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A man who decapitated his parrot in a drunken rage was jailed for five and a half months yesterday after a magistrate branded him "the Ozzy Osbourne of Wolverhampton".

RSPCA inspector Jackie Hickman welcomed the decision to jail Paul Pugh.

"The incident was horrific. Parrots are very sensitive creatures."
Guardian (Imogen Forster)

David Crystal, a university professor, coached players at London's Globe Theatre in speaking the Bard's words as they were pronounced 500 years ago, drilling the 14-strong company for its production of Troilus and Cressida, due to begin on 24 August. Giles Block, the director, said: "For example, voice is pronounced as vice, reason as raisin, room as Rome, one as own - breathing new life into Shakespeare's rhyming and punning."
Liverpool Daily Post (Brendan J O'Byrne)

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