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Fight Against Maturity

Have the British gone mad?

A playwright has been told to warn audiences his show features a roast chicken – to avoid offending vegetarians. Doug Devaney, 41, is starring in one-man play Mein Gutt, a black comedy about one man’s losing battle with obesity.

But Brighton Fringe Festival organisers say the roast chicken in the play could cause offence, reports the Sun.

Mr Devaney, of Brighton, said: “I’ve heard of strobe lighting or nudity being cause for audience concern but never roasted chicken. I’m happy to do it – I just find it weird. Will Shakespeareans have to warn theatre-goers about eye-gouging in King Lear from now on? It takes some of the surprise of theatre away. How sensitive are we?”

But event organiser Sandra McDonagh said: “We don’t want to cause offence. There will always be one person who is sensitive enough to complain. I have come across staunch vegans who will kick off about most things. It’s always better to cover yourself.”

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Paint doth not a zebra make

A Chinese park has reportedly painted stripes on a horse and is charging people to have pictures taken with the ‘zebra’.

The white horse with painted zebra stripes /Lu Feng

Shenyang botanical park is charging 30p each for pictures with the animal which, as well as painted black stripes, has fluffy white hair. When asked if the zebra is real, the feeder answered: “It’s from Africa. What do you call it, if it’s not a zebra?”

“We saw right away that the zebra is fake, but we are here for fun, so it doesn’t really matter,” said a mother who had just paid for her child’s picture.

According to the City Evening News, the park says it doesn’t know if the horse is a zebra or not: “It’s not that important. It is for fun,” said a spokesman.


A whole new meaning for “Ol’ Paint”.

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