Sunday, 19 December 2010

Collective Nouns - An Alphabet of Animals

We thought we would have a little fun and create a list of what we think are the best and most unusual collective nouns for animals. Of course, in the tradition of Ark in Space we are including the best images we could find to illustrate them. You can go check them out on the internet we did not make these up! So, here they are - an A-Z of collective nouns, a veritable alphabet of animals.

A byke of ants
We are not sure what it means, however.  Yet it was still more interesting than the word we would normally use - swarm

A cauldron of bats

A coalition of cheetahs

A piteousness of doves

A convocation of eagles

A bundle of frogs

A stretch of giraffes

A saladbowl of hamsters

A smack of jellyfish

A forkl of kudu

A conspiracy of lemurs
A mob of meerkats

A watch of nightingales

A romp of otters

A scoop of pelicans

A swarm of quelea

An unkindness of ravens

A hood of snails

A streak of tigers

A blessing of unicorns

OK, there was no real animal beginning with u, so we used unicorn instead!

A posse of vicunas

A pot of water buffalo

A cabinet of yak

A dazzle of zebras
Image Credit Flickr User geofftheref

Infortunately, there are no collective nouns for any animals beginning with the letters i, u and x - at least none that we could find.  If you can, please let us know!

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Radisson Blu - Cool Quiz wuth Great Prizes

Radisson Blue Quiz

Radisson Blue Quiz

There are very few ways to get a free weekend in one of Europe’s top cities, but here is one for you to try.  Radisson Blu Hotels are offering a top prize of just that – in one of their amazing hotels.  Plus there are hundreds of other gift card prizes that you might win too.

In order to be entered for this amazing prize draw you have to visit their website and take part in an online quiz.  The user interface is really smooth and the questions are not the hardest in the world either (plus they are multiple choice).  Once you win the quiz you get to spin a wheel to see which prize draw you are to enter.

Even though you can play as many times as you like there are some terms and conditions – the main one being the fact that you must be eighteen in order to play the game.  The others are there on the site so make sure you check them out so you are not disappointed.

If you win you will have to decide which of the five cities on offer you would go to.  It was easy to enter the quiz but that decision would take more than a little time.  Ultimately out of those on offer I would go for Milan for a number of reasons.

The Lombardy region of interest is just so beautiful, rich in history and culture that I could spend a thousand weekends there, let alone just the one.  The Duomo has to be seen to be believed and the ruins of the Emperor’s Palace are a must for every tourist interested in history.

Plus, of course, there is the wonderful nightlife, close to the Radisson Blu Hotel in which I would be staying.  Altogether it would add up to an unforgettable trip.

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