Wednesday, 14 May 2014
N is for Nonsense, Newts and the Northwest Passage (a history lesson about Great British explorers)
A tale of a Great British explorer, and What makes us Brits Great.
Many Moons ago . . . . . .
Captain Nigel Nash had long planned to sail his ship the Nautilus to
in his search for the fabled Northwest Passage to . Then luckily for him one of
the New Nouveau riche, a Naturalist called Sir Napier Winky Knapsack. . . (The
inventor of the Knapsack) heard of his plans.
Sir Napier Winky Knapsack said he was prepared to finance the intrepid
journey, but he wanted to search for the famous and incredibly rare Nepalese
Nocturnal Nodding Newt (no not like nodding dogs in your car). Norway
The journey was long and fraught with numerous nasty obstacles along the way of which we will not talk now, or we will be here till the cows came home (a silly saying, as they come home every day)….
As they sailed into
the surprise of almost everyone not the least of which is my geography teacher?
They cheered and set about organising the long trek into the mountains to hunt
for the incredibly rare Nepalese Nocturnal Nodding Newts which are blind and
live in caves. This proved difficult as there was talk of a tribe of cannibals
called the Nip Nip tribe. However the good news was the the Nip Nip tribe hated
the unnatural and in their opinion Chemical laden Nasty Junk Food of Western
man, so all that was needed was a bottle of Cola and a Big Mac in a polystyrene carton about
your person and they would see you as contaminated meat, and not fit for human
With the help of the much friendlier Nap Nap tribe they set off up into the mountains. It was an uneventful trip full of snow, Yeti’s, crevasses, rock slides and angry mountain goats, a few deaths and the amputation of several fingers and toes. But they reached their destination unscathed (well a bit unscathed). . . . . . As they surveyed the scene they were surrounded by the famous Nip Nip tribe, but Captain Nigel Nash and his men waved Big Macs and bottles of cola, taking big swigs and burping loudly. The Nip Nip looked appalled and were about to leave when the Naturalist Sir Napier Winky Knapsack asked a Nap Nap translator to give the Nip Nip the following message. . . . . . .
I am a Naturalist called Sir Napier Winky Knapsack I am looking for the very rare Blind Nepalese Nocturnal Nodding Newt that lives in the caves. I wish to return to
with many Breeding pairs to save the species for mankind. Can you help me meet
However the Nap Nap sort of got the translation wrong and what the cannibals of the Nip Nip tribe thought Sir Napier Winky Knapsack said was the following
I am Sir Napier Winky Knapsack, Completely organic; I have lived in the caves of
eating Pears and Bread and the occasional newt. I have spent all my life on a
natural diet. I would like to come with you so you can eat some of me. Britain
Of course the Nip Nip tribe were very pleased and cheered and led Sir Napier Winky Knapsack up into the high mountains and he was never seen again. Captain Nigel Nash waited a few days but the crew ran out of coke and burgers and so returned to their ship to continue the hunt for the fabled Northwest Passage to
which they never found although they did discover .