The magpie and the bases

It appears the magpie budget may not only be lifting policies from the Conservatives (and Lib Dems), the offer of the substantial assets of former army bases may be reneged upon.

  • Gréagóir O’ Frainclín

    One for sorrow
    Two for mirth
    Three for a death
    and Four for a birth….

  • nmc

    1 for sorrow
    2 for joy
    3 for a girl
    4 for a boy
    5 for silver
    6 for gold
    7 for a secret never to be told

    Horrible birds, but could we not have a picture of two, that’s put me off doing my bets.

  • páid

    The magpie or snag breac.

    Apparently first appeared in Ireland after an easterly storm blew them from West Wales to Wexford in 1682.

    Not formerly liked by Irish country folk, an association with Cromwell apparently.

  • Gréagóir O’ Frainclín

    One for sorrow, two for mirth,
    Three for a wedding, four for a birth,
    Five for silver, six for gold,
    Seven for a secret not to be told.
    Eight for heaven, nine for hell,
    And ten for the devil’s own sel’.

    Or more commonly:…(as in the 1970’s ITV Magpie programme)

    One for sorrow, two for joy;
    Three for a girl, four for a boy;
    Five for silver, six for gold;
    Seven for a secret, never to be told;
    Eight for a wish, nine for a kiss;
    Ten for a bird that’s best to miss.

  • nmc

    You live and learn. Or I do anyway.

  • Turgon

    paid,
    That is really interesting. Thank you for telling us that. I always assumed they were indigenous.

  • páid

    No problem Turg, and sorry FD for butting in with with more Irish history on an interesting live UK story.

    But Turgon, you wouldn’t be inferring that because their descendants arrived in the seventeenth century, magpies wouldn’t be considered ‘indigenous’, would you? 😉

  • Gréagóir O’ Frainclín

    …but blackbirds are quite beautiful, their plummage, etc… bar all the bad press about them being thieving in nature….hence the magpie budget?

  • Turgon

    paid,
    I knew that was coming but I was so pleased by this new random fact that I had just learned I needed to thank you and if that gave you an open goal then so be it, you are welcome to it on this one.

  • Rory

    British government stealing Irish land? Nah! No one would ever swallow that.