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The bee died sometime over the weekend. Too cold and too early for insects, even large fuzzy ones like bees.

Poll #450057 the passing of the bee

How should I dispose of the mortal remains of the bee?

Viking funeral.
Air burial on convenient windowsill.
Set it in resin and call it art.
Keep on desk to consult with over planning decisions and absently stroke during meetings.
Just put it in the bin already, Jeremy, you're starting to scare me.

Actually, this is the right way to dispose of a dead bee:

You can leave a personal tribute to the bee here:

Also over the weekend, Richard Herring finally blogged his Oxford gig, meaning I can talk about it. Turned out my guess at 15 minutes for the yoghurt joke was a 5 minute underestimation! I thought he peaked on the joke about lying down on the beach in an attempt to get anonymous sex from confused turtles, but the yoghurt was good, too; captured well the irrational sheer blazing outrage of being judged by random strangers. Mark was beginning to look a bit fidgety before it was over, mind. Being Oxford, the comedians were keen to show off and use long words, which I like; Richard Ince (on first) had clever material and a nice jumper -- he was a bit disappointed at the response to his joke for physicists, but it was about Schroedinger's Cat, which is sort of the physicist's "Why did the chicken cross the road ..."

Also, I had a nasty reminder of why I don't like seeing comedy. It has this horrible effect on my conversation, turing it fast, brittle and performative; it grabs the delivery method of comedy, turning conversation into double act, anecdote into routine, like some sort of horrible orally-transmitted communicable disease. I had to go home and read Emily Dickinson until it died down.

Oh god. I've still got it.


7th Mar, 2005 18:13 (UTC)
If there is a Viking funeral, thenm it really MUST be filmed. I presume so many of us chose it, because it was most appealing to our collective visual imaginations.
7th Mar, 2005 19:51 (UTC)
Well, if it's all the same to you, I'd rather not see the bee pRon before the burning ship is sent to sea.
8th Mar, 2005 11:52 (UTC)
I'm supposed to have porn
at a Viking funeral? Please explain!

(bee porn would probably be quite abstract anyway, I would have thought...)
8th Mar, 2005 15:18 (UTC)
Re: I'm supposed to have porn
Isn't there the necessary deflowering of virgin sacrifices before being sent aboard the ship to join the burning warrior? :-)
8th Mar, 2005 15:46 (UTC)
how colourful

oh dear me no. We'll just be doing the basic service, I think.