Have you noticed how humans come up with all sorts of strange ideas? I say “strange” as opposed to “clever” because some of their inventions are designed to mask the fact that they are really quite dim. For example, they now have “smart” watches. I reckon they have to make them “smart” because otherwise some humans would be too thick to be able to tell the time. And then they also have their mobile phones. Who in their right mind would come up with the idea of creating a phon
At weekends, I sometimes go upstairs in the morning to join my owner and his wife for a lie-in in bed. However, one strict rule applies. I am not allowed to walk over their precious patchwork quilt. Many years ago, my owner gave this to his wife as a Valentine’s Day gift. It’s made up of a large number of patchwork “hearts” which together, create a very striking effect. As we all go through life, I often think that we build up our own “patchwork quilts” of kindness. And this
We parrots love the story of the nativity. Not only is it a very happy story, but it also includes lots of animals. There are the farm animals in the stable and all those sheep on the surrounding hills being watched over by the shepherds. And later, there are even some camels which make an appearance. It’s just a shame that no parrots are featured, but hey-ho, if we had been there, we’d probably have sat in a row on the edge of the crib and started to gnaw our way through it!
Having ancestral roots which stretch back to deepest Senegal, -where the sun shines brightly and the sky is blue, -I have to admit that I’m not very fond of the British Wintertime. If I were a penguin, I’d probably be in my element, but as a semi-tropical bird I prefer it to be warm, bright and cheerful outside. Extrovert parrots need extrovert weather! And yet, this is also a very special time of year. We’re now into the season which the Church calls “Advent.” Being somethin
Our little village is home to a large number of Rooks and Jackdaws. Sometimes they come into the garden and strut around on our back lawn looking for tasty morsels. And I have to admit (very begrudgingly) that they are really quite bright birds. Not as bright as parrots of course, but still more intelligent than many other species. I know this to be true because of what I’ve seen. There have been several occasions when I’ve glanced out of the window to see dozens of Rooks and
We parrots love a good story, so I’d like to share one with you this week. Deep in the heart of Western Canada, a life-long atheist went out for a trek in the wilderness. “What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful birdsong!” he said to himself. As he continued walking along the banks of a river, he suddenly heard a loud crashing sound in the undergrowth. He looked around to see a seven-foot Grizzly Bear charging straight towards him. The man ran as fast as he
After ten months of hard work, I’ve finally published my book! I’ve shed a great many feathers during the process and destroyed at least one keyboard with my beak. But I like to think that I’m living proof that if you’re doing something for God, then anything is possible. Never before has a parrot published his own book and had the copyright registered in his name under the Berne Convention. Parrots never do that sort of thing, -that is, unless God is involved with the projec