Hartlepool, County Durham / March 2015

We visited Hartlepool after Whitby to have a sleep and go to the Maritime Museum on the next day. It is an ordinary port city, however it was a main target of German attacks during WWI.

MONKEYS

Monkey’s and Hartlepool ? Yes, the legend comes from Napoleonic Wars:

Hartlepool is famous for allegedly executing a monkey during the Napoleonic Wars. According to legend, fishermen from Hartlepool watched a French warship founder off the coast, and the only survivor was a monkey, which was dressed in French military uniform, presumably to amuse the officers on the ship. The fishermen assumed that this must be what Frenchmen looked like and, after a brief trial, summarily executed the monkey.

Historians have pointed to the prior existence of a Scottish folk song called “And the Boddamers hung the Monkey-O”. It describes how a monkey survived a shipwreck off the village of Boddam near Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. Because the villagers could only claim salvage rights if there were no survivors from the wreck, they allegedly hanged the monkey. There is also an English folk song detailing the later event called, appropriately enough, “The Hartlepool Monkey”. In the English version the monkey is hanged as a French spy.

“Monkey hanger” and Chimp Choker are common terms of (semi-friendly) abuse aimed at “Poolies”, often from bitter footballing rivals Darlington. The mascot of Hartlepool United F.C. is H’Angus the monkey. The man in the monkey costume, Stuart Drummond, stood for the post of mayor in 2002 as H’angus the monkey, and campaigned on a platform which included free bananas for schoolchildren. To widespread surprise, he won, becoming the first directly-elected mayor of Hartlepool, winning 7,400 votes with a 52% share of the vote and a turnout of 30%. He was re-elected by a landslide in 2005, winning 16,912 on a turnout of 51% – 10,000 votes more than his nearest rival, the Labour Party candidate.

The monkey legend is also linked with two of the town’s sports clubs, Hartlepool Rovers RFC, which uses the hanging monkey as the club logo. On tours it would hang a monkey on the posts of the rugby pitch to spread the story. Hartlepool (Old Boys) RFC use a hanging monkey kicking a rugby ball as their tie crest.

Source: Wikipedia

Let’s go back to the Hartlepool Maritime Museum we have visited and enjoyed 🙂

SONY DSC

Hartlepool Maritime Museum

SONY DSC

HMS Trincomalee

Continue reading

Malham Cove and moor / April 2015

Throwback to April 2015 and my documentary on trip to Malham. It was lovely day. We have visited Malham Cove, Moors, Tarn, Gordale Scar and Janets Foss and walked probably over 13 miles / 20 kilometers !

Here you are:

© 2017 Paulaart18 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Euro2016 in France / Match seen from a fan perspective

Good morning my lovely followers 🙂

I did not post for some time because I was working on this video. It is a documentary video created and edited by me. Event is well know for everyone – Euro2016. This year matches were played on stadiums around France. The one I have seen was in Paris on Saint-Denise (Stade de France) Poland against Germany, one of the epic matches of Euro2016 🙂

I put this video together in Sony Vegas Pro. You can se the video on Vimeo and Youtube channels 🙂

Video montage is an additional skill I have and use on every trip I go. I am preparing more relaxing videos from Fuerteventura, Portugal, Spain and Gibraltar 🙂

Enjoy the video now 🙂