With apologies to the late James W. Best for appropriating his image (from his 1935 Forest Life in India)

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Carpe Diem?

Frederick Hicks, a Forest Officer in India, kept a diary. His entry for 15 March 1887? “Camp Sark—shot 2 tigers before breakfast.”

In Mysore in 1872, when aged 24, famed elephant-catcher George Sanderson once shot three leopards and a wild cat before breakfast. As he recalled: “We had had a capital morning’s sport. The arrangement had been perfect; the shooting had been—ahem! I will leave my readers to judge; nothing, even to the cat, had escaped us; and all this before ten o’clock!”

Personally, I'm not at my best first thing in the morning.