Nick Page

RN Parrot No.1

Freezing cold here today, but my heart was warmed by a tale from the Telegraph which tells of a member of the Royal Navy who uses frequent foul language. What makes this sailor different, is that he’s a parrot. Sunny is “a six-year-old African grey with the official service number of RN Parrot No 1″ who “has a habit of squawking “arse” and “bollocks” at inappropriate moments.” Apparently during a visit by the First Sea Lord, Sunny was locked in a broom cupboard, but could still be heard swearing. It’s not all swearwords, however, his favourite phrases are “Zulus, thousands of ‘em” and “You ain’t seen nothing, right?” It’s service personnel like Sunny that make me proud to be British.