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Mentality of parrot // Soya beans// Feather Plucking //Alcohol
shanlung
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I have started a few threads recently in some forums.

I thought I will archived that into my Livejournal too that folks who are not in those forums might read them.

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Mentality of parrot

I forgot all about that piece that I have written in 2005. I do check now and then what were being read in my blog. I was surprised when
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/2187.html
came out. I saw from the number that was written long ago and so I read it again.

To find notwithstanding I wrote that in some Internet cafe in Laos, that was such a key writing and might be useful to folks especially when I was reading about their problems in training and getting bitten.

So I packaged that into a thread I started.

I urge those who read this blog to read that
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/2187.html again.

Even if you read it before. There were a couple of followup letters I made in the threads that I felt I had to include.

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Understanding the mind of your grey and other parrots


2600 years ago, Sun Tzu wrote his Ping Fa better known perhaps to you as 'The Art of War'

One fundamental underlie his thoughts in his PingFa.

知 己 知 彼
zhi ji zhi bi

百 战 百 胜
bai zhan bai sheng

or

Know yourself, Know your opponent
A hundred battles, a hundred victory.

I am not saying we treat our grey as an enemy to do battle with.

But if we understand them, it may make it that much easier to live with them and to train with them.

Whether you want to train with them as friends, or to train them as you the "Alpha', understanding their mind must help.

And perhaps those that thought they must dominate them and be the Alpha might even change their mind instead.

And perhaps those that have been bitten and otherwise terrorised by their grey might be bitten a lot less and enjoy their parrot a lot more, and find training with them a lot easier. And in bonding with them.

If you understand the mentality of your parrot, that might go a long way to becoming friends together. And save you lot of pain and heartaches in the process.


Notwithstanding that was written in early 2005, I cannot add further to that.

I think this is one of the most important of the many entries I have written over the last ten years.

I find what I wrote to be applicable to my currently living with Riamfada, and to Yingshiong even if YS was not a grey.


My 2 cents and for all it is worth.

An extract from Tinkerbell Legacy

Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot - Rant 03 (a flighted parrot mentality)

http://shanlung.livejournal.com/2187.html


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Soya beans

I saw this thread in "Think twice before feeding Soy Beans "
http://www.greyforums.net/forums/showthread.php?190576-Think-twice-before-feeding-Soy-Beans

Where Tarm quoted a paper on the evils of soya beans and that luckily the fermentation process was discovered by Chinese 2000 years ago which could remove those poison.

I felt compelled to enter.
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I almost feel embarrased in entering this thread.

By all the accounts posted such as,

Originally Posted by tarm
In men gynocimastyia sp? Which is formation of breast tissue in men. Sterility, lower testosterone, loss of sex drive. Fat accumulation. Enlarged prostate.

I should not have existed to write a reply.

Considering soy has been in the diet of Chinese over the last 3 thousand years, the cumulative impact on Chinese and other people such as Koreans and Japanese, we all should have faded away and dwindled to nothingness.

Yet, there might be 1200 millions of Chinese in the world. There might have been more, but Beijing restricted their Chinese to just one child. 130 million Japanese do exist too. And 75 million Koreas. Or 1400 million tofu and soya bean eaters in the world

Those researchers who wrote all those stuff must have a hard time explaining that.

I saw they all decided it must be because Chinese ferment tofu and abacabra! the Chinese saved themselves from extinction!

Fermented tofu and byproduct do exist. Largely as soya sauce. Soya sauce is just a sauce. Miso paste is a kind of 'condensed' soya sauce.

But those ferment soya is such a tiny part of the diet. But perhaps miracles do exist where those tiny amount of fermented soya went on to save the Chinese and other East Asiatic race from extinction and fading away.

Fermented soya also exist as fermented tofu. The other name for fermented tofu is 'Smelly tofu' or 'Stinking tofu'

Eating Smelly tofu is an acquired taste. I love eating Smell tofu as it is so delicious. The tofu is fermented to make it delicious and not because Chinese realised soya bean is poisonous and fermenting it takes away the poison.

