A very handsome bird.
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It's not a swan it's an ugly duckling!
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That's slander, that is... It's all in the eye of the beholder. Though I must confess they aren't my favourite bird.
Slander! Well sue me!
I'll call on almost every child in Britain as witnesses and produce hundreds of adaptations, in countless languages, of the old folk tale as evidence; even by such renown authors as Hans Christian Anderson!
What can you provide as evidence for slander Sir?
I must admit I've never understood the tale of the ugly duckling, not only are cygnets not ugly but who on earth could mistake one for a mallard duckling? Putting aside the obvious size difference, they don't even look the same. Mind you I suppose cuckoos get away with it.
Not as Cygnets they don't. Nor as ducklings.
My prejudice against swans goes back many years, when I was in a canoe and a large Mute Swan attacked me. I overturned...
I've ALMOST forgiven them, after forty years. ;-)
PS As far as the slander goes, you condemn yourself; first you claim that HCA's story gives your claim validity, then you admit that it's not true. Ha! You can't have it both ways.
Graham, it's nice to talk to people with a decent sense of humour. I'll stop there before you get stuck in the doorway... ;-)
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