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Police found the woman only had a provisional license and was accompanied only by a parrot

Letter from Simon Kelner: Has success become a bad thing?

Why we should pay attention to what someone who's lived in California for 20 years thinks about Britain is slightly beyond me, but John Cleese's remark that London no longer "feels English" has attracted a good deal of comment, most of it predictable.

Rare parrots bred at zoo after 19 years

Zoo keepers have succeeded in breeding three rare parrots after 19 years of trying. The Philippine cockatoo chicks are being hand-reared at Chester Zoo in Cheshire after they were hatched in incubators.

The Big Six: Celebrity stays

Bird brains, top dogs and other animal geniuses

Reports of a parrot that's as smart as a four-year-old child prompt Rob Hastings to celebrate notable non-human thinkers

Times are tough, even at this A-list retreat

Parrot Cay, the superstars' favourite Caribbean island, isn't recession proof. That's good news for the rest of us, says Kate Simon

Your Questions: Which bird would you recommend as a pet?

Q. I have always pondered the idea of having a bird as a pet. The obvious choice would be a budgie, but they seem a bit boring. If you have a bird, which one would you recommend? Vicki from Harrow

Alien parakeet's days could be numbered

Defra draws up secret plan to cull latest tropical arrival because of its disruptive nesting habits

The slithering prizes: Python thefts lift lid on trade in exotic pets

John Harrison walked into his son's shop earlier this month to find thieves had broken in and stolen some of his most prized merchandise – 63 royal pythons and three rare Kimberly rock monitor lizards.

Why is Q Always Followed by U?, By Michael Quinion

Michael Quinion's book responds to oft-asked questions about language, usually concerning the provenance of common words and phrases. There are some surprises: The characteristically British "stiff upper lip" is actually an Americanism, for example.

Thirteen 'Russian spies' arrested in Georgia

Georgia has announced the arrest of 13 people on charges of spying for Russia.

Business Diary: This is a country of pessimists

What a cheerful nation we are. One might have hoped that soaraway GDP data would prompt a bit of optimism, following all the gloom of recent weeks. Not judging by internet comment boards, which were full of cynics queuing up to ridicule the numbers from the Office for National Statistics. This post on a BBC board just about sums up the mood. "I don't believe the figures ... why should we believe this discredited office?"

Parrot in the park: AR Drone helicopter flight test

Ever since it debuted at this year’s CES technology fair, the Parrot AR Drone has been featuring on the wish lists of geeks everywhere keen to get their hands on a model.

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Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

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Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

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