The vast majority of Chinese hate smelly tofu with a vengence. They eat the regular unfermented tofu.

Westerners might like cheese. How many Westerners can stand blue cheese?
Blue cheese smell like roses in comparison to the Stinking tofu.

And why are there so few chinese who love Smelly tofu?

Surely, those who love poisonous unfermented tofu should have lost their sex drive and have lot less offsprings than those who ate the fermented smelly tofu?

Surely, the current Chinese race should be loving the smelly tofu if only smelly tofu allows them and their forefathers to procreate? Isnt that standard Darwin principle?
Or I gotten that wrong?

Its long known that unprocessed soy beans is poisonous.

The standard way is to soak and wash , soak and wash repeatedly soy beans before cooking.

This is what I have been urging since 2003 when I wrote on Tinkerbell Mash.

I do believe enough photos of Tinkerbell, Yingshiong , and Riamfada are available to see their state of health after all the years on Tinkerbell Mash.


I do not believe any commercial parrot pellets that use soy beans would do what I have done. A 3 days and 3 nights of soaking and washing of the soy before the cooking.

Morning with Harry & the decision// Sultan of Oman Palace// Tinkerbell Mash Batch 7
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/109957.html

But what do commercial parrot pellets makers care?

Didnt they use stuff like Ethoxyquin , originally used to preserve rubber , BHT/BHA , petroleum products , Propylene Glycol, de-icing fluid for airplanes to enable long shelf life for their pellets?

So excuse me for writing.

I should not have existed together with the hundred generation of my ancestors because of the evil poisonous soya bean we have been eating over the last 2000 years and more.

Neither do 1,200 million chinese could have existed. Especially when most of them hate the Smelly Tofu.

I have not known of a single Japanese who love Smelly tofu.

Do continue on this worthy discussion as if I never came here to write.

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Followed by
Quote Originally Posted by Birdnut
@Shanlung: Your post cracked me up. Thanks for sharing this alternative viewpoint. Certainly no one can say that your birds have not been in excellent health.

It sounds like you do agree that it is probably best to avoid the commercial products with soy, as surely they do not have the knowledge and have not taken the care to prepare the beans properly as you describe.


But why do you need to worry about the commercial parrot food lack of preparation of their soya beans ?

Should not one be even more worried of the icky stuff that they used to have long shelf life?
Ethoxyquin , originally used to preserve rubber ?
Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) ?
Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)?
Propylene Glycol, de-icing fluid for airplanes?

While unprepared soya beans are bad, I am a lot more paranoid on the above!

Go make your own mash aka Tinkerbell Mash and you have no need for all the worries.
You then have more time to smell roses instead.

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And yet another from me.

There was a recent attempt by a group in Hongkong to ban the sale of Stinking tofu.
That ban failed. Stinking tofu fans may not be that many, but all converts are die hard converts.

Just that you know, you need to bring blue cheese near your nose before you can smell the blue chess.
You can smell stinking tofu stall from across the road!
Never mind how many lanes that road is (6 lanes in Taipei if you want to ask but dare not ask)

Unkind wicked people of un-elevated taste swear stinking tofu can be smelled upwind of the stall.

Those writers of 'fermented' tofu have never been anywhere near a stinking tofu (fermented tofu) stall in China, or Hongkong or Taiwan.
Or even talked to any Chinese and if they eat fermented tofu before they wrote of fermented tofu/soya bean saving the chinese race.

Folks here might think I exaggerate on how bad fermented tofu smelled like.
I love this dish with all my heart and I found I was mild in that description as knowing how delicious fermented tofu is the smell, at least in my nostril, is wonderful as the precursor of enjoying that in my mouth and soul.

I checked on the web and was fascinated by the description by others

http://www.sfweekly.com/2001-07-18/dining/the-sweet-stench-of-success/

How stinky could it be?

