Tuesday, 23 May 2006

Introducing Exotic Species to the Environment - A Ballad

A couple of years ago Jan and I were going through some of my father's papers and found a very old typed copy of the ballad "Grimbles and the Gnad" which was written by C J Dennis and first published on Page 18 of The Weekly Times Annual on 4 November 1915. Dad had obviously taken a real liking to the story - and after reading it I can understand why.
The main intent of the story, as I see it, is to highlight in a humorous way the dangers of introducing exotic (or non-native) organisms to an environment in an attempt to control some other organism that is considered a pest for whatever reason.
The web address of an internet site that holds a copy of "Grimbles and the Gnad" is http://www.middlemiss.org/lit/authors/denniscj/backblocklater/grimbles.html
Estimated reading time is 5 minutes as it takes a little while to get the hang of the lingo. Enjoy!

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