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Catriona Keith

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To write one hundred hopeful words every day for one hundred days


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Mummy, I would like a humming-bird and also, I would like a swan.

Well, there are no humming birds in Scotland, and I think all the swans belong to the queen.

Why?

Emm…history? They just do. We can’t keep them as pets. Anyway, they’re fierce.

The Queen is greedy, keeping all the swans for herself. Why does she even want a pet swan if they are nasty and vicious? I don’t want her ever to come to my house.

She won’t, sweetheart. She won’t come to our house.

Why not?

She’s busy, with all her swans, and being queen. Doing royal things. Get in the car please.

Swan Republic


My friend, a history teacher, tried to help me explain about the queen and her swans. Thank you, James.