Paul’s Puzzles 22nd November 2019

Posted: 22nd November 2019


Is having a pet hamster ‘in a cage’ cruel? Is it the equivalent of caging a jaguar? What about your fish tank and a dolphinarium?


How do you decide which animals or insects have rights or don’t? How much depends on them looking cute or ugly? Just check out this lovely song! Never Swat a Fly

Can you actually explain how your sense of smell works? How can you be sure other people are smelling what you smell?


What would the world look and feel like like if smiling and crying were reversed; that is if we laughed over sad things and cried over funny things? Can you explain how ideas affect your tear ducts?

The Laughing Policeman

Crying Roy Orbison

The Jaguar

The apes yawn and adore their fleas in the sun.
The parrots shriek as if they were on fire, or strut
Like cheap tarts to attract the stroller with the nut.
Fatigued with indolence, tiger and lion

Lie still as the sun. The boa-constrictor’s coil
Is a fossil. Cage after cage seems empty, or
Stinks of sleepers from the breathing straw.
It might be painted on a nursery wall.

But who runs like the rest past these arrives
At a cage where the crowd stands, stares, mesmerized,
As a child at a dream, at a jaguar hurrying enraged
Through prison darkness after the drills of his eyes

On a short fierce fuse. Not in boredom—
The eye satisfied to be blind in fire,
By the bang of blood in the brain deaf the ear—
He spins from the bars, but there’s no cage to him

More than to the visionary his cell:
His stride is wildernesses of freedom:
The world rolls under the long thrust of his heel.
Over the cage floor the horizons come.
Ted Hughes


Never swat a fly
He may love another fly
He may sit with her and sigh
The way I do with you

Never harm a flea
He may have a favourite she
That he bounces on his knee
The way I do with you

Don’t step on an ant
In the middle of a pant
He may want to, but he can’t
The way I do with you

(Orchestral Break)

Don’t you dare to slay
A mosquitoe while at play
He may want to name the day
The way I do with you

Never spray a nit
Or else sock him with your mit
He may think some nit has it
The way I do with you

Never stop a moth
If he is gliding ‘cross the air
He may have a date
In someone’s flannel underwear, be careful!

Never take a chance
Stepping on a pair of ants
They may want that sweet romance
The way I do with you

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