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July 29, 2005

Does your Boss read your blog?

Just after I posted a picture of Laurie (who is a Rainbow Lorikeet), my boss's boss send me a copy of a story entitled Swearing parrot banned:

A FOUL-mouthed parrot previously owned by a lorry driver has been banished from public areas in a British animal sanctuary after repeatedly embarrassing his keepers.
Barney, a five-year-old Macaw, is now kept indoors at Warwickshire Animal Sanctuary in Nuneaton, central England, when outsiders visit after abusing dignitaries with swearword-littered insults.
"He's told a lady mayoress to f--- off and he told a lady vicar: 'And you can f--- off as well'," sanctuary worker Stacey Clark said.
Nor did the forces of law and order escape, she added.
"Two policemen came to have a look at the centre. He told them: 'And you can f--- off you two w---ers'."
Interesting choice of words, Barney. I wonder if your former owner is likely to get an early morning visit from the lads now...
Of course The Register had to put an IT slant on the story:
IT angle or not, we feel obliged to salute Barney, the "VoIP" macaw ("vocally obnoxious indignant parrot"), who has brought shame and disgrace on Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary in Nuneaton by hurling vile abuse at visiting VIPs.
Delightfully, centre manager Geoff Grewcock confirmed to UK tabloid the Sun that Barney's favourite expletive is "bollocks", one of a number of top-notch terms he learned from his former owner - a trucker.
That puts a whole new meaning to the phrase VoIP (which I thought had something to do with crappy phones and lots of heavy hissing in your ear).
Speaking of parrots, using it as a screen saver might not be a good idea:
Firemen wasted over an hour searching an office in the West Midlands for an escaped parrot this week.
An hour later they found it. It was a PC screensaver which intermittently produced parrot squawks. We were on hand so we don't know whether the lads thought it was all a lot of fun, or, more reasonably, smashed the PC to pieces with their axes.

Posted by Ozguru at July 29, 2005 09:00 PM

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Better watch your step.

And maybe warn your mate as well.

Just an idea...

Posted by: Rofl [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 31, 2005 11:01 PM