As it turned out, pretty stinky. It was a stink that could make other stinks recoil in horror, a stink so mean it could beat a man senseless, drink his whiskey, then run a marathon through manure in his best suit. It was so dense we could almost see it hovering over our table during the brief period we spent acquainting ourselves with stinking tofu.


and
http://www.ellenskitchen.com/faqs/stinkytofu.html
Stinky tofu (also known by its Chinese name, Chou Dofu), a fermented tofu dish which has a very strong acrid odor, is sometimes politely called "fragrant tofu". Its smell has been described as "baby poo," "hellacious" and "sharply foul". Tourists in Taiwan or Hong Kong who follow their nose have no trouble locating a stinky tofu stand � street hawkers who sell it have been fined for breaking air pollution laws. .
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Like the most fermented European cheeses, stinky tofu makes an unforgettable impression; non-native eaters find it either exotically tasty or unbearably repugnant. Twice-fermented stinky tofu, chou doufu ru, makes even stinky tofu smell good. Even many native eaters can't stand the smell.

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And another of my letter

judygram

:-)

Jayd,

I remain very good friends with folks that regularly clipped their birdies. It is not necessary to do the same thing and think the same way to be friends. That will be a boring world.

We will remain friends even if you run screaming and gagging away should we approach a fragrant tofu stall. During the time I was in Taiwan and Hongkong, never once could I get any of my expat friends to pop one piece into their mouth or even getting near one of those stall. They cross the road to walk on the other side.

I find it sad they never will experience one of the most tasty and yummy dish in the world.

Do resist the urge to run away and try just one tiny little piece should you come across those stalls. You will be a die hard convert after you experience that gastronomical delight.

Tarm,

I do not know of USA and the fetish there for soya burger or soya hotdogs . I guess thats part of Vegan mythology. I am a carnivore and love meat and to sink my teeth into those succulent meat dripping with juice. That said, one close friend of mine is a Jain where Vegans are considered as closer to being a carnivore.

Yet we are friends.

I am a carnivore as I have this aversion to hearing the tomatoes scream with pain when the knife cut into them or peas squealing for mercy when forked into the mouth.


Soaking, germinating, washing and soaking and washing and soaking removed much of the phytate.

I had been advocating this, and have been doing this in Tinkerbell Mash since I started in 2002 and not just on the soya beans.

Fermentation to soya was done to change and improve the taste. 2000 years ago, no one would have known what is a phytate even if that came marching down the street with a huge brass band.

As for that evil phytate, a lot of food stuff contains phytate, and not as if soy bean is the only evil one.

I am no expert. There are enough experts plaguing us with their thousands of papers.

In the early days when I stood almost alone in the parrot world publicly flying Tinkerbell, experts of all sizes and shapes came running along to declare what travesty of parrot caregiver I was to allow Tink to fly. That they are 'experts' were enough argument for them.

Even more 'experts' came to tar and feather me when I advocate taking your parrot out on harness and leash in the early days.

Allowing birdie to fly and to take them out safely in harness and leash is so routine nowadays.

The world financial meltdown were brought about by another bunch of 'experts' with even more PhDs and affiliations.

We the laymen all over the world are good for nothing and good only to bail them out.

I am a student but I do like to think I am a well informed student.

Extract From wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytic_acid

Phytic acid (known as inositol hexakisphosphate (IP6), or phytate when in salt form)

Food................... [% minimum dry] [% maximum dry]
Sesame seeds flour .....5.36 .................5.36
Brazilnuts ................. 1.97 .................6.34
Almonds ................... 1.35 ................ 3.22
Tofu ........................ 1.46 ................ 2.90
Linseed...................... 2.15................ 2.78
Oat Meal .................... 0.89............... 2.40
Beans, pinto................ 2.38 ................2.38
Soy protein concentrate 1.24 ............... 2.17
Soybeans ....................1.00 ................2.22
Corn ...........................0.75 ................2.22
Peanuts ......................1.05 .................1.76
Wheat flour ................. 0.25 ................. 1.37
Wheat ........................ 0.39.................. 1.35
Soy beverage............... 1.24................... 1.24
Oat ........................... 0.42 ...................1.16

Do notice the tofu , or precipitated soya bean that those experts said removing the phytates have more of that then the beans.

