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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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How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map
Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

This was the year of 24-carat Golden Oldies
Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Thom Browne's scarecrows offer a rare beacon in commercial offerings
A year of the caliphate:

Isis, a year of the caliphate

Who can defeat the so-called 'Islamic State' – and how?
Marks and Spencer: Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?

Marks and Spencer

Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?
'We haven't invaded France': Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak

'We haven't invaded France'

Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak
Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres

Why do we ignore the worst of the massacres?

The West’s determination not to offend its Sunni allies helps Isis and puts us all at risk, says Patrick Cockburn
7/7 bombings 10 years on: Four emergency workers who saved lives recall the shocking day that 52 people were killed

Remembering 7/7 ten years on

Four emergency workers recall their memories of that day – and reveal how it's affected them ever since
Humans: Are the scientists developing robots in danger of replicating the hit Channel 4 drama?

They’re here to help

We want robots to do our drudge work, and to look enough like us for comfort. But are the scientists developing artificial intelligence in danger of replicating the TV drama Humans?
Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

'Heritage' is a loaded word in the Dixie, but the Charleston killings show how dangerous it is to cling to a deadly past, says Rupert Cornwell
What exactly does 'one' mean? Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue

What exactly does 'one' mean?

Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue