Many of you know that, since the 1960s, the Isle of Man has had a small but growing population of wild wallabies. Descended from escapees from the Curragh Wildlife Park, the wallabies find life on the island quite tenable. There are thought to be about 100 of them now, and they've gone exploring. One seems to have come to live in the grounds round our office. The senior partner has seen droppings, the junior partner a bouncing shadow. For such large animals - they stand about three and a half feet tall - they hide remarkably well. Most active at dusk and during the night, they eat grass, leaves and the bark from trees. In fact their diet is very similar to that of deer, so they have few competitors for food, as there are no deer on the Isle of Man. The real problem with 'our' wallaby, is that we're spending so long trying to spot it, the work is not getting done. We should hop to it. Incidentally, what do you call a lazy baby wallaby? A pouch potato... The photo
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Working late one evening last week I noticed this wind dog out of the office window. It was all the more amazing as it must have been ten o'clock at night. Wind dogs are incomplete rainbows and some think they presage stormy weather. This one didn't though. While the weather on the island has been nowhere near as hot as in many places of Britain, it's certainly been much hotter and dryer than normal. The headland is Maughold Head, and the small white building on the far left used to be the accommodation for the lighthouse keepers. Maughold lighthouse is half-way down the cliff beyond the white building. It's low down so that its light shines beneath the sea fogs for which Maughold is noted. P.S. Wind dog is also a nickname for the Saluki, the second fastest breed of dog after the greyhound.