Thursday, February 14, 2013

Unromantic Tortoises

Valentine’s Day is today and if we believe John Paul Young, “love is in the air”! Anyway, to be honest, I really don’t care if there is an abundance of romance today or not – but I am tickled when I read that French pianist Richard Clayderman held a private concert last Thursday at London Zoo to serenade to an audience of four in an effort to get them into the mood to mate.

Amongst the romantic pieces that Clayderman performed were songs from 1981’s Chariots of Fire, 1968’s Romeo and Juliet’s ‘A Time For Us’ and the sensual 1976 classic, ‘Ballade pour Adeline’.

The zoo's endangered Galapagos tortoises – 70-year-old Dirk and his three female companions, Dolores, 13, and Dolly and Polly, both 17 – may have looked suitably impressed with the private recital but in the end, Dirk failed to copulate with any of the three. He just wasn’t feeling amorous. It was unfortunate that the songs didn’t arouse him, not at all.

On a separate matter, i.e. football, Alasdair Lamont reporting for BBC Scotland grimly said: “Celtic were given a harsh lesson in Champions League knockout football by the old masters of Juventus”! Neil Lennon's team was brought down to earth even if at the start of the game, they were brimming with confidence on the back of some tremendous European performances and results. Alessando Matri put the Italian side ahead in the third minute when he took advantage of poor defending. And two late goals from Claudio Marchisio and Mirko Vucinic (77, 83) sealed the game for Juve and ensuring the return leg will surely be a formality. Celtic 0-3 Juventus.

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