Call a shag by its correct name

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From Ms Muriel Richards

Sir: In John Walsh's diary (23 February), his musing on the new corporate name which is replacing the advertising company, Saatchi and Saatchi, company name, leads him to dwell on the word shag.

He informs us that shag is the old, redundant name for a cormorant. Any cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) contemplating a shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) would know the difference.

Yours faithfully,


St Denys,


23 February