Community is Overjoyed to Pitch in and Care For New Local Celebrity: The Island’s Only Duck

first_imgRegardless of the “how”, the intrepid mallard, who is named after Trevor Mallard, the speaker of New Zealand’s House of Representatives, has already made a home for himself in a small puddle by the airport. Locals visit him every day to bring him peas, corn, rice, and sometimes a former New Zealand commissioner comes by to feed him bok choy. Tourists even stop by to take pictures with the feathery celebrity.RELATED: Endangered Parrots Won’t Stop Messing With Traffic Cones So the Cheeky Birds Have Been Given Their Own Roadside GymsFelicity Bollen, the chief executive officer of Niue Tourism, told the ABCs Pacific Beat: “We pride ourselves on being a funny, quirky little island and he fits with the quirkiness, so he’s a perfect fit from a marketing perspective for our country.”Even the local fire department is involved in welcoming their new neighbor; they’re in charge of refilling his puddle when it gets low.Bollen went on to tell The Guardian that interest in Trevor stems from the lack of land animals and birds in Niue. “We have whales and dolphins, we have a lot of things in the water, but not land animals… so for a duck to be wandering around the island, that’s why it’s so interesting.”WATCH: Mesmerizing Video of 10,000 Snow Geese Taking Flight Will Soothe Your SoulThe island residents are debating the merit of getting a companion duck for Trevor so he doesn’t get lonely – but for now, Niue is more than happy to provide all the food and love that a community could provide a wandering fowl.If you want to find out more about Trevor the duck, you can check out his official Facebook page.If This Story Floats Your Boat, Be Sure And Share With Your Friends – Photo by Trevor the Duck FacebookAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhat walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and splashes around like a duck? Well, for residents on the small island of Niue, the answer to that question is a duck – but they may not have been able to answer that before last month.A recent settler to the island, Trevor the duck has been causing a stir in the local community; because Niue has never had a duck before.No one knows how he could have gotten there, either. Theories range from him flying all the way from New Zealand to stowing away aboard a luxury yacht!last_img read more

Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon to Star in NYC Staging of Beckett’s All That Fall

first_img View Comments Trevor Nunn’s critically acclaimed mounting of Samuel Beckett’s radio play All That Fall will play a limited engagement at New York’s 59E59 Theaters. Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon will star in the production, which runs from November 5 through December 8, 2013. BAFTA and Emmy Award winner Atkins is a four-time Tony Award nominee with stage credits that include Doubt, The Retreat From Moscow, Indiscretions, The Night of the Tribades, Vivat! Vivat Regina!, The Promise and The Killing of Sister George. Gambon earned a Tony nomination in 1997 for Skylight; the four-time BAFTA winner is known for his screen credits including The Singing Detective, Maigret and the Harry Potter series. Joining Atkins and Gambon in the off-Broadway show will be original London production cast members Ruairi Conaghan, Catherine Cusack and Frank Grimes. Additional casting will be announced. Nunn directs, with design by Cherry Truluck and sound by Paul Groothuis. Specially commissioned by the BBC as a radio play, All That Fall is set in rural Ireland and follows an aging woman (Atkins) who sets off to meet her blind, short-tempered husband (Gambon). Along the way, she encounters a handful of eccentric characters who offer “an inimitably idiosyncratic and at times hilarious perspective on loss, grief and old age.” The production had two sold-out runs in London in 2012last_img read more