Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Friday, 22 May 2009

Just one more duck island post....

It seems that Sir Peter Viggers should in fact be praised for his moderation.

The Telegraph, ever keen to enlighten us, has published a gallery of available duck houses, including the 'Inniskilling' pictured above (rather incongruously on dry land), which retails for an eye-watering £2,291.25. Don't you just love the patriotic little flag?

One thing does strike me, though, which is that a man who buys little houses for his ducks and spends a fortune on manure is a man well-rooted in his surroundings and unlikely to sell his taxpayer-subsidised home for a fat profit in the near future.


  1. Check http://www.inniskilling.com/ and look at the castle in the badge. This is the badge of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. These chaps, as I recall, were not people to be taken lightly.

  2. Thanks, Demetrius:
    There's something faintly surreal in commemorating this august regiment in a castle for ducks:

    The most poignant aspect of the whole duck saga is that they didn't even like the little house.
    Stlii, Viggers can probably now sell it for a fortune on Ebay.