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Disco the talking parakeet can bang on a bit (video)

by | 16th, May 2013

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DISCO the budgie:

Disco seems to be repeating things he’s overheard. He’s make a terrific spy but an astonishingly poor confidant.

Thoughts turn to Tobermory, a story by Saki from the book  Chronicles of Clovis.  We are at Lady Blemley’s house-party. One guest is a Mr. Cornelius Appin. He was neither a wit nor a croquet champion, a hypnotic force nor a begetter of amateur theatricals.”  His talent was in teaching animals to speak English. His star pupil was a cat called Tobermory:

In the midst of the clamour Tobermory entered the room and made his way with velvet tread and studied unconcern across the group seated round the tea-table…

“Will you have some milk, Tobermory?” asked Lady Blemley in a rather strained voice.

“I don’t mind if I do,” was the response, couched in a tone of even indifference. A shiver of suppressed excitement went through the listeners, and Lady Blemley might be excused for pouring out the saucerful of milk rather unsteadily.

“I’m afraid I’ve spilt a good deal of it,” she said apologetically.

“After all, it’s not my Axminster,” was Tobermory’s rejoinder.

And then the conversation turned:

“What do you think of human intelligence?” asked Mavis Pellington lamely.

“Of whose intelligence in particular?” asked Tobermory coldly.

“Oh, well, mine for instance,” said Mavis with a feeble laugh.

“You put me in an embarrassing position,” said Tobermory, whose tone and attitude certainly did not suggest a shred of embarrassment. “When your inclusion in this house-party was suggested Sir Wilfrid protested that you were the most brainless woman of his acquaintance, and that there was a wide distinction between hospitality and the care of the feeble-minded. Lady Blemley replied that your lack of brain-power was the precise quality which had earned you your invitation, as you were the only person she could think of who might be idiotic enough to buy their old car. You know, the one they call ‘The Envy of Sisyphus,’ because it goes quite nicely up-hill if you push it.”

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