Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Peck On The Neck

A certain Claude Maréchal apparently spent three years working on this
splendid mosaic which greatly livens up... well, do you know where?!

i think it's called the 'Chantecler', which sounds like a made up word
to me - hang on, i'll check...

OK, i'm back, and having discovered tangentially that 'Chantecler' is,
variously, the name of a campsite, a garden, a dramatic poem and a
blog, i finally discover that it is also, and quite probably
originally, a type of chicken, normally white.

Now, i do feel rather justified in researching this topic in depth, if
that's what a quick Google search can be called, as judging by M.
Maréchal's work you might be forgiven for thinking that a 'chantecler'
was, in fact, a peacock. In any case, i'm sure there's a perfectly
rational explication behind all this, it's a lovely name (translating
as something like 'sweet songbird' -ish) and it looks like that chap's
going to get a rather sharp peck on the back of the neck if he doesn't
watch out!

(A Paris iPhone street photograph by Sab Will for the 'Paris and I'
photo blog)

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