Dead seagulls are good luck!

Two seagulls sitting on chimneys.
Good old seagulls… they’re not just there for the nasty jobs like shitting on chimneys

This is going to sound like a rather random post, but just work with me on this one. It’s particularly odd in that I don’t believe in fate, horoscopes – I’m a typical Scorpio like that – or omens, but I’ve now been involved in three different episodes involving seagulls and they’ve all centred on the concept of luck.

The first one was when, while living in Brighton, I went to the shops to buy some shorts for five-a-side. I was just outside said shop – you know the one, it had a ‘closing down’ sale every week back then – when a large shitehawk lived up to its name by parking its breakfast on me from a great height. A passing ‘funny’ person commented that I should be happy as it’s good luck. Really? Within the following hour I was dumped by text and wrongly accused of shoplifting by a man who refused to apologise when he realised his mistake.

A year or so later, I was carefully crossing a road between static traffic in one lane and a steady flow in the other. Seeing a double decker bus coming, I stopped in the lane that wasn’t going anywhere to wait for it to pass. Except I trod in something. Something slippery. I slid forward, right in front of the mobile asylum and, as a certain lyric by The Smiths passed through my mind, I somehow managed to lurch backwards in a movement not dissimilar to how they dodge bullets in The Matrix. The bus missed me by centimetres. A little shaken, I made doubly sure nothing else was coming and crossed to the other side of the road. Looking back, I discovered that I had trodden on what used to be a noisy sea bird. Grim. Still, no harm was done and, although it was the thing that almost caused severe misfortune, I’m counting this as lucky.

Cut to a week or two ago and I was suited and booted for a job interview in Brighton. As I left our house to go to the station I noticed something grey and white protruding from the triffids in our front garden. I had a couple of minutes to spare, so carefully pushed a couple of branches out the way to discover the last resting place of, you’ve guessed it, another seagull. Taking into account this rather sinister discovery and the fact that this bird seems to have a special place in the hearts of Brightonians thanks to being all over the branding of Brighton & Hove Albion, this could have been a rather bad omen. Thankfully not – I got the job and am starting tomorrow.

So there you go – conclusive proof that seagulls are good luck. Well, unless you’re Tippi Hedren and as long as they’re dead.

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      Tom

      Thanks Tom! Yes, webby thingys mostly. No social media stuff this time, but it’s nice to be able to properly focus on one area. 🙂

  1. Emma from Life As It Is

    Pesky things… better off dead if you ask me!
    When we stay with numerous friends of ours that live in Hove, we are always awake at the crack of dawn because of the blighters. Do you think living there you manage to block it out eventually? Would put me off the area! (Can you tell I’m a real animal lover?!) Great post though. I enjoyed your writing!

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      Tom

      Ha! Thanks Emma. We live about half an hour away so don’t have as many seagulls near us but there is a gang that seems to live on nearby rooftops. I’m used to the noise now and it doesn’t bother me – having to scrape up a dead one is another matter! 😉

  2. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    Oh what a nice read. Congrats with the new job. I have so many seagulls in my terrace. They put holes on my trash bags and they eat my plants. I am so mad at them!!! I dont really know what to do anymore. =P #pocolo

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      Tom

      Thanks Merlinda! Seagulls really are a bunch of gits aren’t they? They seem to be useful in death though… 😉

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      Tom

      Thank you very much! I’d forgotten about those ones. Yes, the “Mine, mine, mine” is a very accurate portrayal of their greedy characteristics!

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