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Menthol_moose
01-19-2004, 02:15 PM
Something a bit light hearted.

UK Reuters

Churchill's parrot won't squawk



LONDON (Reuters) - Winston Churchill's foul-mouthed 104-year old parrot has refused to surrender to after a newspaper tracked the bird down and discovered it was still alive.



"They've been trying to get him to talk all day, but he's not saying much," said Sylvia Martin, who manages Heathfield Nurseries where parrot Charlie has lived for the last 12 years.


Charlie, who kept Churchill company during World War Two, was famous for occasionally squawking four-letter obscenities about Hitler. But Martin told Reuters the bird has mellowed.


"He doesn't say very much anymore -- usually just hello and goodbye. But he does get so excited about music and dances to it. He's very fit."


Charlie -- invariably referred to as "he" despite being female -- is now owned by Peter Oram, the garden centre's owner, Martin said. Oram's father-in-law sold Churchill the bird and was asked to take it back after the prime minister died in 1965.


Steve Nichols, founder of Britain's National Parrot Sanctuary, said on Monday that although parrots did not often live longer than 40 in the wild, some had lived to up to 110.


"It's obviously had the best life possible," he said.


http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=857&ncid=757&e=10&u=/nm/20040119/od_uk_nm/oukoe_odd_churchill_parrot

Menthol_moose
01-19-2004, 02:15 PM
Something a bit light hearted.

UK Reuters

Churchill's parrot won't squawk



LONDON (Reuters) - Winston Churchill's foul-mouthed 104-year old parrot has refused to surrender to after a newspaper tracked the bird down and discovered it was still alive.



"They've been trying to get him to talk all day, but he's not saying much," said Sylvia Martin, who manages Heathfield Nurseries where parrot Charlie has lived for the last 12 years.


Charlie, who kept Churchill company during World War Two, was famous for occasionally squawking four-letter obscenities about Hitler. But Martin told Reuters the bird has mellowed.


"He doesn't say very much anymore -- usually just hello and goodbye. But he does get so excited about music and dances to it. He's very fit."


Charlie -- invariably referred to as "he" despite being female -- is now owned by Peter Oram, the garden centre's owner, Martin said. Oram's father-in-law sold Churchill the bird and was asked to take it back after the prime minister died in 1965.


Steve Nichols, founder of Britain's National Parrot Sanctuary, said on Monday that although parrots did not often live longer than 40 in the wild, some had lived to up to 110.


"It's obviously had the best life possible," he said.


http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=857&ncid=757&e=10&u=/nm/20040119/od_uk_nm/oukoe_odd_churchill_parrot

georgeo76
01-19-2004, 02:57 PM
Good post, interesting find, thanks http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


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Copperhead310th
01-19-2004, 05:05 PM
"Dogs look up to People, Cat's Look down on People....But a Pig will treat a man as his equil."
Sir Winston Churchill.