Why are magpies attracted to shiny things?

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In light of the recent announcement of the newly purchased gold plated sound system, I saw this comment lurking in the darkness looking to be shown the light! These are not my words, but I have sought permission to post….
Let me know what you think?
P.S. To set the scene, why don’t you play Hotel California in the background.
“Hotel Caliphonia”
On a dark desert highway, hot wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitis, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There he stood in the doorway;
I heard the maghreb adhan
And I was thinking to myself,
“This could be Makkah or this could be Dammam”
Then he lit up a kaffir and he showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say…
Welcome to the Hotel Caliphonia
Such a holy place (Such a holy place)
Such a holy base
Plenty of room at the Hotel Caliphonia
Any time of year (Any time of year)
You can find it hereHis mind is tawhid-twisted, he got the Non-Sufi bends
He got a lot of pretty, pretty boys he calls friends
How they lash in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some lash to remember, some lash to forgetSo I called up the Custodian,
“Please bring me my scotch”
He said, “We haven’t had that spirit here since…ooh golly gosh!”
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say…Welcome to the Hotel Caliphonia
Such a holy place (Such a holy place)
Such a holy base
They livin’ it up at the Hotel Caliphonia
What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)
Bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne in the fridge
And he said “We are all just prisoners here, of our own patronage”
And in the muttawwah’s chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They put on their party thobes
And pretend it’s without yeast

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
“Relax,” said the prayer man,
“We are instructed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave!”

Welcome to the Hotel Caliphonia
Such a holy place (Such a holy place)
Such a holy base
They livin’ it up at the Hotel Caliphonia
What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)

…. I don’t know… ask a magpie!

i-love-shiny-things 

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