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This is what we woke up to yesterday….

The three boys share a room. Bull and Jack wake up 100% awake and ready to start their day. Buggle wakes up slowly and prefers quiet while waking. Usually Jack comes in to snuggle us, and Bull gets out of bed and goes next door to the schoolroom to play, leaving the bedroom for Buggle.

Yesterday, however, Bull decided to sing. Loudly. No matter what Buggle said.

S went in to straighten things out and asked Bull why he hadn’t just gotten up and gone in the schoolroom.

“I’m waiting for Buggle to give me a penny to be quiet.”

Apparently Buggle had paid him to go away the other day and Bull thought this was great and ought to be encouraged!

Time for some Kipling …..

 

It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
  To call upon a neighbour and to say: --
"We invaded you last night--we are quite prepared to fight,
  Unless you pay us cash to go away."

And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
  And the people who ask it explain
That you've only to pay 'em the Dane-geld
  And then  you'll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
  To puff and look important and to say: --
"Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
  We will therefore pay you cash to go away."

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
  But we've  proved it again and  again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
  You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
  For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
  You will find it better policy to say: --

"We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
  No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
  And the nation that pays it is lost!"

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