Luckily I love the fermented stinky tofu.

I and all who feed our birdies with brazil & almond nuts have even more phytates that soya. Why is there a campaign against the phytates in soya beans and not a campaign against feeding of brazil and almond nuts?

Do we have to cook the brazil and almond nuts before we eat them or give them to the birdie?

Note food stables like corn and wheat. The phytate in them are just marginally less than in soya. But folks do eat hell of a lot more of corn and wheat than soya in burger or soya hotdog. Is the phytate in corn and wheat different from soya ?


I was thinking of taking a photo of my chest to show my breast look very normal. But I think the mods here would scream and kick me out for doing that.

I thought also my fondness for stinky tofu disqualifed my breasts to be shown either.

I know you wrote in good faith doing the best that you think you can for your birdies and for all other birdies.

I am doing the same too.

Warmest regards

Shanlung

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The thread ended amicably.

Tarm confessed to being a carnivore too. I accepted his invitation for a steak dinner and to clink glasses of beer together should I be in his part of the world even if we do not agree on soya beans.

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Then another thread I started on reading about all the plucking and mutilating problems encountered.

A possible solution to your plucking problems - Switch to Tinkerbell mash

If there are no underlying medical reasons for the plucking, and your birdie is given lots of emotional and lifestyle caring, it might be with the diet. This is even more likely if you are feeding pellets to your birdie. The pellets have additives to allow long shelf life.

Read
Hand of Clod //3 hour and day old Mash // Outdoor hide&seek recalls
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/115814.html
Extracted from above

Here is the list of the common additives found in pellets.

Ethoxyquin: Is listed and identified as a harsh hazardous chemical by OSHA. It was originally used to preserve rubber. This is not allowed in human food and some feel it is not a chemical that they want in their bird food. The FDA has asked manufacturers for voluntary reduction in its use in pet foods and is in the process of deciding whether or not to ban the use of it altogether. Bird’s bodies can not get rid of it like a dog or cat and it then builds up and causes problems. Ethoxyquin promotes kidney carcinogenesis, significantly increases the incidence of stomach tumors, enhanced bladder carcinogenesis and urinary bladder carcinogenesis. Cancers of this type are the most lethal and fastest acting, the swiftest effects being seen among animals.

Artificial Colors: Most people are aware of toxic side effects of artificial colors and flavors from coal tar derivatives such as Red #40, a possible carcinogen, and Yellow #6, which causes sensitivity to fatal viruses in animals. Artificial colors DO cause yellow feather discoloration in Eclectus.

BHT/BHA: These petroleum products are used to stabilize fats in foods. In the process of metabolizing BHA and BHT, chemical changes occur in the body. These changes have caused reduced growth rates and they inhibit white blood cell stimulation. In pets, they can exhibit reactions such as skin blisters, hemorrhaging of the eye, weakness, discomfort in breathing, a reduction of the body's own antioxidant enzyme, glutathione peroxidase and may cause cancer. According to Dr. Wendell Belfield, DVM, a practicing vet for some 26 years, both BHA and BHT are known to cause liver and kidney dysfunction and are banned in some European countries.

Propylene Glycol: Used as a de-icing fluid for airplanes, this chemical is added to food and skin products to maintain texture and moisture as well as inhibiting bacteria growth in products. It also inhibits the growth of friendly bacteria in the digestive system by decreasing the amount of moisture in the intestinal tract leading to constipation and cancer. It can affect the liver and kidneys and causes the destruction of red blood cells.

