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By Ian Stewart   January 2005

Not another bloody partridge Day one “Oh, that’s so sweet of him,” gushed Belinda. “Look what my true love has sent me for Christmas! Isn’t it just darling?” “Some kind of bird?” hazarded her friend Emily. “In a bush?” “Silly! It’s a partridge in a pear tree.” “Well, that’s novel.”

Day two “Oh, wow! Emily, look! Two lovebirds!” “I think they’re turtle doves, Belinda.” “And another partridge!” Day three “I hope the three hens are good layers,” said Emily. “But why has he sent you more doves and another partridge? You’ve got three partridges, four doves, and three hens.” “I’m…

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