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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, August 6, 1974 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - 11 Lynne Van Luven Funeral fripperies support ^dotty English^ suspicion David Bates' parrot is dead. You say, so wiiat? 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 Sales 642-3845 - Parts 642-3944 -NEW 1974 MODELS- 1-GMC TON 4 WHEEL DRIVE 1-HEAVY DUTY CAMPER SPECIAL 7-GMC '? TON PICKUPS Various Options 1-GMC '? TON RALLY SPECIAL 2-BUICK LE SABRES (loaded) 2-JIMMY (4 WHEEL DRIVES) �USED TRUCKS. . 1-1973 JIMMY 4 Wheel Drive  1 - 1971 CHEV ''2 TON (low mileage)  1 - 1971 FORD TON PICKUP  1-1965 FORD TON (good fuel truck) .TRACTORS &SWATHERS, 2-215 JOHN DEERE SWATHERS 18' Cutting Platform 1-215 A JOHN DEERE SWATHER 18' Cutting Platform 1-4020 DIESEL TRACTOR 1-4010 DIESEL TRACTOR 1-Ford 600 (witfi Front End Loader) 1-Ford 3000 (with F.E.L.) 1-IHC 650 DIESEL _USED CARS- 1967 PONTIAC SEDAN BUY NOW AND 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 state three weeks (embalmed, I do. hope) on a silken bed; his coffin was covered with 1,000 carnations (I'd settle for a simple wreath of artificial flowers); poems by Shelley and Wordsworth were read over his inert frame (surely a few simple stanzas from Rod McKuen would have been more within Grimsby's, bird-brained capacities)? 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 sky wearing a diamond ring on his beak and a 'little crown' on his head, sur-rounded by silver candelabra and palm leaves. Given such fripperies, is it any wonder the bird's funeral cost Bates $3,600? Such doings only contribute to the average Canadian's suspicion that all Englishmen are a dotty lot. The news article spared us details on Grimsby'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 regarded Grimsby as his "personal friend." I should have such a friend: I'm ready to settle for a cheap cremation, my ashes to be collected in an old soup can and sprinkled o'er (he raging waters of the Gldman.  * * Obviously, people are going 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 perspective is going to the dogs ... and cats . . . and canaries . T'tt'cstonc STORES USE OUR firestone CREDIT PLAN OR .. . 'sssr. Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S. Plione 327-8548 Pick-a-Pair of 500's POLYESTER '500' 2/62 Whitewall IBIackwall SIZE PRICE PRICE � E78X14 33.05 31.15 F78x14 35.95 33.95 G78x14 37.50 35.45 H78x14 39.70 37.70 Pigk-a-Pair OF WIDE SS-100 RETREADS! A wide aggressive 7-rib ircnU design with racincj sipes Provides excellepii performance Backed by the nuw tire cjuafatuec 7 7r.-14 7/5 15 CAN REPLACE F7B14 (78 1'j 2/32 EXCHANGE/INSTALLED EACH *|S'' INSTALLED TRUCK TIRE ENDURANCE for your camper or light truck 6-ply Nylon $9f|g5 Transport E0 6 50-16, 6.70-15 4-ply Nylon ^Bflbae Trans-port 'Ig** Speed King .1 00-4 ao-s Tire$tone FRONT END SPECIAL 1. Wheel Alignment 2. Static Front Wheel Balance 3. Outer Front Wheel Bearing Repack ;