By Gerald Durrell

... Gerald Durrell, the celebrated naturalist and founding father of the Jersey natural world upkeep belief, writes approximately his adventures with associates (human and animal), his relations (including his brother Lawrence Durrell), and an entire military of welcome and unwelcome viewers to the enchanted island of Corfu, on which the Durrell kinfolk lived within the halcyon days ahead of the second one global War.

For the younger Gerald Durrell it was once chiefly a treasure apartment of unique creatures which he may well acquire, watch, cherish and research. however it used to be no longer constantly a tranquil loved ones. The pursuits of the animals often collided with these of the people, and Gerald's descriptions of the birds, lizards, and various fauna are between his top and so much memorable anecdotes, as are the tales of unique viewers -- a mysterious Indian, a supercilious aristocrat, an amorous Turkish gentelman, a foul-mouthed sea captain, etc who distrubed the Durrells' household peace and contributed to their entertainment.

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Willie Nelson happened to be one of the guests. I didn’t grow up listening to country music, although I owned one Willie Nelson record. By the end of the evening, I was a huge fan. Willie was playing the classic songs “Night Life,” “Funny How Time Slips Away,” and “Crazy,” and I would try to play along. His guitar playing and lyrics were mesmerizing. I couldn’t believe this was the guy who wrote these songs. The guitar was passed around the room and other singers sang Hank Williams tunes or ones they had recently written.

He’s a great guy and an old friend. I’ll see him tomorrow night in Helotes, Texas, at our show at John T. Floore Country Store. John T’s is one of the better beer joints in Texas. John T. Floore was a really good friend of mine and loaned me money one time when I really needed it. I wrote a song about him: SHOTGUN WILLIE Shotgun Willie sits around in his underwear Biting on a bullet and pulling out all of his hair Shotgun Willie’s got all of his family there Well, you can’t make a record if you ain’t got nothing to say You can’t make a record if you ain’t got nothing to say You can’t play music if you don’t know nothing to play Shotgun Willie sits around in his underwear Biting on a bullet and pulling out all of his hair Shotgun Willie’s got all of his family there Now, John T.

God said It’s a sign of the times I said. IN GOD'S EYES Never think evil thoughts of anyone It’s just as wrong to think as to say For a thought is but a word that’s unspoken In God’s eyes He sees it this way Lend a hand if you can to a stranger Never worry if he can’t repay For in time you’ll be repaid ten times over In God’s eyes He sees it this way In God’s eyes we’re like sheep in a meadow Now and then a lamb goes astray But open arms should await its returning In God’s eyes He sees it this way Thought for the Day: Sometimes I think, Well .

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