavy).

After all this Arlo had to watch another programme to make him feel a little less queasy. This one was also interesting – and not at all bloody – about plastics. Perhaps the most interesting thing was the chance discoveries people  made which changed the development of all kinds of plastics – from adding camphor to make a plastic to cover wooden spheres to make billiard balls, to using scotch tape to make graphite thinner.  I guess it loses something in the telling, but it was interesting to watch.

But the upshot is no photo. Food was a bit ill thought out too, but Arlo had hadenough chocolate to eat.

So here’s a picture of some blossom I painted quickly today.

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