Images of interest: Revolution and the perpetrators! Some of them at least.

These are taken from A. J. P. Taylor's book Revolutions and Revolutionaries, Hamish Hamilton, 1980

Click on thumbnails for larger version: This group is from the USSR, Mother Russia.

Other images too, some from Russia, others from France, Italy and that hotbed of revolutionary activity, England. Where is the image of Churchill's aged Macaw, Charlie: surely she has knowledge of what Stalin looked like at Yalta? Like all females of the species, she never forgets slights or how little one's implement is, huh? It's here, somewhere.

But, just for a start, near here are images of those evil, evil lovers of freedom, Danton and his rival Robespierre. Never stop lopping heads off dandelions, or chickens, forsooth.

And, here we are in England, with an image of a General, with a really weird beard, and do note the pronunciation of those two words, oops, with an anagram, a sword, oh, it's a gun.



EXCLUSIVE By Bill Borrows, Mirror, England

SHE WAS at Winston Churchill's side during Britain's darkest hour. And now Charlie the parrot is 104 years old...and still cursing the Nazis.

Her favourite sayings were "Fuck Hitler" and "Fuck the Nazis". And even today, 39 years after the great man's death, she can still be coaxed into repeating them with that unmistakable Churchillian inflection. Many an admiral or peer of the realm was shocked by the tirade from the bird's cage during crisis meetings with the PM. But it always brought a smile to the war leader's face.

Churchill bought Charlie - giving him a boy's name despite the fact she was female - in 1937. She took pride of place in a bizarre menagerie of pets including lambs, pigs, cattle, swans and, at one point, a leopard. He immediately began to teach her to swear - particularly in company - and she is keeping up the tradition today.

The blue and gold macaw is believed to be Britain's oldest bird. The title was previously thought to belong to 80-year-old Cokky the cockatoo. But it can be proved Charlie is at least 104 and was born in the 19th century.

Peter Oram bought her for his pet shop after Churchill died in 1965. But he was forced to move her into his home after she kept swearing at children. For the last 12 years, she has lived at Mr Oram's garden centre in Reigate, Surrey. Centre worker Sylvia Martin said: "If truth be told, Charlie is looking a little scruffy but she is very popular with the public. We are all very attached to her."

James Humes, an expert on the late PM, said: "Churchill may no longer be with us but that spirit and those words of defiance and resolve continue."