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| Who's a Chatty Boy Then? is a step-by-step instruction book on how to teach your budgerigar to talk.
Elizabeth Wright is one of the best bird trainers. She won the Best Talking Bird competition in the UK four times, and on one occasion occupied the top three places with three different birds. She also occupied 6th place and had a fourth place in the Budgerigar class that year. After she stopped entering her birds into competition, she became a steward for the International Ornithological Association. She is acknowledged as one of the World's foremost talking bird experts and has published articles in magazines around the world.
In this book, she explains first how to select the perfect budgerigar to learn to talk. She details the process in which the bird is tamed and prepared for talking. Finally she explains how to persuade it to talk.
It is very clear from this book that most ideas on how to train a bird fail because basic steps are missed out. Elizabeth concentrates on the all important preparatory stages, after which the actual talking takes no time. She makes it seem very simple, and her track record speaks for itself.
If you would like to own a budgerigar that talks, do read this book first. It will not only give you a clear idea of the work involved, it will also instruct you on how to select a budgerigar that will talk.
How to teach your budgerigar to talk turns out to be very simple when you use the Wright method.
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|Elizabeth Wright had it all. A comfortable life, successful business, house, handsome partner and beautiful baby. Then things screwed up. She discovered that the man in her life was being unfaithful, and her prosperous pet centre crashed into a financial black hole. At fifty-two, and menopausal, she was reduced to being a single mum on benefits with the stigma of bankruptcy. Left with just a negative equity house harnessed to a hefty mortgage, she had to face an impoverished lifestyle along with a succession of jobs which either folded or relocated.
In this hilarious book she recounts how she quickly learnt to juggle work and child care, keep an ancient car on the road that already had one wheel in the Great Breaker’s Yard in the Sky, whilst her money-saving efforts to grow her own food, were defeated by thieving blackbirds, munching molluscs and exploding bags of donkey manure. Dog sitting was a disaster, with fleas, mangy animals and an amorous owner with a dodgy trouser zip. There were cockroaches in the takeaway, drunks in the bakery, and a parcel sealing machine with pit bull attitude in the factory.
Then, after all her efforts, the Trustees of the Bankruptcy stated that her only asset, the house, was back into equity and would have to be sold to pay the debtors. fighting this, she worked fourteen hours a day, raised the required £30,000, kept the house, had the bankruptcy annulled and, with a great sense of humour, wrote this book.
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Sussex people have, over the centuries, shown remarkable talent and ingenuity in the invention and manafacture of both everyday items and works of art.
The long-gone Wealdon iron industry led to the manufacture of guns and cannon, firebacks and iron grave slabs, and Sussex clay produced a thriving brick-making industry and many busy potteries.
Shepherds' crooks and smocks, glass, coins, cider, needles, cricket bats, rope and an assortment of vehicles are among other things made in Sussex described here by Elizabeth Wright.
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|How do you stop an 850-ton lighthouse from toppling over the edge of crumbling cliffs and falling into the sea below? Simple - you lift it up on runners and drag it slowly back some fifty metres onto safer ground.
This is exactly what happened in 1999 to Belle Tout lighthouse, situated on the top of famous Beachy Head cliffs in East Sussex, England.
This quaint historic building, just 15m high and being used as a family home, was perilously near the eroding cliff edge. In 1834 it was situated some forty metres away from the edge, but now, one more rock fall and the lighthouse would be a heap of rubble on the beach below.
But for 172 years Belle Tout has proved itself a survivor, having been built and
abandoned, shot at and shattered. Its present owners, Mark and Louise Roberts,
were not going to give up without a fight.
The seas around Beachy Head were known as the "Mariners' Graveyard," full of rocky outcrops below the surface, causing many ships to founder. Parson Jonathan Darby (1667-1726), rector of East Dean, became so concerned by the number of shipwrecks and resultant loss of life that, single-handedly, working with chisel, pick and axe and often wearing his familiar beaver skin hat, he set about enlarging an old smuggler's cave in the cliffs. Here, on stormy nights, he hung out lanterns to warn passing ships of the dangers.
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