Salt: Added as a preservative, salt can irritate the stomach lining, cause increased thirst and aggravate heart and kidney problems through fluid retention.

Sodium Nitrite: Used in the curing of meats, this substance participates in a chemical reaction in the body that becomes carcinogenic. It is used also in pet foods to add color.

Sugar and other Sweeteners: The most common sweeteners in pet/bird foods are beet sugar, corn sugar, molasses and sucrose. They are used as preservatives and have the side effect of creating sugar addicts in pets. They require almost no digestion and are rapidly absorbed into the blood stream. These will provide sugar highs (just as humans experience) and subsequent lows (moodiness), inhibit the proper growth of friendly intestinal bacteria and they virtually shut down the digestive system while being processed. Sugar can also contribute to diabetes and hypoglycemia, cataract development, obesity and arthritis.

I have so many people writing to me that ever since they changed to Tinkerbell Mash that their birdie stopped their plucking.

See how Tink Mash is made, and perhaps you might like to change too.

Morning with Harry & the decision// Sultan of Oman Palace// Tinkerbell Mash Batch 7

http://shanlung.livejournal.com/109957.html


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Alcohol


This thread come about in a forum because of an article in newspaper showing Gus the grey given beer in a bar. When that thread got into asserting , with names dropping of all kinds of affiliations, that even a bit of alcohol will make your grey keel over, I thought I go there with what I thought was a moderating voice. I felt folks might now and then allow their birdie to have a sip or two of beer and might be too intimidated to do so.

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Do try to relax a bit.

In natural life, animals love alcohol, at least fermented fruits with alcohol in it.
I used to catch butterflies in the forest long long long time ago. In the process, I used
fermenting pineapples as lure. Not too successful as the monkeys around caught a sniff and came
to demonished those fermenting pineapples.

Look at this video on wild animals being tipsy after gorging on fermenting fruits in the wild.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVG4XAFJZZY&feature=related

I am not a member of any society, just a simple layman who love animals and not harm or allow harm to them or at least, those with me.

I very seldom drink as that is not my choice for altering my state of mind.
Now and then when I drink , Tinkerbell, and now Riamfada take a sip from me.

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And after that, I was the wobbly one as can be seen in the photo below.

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From Free flights at Edge of Rub Al Khali Revisited
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/112689.html


A bit of alcohol will not harm them or humans. Too much of anything
will harm everything.

A bit of alcohol hurt them a lot less than the pellets and additives in the pellets that so many folks feed their parrots.

See [i]Hand of Clod //3 hour and day old Mash // Outdoor hide&seek recalls[/i]

http://shanlung.livejournal.com/115814.html


Go have a drink and relax.
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Then I had to add



It will be a very strange world if you, or anyone else can agree with all that I do.
Such a world cannot be a good world.

In my blog on neighbourhood walks, during the sidr fruiting season, Riam showed clear preference for the over-ripe and fermenting sidr fruits. They smell so strongly of alcohol.

On my part, over the last two years, I think I can count on one hand the number of times I have a glass. The couple of times when Riam joined me and took a sip of beer, or wine above was not anything I felt bad over.


Saying things are in print do not cut ice with me. Especially as to who said that, and what is his/her qualification. There are too many people with a myopic vision who are in print.

I recalled in my early years almost all articles screaming away that the wings must be cut. And those laughable articles in books and magazines claiming about 'Height Dominance' and the need to assert and impose yourself as the Alpha at the birdie.

Two hundred years ago, parrot expert proclaimed in articles that greys do not need to drink and water is fatal to them.

Try to laugh at that photo and what I wrote in the manner it was intended.

Or is the distasteful thing is that you do not find me agreeing with you and writing so in this thread ? And that people writing here must think as you do?

The outside world is rife with intolerance and people who believe their vision is the one true vision and prepared to kill and maim innocents together with those that disagree.

