Saturday, 20 March 2010
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 unsophisticated fishermen assumed that this must be what Frenchmen looked like, and after a brief trial, summarily executed the monkey.
Now in 2010 for the first time Hartlepool will host the Tall Ships Race, so beware all French tall ships.
My study is of the big old harbour in the sun, chug, chug, chug of the boats, the smell of diesel and tar.