Let’s build a statue – a wee one like this would do the trick – in honour of the North Shore’s Mayor

April 11, 2010

Enough, these assaults on Andrew Williams, beleaguered Mayor of the North Shore.

Alf has enormous sympathy for the poor bugger, who is accused by Whale Oil today of “now suf­fer­ing from delu­sions as well as fre­quent vis­its from the piss fairy.”

He has writ­ten to the Domin­ion Post about their edi­to­r­ial about him.

He is now accus­ing one of the most pop­u­lar dailies and the Fair­fax Group for stalk­ing him for months.

Alf would much rather the Mayor of North Shore be honoured for his work for his city, rather than vilified.

A statue would be appropriate.

It could be modelled on the statue pictured below, the Manneken Pis (Dutch for little man urinating) in Brussels.

It is a small bronze fountain sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain’s basin. It was designed by Jerome Duquesnoy and put in place in 1618 or 1619.

According to Wikipedia, there are several legends behind the statue. The most famous is the one about Duke Godfrey III of Leuven.

In 1142, the troops of this two-year-old lord were battling against the troops of the Berthouts, the lords of Grimbergen, in Ransbeke (now Neder-over-Heembeek). The troops put the infant lord in a basket and hung the basket in a tree to encourage them. From there, the boy urinated on the troops of the Berthouts, who eventually lost the battle.

Alf is confident he can come up with a similar legend for the North Shore statue.

Something to do with the Wee Hero who Pissed Off a Whale.

Just prop me up near a tree outside the town hall.

Rodney gives us new insights into mayoral madness and ministerial time-keeping

December 11, 2009

North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams has done us a favour by asking for, and then publishing, more details about ACT leader Rodney Hide’s overseas travels with that squash-playing sheila.

Williams is reported to have used the Official Information Act to winkle out the itinerary and Hide’s report to the Cabinet. He sent the stuff out with a press release yesterday.

“Aucklanders will be fascinated to learn that, according to the official trip diary, Rodney Hide spent around 10 hours on Auckland governance, three and a half hours on regulatory reform, four and a half hours on Act Party policy, one hour in media interviews, and seven and a half hours having breakfast and lunch with his tour party who accompanied him on the trip,” Mr Williams said.

Let’s be pricks and add that up.

Oh, yes. A grand tally of 19 hours work.

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