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Coco Calling: No.6 - Parrot Obituaries

The random thoughts of a Christian parrot Parrots are just as important as people, so why shouldn’t there be parrot obituaries? Before he acquired me, my owner was reading a parrot magazine when he spotted a parrot obituary near the back. “How bizarre!” he thought. Wasn’t this taking things a little too far? Of course, I have now put him right on this point. The obituary in question described how “Percy” used to join his owner in bed for a morning cup of tea, and then slide down the staircase bannister when she headed downstairs. Percy’s party-piece was to strut up and down on the breakfast table with a teaspoon in his beak. And he would show his owner great love and affection by nuzzling in

Coco Calling: No.5 - The Prodigal Parrot

The random thoughts of a Christian parrot ​ When I was a young bird, full of energy and bravado, I did something rather foolish. In fact, you could call me “The Prodigal Parrot.” Because early one morning, before my owner had got out of bed, I picked the lock of my cage with my beak, and then squeezed out of a small fanlight window, and disappeared into the big world outside. It was around two hours later when my owner got up, that he discovered I was missing. To begin with, I had a wonderful time! Oh yes, I did lots of zippy flying. I went high into the tops of trees. I tried gnawing twigs, branches, foliage and anything else I could get my beak on. I even tried “skiing” down some slippery

Coco Calling: No.4 - Who should really be kept in cages?

The random thoughts of a Christian parrot ​ I like most human beings. I know they lack feathers and their noses are a poor apology for a splendid beak, but I have to like them because my owner is one. And we understand one another. If I bow my head, he knows I want a tickle. And if I roll over, he knows I want to lie in the palm of his hand. And if I do a certain call, he knows I want a bath. So I guess we have a special relationship. So often, as I sit on my perch gazing out of the window at the wild birds and animals, I wish it could be the same for them. I wish they all existed in a world in which there was harmony between human beings and the rest of nature. Because we are all God’s crea

Coco Calling: No.3 - Living, evolving and improving

The random thoughts of a Christian parrot ​ It came as quite a shock to me when I discovered that my beautiful feathers are supposed to have evolved from dinosaur scales. This is probably why my owner refers to me as “Pterodactyl Midgetus” when I’m flying around above his head. But you know, it’s not where we’ve come from that matters. It’s all about who we are now and where we are heading. That’s what interests God! Consider that splendid human, Justin Welby, -Britain’s Archbishop of Canterbury. He’s probably descended from some Neolithic savage, but that doesn’t stop him from being a really good fellow. You see, God wants each generation of parrots and humans to be better than the last. A

Coco Calling No.2 - Genius vs Simplicity

The random thoughts of a Christian parrot As I was sitting on my favourite perch one morning, pondering my latest theories of astrophysics and bio-dynamics, it occurred to me that the more complicated we make this world, the more we tie ourselves up in knots. The more that we discover, the more that we find still needs to be discovered. The deeper we go, the more we shut ourselves off from the relevant and the obvious. And when this happens, we can lose touch with God. Just think of all of the geniuses throughout history. (Naturally I’m too modest to call myself a genius. I’ll let others do that). I mean geniuses like Einstein, Galileo, Aristotle and Darwin. I’m not sure that their scientifi

Coco Calling: No.1 - Feathers

The random thoughts of a Christian parrot Is a feather simply a feather? Or is it a work of art? Are all feathers the same? Or are they all unique? I’m a Senegal parrot, and I think that my feathers are amazing. Probably too amazing to have evolved by chance. Too sophisticated. Too intricate. Too perfect. And too beautiful. I’m a very clever parrot, and extremely proud of my feathers. I spend hours attending to them every day so that I can show them off to the world in their full glory. I have many different types of feather, each serving a special purpose. For starters, I have short fluffy ones (otherwise known as “my undies”) which keep me insulated. Rather like a miniature Eider Down. And

Coco Calling: No.2 - Genius vs Simplicity

The random thoughts of a Christian parrot As I was sitting on my favourite perch one morning, pondering my latest theories of astrophysics and bio-dynamics, it occurred to me that the more complicated we make this world, the more we tie ourselves up in knots. The more that we discover, the more that we find still needs to be discovered. The deeper we go, the more we shut ourselves off from the relevant and the obvious. And when this happens, we can lose touch with God. Just think of all of the geniuses throughout history. (Naturally I’m too modest to call myself a genius. I’ll let others do that). I mean geniuses like Einstein, Galileo, Aristotle and Darwin. I’m not sure that their scientifi

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