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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, August 6, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 11 Lynne Van Luven Funeral fripperies support 'dotty English9 suspicion David Bates' parrot is dead You say, so what7 Wee critters are going to their reward all the time, through old age disease or owner-carelessness What, then, is all this fuss over a common parrot' Well you may ask For David Bates' Grimsby (His Most Gracious Majesty, the Lord of Grimsby of Katmundu to you plebes ANDERSON SUPPLIES LTD WARNER, ALBERTA Salts 642-3845 NEW 1974 MODELS GMC TON 4 DRIVE 1_HEAVY DUTY CAMPER SPECIAL Yz TON PICKUPS Various Options Vt TON RALLY SPECIAL LE SABRES (loaded) (4 WHEEL DRIVES) USED TRUCKS 1 973 JIMMY 4 Whgel Drive 1 1971 CHEV Vz mileage) FORD Yz TON "PICKUP. _ 1--1965 FORD W TON (good fuel truck) TRACTORS SWATHERS 2-215 JOHN DEERE SWATHERS 18' Cutting Platform A JOHN DEERE SWATHER 18' Cutting Platform DIESEL TRACTOR DIESEL TRACTOR 600 (with Front End Loader) 3000 (with F.E.L.) 650 DIESEL USED CARS 1967 PONTIAC SEDAN BUY NOW SAVE! not intimates of the feathered phenomenon) was no common parrot Grimsby didn't have just any old garbage pail for his last resting place Even a dignified backyard interr- ment in a Gucci shoe box wasn t grand enough According to news reports Grimsby lay in b'ate three weeks (em balmed I do hope) on a silken bed his coffin was covered with 1 000 car- nations. (Id settle for a simple wreath ot artificial I low ers) poems by Shelley and Wordsworth were read over his inert frame (sure- ly a few simple stanzas from Rod McKuen would have been more within Gnmsby's bird-brained Yessiree, Bates, an English antique dealer didn't skimp on his pet s send-off The pampered parrot went to that big birdcage in the skv wearing a diamond ring on his beak and a lit tie crown on his head sur- rounded bv silver candelabra and palm leaves Given such fripperies is it anv wonder the bird s funeral cost Bates IS.GOO1' Such doings only contribute to the average Canadian's suspi- cion that all Englishmen are a dotty lot The news article spared us details on Gnmsby's day of-reckoning attire presumably only his glossy plumage or the cut of his coffin a fine oak, perhaps encrusted with sculpted birdseed rosettes'' Bates apparently regard ed Gnmsbv as his 'per- sonal friend I should have such a friend I m readv to settle for a cheap cremation to be collected in an old soup can and sprinkled o'er the rag- ing waters of the Oldman Obviously, people are go- ing bonkers over pets The manufacture of pet food, including cheese-flavored snacks for gerbils, yet, is a proliferating circus, pet stores are doing a booming business veterinarians are making house calls and pet cemeteries and pet restaurants are springing up Our scense of perspec live is going to the dogs and cats and canaries STORES USE OUR firestone CREDIT PLAN OR Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S, Phone 327-8548 PICK A PAIR of 500 firestone POLYESTER '500' 30 Whitewall Blackwall PlCK-A-PniR OF WIDE SS-100 RETREADS' 232 00 TRUCK TIRE ENDURANCE for your camper or light truck 4 plv Nylon Transport or! K FRONT END SPECIAL 1 Wheel Alignment 2 Static Front Wheel Balance 3 Outer Front Wheel Bearing Repack ;