/ 28 October 2021

Norfolk Island becomes part-Queenslander, return of the cockerel, and a human/parrot rock duo…

Image source: YouTube
Image source: YouTube

Norfolk Island is about to become part Queenslander… It’s an external territory that is governed by a regional council and bankrolled by the Commonwealth – and currently, NSW provides its health and education services. It’s had enough, so from the start of next year, Queensland is set to take the reins.

Also changing hands – a looted bronze cockerel taken from Nigeria by British colonial forces in 1897 and given to Jesus College at Cambridge Uni. The bird’s name is Okukur, and the occasion was described as “momentous”.

And doubling back on our ‘something awesome from the internet’ idea, we offer you an 18-year-old Amazon parrot named Tico, his human Frank Maglio Jr and their unique rock duets. If this rendition of Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car does it for you, there’s a whole YouTube channel of it…

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