Bonxie is written by Bob Wilkinson. I live and work in Maastricht in the Netherlands. The day (and night) job in the main involves helping people write in academia (especially in the sciences, economics, and education). The other occupation is that of aspiring writer. This blog contains notes on events and encounters in life and reflects my interests.
Why Bonxie? The Bonxie is the Shetland name for a Great Skua. Bonxies are big, up to 60 cm in length, wingspan nearly one and a half metres, and they are aggressively defensive of their territory, especially at nesting time. They are likely to come zooming down kamikaze-like at high speed out of nowhere, aiming at your head. Although unlikely to hit you, they will make you drop to the ground fast. My visit to their nesting sites on Unst, Shetland, has been one of the most memorable experiences of my life. If you go to Unst and meet the bonxie, you will never forget it. Is this where Alfred Hitchcock got his idea for Birds?