One of The Shellies pastimes is entering competitions or contests. Barnacle suggested that the merry crew ought to have a competition to discover the earliest and the strangest competitions which had ever been held.
Thinking out loud Crabby remarked, 'Ah, a competition about competitions eh ! '
Sounding like he was ready to burst Hoof tooted, 'Can I go first, can I ?' Not giving anyone time to butt in he continued, 'the strangest contest must have been that between a bee keeper and a pigeon fancier. They held a race to see which were faster, the pigeons or the bees. It took place between two German villages in 1888 and the bees won! '
'I bet that caused quite a buzz,' laughed Skipper.
Rainbow insisted that one of the earliest contests must have been Simon Says: 'It is thought that it was originally called Cicero Says and was named after the great philosopher.'
'Maybe our version should be called 'Crabby Says,' after all he is forever telling us all what to do,' grinned Barnacle.
Agreeing that more needed to be discovered about strange competitions the pals listened tot Poet reading a poem about March Hares. Clearing his throat he commenced:
'Then they begin to swerves and to stare.
And be as brainless as a March Hare.'
Once Pearl had informed the others that 'Lewis Caroll wrote about a mad March Hare in Alice in Wonderland,' the evenings meeting on the Bay came to an end.
Authors Ian and Marie.