LEGO Technic Excavator

LEGO Technic Excavator 8294 bent into a parrot with moving head and flapping wings.

Originally updated by grohld 

Custom Playmobil Parrot

Playmobil® produces many birds in two versions: with wings folded and with wings spread. Nevertheless there are some animals which do not have a flying counterpart; for those Little Jo created his own variant:

"The body has been taken from the blue/yellow parrot (30 83 0080, e.g. in 3255), the wings from the flying crow (30 66 4680). The pair of wings can be used nearly unchanged. Only at the transition from the back to the tail and at the neck you have to modell a little bit with power putty (two component glue). The color has been mixed according to the original shade of the folded wings from Revel blue glossy 31152 and white silk matt 31301; after putting on a layer of primer the blue has been put on by airbrush."



Playmobil Parrots

Google: Earth Day 2010

Earth Day is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in held on April 22, 1970 and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. Earth Day is celebrated in spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Many communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. While the first Earth Day was focused entirely on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes—the original national coordinator in 1970—took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations. Earth Day is now observed each year on April 22 in virtually every country on Earth. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. World Environment Day, celebrated on June 5 in a different nation every year, is the principal United Nations environmental observance.


Gustave Flaubert - A simple soul comic

Auteur : Gustave Flaubert
Artist: Olivier Desvaux
Editeur : Petit A Petit
Collection : Contes Et Poemes En Bandes Dessinees
Date de parution : 03/05/2007
EAN13 : 9782849490921
Langue : français
Format : 216x152

link: "A Simple Soul" Comic on Petit a Petit Website

Julian Barnes - Flaubert's Parrot

Flaubert's Parrot is a novel by Julian Barnes that was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1984 and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize the following year. The novel recites amateur Flaubert expert Geoffrey Braithwaite's musings on his subject's life, and his own, as he tracks a stuffed parrot that once inspired the great author.

Plot summary: The novel follows Geoffrey Braithwaite, a widowed, retired English doctor, visiting France and the Flaubert landmarks therein. While visiting various sites related to Flaubert, Geoffrey encounters two incidences of museums claiming to display the stuffed parrot which sat atop Flaubert's writing desk for a brief period while he wrote Un coeur simple. While trying to differentiate which is authentic Geoffrey ultimately learns that (n)either could be genuine, and Flaubert's parrot could be any one of fifty ("Une cinquantaine de perroquets!", p. 187) that had been held in the collection of the municipal museum.

Gustave Flaubert - A simple soul

A Simple Heart, also called Un cœur simple or Le perroquet in French, is a story about a servant girl named Felicité. Flaubert’s tale recounts the series of deaths and departures that compose her life. Her father dies, then her mother, and the sisters are dispersed. She is beaten by a farmer who let her keep cows in his fields. Her fiancé is harsh and deceitful and leaves her heartbroken. She begins life again as a servant for Madame Aubain and her two children - Virginia and Paul - who she serves for half a century with the swollen devotion of a medieval nun. But one by one they all leave her – Madame Aubain, the children, her long-lost nephew, an old man living in a pigsty with a cancer as big as a pumpkin on his arm - they all forget her or die, even Loulou her beloved parrot. But Loulou, Félicité has stuffed. Jauntily posed with one foot in the air and a gilded nut in his beak, Loulou swells into more than just a stuffed shell of the bird that used to squawk out “Pretty boy! Your servant, sir! I salute you, Marie!" At worse, Loulou is transfigured into the king of trinkets, at best, into the holy spirit.

And when no one was left in her life but Loulou, Félicité took to saying her daily prayers kneeling in front of Loulou. When the glint of the sun fell through the window on Loulou’s glass eye, it seemed to ignite a spark that sent the simple woman into ecstatic reveries. At this point, Loulou was really no more than a mass of feathers with a broken wing and batting sprouting from holes eaten by worms. But none of that mattered to Félicité: she was now deaf, blind, and all but mute. As she finally passed from this world to the next, Félicité thought she saw a gigantic parrot hovering in the opening heavens above her.

link: Read "A Simple Soul" on Project Gutenberg

When Gustave Flaubert was writing Un simple coeur, he rented a stuffed parrot from the Museum of Rouen. The bird was bright green with a blue head and scarlet wings, and it sat on Flaubert’s desk for three weeks as a muse for a story which describes the apotheosis of a stuffed parrot named Loulou.
Unlike Felicite, however, Flaubert was hardly overwhelmed with the sanctified aura of the bird on his desk. After three weeks, the author had finally had enough of the parrot. Something about it irritated him - perhaps the impertinent cock of its head, perhaps the supercilious twinkle in its glass eye - and just like that the affair was over.

