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Monkey re-elected Mayor in Hartlepool.

Posted by Jason O on Jun 5, 2009 in Just stuff

The Mayor of Hartlepool

The Mayor of Hartlepool

From the BBC.  This guy was originally elected running as h’Angus the Monkey, the mascot of Hartlepool FC (And constituency of Peter Mandelson) and caused outrage by actually taking the job to which he had been elected to. This is now his third term, so he must be doing something right.

Incidentally, the reason HFC uses a monkey as mascot is to do with an incident during the Napoleonic Wars when the good burghers of Hartlepool executed a monkey for being a French spy. Apparently he blew his cover by displaying better table manners than they had*

(* I’m taking the piss. I have no idea how they caught him. Maybe his false moustache fell off at the wrong moment.)  


A nice sit down.

Posted by Jason O on Jun 5, 2009 in Not quite serious.

Hamas taking the weight off.

Hamas taking the weight off.

This pic is from today’s Irish Times, and appealed to me for a wealth of reasons.

Firstly, wouldn’t they have looked much better if they were watching with a nice cup of tea and a chocolate digestive balanced on the side?

Secondly, I love the way they’re clutching their guns as if they’re meeting their future  mother-in-law for the first time and don’t want to put the guns down and dirty up her good room.

Thirdly, wouldn’t it be just great if, rather than watching President Obama, they were watching “Last  of the Summer Wine”?

Just a thought, and yes, my brain is fried from elections.

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