We take moorhens for granted. From a distance they're just dull hen-like waterbirds, skulking about. But they've got a remarkable amphibious lifestyle - walking over, swimming through, bobbing under or, occasionally, even flying over the water.
Concentratin' on truckin' right'
The Truck, according to the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, was; 'A dance popular esp. in the US in the 1930s and 1940s, similar to the jitterbug, and characterized by shuffling steps' . . . and, I guess, inspired by the moorhen.
The Java Jive was a song by the Inkspots, performed with the sort of polish and style, a relaxed precision, that I associate with art deco furniture - radio sets, cocktail cabinets and so on - of a 1930s.
I love the Java Jive and it loves me . . .'
I remember it from a 78 r.p.m. record of my Dad's. Like so many 78 records, I believe someone sat on it.
Related LinkThank you to Joseph Court for information on the 10cc lyric, which can be found in full on efter-stormen.com
My Java script typing effect was created using a free version of J-Perk, which is included on the cover CD of this month's .net magazine. It's great fun to use and, thank goodness, you don't have to learn Java script. So my grateful acknowledgements to www.mcwebsoftware.com. Who knows, I might be inspired to upgrade to the new version and get this subdued Internet nature diary jitterbugging, jiving and trucking.
And while we're on the subject, Ulead Gif Animator 1.5, also from a cover CD, which I used for the moorhen animation, is equally enjoyable to use; www.ulead.com