This is not about anything important or of world-historical significance, so please click away if that's what you're after.
Via this post by Dave Hill I noted that the image of a farthing that he had used included a familiar-looking bird. The wren.
Among the many bird species we're happy to say appear in our garden on a daily basis (blackbirds, various tits, finches, sparrows, redstarts, robins, a blackcap, the occasional woodpecker), a wren (we think it's a particular individual) shows up rather often.
He or she (I'm not up to telling the difference) is a delightful creature. Tiny, mouse-like, but very, very loud.
As Simon Barnes has noted, wrens 'can be pugnacious birds, to other wrens and to other small birds: you'd fancy them to pick a fight with anything. They are wonderfully indomitable--adaptable, clamorous, vehement--tiny birds with a quite colossal presence.' (A Bad Birdwatcher's Companion, 31)
Moreover, they have probably one of the best binomial names ever: Troglodytes troglodytes. How cool is that?!
We have become great fans of the wren.
It is quite pleasant to know that British currency designers have occasionally gotten it very right: not only have they put Charles Darwin on the tenner, but they once put the wren on the farthing.
OK, that's all.
That might, on reflection, have seemed a bit twee.
If it helps at all, I was listening to Motörhead at full volume while I wrote this.
Seems appropriate to the wren, somehow.