Well, believe it or believe it not, Budgie John was the first to flap off to little housebird heaven. He died (apparently) on the 8th November 1999, which as Great Aunt Gert likes to point out is exactly 19 years and 11 months to the day that Mr Lennon himself was murdered. Budgie John was not murdered however, he miscalculated the shutting of a window.
Next to die was Ringo, whom (according to Aunt Gert) managed to time his departure to coincide neatly with George Harrison's; 29th November 2001. Aunt Gert said Budgie Ringo had passed away quietly in his sleep but a rumour spread that he had been found crushed beneath his own cuttlefish.
Then Budgie George died some weeks later. Aunt Gert said it was depression from losing Ringo. Dad said it was mange and then added, "Who cared about Ringo anyway? He was the least talented of The Birdtles."
Well, we visited Aunt Gert yesterday and were greeted with the terrible news that Budgie Paul had suffered a fatal incident. It later transpired that this fatal incident was Aunt Gert sitting on him and suffocating his wee birdy form. Dad said the mange probably didn't help. He will be missed... but not by us.
Now, I'm not saying The Fabudgie Four are in some way cosmically linked with the real Beatles and that their fates are in someway entwined BUT, if Paul McCartney drops dead some time between now and the next fourty years just don't be surprised.