A-B… ?

A buzzing thing!

That was the exclamation from Baldrick in Blackadder the Third: Ink and Incapability. They’d accidentally destroyed Samuel Johnson’s first-ever copy of the dictionary and they needed to rewrite it in 48 hours.

Edmund Blackadder: Very well, sir, as you wish. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? First: ‘A’. How would you define ‘a’?

Baldrick: Ohh…’a’ (continues this in background)

Prince George: Oh, I love this! I love this: quizzies… Errmmm, hang on, it’s coming… ooohh, crikey, errmm, oh yes, I’ve got it!

E: What?

G: Well, it doesn’t really mean anything, does it?

E: Good. So we’re well on the way, then.” ‘a’; impersonal pronoun; doesn’t really mean anything.” Right! Next: `A’… `A-B’.

(Baldrick and Prince ponder over this)

B: Well, it’s a buzzing thing, isn’t it. “A buzzing thing.”

E: Baldrick, I mean something that starts with ‘A-B’.

B: Honey? Honey starts with a bee.

(taken from Phil Taylor’s website that I just found on the web)

Anyway, thought I would post a picture of a bee which has been wandering v…e…r…y… s…l…o…w…l…y… round the garden for the past few days. It’s still far too cold for bees and he’s struggling to move with the lack of his own central heating system. It was taken tonight and despite focusing in almost pitch-black conditions and using a shutter of 1/10s at a focal length of 100mm (35mm effective of 160mm), it’s not a bad effort.