The Egg and Us :Unreal Curlews eye off royal gift.
We at this often cracked blog literally fell off our perch when Santa delivered an unexpected parcel from none other than Her Most Germanic Majesty, The Queen of the Jungle , still nursing a wonky knee, in colour and shape looking like a hunk of Black Forest cake way past its use by date . The present came with a personal handwritten instruction to open the package with care . Whatever could it be ? There were flights of wild imagination. Like Inspector Clouseau dealing with a " bombe", the elongated cardboard container was carefully opened at one end , a soft white (toilet? ) paper wrapped object withdrawn , unwrapped - to reveal a blown , infertile Curlew egg !!! We bet nobody else in this land received such a Chrissy present. And further down the surprise package was a silver mount in which to insert and display the egg. It joins our computer generated Curlew figurines mounted on a wooden base made by another German bird lover on Magnetic Island, North Queensland . The Queen later explained the egg is a reward for helping to drag out and harpoon her water bed while she was in hospital. Had we discovered the other surprise in the package, she asked. No-what?...German Chancellor Angela Merkel , extra padding in the container had included pages from a September issue of The Guardian Weekly highlighting an address by Merkel at a rally against anti-Semitism entitled Stand Up! Jew Hatred-Never Again ! Hastily searching through the Christmas present wrappings, we guiltily retrieved Ms Merkel .