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Posted by Bombyx Mori on March 17th, 2015

“Life in Limboland, consistently funny and dazzlingly quick.” ★★★★

Today is the day that we announce to you that Bill will take up residence in THE VAUDEVILLE THEATRE on London’s Strand on Monday 14th December 2015 until Sunday 10th January 2016, with his latest live show, LIMBOLAND, over Christmas and New Year 2015-2016.  Tickets are available now using the link below:


This will be Bill’s fourth foray into the West End (his shows Part Troll, Tinselworm and Dandelion Mind being the other three).   The announcement comes ahead of his LIMBOLAND UK tour, which kicks off in Plymouth on Monday 9th October 2015.

Limboland low res web version cover tine CU how hand version

The gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are is the subject of Bill’s new show LIMBOLAND.  With his trademark intelligence and sharp wit, he tells tales of finding himself in this halfway place.  From his countless global travels, he recounts the hilarious saga of a disastrous family trip to Norway to see the Northern Lights.  He rails against a world that doesn’t match up to our expectations and contemplates the true nature of happiness.  And no Bill Bailey show would be complete without music, so we have Bill’s version of the protest song, a heart-rending country and western ballad played on a Bible, and a fabulously downbeat version of Happy Birthday.

Owls at the pop up bar – a lowdown courtesy of Jemima Parry-Jones MBE

Posted by Bombyx Mori on March 3rd, 2015

It appears that the UK is now going to follow Japan in a complete lack of animal understanding and empathy. Owl Cafes and Bars have started up over there, and now there is a pop up owl bar to start in London this March. The photos of the owls in Japan show owls that are stressed, nervous and generally miserable, if you understand and can read the body language of birds it is very obvious, sadly.

Owls are secretive birds with hearing that is superb enough to locate a mouse under snow or long grass by sound alone. Subjecting them to large numbers of humans in a noisy environment is unacceptable and cruel. The majority of birds of prey do not enjoy being stroked, the shots of a Little Owl cowering under people’s hands is unacceptable and the owner of this bird shows a complete and utter lack of understanding or care for the bird. Stroking birds removes the natural oil from their feathers rendering them less waterproof and less able to keep themselves warm. Again reading these birds’ body language will tell you what upsets them and this sort of thing will undoubtedly do so.

Putting these owls under the sort of stress they are going to be subjected to is cruel, pointless and can only be being done to gain money. There is nothing educational about this, there is nothing that benefits the conservation of owls, it is as cruel and unnecessary and as stupid as taking an owl onto Britain’s Got Talent.

This will undoubtedly start others to do the same thing, in other cities, we call for this to be stopped now before it snowballs and owls get more abused by owners. We ask if the council has granted a Zoo License for this appalling situation and if so under what justification, we ask where the owls are being kept during the day, we ask if the owner has a license to travel the birds from their home to London, what about Health and Safety issues and Risk assessments. We ask why if the owner of the owls already has a zoo license this is allowed? Will there be a vet on site for the birds? Is there a vet that would find this acceptable anyway? We hope not.

We would like to see licensing for all who are using wildlife for commercial gain and the Zoos Expert Group to do their job which they are not doing.

If you wish to add your name to the petition set up to deny permission for a pop up owl bar, you can do so here


Jemima Parry-Jones MBE, CEO of The International Centre for Birds of Prey

Registered Charity Number 1159749

Newent, Gloucestershire GL18 1JJ

United Kingdom