I'm becoming a fan of Sofia News Agency. Bulgaria through its eyes is a wonderful blend of football stars, gangsters, and H5N1 paranoia, all portrayed in an English that makes up in zest for what it lacks in correctness. A case in point: Tito's Parrot Quarantined over Bird Flu Fears.
The parrot Koki of the former Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito has been put under quarantine as a precautionary measure following the bird flu cases reported in Croatia, DPA reported.
The Croatian media reported that Koki has been quarantined along with other birds in the northern Adriatic archipelago Brijuni, a former summer residence of Tito, who passed away back in 1980.
Apparently the parrot talks and is quite a tourist attraction—perhaps especially for ex-Yugoslavs yearning for the good old days under the Marshal.
This is the kind of detail that no disaster novelist could dream up. Maybe Gabriel García Márquez, but not us humble hacks.