Just a small thing that’s been bugging me. That HSBC ad with the old Chinese guy and his cormorant fishing aid.
Note the bird. Its instincts are to dive for fish … and eat the catch. The ingenious Chinese, when harnessing its fishing skills, realised that you need to find a way to stop it eating the fruits of its own labours. Know how they do it? They sensibly tie a tether around its neck to stop it swallowing.
I know this because I, and every other tourist to Guilin, have marveled at this co-operation between human and nature and observed the nifty neckwear.
And yet, in the ads, the glossed up avian star sports a bare throat. Some smart cutting going on?
HSBC, formerly the Midland. “We brought you opium. Now we bring you respect.”
More on animals. Watching scientists dissecting a giraffe on TV and wondering why they’re wearing bright orange gitmo suits.
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