If we live in a more tolerant world and have less of the 'holier than thou' attitude, it will be a far better world for all.
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A huge number of experts, scientists and vets and pet shops asserted commercial pellets is the best food for you parrot notwithstanding
the additives added for convenience and shelf life.

Ethoxyquin , originally used to preserve rubber , BHT/BHA , petroleum products , Propylene Glycol, de-icing fluid for airplanes, are better for the health of the birdie?

If you do not mind, I have an aversion to 'experts' who think because they are 'expert', a layman like me should kowtow to them and take whatever they chose to say as truth enshrined in stone.

If so, Tinkerbell the flying grey of Taiwan and Riamfada in Oman would never have existed.

Do those 'experts' also say cats are afraid of water? Grin
Or should I trot out the photos of Dommie coming into the ocean and tidepools at my cue?

I do not think the body will distinguish alcohol from wine or beer at 8% as against the alcohol in fermenting fruits.

If alcohol is truly that deadly, no parrots in the wild should remain alive as they all love fermented fruits that you accept is acceptable.
Or those 'experts' rather conveniently ignore all that to write the way they chose to write. Or get tarred and feathered if they write otherwise.

You know I have flighted bird. But have you ever seen me here , in my blog, or anywhere else with unkind words for people with clipped birds?

I think it is better to remain student and not be an expert the way all 'experts' be. Their learning process stopped long time ago and my own learning just started.

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And by

By the way, I must add I am not advocating to people to give beer or wine or fermented fruits to their parrots.
Best is not to give them any of those stuff on daily or even weekly basis.

I just cannot accept the harm of an occasional sip about twice a year will make them keel over when they go gaga over fermented fruits at all times.

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Then by

Quote from: ukgrey on August 04, 2010, 04:26:19 PM
Then in all fairness shanlung, why give it at all?

Very good question.

Before I answer you, I let to give more of the background.

I have seen enough of wild birds going into frenzy when ripening fruits over-riped and gorging themselves. I have seen at least 5 greys in bars, from before Tink came into my life and since then, given beer to drink. To my surprise when I asked, the greys were up to 35 years old and did not seem the worse for that and with no feather plucking either. There too have been enough newspaper reports of greys and parrots in bars such as the one that triggered this thread.

I have been guilty of getting a grey drunk myself when I was about 15 years old. My close friend dad had a grey that I taught a colorful phrase. That CAG repeated what I said in my voice to my terror. We knew I will be beaten by my dad (cane was a reality in the old days) and even worse, we will be separated. We then fed the grey with black label to get him drunk to forget my words.
http://www.geocities.com/shanlung9/tinkintroa.html

That grey went on to live another 20 years. He flew away, and for all I know, taken in and still alive today.

The notion that alcohol is deadly to the birdie was never accepted by me as I have grown to have a huge distaste for 'experts' or quotes from those 'experts' regardless of their 'affiliations'. I have found too many people who talked rubbish love to cloak themselves with their 'affiliations' in both my professional world and the world we live in.

Wasn't our last financial meltdown set off by all the experts with PhDs in the financial world with all their lofty affiliations?
Not one of them saw what was coming ?

I do try my best to widen the horizon for Riamfada , and I do not refer just to taking her on trips outdoors.

You seen the home environment, designed for her to explore and forage and little or no boredom for her.

I know too of her love for fermenting fruits during our neighbourhood walks and our foraging. I restricted her to just one fermenting sidr in the 3-5 sidr I picked for her.

I accept that as part of her natural environment that I do try to bring into her life. Alcohol is a tiny part in my life (who else here can count on one hand the drinks they had over last 2 years?). I cannot bring my prejudice on not liking drink that much and imposed it on her not a whiff of alcohol.

Even so, I did imposed my will on her as some of the very rare times. I let her have 3-4 sips before I removed that glass despite her very obvious desire for more, be it beer or wine.

I do not think well of people who allow their parrot to drink on a regular basis. I said before that too much of anything is bad for everything.
I do feel a wee bit, once a long long while is ok.

