Seven swans a-swimming…
Blog Guy, I can count and I like birds. What would be a good career for me?
Those are pretty strong qualifications in today’s job market. I would suggest a career in Swan Upping.
Swan Uppers count swans in the river Thames, over in England. For five days every July they put on red jackets and count swans for the Queen. The Queen watches, I guess to make sure she’s not getting screwed out of any swans.
Why do they want to know how many swans the queen has?
According to the official Website, Swan Upping began in the 12th century, because, and I quote, “At that time swans were regarded as a delicious dish at banquets and feasts.”
You’re just making that up.
No, you can read it here. I suppose it tastes like chicken.
What do Swan Uppers do the other 51 weeks a year?
Nothing, as far as I know.
Count me in! I’ll bring you back some neck meat!
Above: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth poses with her team of Swan Uppers before watching the annual Swan Upping census on the river Thames, near Windsor, southern England July 20, 2009.
Right: The queen watches as Swan Uppers release swans back into the river.
REUTERS photos by Sang Tan/Pool