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

Who's a clever boy then? Parrot pinches passport

Polly wants a passport – and isn't above stealing one. A brazen parrot spotted a Scottish man's passport in a coloured bag in the luggage compartment of a bus, nabbed the document and made off into dense bush with it.

Hit & Run: This show's got legs

Mrs Robinson has been through gruelling surgery which has left her unable to see out of one eye. But the facial reconstruction was a success, and given the severity of her injuries, it's a testament to the skill of her surgeons that she emerged from the operating theatre with her face intact. But she is being rather prickly about it all. Which isn't that surprising, given that Mrs Robinson is a hedgehog.

Jeremy Warner: The inflationary parrot is not yet deceased

Having been declared dead, it appears that the parrot still lives. I'm talking about inflation, which to the surprise of most forecasters actually rose last month as measured by the Consumer Prices Index. To believe the headlines, you would think we were already in an age of deflation, yet the latest numbers have bizarrely forced the Governor of the Bank of England again to write to the Chancellor explaining why inflation is still so much above target. Wait a while, he might have said, and I'll be writing to you to explain why we are so far below target.

Why I Love: Canary impressions

Michael Barimo, champion whistler

World's largest parrot pulled back from the brink

Once facing extinction, the 9lb ground-nesting bird has been rescued by breeding scheme

Pot luck: After years of experimenting with new, whizzbang plants, I’ve returned to the old stalwarts

Another year, another chance to go potty with your plants for next spring, says Anna Pavord

Bulbalicious: It's back to school for a refreshed on the ABC of bulbs

Emma Townshend joins a class teaching timid gardeners how to conquer their fear of growing bulbs

Design: Industrial strength

The Paris-based boss of Kenzo and his sculptor wife welcome Charlotte Philby into the factory building they call home into the factory building they call home

The future of fish

We all know by now that cod and haddock have had their chips. But what exactly are these strange new fish we're told we should be eating? And what on earth do they taste like?

Britain's transoceanic hopes under threat

Just yards away from the optimistic departure point of the Pilgrim Fathers and under the vantage point of one of their greatest maritime forefathers, Sir Francis Drake, Britain's current squadron of transoceanic maritime heroes is in trouble.

Sarah Sands: This comdie franaise leaves us Brits out in the cold

The French President may be a crazy old goat, but he is dazzling to watch

Harvey Nichols assistant's death was 'unforeseeable'

The murder of a Harvey Nichols beauty assistant by an obsessed stalker "could not have been reasonably foreseen", a coroner ruled yesterday.

Villa's £8m Young bid accepted but Spurs still in frame

Watford last night accepted a bid from Aston Villa ­ believed to be an initial £8 million ­ for striker Ashley Young. The 21-year-old has been given permission to talk to Martin O'Neill, whose Villa side host the Hornets tomorrow.

John Rentoul: David Cameron's tax promises can only profit one man: Prime Minister Brown

Gordon is like a hurricane - no one knows where it will hit
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Lady Chatterley is not obscene, says TV director

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Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde. Don't tell other victims it was theirs

Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde

Please don't tell other victims it was theirs
A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

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The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border