Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Sunday, 15 December 2013
More on statues
Weaver reminded me that Alexei Sayle (a British, Russian-Jewish stand-up comedian and actor with a Marxist upbringing) said that all statues of Lenin looked as though he was hailing a taxi. This was part of his routine, and he would stride forward with his hand outstretched to prove the point.
There is that famous story of the British diplomat's little boy who - when in Khartoum - would be taken to the park every day to look at the massive statue of General Gordon riding a camel.
On the day that the family were due to leave because the diplomat had been posted somewhere else, the boy asked to be taken to the park to say goodbye to Gordon for the last time.
His mother took him there, and he said an emotional goodbye. As they were leaving the park, the boy became thoughtful. Eventually he asked his mother, "Mummy, who is that man sitting on Gordon?"