JAILBIRDS

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The Avicultural Advancement Council of Canada and the Fowl Actors Guild has sent four representatives to Mildred Duck’s Grassy Narrows enclave amidst rumors that mistreatment of pigeons was taking place under her care.

Although flatly denying these misconduct charges, Mildred did maintain that a group of pigeons from the Gros Cap/Sault Ste Marie area were having difficulty adjusting to the strict discipline Mildred demands from her performers. Pictured here are the aforementioned pigeons sitting inside their enclosed compound between rehearsals.

 

WHAT IT IS NOT

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, millions of documents, photographs, research papers and other material was made available to western governments. It took decades for authorities to comb through this information; looking for clues regarding what the Stasi, KGB and other state run secret police were up to during the cold war.

One obscure file, authored by a M. Schulz, outlined an experiment where flocks of common pigeons and Spanish rock doves were trained to fly into jet engines and propeller aircrafts. The report concluded that modest success was achieved, sighting a small passenger aircraft flying out of Hamburg that was brought down by a small flock of rock doves.

 

 

THE GROUSE

 

 

 

 

 

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For many weeks Mildred Duck heard the rumors of a talented ruffed grouse living near Murdock Lake in the Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. Mildred was looking for a solo singer who could pull off a sensational version of ‘Singing in the Rain/Paddling on the Pond’.

On a wet spring morning, Mildred left her swamp near Grassy Narrows and started the one hundred kilometer trip to Murdock Lake. Mildred was not disappointed and after several hours of negotiations and guarantees of limitless blueberries, wild strawberries and baskets of rosehips, the duo merrily flew back to Grassy Narrows to begin rehearsals for the Littlest Gosling.

WHAT IT IS NOT

Mike Hobbson’s speaking engagements across North America were starting to gather an eclectic and somewhat fanatical following of individuals from all walks of life. In order to help facilitate his gruelling touring schedule, Hobbson tried to enlist the help of corporate sponsors to offset the expenses he was incurring.

He had met with many CEO’s of large corporations, but it wasn’t until a Sunday brunch meeting with the president of Partridge Farms that Hobbson found his kindred spirit and benefactor.