Allowing a parrot to be drunk is very sad too.

I came from an extremely righteous Police state that make Beijing look like a beacon of democracy and human rights in comparison.
If they say ' freshly fallen snow is black in color' , you must agree or you will be sued for making innuendoe that they lied.
I felt almost at the home place I came from in this thread.

I have a huge distaste now in being righteous on anything and everything.

But neither do I feel I need to be cowed away and hide what I have done in shame when someone comes along with a burning cross
and pitchfork determined on a crusade imposing the lie that alcohol is dangerous and the birdie will keel over once given that. What I seen and known of real life over-ride all those quotations from 'experts' who know only which side the bread is buttered.

In future too, I would not bother here too should other 'experts' come out with their burning crosses on their issues as to why pellets is good for your birdie , height dominance and birdie being uppity and must be put into their place and greys not to be given water to drink.

I like to focus more on my 'smelling roses' and enjoying life in the time left to me and more worthwhile pursuit.
This thread do not fit into that.

I therefore will withdraw from this thread and let all burning of crosses continue.

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I decided not to add a photo such as the one you see below of Riam quaffing my beer below to avoid heating up emotions where some folks there felt a drop of alcohol was poison.
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flying is thirsty! Gimme a beer.

From Riamfada - Overnight with her to Turtle Watching at Raz Al Jinz
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/102845.html


The thread ended amicably too.
The mod summarised all the points made, we all agree to disagree , and went on to other topics.


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I knew we were here in Oman on borrowed time since the end of last year. Ever since early this year, I expected I have to leave Oman and all my creatures here. If you have not known about all that and wondered why I cannot take Riamfada with me, please read the following.

Riamfada foraging // 3 days 2 nights at Wadi Bani Awf and ending of this chapter
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/107799.html


Closing this chapter//Buwah off Harban with Dommie// Beautiful Wadi Qurai
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/108103.html

Dedication // Raining curses on Katie at Al Felaij Dam // Riam in cage at Jabri
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/110199.html


Mystic octopus // Snake Tshirt and more hide&seek recalls //Countdown to chapter end
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/116653.html

It is painful enough for me as it is. So please read or re-read above before you write to me wondering why I have to leave them. Please do not make it even more painful for me to reply and tell you things I have said above because you had not read that.


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An important key in your relationship and understanding your parrot mentality from Tinkerbell Legacy
Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot - Rant 03 (a flighted parrot mentality)
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/2187.html

Important old letters on harness
Harness for flighted parrots – To Nick and folks
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/8284.html

August, 2005.
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/2005/08/

‘ cargo cult'
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/100244.html

'Ramadan & Kitties on beach// Chess -1st Saturday IM Tournament // Tinkerbell Harness for Piper '
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/104066.html



Making of Tinkerbell Mash
Morning with Harry & the decision// Sultan of Oman Palace// Tinkerbell Mash Batch 7
http://shanlung.livejournal.com/109957.html

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If you like the photos here, they are all taken by my wife and uploaded on my behalf by her.

She has her own sets of photos in her Flickr account here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shimmertje/collections/




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FREE FLIGHT IS LIFE AND DEATH PLEASE DO NOT TRY THIS YOURSELF UNLESS YOU DO KNOW.
NEVER EVER FREE FLY WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE AS THIS CAN LEAD TO LOSS AND DEATH OF YOUR BIRD.


If what I wrote help you and you like to help, give a thought
for the wildlife sharing our planet.
Do write that cheque to Gerald Durrell wildlife trust

I am a life member of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Do join us to do
whatever we can for the wildlife that shared our planet.


http://www.durrellwildlife.org/
or to any wildlife conservation body of your choice


DEDICATION
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For those that through no fault of their own, or otherwise, and had to part painfully and unwillingly from their beastie or birdies, whether in the past, or the present, or in the future, I dedicate the saga of Riamfada that I had wrote , and continue to write to that final handover , to you all.

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