Magnificent Magpies

An offhand comment by my friend Ernie about the source of Tuxedos prompted me to do some investigation. A walk down Broadway Avenue in Saskatoon revealed a flourishing new business set up in a former shoe store that serviced Saskatoon diligently for many years. The main product appears to be feathered tuxedos, primarily in black and white with some stunning iridescent accent colours.

Models will fly overhead to display the underside of your new tuxedo.

Apparently the fabric is robust enough that you can eat while wearing the garment and be assured it can be cleaned.

There is some talk of going international with “Magnificent Magpie Tuxedos’. This specimen is a close cousin living in New Zealand but showing many of the same colour palettes.

Sometimes a closeup view of the fit and finish of the garment is all that is required to close the deal.

All the finer tuxedos come with a beautifully outfitted tailcoat.

Although appearing somewhat bedraggled during the testing phase on a rainy day, users can be confident the coats will eventually return to their original lustre.

This particular coat is sporting the new Pantone colour of the year called ‘Peri Blue’. The company did a fine job of improving on the subtleties of the monotone Peri Blue.

Pantone’s colour of the year.

Sunlight can really bring out the marvellous fit of the better quality feathered coats.

All of the coats are built to withstand the high winds common on the prairies.

A few of the outfits are tagged with an international system that will uniquely identify your outfit if it should ever be misplaced.

Walking in the park will not cause any undue stress on the robust fabrics chosen for these tuxedos.

Another example of the fine tailcoat that accompanies each purchase.

Competitor companies that supply to other members of the Corvid family of Tuxedos, have not perfected the white portion of the coat. This American Crow is looking at a new outfit but seems reluctant to switch to one with a full white front.

It is not uncommon to find individuals with a fully developed coat just sitting waiting for admirers to come along and comment on the lovely purchase.

As all companies with a social conscience ‘Magnificent Magpies’ will supply coats for individuals with compromised mobility issues.

Everyone I have ever seen with one of these ‘Magnificent Magpie’ coats has been so elated that they just felt like flying.

Head over to Broadway and pick up yours today.

They are after all Covid Corvid friendly.

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  1. Sue rogers March 6, 2022 at 1:58 pm #

    Ha,ha,ha,ha . I just laughed so hard! Great post Trent!

  2. Leona January 26, 2022 at 5:53 pm #

    Love this post, Trent. I was listening today to an interview with a psychologist who’s metaphor for the human brain is that it’s like a magpie — plucks a twig here and a piece of string there, but also more unusual things. She’s impatient with the dominant metaphors of “brain as computer” and “brain as muscle.” More helpful to think of our brain as using what’s available in its environment. So thinking better isn’t a matter of working the brain harder, it’s about creating a space where you have more and better resources for your brain to use in its thought processes. This is something we writers and artists know all about, I think. She also makes the point that in order to think better, we need to take our brains out into nature often. (Only in case you’re interested, here’s the ref: The Extended Mind, by Annie Murphy Paul; interview on the Ezra Klein podcast under “This conversation will change how you think about thinking”)

  3. Sandy January 20, 2022 at 11:25 am #

    Trent, the blog reminded me of the first time my dad visited from Montreal. He went out to our yard, then came running back in to say, “There’s a really exotic bird out here. It must have escaped from the zoo.” You can guess what it was. I just wish they didn’t eat eggs and baby birds. Thanks for lighting up my day, Sandy. P.S. In Sri lanka we went deep into leech-infested jungle particularly to see the Blue Magpie. And we did catch a very brief glimpse!

  4. Jan January 19, 2022 at 8:05 pm #

    Your Magpies are not only beautiful in their ‘Magpie Tuxedos’ but they are sassy and bold. I saw one in a tree by the river attempting to intimidate a small hawk that just ignored Magpie. Thanks Trent it is such a treat to see you blog again!

  5. Nola Leighton January 18, 2022 at 10:06 am #

    Oh Trent- we both laughed so hard. We loved your clever dialogue and the beautiful photos. You have outdone yourself with this blog post. What a lovely advertisement for these magnificent tuxedos on these gorgeous models! Such positive and persuasive marketing. And you cover every possible clientele who might purchases such a sophisticated suit! Now Saskatoon just needs a fancy dress ball and since the shop is Covid ( opps-Corvid) friendly we’re sure there would be a huge run on the tuxedos. Loved it all.

  6. Linda Landine January 18, 2022 at 9:44 am #

    Glorious photos with such fun comments. My favourite photo remains the one of the Magpie in the conifer, although the one with it sitting in the grass bedraggled from the rain is a close second. Never mind a favourite, they are all fantastic .

  7. Anonymous January 18, 2022 at 8:39 am #

    What a delight this is. I always thought the magpie was a beautiful bird until it opened it’s mouth, just like some people. Perhaps you could show this to the owner of the shop. He might want to have a copy running in his shop to entertain his/her customers.


  8. Shelly January 17, 2022 at 10:48 pm #

    Oh my goodness Trent! Your commentary is so gripping as an accompaniment to these glorious photos!!! You have outdone yourself this time brother!
    Thanks so much for the entertainment on this very wintery, blustery, cold, icy day. Would love to soar above it all with one of your fine friends dressed for cocktails!

  9. Margaret January 17, 2022 at 10:00 pm #

    I particularly love the photo with the caption
    “All the coats are built to withstand the high winds common on the prairies”
    Magpies are really quite beautiful and under appreciated.
    Thanks Trent.

  10. Miranda January 17, 2022 at 9:46 pm #

    Trent you have surpassed even yourself with these fab’ photos and rollicking commentary! I laughed from start to finish and my admiration for these swanky dressers has gone up a notch or two, (although I have always greatly admired magpies). Thanks for the good laughs!

  11. Ray Romanski January 17, 2022 at 9:11 pm #

    These are amazing. Thanks for sharing. It made my day.

  12. Darlene - Penticton January 17, 2022 at 8:42 pm #

    Trent, what a delightful gift to get in the month of dreary January! Your photos are magnificent but I have to admit I enjoy your witty captions as much as the photos. I look forward to viewing a new post and I am always excited about where your adventure is going to take me! I have never been disappointed so I’ll be patiently waiting for the next chapter.

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