Anne's dad is less circumspect. The other day he was ranting about the people of Malta murdering our birds as they make their annual migration when, without even a smidgeon of irony, his “magpie man” arrived. This man has a trap to catch magpies. It consists of a magpie in a cage which attracts into the cage other magpies looking for love or a fight, which the man then destroys.
Anne refused to speak to her dad for several days, so upset was she by what others in her book club would call responsible countryside management. She wasn't alone. When no-one was looking, Anne's mum ventured out one sunny afternoon and released the caged magpie.