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click for La gazza ladra overture by Rossini

Of course in the Indian sub-continent and the far east, trained fortune telling birds are fairly commonplace. But the Shearwater Rooks album cover reminded me of The Thieving Magpie [La gazza ladra by Rossini rather than the progish rock live album by Marillion] and knowing that apparently all the Corvus genus of birds are partial to a bit of shiny bling, I wonder whether these birds could be trained as pickpockets?

Parts of Rossini’s opera were used most memorably in scenes from Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange.


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