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June 09, 2015

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Theophrastus

Well, it makes the Edstone look modest...

Sam

I Fear it’s a Little Camp

I don't think anyone's going to tell him though.

David

Though I do like the fact he appears to be wearing a cape. Made of gold, obviously. While riding a golden horse. Atop an iceberg made of marble.

bilbaoboy

I want one

NielsR

I keep expecting a Brian May guitar solo. Anyway, the twitterati will be along soon to make him check his privilege, yeah?

Horace Dunn

Someone for George Galloway to spend Christmas with.

If they have Christmas.

mojo

"D'ye get the feeling the man's compensating for something?"

Flynpigranch

The inspiration for the statue came in the race just before Gurbanguly fell to the ground. Two young maidens were overheard saying "look at the big dick on the horse'. Gurbanguly mistakenly thought he was riding a stallion.

Stevedave

Is that... is that an afro?

Hal

But really, Berdimuhamedov’s statue. You should see the thing.

Judging from the picture from the article, one can tell that Berdimuhamedov is truly Number One---or mebbe Number Two---given that just that picture alone appears to show not just one but three Rovers . . .

ACTOldFart

Give the poor guy a break. His first name is Gurbanguly, and he lives in a place called Ashgabat. Even J K Rowling couldn't make up names like that. Surely he deserves some sort of compensation for such misfortune. And he seems from that picture to have the ability to make solid marble spheres hang in the air, absolutely unsupported by anthing.

Spiny Norman

Hal,

...given that just that picture alone appears to show not just one but three Rovers . . .

Ah! So that's what those are. It's all starting to make sense now...

Steve

Macias Nguema's my go-to for batshit insane dictators

Christmas, 1975, Equatorial Guinea. After having everyone who wore glasses shot (because he feared they were smarter than him) but before declaring the national motto to be "There is no other God than Macias Nguema", the President-For-Life lined up his political opponents on the field at the national soccer stadium and had soldiers in Santa Claus outfits execute them as loudspeakers blasted Mary Hopkins' Those Were The Days.

Other accomplishments-
banning the word "intellectual"
destroying boats and mining the only road out of the country so people couldn't leave
shooting the president of the national bank and storing all the money in the treasury to rot under the floor of the family hut
banning fishing
getting Equatorial Guinea called "The Dachau of Africa" due to 100,000 people dying during his reign, out of a total of 300,000

His nephew shot him in 1979 and runs the country still. A new hope for the citizens of Equatorial Guinea? Nope, he too declared himself God back in the early 2000s and is apparently fond of being "hands-on" with torturing journalists and political opponents.

Simon

One of the best features of Tropico 4 (where you play as a tinpot dictator) is that you could build a golden statue of yourself, and optionally upgrade it to always face the sun.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

The inside of his skull must look like a Mousetrap Ride from the 1970s.

sackcloth and ashes

@ Steve.

Macias Nguema and Equatorial Guinea are apparently the models for Jean Kimba and Zangaro in 'The Dogs of War'.

Hal

Macias Nguema and Equatorial Guinea are apparently the models for Jean Kimba and Zangaro in 'The Dogs of War'.

It's been ages since I read that one, but the resemblance came to mind for me as well.

mojo

"Hi-yo, Mxyzptlk, away!"

Hal

Why Mojo, perfectly formatted, that, even . . . .

Andrew Duffin

Wonderful.

A classic example of 1950's Soviet Camp updated just a little bit.

Stalin would have loved it - as long as HE was the man on the horse, of course.

But what are the two large (?) apparently-unsupported white spheres to the left of centre?

Hal

But what are the two large (?) apparently-unsupported white spheres to the left of centre?

We think he's trying to restage The Prisoner . . .

sackcloth and ashes

'After having everyone who wore glasses shot (because he feared they were smarter than him) but before declaring the national motto to be "There is no other God than Macias Nguema", the President-For-Life lined up his political opponents on the field at the national soccer stadium and had soldiers in Santa Claus outfits execute them as loudspeakers blasted Mary Hopkins' 'Those Were The Days''.

Talking of Mary Hopkins ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wgUo5knqcA

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