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Parrotting on

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Be careful if you’re out and about in the Manchester area: you could be accosted and taught naughty diction at any moment.

Who’s a fucking pretty boy then, knobhead?

Manchester Evening News, 30 June 2010 (story):

Oh ****! Charlie the swearing parrot takes off

Charlie the foul-mouthed parrot has embraced an f-word which has got his owner in a real flap – flying.

Melissa Todd was warned about the African Grey’s industrial language – which has made him an internet hit – when she bought him from a pet shop a year ago.

But she was assured that one talent he did not have was flying.

Now pub worker Melissa, 29, is hunting for her pet after he took off from his perch in the garden of her Bury home. She is even offering a reward for his safe return.

It turns out the parrot in question is something of a celebrity, meaning the Manchester Evening News has been able to combine three of the most successful themes of great regional news:

  • domestic pet-based happenings;
  • home-grown celebrity status; and
  • silly season frivolity.

As combos go, these equal regional news dreamland.

Melissa said the family had taken Charlie, who has distinctive red tail feathers, into the garden at about 1pm on Monday. But he took fright after hearing a sudden noise and has not been seen since.

Thousands of fans have logged on to YouTube to hear Charlie’s catchphrases, which include phrases like ‘shut up’ – as well as a range of four-letter word insults.

Next week he comes up before the beak in a documentary called My Pet Shame about embarrassing animals.

Experts try to break Charlie’s swearing habit in the show, presented by Gavin And Stacey actress Joanna Page. The parrot is supposed to be appearing in a follow-up programme to test whether his behaviour has improved.

Melissa said she had no idea whether Charlie could ever be cured.


Written by Paddy

July 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm

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  1. I wonder how hard Joanna Page, in her quieter moments, really thinks about how her post-Stacey career is progressing compared to her co-stars.


    July 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm

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