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Charmed

I'm currently reading Mark Abley's Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages. It's a unique travelogue, because Abley's quest wasn't for museums or monuments or scenic beauty; instead, he went around the world searching out languages "tottering on the edge of extinction", as one reviewer put it. He tells the stories of the threatened languages and of the people who still speak them, or who are trying to bring them back from extinction. And along the way he shares the sort of information not likely to be found in any guidebook. I'm particularly charmed by something he wrote about the Isle of Man (noted for international banking and cats):

"At lunchtime the next day I drove down the coast to Port Erin, home of the Isle of Man Seal Sanctuary. Small though it is, the island has a profusion of animal welfare groups: a hedgehog hospital, a cat sanctuary, a pets' aid league, an SPCA, a horse and pony welfare agency, a Basking Shark Society ('unique among wildlife organisations the society is the only charity working solely with the basking shark'), even a Home of Rest for Old Horses."

I don't know about anyone else, but I find the idea of a hedgehog hospital utterly charming, like something Beatrix Potter might have invented. :-)

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looneyluna
Nov. 9th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
I don't know about anyone else, but I find the idea of a hedgehog hospital utterly charming, like something Beatrix Potter might have invented. :-)

I'm seeing the cover to an adorable children's book in my mind with a hedgehog in a hospital bed, and little mice as the nursing staff.
aswanargent
Nov. 10th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
*dies from the cuteness*
looneyluna
Nov. 10th, 2006 07:28 am (UTC)
Maybe I'll write that children's book as actual novel writing seems a bit beyond my grasp.

Thanks for the inspiration, I needed it :D
kaynyne
Nov. 9th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
St Tiggywinkles really is a hedgehog hospital here:) http://www.sttiggywinkles.org.uk/
lark_about
Nov. 9th, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
hedgehogs!
I think I read somewhere that the postal service in Britain has a special postage rate for injured hedgehogs, which can travel by train to the hospital. I probably have the details wrong; anybody know?
aswanargent
Nov. 10th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
OMG, thank you for that link! This place sounds wonderful, and I'm certainly going to support them. :-)
rileyc
Nov. 9th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
Aww, that's almost too cute. *g*

Sounds like a great book, too. It is sad that so many things get lost along the road of progress.
aswanargent
Nov. 10th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC)
It's a recent book; just published a couple of years ago. I know it's still in print, although for a change I got my copy from the library.

And the hedgehogs! I have to go look through my Memories, because I know I bookmarked a Beatrix Potter icon post once upon a time. I need to find it and load some of the icons.

This new icon of yours is very nice, btw!
jenni_snake
Nov. 9th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
I'm going to get my karmic comeuppance for this one day, but... is that Home of Rest for Old Horses sitting next to an Elmer's factory?
aswanargent
Nov. 10th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC)
*frowns* I'm going to pretend you never asked that question.
jenni_snake
Nov. 10th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
So I have a morbid sense of humour, I can't help it.
oogata
Nov. 9th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
If a children's book about a hospital for hurt hedgehogs doesn't exist, someone should write one. It would be absolutely adoreable. =DDD

That sounds like a really interesting book. I think I shall find a copy.
aswanargent
Nov. 10th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
I found my copy of Spoken Here at the library. It was just published a couple of years ago. And you'll be quite interested in the first couple of chapters, as they deal with Australia.
babycakesin
Nov. 13th, 2006 01:51 am (UTC)
it sounds good! That was a part of my linguistics classes which I just adored - the competition between different languages and all...
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