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Sequin | 10:03 UK time, Thursday, 26 March 2009

We might, just might, do something in the programme tonight about Sparkie the budgie who sang in a Geordie accent and was a star of 1950s television. Today, nearly 50 years after his death an opera written about him will receive its world premiere featuring the stuffed body of Sparkie himself.

I know, I know, it's a silly story but hey, we can't be serious all the time.

My favourite film bird is Joey - Sid Plummer's budgie in Carry On At Your Convenience who turns out to be able to correctly predict the winners of horseraces. Sid reads out the runners and riders and Joey tweets when the winner's name is read out. Priceless.

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