QUIRKY WORLD...Park attacker in flap as parrot defends owner

ENGLAND:

QUIRKY WORLD...Park attacker in  flap as parrot defends owner

A crime-fighting parrot has saved his owner after she was pushed to the ground in a park.

Wunsy the African grey was being taken for a walk — and fly — in Sunningfields Park, north London, when his female owner was grabbed by the shoulders and shoved.

He flapped his wings and squawked, causing the attacker to take flight towards Great North Road, Hendon.

Pc Chris Cutmore from Colindale Police Station said: “This was a random attack on a woman walking out of a park. Although the parrot, Wunsy, came to her rescue, we are obviously very keen to trace the suspect and prevent him from attacking anybody else.

“I would encourage anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who has seen the man in the local area to call police.”

POSH NOSH

ENGLAND: A new class of restaurant clientele are increasingly splashing out on Michelin-starred dining, while turning their noses up at fast-food chains, according to a new study involving some of Britain’s top chefs.

Stuffy fine-dining establishments largely populated by businessmen with expense accounts have gradually been transformed by a wave of middle-class diners, University of Cambridge academic Christel Lane has said.

Chefs including Tom Kerridge, Marcus Wareing and Ruth Rogers, along with a sample of diners contributed to her new book, The Cultivation Of Taste, described as the first sociological study of Michelin-starred restaurants.

SNAPPY SHOPPER

USA: This is one crocodile that didn’t want to become a handbag.

Police in Sacramento, California, captured the 4ft creature near a TJ Maxx store in a small shopping mall.

It apparently escaped from a box left in front of a reptile shop called The Serpentarium with a sign saying Nile Crocodile. Contact Rescue.

Authorities say the crocodile is feisty but had duct tape wrapped around its jaws.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for a zoo or other facility to give it a home.

EMAIL TRAP

USA: When a US man got an email from Apple thanking him for calling customer service about his laptop computer he was puzzled — someone had stolen it from him a year earlier.

Police eventually arrested Casey Wentworth, 24, and charged him with burglary. He is accused of taking the laptop from Mike Witonis’s home in Dover, New Hampshire, in February 2013.

When the break-in happened, police said they could not identify any suspects. Detectives contacted Apple and the laptop’s serial number was flagged.

When Mr Witonis got the email, he contacted police, who said the person who called customer service used the serial number of the stolen computer.

FRESH AIR

FRANCE: Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned from a business trip in France with a small item of protest against his home city’s choking pollution: a glass jar of clean, Provence air.

He put it up for auction before a group of about 100 Chinese artists and collectors and it fetched 5,250 yuan (€620).

“Air should be the most valueless commodity, free to breathe for any vagrant or beggar,” Liang said. “This is my way to question China’s foul air and express my dissatisfaction.”

There is widespread dissatisfaction over air quality in China, where cities are often enveloped in harmful pollutants many times what is considered safe by the World Health Organisation. The chronic problem has spurred brisk markets for dust masks and home air purifiers. China’s senior leaders have pledged to clean the country’s air.

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