Number Two


Meaningful marking

Meaningful marking

This isn’t a random marking on the head of Galileo, our youngest dog.

It’s a number two.

Flipped, it would be ‘S’ for Superman.


Perhaps he was designed by Leonardo da Vinci and meant to be seen in a mirror.

He’s beautiful enough, in my biased opinion.

Pro bono

What does it mean?Medical research and studies

Pro bono is the shortened version of pro bono publico. It is used in different contexts in different countries and professions, but usually refers to work undertaken by professionals who are acting in the interests of the public and do not expect a profit for their time. Lawyers most commonly undertaken this kind of work.


Pro bono translates literally as ‘for good.’ It first came into English usage in 1726.

Proper and Improper Use

The term pro bono is most commonly used in a legal context, although it is also used in business and medicine. In the UK, lawyers are required to work a certain amount of pro bono hours a year. However, not all voluntary work is pro bono. The term is only applied if the work is being undertaken by a professional. For example, helping out at an animal shelter, although noble, is not an example of pro bono, whereas a lawyer or a doctor providing legal services to a low-income family is.

And a partridge in a pear tree

A pear tree without a partridge in sight

A pear tree without a partridge in sight

This is just a pear tree – no partridge.

The most-repeated line of the traditional cumulative song ‘The twelve days of Christmas’ offers a bird for the table, but why in a pear tree?

The explanation seems to be that the French name for a partridge is added for clarification or whatever reason.

The French for partridge is ‘perdrix’ – pronounced very like ‘pear tree’!

All those Christmas cards, all that ceramic tableware – based on Chinese whispers!