I’ve suddFoxenly realised that several countries that I’ve visited in the past year have something in common – foxes!

In the Trondelag region of Norway, I was introduced to this absolutely cheesy song. It’s hilarious!

Do listen to the 2013 viral hit What Does the Fox Say? by brothers Vegard and Bard Ylvisaker, known as Ylvis. It’s the biggest Norwegian hit since Aha!




And here’s a version by Alvin and the Chipmunks!







When I was in the HuNan Province of China, we went to watch an amazing open-air live show in a village, halfway up Tianmen Mountain. It’s called The Fox Fairy Show. It was absolutely beautiful! The whole village takes part in it and it’s performed every night.

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Earlier this year, we went on a luxury barge across the Caledonian Canal.

Two of the other passengers, from the USA, told us that when they told their friends they were going to the Scottish Caledonian Canal, they’d said, ‘Wear the Fox ‘at!’

Say it slowly.fox at

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Funny enough, we went ashore at Banavie, just a couple of miles from the sea, beneath the snow-capped Ben Nevis, near Neptune’s Staircase, which leads down to Loch Eil.

As we strolled along the shore, looking at the locks and gazing in the shop windows, there were some fox hats for sale!

When Hubby John and I returned from Venice, we went to collect our car in the car park, which was deserted.

It was dark but it wasn’t late.

Suddenly we spotted two fox cubs, obviously brother and sister, playing around the cars. They would rear up on their hind legs, then jump down onto all fours.cubs2

As we watched, we realised what they were doing. They were hitting the grass, which attracted worms to the surface, then they’d pull the worms out like spaghetti and eat them.

I realised that I had a couple of sandwiches in my bag. I called the cubs and dropped pieces of bread on the ground.

Gradually, I had their attention. They were both nearly eating out of my hand when I ran out of bread.

They stood beside me for a while, then they wandered off, looking back hopefully as they walked.

A plane flew over, the underneath lit up. It almost seemed as though I could reach up and touch it! The foxes didn’t even notice.

They were beautiful. How can anyone hate them?


About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.