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Dr Johannes Blofli MLC JSPC research fellow, faculty of human engineering, Hiroshima

"Picture, if you will, a crisp, early summer morning in Hiroshima. I had just delivered a triumphant speech to a top secret United Nations assembly at which it was my solemn duty to expose the entire city of Paris as a fake - and a rather bad fake at that. I must say, the French took it rather well considering. But barely had the applause subsided when I was dragged off stage by Barnaby - my faithful assistant. What happened next will remain clamped to my frontal node for the remainder of my mortal days. From a glistening, translucent sack that gave off a faint, sweet smell of (I think) pineapple, Barnaby produced an object so exquisite that at first I thought he had mischievously slipped me another one of his famous morphine enemas. But this was no mere psychotropic episode. This was history! Before me was an item so mythic, so sublime, that the angels might have fashioned it from snow clouds. Indeed, when Barnaby placed this heavenly relic upon his head and yelled "Yes Johannes, it really is the Great Birdy Birdy Funny Ha Ha Hat of Dis'nay!" I knew for certain that we had at last uncovered the Holy Grail of archaeology. And to think Barnaby found it in a rustic metal vessel inhabited by small, flying beasties."

The Very Reverend Carmel Nunce. Extract from her paper 'The Leota and it's role in the ascendency of the Muski race'

"The discovery of this remarkable headress was brought to my attention by amateur archeologist Carl Strauss, whom I must thank sincerely for his diligent work on my behalf. The ornate headress pictured is a fine example of the expert craftmanship utilised by the Muski warrior race. The Muski people were proud and aggressive. The men of the group fashioned their protective headgear from the Leota, a flightless bird, now believed to be extinct. This species is in no way related to the fictitious 'Rok Hopper' as proposed by a certain rogue element determined to discredit me and my work. The body and wings of the bird are covered by soft, downy feathers that allowed the Muski to withstand the howling winds of their particularly fierce Winters. The wings themselves were broken by the men in order to bend them back and fasten them into position as ear muffs. The strong beaks of the Leota, whilst a remarkably effective nose guard, were quite possibly the reason for the bird's extinction. I have reached this conclusion rfom the unusual strain evident on the birds cranium. Many bones have snapped or splintered but there does not seem to have been a tremendous impact. It would seem the beak was simply too large for the bones to carry."

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