Magic collectible card game

Magic: The Gathering (colloquially "Magic" or "MTG") is a collectible card game created by mathematics professor Richard Garfield and introduced in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast. Magic is the first example of the modern collectible card game genre and still thrives today, with an estimated six million players in over seventy countries. Magic can be played by two or more players each using a deck of printed cards or a deck of virtual cards through the Internet-based Magic: The Gathering Online or third-party programs.

Each game represents a battle between powerful wizards, known as "planeswalkers", who use the magical spells, items, and fantastic creatures depicted on individual Magic cards to defeat their opponents. Although the original concept of the game drew heavily from the motifs of traditional fantasy role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, the gameplay of Magic bears little resemblance to pencil-and-paper adventure games, while having substantially more cards and more complex rules than many other card games.

An organized tournament system and a community of professional Magic players has developed, as has a secondary market for Magic cards. Magic cards can be valuable due to their scarcity and utility in game play.

link: Official site for Magic
link: Magic on Wikipedia
link: the Brothers Hildebrandt Website
link: Brothers Hildebrandt on Wikipedia
link: Carnivorous Death-Parrot credit

Card Name: Carnivorous Death-Parrot
Card type: Creature
Creature type: Bird
Casting cost: 1
Card text: Flying
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Carnivorous Death-Parrot unless you say its flavor text.
Oracle text: Flying
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Carnivorous Death-Parrot unless you say its flavor text.
Flavor text: Save a kill spell to deal with this guy.
Artist: Greg Hildebrandt
Expansion: Unhinged
Rarity: Common

The Chinese Parrot

The Chinese Parrot (1926) is the second novel in the Charlie Chan series of mystery novels by Earl Derr Biggers. It is the first in which Chan travels from Hawaii to mainland California, and involves a crime whose exposure is hastened by the death of a parrot.

The Chinese Parrot (1927) is also a silent film in the Charlie Chan series directed by Paul Leni. The film is an adaptation of the 1926 Earl Derr Biggers novel of the same name. The film stars Japanese actor Sojin as Charlie Chan. It is considered to be a lost film.

Plot summary: The story concerns a valuable string of pearls which is purchased by a wealthy and eccentric financier. The handsome young son of the jeweller is assigned to shepherd the transfer of the pearls to the financier's vacation home in a desert area of California. Because of his long association with the owner of the pearls -- before joining the police force, he was her houseboy -- Charlie Chan travels from Hawaii to California with the pearls. After two mysterious deaths, first of a Chinese-speaking parrot and then of the household's Chinese man-of-all-work, Charlie Chan masquerades as a pidgin-speaking cook named Ah Kim and works underground to solve a number of crimes. Along the way, the jeweller's son meets a beautiful young woman who works as a location scout and decides to stay in the California desert.

link: The Chinese Parrot on IMDB
link: The Chinese Parrot ebook

Charlie Chan's Courage (1934)


Plot summary: Charlie is hired to deliver a pearl necklace to a millionaire at his ranch. When murder intervenes he disguises himself as a Chinese servant and begins sleuthing.

Charlie Chan, disguised as "Ah Kim," with Tony, "The Chinese Parrot."

Charlie Chan with Tony, "The Chinese Parrot."

Martin Thorne, P.J. Madden, and Bob Crawford check on Tony, "The Chinese Parrot," who had been screaming "Murder!" Charlie Chan, disguised as servant Ah Kim, looks on.

Chinese Parrot Art

Hua Sanchuan

Gu Jimin

Ming Yeung

Megan Fox in Paw Print Magazine