Helen's Blog - Thursday March 6th 2014

Hi there & hope your'e well today.

It will be day 2 of the brand new What am I on the show today. You could win a prize if you can guess what I am

Here are yesterday's clues:

1: I have been the name of a movie

2: I’ve been a TV series in the UK

3: I’ve even been a novel

Here are some of the stories in the papers today

A COCKATIEL TALE (Daily Mirror) 

Flyaway cockatiel sparks £4K SEVEN HOUR rescue operation - before flying home after seeing owner's pink dressing gown

A flyaway cockatiel flew to safety after spotting her owner's £25 pink dressing gown as emergency services spent £4,000 of taxpayer's cash and SEVEN hours trying to rescue her.
Ten firefighters, a police community support officer and an RSPCA inspector were dispatched to try and persuade Georgie to come down from her tree hiding place.
But the money was eventually an expensive waste as the bird returned to earth after recognising the colourful nightwear of her mistress.

Georgie’s owner Madge Morris, 80, spent four days searching the streets for her beloved Lutino cockatiel after it darted out of a door which blew open by a gust of wind last Thursday.
The eight-year-old bird was finally spotted by Madge’s friend who saw it in Northwood Park near her home in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, at 7.30am on Sunday morning.
The great-gran rushed to the park with her family but called the RSPCA when they realised Georgie was not coming down from the trees.

An officer arrived and called for help from the fire service but bird-brained bosses sent a truck with ladders that were not long enough to reach the 40ft-high treetops.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service then dispatched a bigger engine which arrived with a cherry picker-style basket on top which is usually used to rescue people from tall buildings.
More than 10 firefighters then spent seven hours trying to coax Georgie down from the tree while a PCSO was forced to close a road to aid the rescue effort.

Yesterday (Wed), widow Madge said: "We called the RSPCA and they called the fire brigade. The first truck only had ladders on it and they couldn't reach the high branches.
"So they had to send another bigger one with a cherry picker basket on it. There must have been ten firefighters in total all to rescue my Georgie.
"I’d tried everything else to get her attention but suddenly I remembered how much she loves to snuggle in my robe so when she refused to come down, I asked my friend to bring it to the park.
"Everyone must have thought I was a mad woman by the way I was running around the park in my pink bath robe flapping my arms and calling out to Georgie.
"When she saw me she cocked her head and must have realised it was me because she fluttered off the branches and down to the ground.
"I felt a bit embarrassed that so many firefighters and even the police turned up when all it needed was for me to wear my dressing gown.
"My friend said she was convinced Georgie only came down because she saw my pink dressing gown which she loves."

Vikings 'brought sarcastic sense of humour to Britain' - (Daily Telegraph)
Sarcasm, understatement and irony can be traced back to the Viking era claims Claus Grube, the Danish Ambassador, as he says the similar sense of humour between Denmark and the UK originates from our shared cultural heritage
It may be the bedrock of British humour, but sarcasm was actually brought to the UK by the Vikings says the Danish Ambassador.
The British use of understatement and satire is thought to originate from the Vikings, typically noted for raping and pillaging throughout history, when they brought trade from across the world to British shores.

This led to exchanges with Britons, and the Vikings influencing them with the words and expressions they used. These eventually became part of everyday language, seen in some of the words and place names we use today, and ultimately in our caustic sense of humour.
Sarcasm, irony and understatement are part of the “common heritage” between Denmark and the UK says Claus Grube. He also claims there are traces in comic tales used in the later Old Norse sagas, such as Orkneyinga Saga where an Earl goes out disguised as a fisherman, to help a farmer.

These sagas, largely from the thirteenth century and known for their “laconic humour, detail examples of comedy in the face of adversity, and also contain the roots of some Danish and English words showing more similarities in how we communicate.


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