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(Yahoo)   To the traditional sounds of an English summer - the droning of lawnmowers, the smack of leather on willow - has been added a new noise: the sound of people screaming in agony as they are stung to death by killer bees   (uk.news.yahoo.com) divider line 12
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2014-05-04 09:31:45 PM  
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spasemunki: bizzwire: The smack of leather on willow? What's all this then, eh?

jaytkay: "Smack of leather on willow."

What is that?

Cricket bat == willow, cricket ball == leather.


Thanks for the clarification. I thought it was an allusion to some form of preparatory school sodomy.
2014-05-04 09:11:43 PM  
2 votes:
2014-05-04 10:57:31 PM  
1 votes:
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is drafting plans to combat the threat of the Asian hornet, a predatory bee WASP species that feasts on other insects and is capable of wiping out honey bee hives.

Dammit, there's a difference between bees and wasps.  They're not even THAT closely related - they're part of the same taxonomic suborder.  That's the same taxonomic difference as between a dog and a bear.
2014-05-04 10:09:42 PM  
1 votes:

Unobtanium: Before reading the article, I was wondering about how the South American killer bees had bypassed us and gone to Britain. But I see it is a different bee, altogether.

/What happened to the "killer bees" that were supposed to invade the US?


They're as far north as Oklahoma and as far east as Mississippi.  Not sure how far west they've made it.  However, they're breeding with local honeybees and calming down.  It's not altogether a bad thing, either -- they produce more honey than standard honeybees.

/I am a mead-maker
//I read about these things
///I <3 slashies
2014-05-04 09:51:13 PM  
1 votes:
I now have the song stuck in my head

with visions of many hued beetles


little fluffy clouds
2014-05-04 09:43:03 PM  
1 votes:

bizzwire: The smack of leather on willow? What's all this then, eh?


www.cosplayisland.co.uk

Well, you see, there was this one time, at band camp...
2014-05-04 09:26:08 PM  
1 votes:

spasemunki: Cricket bat == willow, cricket ball == leather.


I see. Thank you. The reference is totally lost on Americans.
2014-05-04 09:22:21 PM  
1 votes:

TheOther: jaytkay: "Smack of leather on willow."

What is that?

Cricket.


No, crickets make a completely different noise.
2014-05-04 09:19:07 PM  
1 votes:

bizzwire: The smack of leather on willow? What's all this then, eh?


jaytkay: "Smack of leather on willow."

What is that?


Cricket bat == willow, cricket ball == leather.
2014-05-04 09:17:03 PM  
1 votes:
"Smack of leather on willow."

What is that?
2014-05-04 09:12:13 PM  
1 votes:
Before reading the article, I was wondering about how the South American killer bees had bypassed us and gone to Britain. But I see it is a different bee, altogether.

/What happened to the "killer bees" that were supposed to invade the US?
2014-05-04 09:05:37 PM  
1 votes:
The smack of leather on willow? What's all this then, eh?
 
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