As sick as a parrot

Who's a pretty boy then? Man cuts off his ears to look like a parrot


Ted Richards, 56, has already had his face and eyeballs tattooed, next he wants a surgeon to turn his nose into a beak


A man who had his face and eyeballs tattooed to look like his pet parrots has gone a step further - by cutting off his ears.

Ted Richards, 56, is obsessed by pets Ellie, Teaka, Timneh, Jake and Bubi and has his face tattooed with colourful feathers.

But the animal lover - who has 110 tattoos, 50 piercings and a split tongue - has now had both his ears removed by a surgeon in a six hour operation.
 
 
 
 
Vocabulary:

to turn into -

to go a step further -

to split (v, adj) -

to remove -

to sever -

a beak -

to tease -

gory (adj) -

to be likely to -

retired (adj) -

to brand -

a magnet -

as well as (linker) -

to scour -

a wing -

to keep tight-lipped -

to carry out (an operation, a survey...) -

to undergo (an operation) -

an issue -

a pin -

to add -

blimey! -

to blow (blew, blown) off -

a chuckle (= a laugh) -

to break the mould -

punishment (n) -

a surgeon / surgery (unc) -

to slam -

to put sb forward for stg -

actually -

willing (adj) -

to call stg into judgement -

a moral compass -





Grammar points:

"Man cuts off his ears to look like a parrot"
 
"I think it looks really great."

look = look like (look + adjectives, look like + (adjectives +) nouns)

look like my younger sister.

He looks like a soldier.

You look awful. What's happened?

He looks very smart. Does he have a job interview?




"Ted Richards, 56, has already had his face and eyeballs tattooed." (someone tattooed his face)

"The animal lover has now had both his ears removed by a surgeon." (a surgeon removed his ears)

to get/have stg done (when sb does stg for you)

She needs to have her legs waxed.

Do you know where I can get my shoes fixed?

She's having her nails done.




"It's the best thing that has (ever) happened to me."

superlative + (ever) present perfect

That was the nicest meal I've had in a long time.

I think that this is the most expensive hotel I have ever stayed in.

What is the worst film you've seen?





Comments

José said…

Hi Graham,

With all due respect, Mr. Richards must carry out an operation of his brain. In my opinion, he should go to the psychiatrist instead of the surgeon. I don’t understand why he wants to turn into a parrot. “Mimesis” is a word from old Greece that means to imitate the nature. All animals do it and often they do it to protect themselves of the predators, like a chameleon, but remove his ears, tattoo his face and eyeballs and make a beak is very strange.

I know I’m elder, but is possible tattoo the eyeballs? Another question, is common that a surgeon spends six hour to remove his ears and he can look like a parrot?


I realize that the best English teacher makes an effort to explain the different points of grammar to his students. Thanks.
Graham said…
Hi José,

I'm inclined to agree with you. Did you listen to him speak? Top marks if you were able to make out any words.


Mr. Richards must carry out an operation on his brain. In my opinion, he should go to the psychiatrist instead of the surgeon. I don’t understand why he wants to turn into a parrot. “Mimesis” is a word from old Greece that means to imitate nature. All animals do it and often they do it to protect themselves from predators, like a chameleon, but removing his ears, tattooing his face and eyeballs and making a beak is very strange.

I know I’m elder, but is it possible to tattoo eyeballs? Another question, is it normal that a surgeon spends six hour to remove his ears and he can look like a parrot?


Thanks José. I'm always glad when someone recognises my efforts. :D