Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Light as a Feather
This rook is pushing its luck, mucking about like that in a guitarra player's apartment in Lisbon. There's going to be a very expensive accident, and rooks very rarely have insurance. Neither do struggling musicians. Although I see this one has been able to afford the insanely expensive guitarra azul.
Stringed instruments are often surprisingly light, when you pick them up. A good violin can seem as weightless as a balsa-wood model aircraft. Birds, on the other hand, generally seem heavier than they have any right to be. Every Christmas I wonder at the weight of our goose when I collect it from the butcher. It could have flown between continents, and yet stripped down and oven-ready it's still as heavy as a bag of tools.