From BBC news: Police swan find hits wrong note
A classic Scottish news story. Some ‘jobsworth’ has decided to investigate the Master of Queen’s Music’s possession of a swan carcass (now, try to dissect the nouns in that one). Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has been warned by the police that regardless of the fact that the swans died naturally, they take his possession of swan carcasses seriously. Thanks to The Times for the classic quote from the spokesperson for the Northern Constabulary: “Our inquiries are continuing,” and their fantastic headline: “Composer may do bird for eating swan”.
Only in the boondocks can such things happen. Perhaps Sir Peter can use this farcical situation to write a comedy opera. 😉