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Tuesday, July 01, 2003
Unusually, Mrs Trellis has responded quickly to my requests for a simile. Yesterday, Josh asked her to describe Emily Proctor's voice. The pigeon has just arrived. I shall roast it gently...
But enough of cookery; Mrs T. offers the sublime suggestion of 'Like a corncrake gargling with aqua regia'.
For those of little ornithological bent, unlike Myfanwy Trellis, a corncrake is 'A common Eurasian rail [eh?], Crex crex, of fields and meadows, with a buff speckled plumage and reddish wings.' It has a particularly rasping call.
And for the lapsed chemists amongst us, aqua regia is a mixture of very concentrated nitric and hydrochloric acids.
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