If you go down to Wests Rugby Club in Belconnen in the Australian Capital Territory tonight, you're liable to get a shock. Around about seven, you'll notice a group of the more mature patrons back their stools away from the poker machines or finish off their veal parmigiana and move quietly to a back room. Few opt for a second shandy when there is free tea and coffee inside. For these folk have serious business to discuss; it's time to tote up the annual bird tally. How many Indian mynas has each of the killer grannies (or grandpas) added to the toll this year? I don't know if it's because they have more time, or because they remember BM time ("before mynas") but the myna-managers of Canberra tend to be on the more mature side.
The Annual General Meeting of the Canberra Indian Myna Action Group is one of the few times the killer grannies (and grandpas) of Canberra actually physically gather. Perhaps a hundred of the three or four hundred that quietly go about their business in the privacy of their own backyard come together. For they are the quiet killers at work in