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December 6th: Fox News

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Forget Fox News' bogus annual 'War on Christmas' news coverage. The only foxes worth noting are the bright eyed and bushy tailed ones, especially when they creep up close to you in the middle of the afternoon and you just happen to have your camera with you. If unsettling fox-based stories with a religious angle really are your bag, ignore reactionary news networks and try this on for size instead:

The Fox and the Geese by The Brothers Grimm

The fox once came to a meadow in which was a flock of fine fat geese, on which he smiled and said, "I come in the nick of time, you are sitting together quite beautifully, so that I can eat you up one after the other." The geese cackled with terror, sprang up, and began to wail and beg piteously for their lives. But the fox would listen to nothing, and said, "There is no mercy to be had! You must die." At length one of them took heart and said, "If we poor geese are to yield up our vigorous young lives, show us the only possible favour and allow us one more prayer, that we may not die in our sins, and then we will place ourselves in a row, so that you can pick yourself out the fattest." "Yes," said the fox, "that is reasonable, and a pious request. Pray away, I will wait till you are done." Then the first began a good long prayer, for ever saying, "Ga! Ga!" and as she would make no end, the second did not wait until her turn came, but began also, "Ga! Ga!" The third and fourth followed her, and soon they were all cackling together.

When they have done praying, the story shall be continued further, but at present they are still praying without stopping.

Happy Christmas everyone! --- billion

Posted by billion

6th Dec 2012, 15:39   | tags:,

Viv says:

That's a beauty - good to share - Happy Christmas to you

6th Dec 2012, 16:46

Twiglet says:

Fabulous pic Billion! Faved!

6th Dec 2012, 16:49

crickson says:

I love foxes! Great shot!

6th Dec 2012, 17:17

Jane Doe says:


6th Dec 2012, 18:00

MaggieD says:

I am with the geese

6th Dec 2012, 19:00

Dhamaka says:

apposite indeed

6th Dec 2012, 19:20

mysteritmo says:

Great shot!

7th Dec 2012, 11:25

taniwha says:

Well captured. Nice story too.

7th Dec 2012, 13:30

Craft says:


7th Dec 2012, 14:43

Dania says:

What a gorgeous animal. Nice story too.

7th Dec 2012, 23:23

beth says:

a youngun'

all the best

8th Dec 2012, 00:16

I'm with the geese too. Happy Christmas to you too.

18th Dec 2012, 17:12

rhys says:

Merry Christmas, Billion.

24th Dec 2012, 10:59