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Monday 18 December 2017

Python's ex-parrot takes to the skies ...with A little help

This ex-parrot has not been nailed on its perch but it has been hung 
upside down from a crane.

The fibre-glass version of the bird, which famously features in a celebrated Monty Python sketch where John Cleese tries to return a dead "Norwegian blue" parrot to a shop, is almost 50ft-long and took more than two months to make.

delighted

It was hung from a crane before being laid on its back at Potters Fields near London's Tower Bridge to mark the screening of the cult comedy act's live show on TV channel Gold.

Lead sculptor Iain Prendergast said: "We are all Monty Python fans so we were delighted to receive the brief to recreate the Norwegian Blue."

The massive model will end up at the 02 in Greenwich where the remaining Pythons - Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones - are performing their final comeback gig on Sunday.

Steve North, the general manager of Gold, said the giant bird was "a fitting tribute". The final show is on Gold on Sunday from 7.30pm.

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