Friday, April 04, 2008

Duncan's 128-year-old tuatara about to have sex?


The Times' goss editor Hugo Rifkind runs an item on the sad case of Henry (first considered in Duncan Fallowell's New Zealand travel book Going As Far As I Can) - a lizard-like tuatara in a museum in Invercargill. Henry was born in around 1880 and is still a virgin! Yet six weeks after publication of Duncan's book, Henry has a girlfriend at last - Mildred, thought to be 80-ish. "Fallowell claims to be pleased," writes Hugo. I learn that there wasn't space for Duncan's full response to this joyful news: "Thanks to my book, I expect the New Zealand birthrate in general to show a sharp rise. It's a bit like war."

9 comments:

drf said...

Dear Madame Arcati

I believe the point of all this is that Henry is no longer a virgin.

with best wishes, Duncan Fallowell

Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or does Henry's nude [and only slightly erotic, given the context] photo bear an uncanny resemblance to that of Duncan, as recently spread across your blog?

Duralex said...

How about Rhydian ?

Madame Arcati said...

Fancy losing your virginity at 128. I suppose Henry came dust.

drf said...

Yes it is just you

Duralex said...

<< Is it just me, or does Henry's nude [and only slightly erotic, given the context] photo bear an uncanny resemblance to that of Duncan, as recently spread across your blog? >>

Oooh, tabernak, this is so mean it made me laugh to tears. I could comment on it, but it would be even meaner. Better restrain myself, then. Mr Fallowell is a nice and civilized man, he deserves respect.

drf said...

Interested parties can hear me read a short passage on the sex life of the tuatara on my website

best wishes, Duncan Fallowell

Anonymous said...

but that lizard thing is so beautiful, isn't he

Anonymous said...

Yeah but ... yeah but..