It’s a bit of a random title, I know. I wanted to introduce you guys to a another series of blog posts I’ve been meaning to do for a while, but first I have to tell you a little story about ‘Of Course You Realise’, which is going to be the name of the series.
I was 22, and my new boyfriend (now husband) was taking me down to Cornwall to see his parents for the first time. On the way, we stopped to have tea with the Hubs’ godfather, Talbot. We weren’t there for long, but in that short time Talbot told me about his time in the theatre, about when he was a physchiatric nurse, and then a tapestry weaver, and what it was like to work with an old fashion spinning wheel. As if all that wasn’t interesting enough, Talbot’s life partner had been John Lennon, cousin to the John Lennon you’re thinking of. Talbot quite possibly remains one of the coolest people I’ve ever met.
Very sadly, Talbot passed not long after, and I never got to meet him again. But my family-in-law often mention him, and one things that keeps coming up is how much he liked to talk about topics that interested him, so that if something came up in conversation, he’d say “Well, of course you realise –” and then reveal an entire wealth of knowledge on the subject or recount some fascinating anecdote.
Now I don’t for a moment pretend to have Talbot’s extensive knowledge, but I do have something else: an addiction to googling things. Every so often I lose myself in a vortex as I click through website after website and read random articles about all sorts of things. Don’t get me wrong, not all of it is highbrow (if you look at my last google search it was ‘Charlie Hunnam Height’. If you must know it’s because I love Guillermo Del Toro so I was googling his latest film, Crimson Peak, in which Charlie Hunnam stars, and through a very logical progression of thought, I wondered how tall he was), but some of it is quite interesting.
So I thought I’d share with you the interesting and random tidbits I come across during my googling. And I’ll start as Talbot did, by telling you “Well guys,Of Course You Realise….
….That thieving is rife among penguins. Seriously.
I can’t remember how I came across this video, but brace yourself for a look at greed and corruption amongst the penguin population during nest building season…
I love the cold, over the shoulder glance the thieving penguin gives! And the fact that it isn’t an accident, he’s clearly waiting for the other one to leave before stealing stones. He’s a proper, hard core thief!