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

Julian Barnes: I may not like it much. But I still live here

The IoS interview: Julian Barnes, author turned actor

Parrots speak lost rainforest tongue

Artist revives the language of a vanished tribe after 2000 years

CBI Conference: Employment - Edmonds attacks business `idiots'

A UNION leader delivered a vitriolic attack on businessmen yesterday, telling them to stop flogging a "dead parrot" and start taking a fresh approach to employment rights.

Radio: A Python far too slippery for a canon

We didn't learn much about Monty Python that we didn't already know from Long Live the Dead Parrot Tues, R4), but it confirmed a couple of suspicions. The first is that they were never that subversive or original - the wacky approach had been pioneered by the Goons - and their subversion was hardly the stuff that made the establishment quake in its shoes. ("This Monty Python," said Margaret Thatcher, after being shown the dead- parrot sketch so she would at least have some idea of the joke her speech- writers had gingerly lifted for her, "is he one of us?")

Pop: Take a walk on the mild side

In a business filled with planet-sized egos, The All Seeing I have a refreshing modesty as well as bags of talent. They think it has something to do with coming from Sheffield.

Country & Garden: Purple people pleasers

The Dreaming Maid was a bore, but the Prince and the Parrot saved the day... Yes, we're talking tulips

Tropical parrot could drive out native British birds

A TROPICAL parrot that has naturalised itself in southern England could become as big a pest in Britain as the grey squirrel, driving out native bird species and damaging crops, ornithologists fear.

Edinburgh Festival: Free Fringe Tickets

Tickets are available to the first Independent readers to take a copy of today's paper to the box-office of the venues listed below.

Pet trade wiping out world's rare parrots

THE ENTIRE breeding stock of the world's rarest bird, Spix's macaw, is held by two private parrot collectors who have shown no interest in restoring it to the wild, a British trust claimed yesterday.
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Torture: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

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Rebranding Christmas: More public bodies are refusing to give the festival its name for fear of causing offence

Rebranding Christmas

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