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|Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:40 pm Post subject: Hoot cuisine
|Bill Bailey tells how a restaurant offered him live owl...
|Bill Bailey has told how he was once offered a live owl to eat in a Beijing restaurant.
The comic, and keen bird-watcher, was offered the chance to choose his dinner from the live fish and poultry on offer – but spotted an Eurasian Eagle Owl in one of the cages.
'I decided to liberate it,’ he told an audience at the Hay Festival, ‘so I told the waiter I wanted to eat first and then take the owl away for later.
‘He started conveying the owl to the kitchen but I said, "No, No, No - we buy owl to take away alive".
'It was a struggle in Mandarin but eventually he understood and they wrapped the poor bird's wings and feet in Sellotape and stuck it in a box marked "Suitable for microwave ovens.’
He took it from the restaurant, then released it with the aid of a Chinese taxi driver – again struggling with the language difficulty.
Bailey added: ‘There is no Chinese phrase book that gives you the words, "You hold the owl's feet while I cut the sellotape off with the nail scissors" but somehow I made him understand and we did release the owl.’
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