Another Interlude : “Boozy Horse Banned From Local Pub”

Boris likes this story from Sky News 30 September 2008

“A horse named Peggy who regularly propped up the bar at a Tyneside pub has been barred by a landlady worried about her new carpets.

The 12-year-old mare used to enjoy a pint of John Smiths bitter and a packet of pickled onion crisps alongside owner Peter Dolan inside O’Malleys in Jarrow, South Tyneside.

But a refit at the pub, which included new carpets, meant landlady Jackie Gray had to tell Mr Dolan his four-legged companion was no longer welcome.

She said: “Although she is probably cleaner than some of my customers, I had to put my foot down and show her the door.”

Peggy reportedly still comes to the pub, now named the Alexandra Hotel, but is tethered outside a window where she can see her former boozing pals enjoy their pints.

Owner Mr Nolan, a 62-year-old retired oil rigger, added: “People come into the pub and the first thing they say is ‘Where’s Peggy?’

“I tell them she’s kicked the habit and is teetotal now.”

Peggy started propping up the bar several years ago when one day she simply followed Mr Dolan into the pub, instead of staying outside on the grass as usual.

He said: “No-one even took any notice of her. “Everyone just saw her as one of the locals.”

Peggy’s social life hit the headlines in October 2006 when her story went around the world.

Mrs Gray had only just taken over the pub then, and said she was shocked to find one of her new regulars was a horse. “

Published in: on September 30, 2008 at 10:00 am  Leave a Comment  

A Canine Interlude

Murder Trial Calls Dog As Witness

By Sky News SkyNews – Thursday, September 11 02:59 pm

A courtroom observing a French murder trial could be excused for thinking the presiding judge has gone barking mad.

In what is believed to be a world first, the investigating magistrate has invited a dog to take the stand as a witness.

Scooby will give evidence as he is believed to have been with his 59-year-old owner when she was found hanging from the ceiling of her Paris flat.

Police believe the death was suicide, but her family cry murder – and the only witness to see the alleged crime is on four legs.

It is hoped Scooby can collar the potential perpetrator, having already played a leading role during a preliminary court hearing in Nanteree, a Paris suburb.

He is said to have hounded a suspect, “barking furiously” after being taken out of the kennel and into the witness box by a vet.

French judge Thomas Cassuto praised the mongrel for his “exemplary behaviour and invaluable assistance”.

But lawyers barked back – insisting the bizarre spectacle “proved nothing”.

One said: “Human evidence is unreliable enough, let alone canine evidence.

“Besides, the victim died two and half years ago, which is seventeen dog years! How is the animal supposed to remember that far back?”

A spokesman for the Palais de Justice in Paris confirmed that the appearance was the first time a dog had appeared as a witness in criminal proceedings in France.

He said: “It was a preliminary hearing. The judge will now decide if there is enough evidence to go to trial.

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Published in: on September 16, 2008 at 10:25 am  Leave a Comment  

The Story so Far

Janet (aka has been disembodied and banished to the Land of Blog as an official punishment for blogging against the wicked Blair Wizard and his successor the Big Clunking Fist, a dastardly ogre. The E-Pantomime “Carry on Communities” @  provides some of the background to Janet’s banishment, which followed her magickal make-over of the female androids that provide much of the power base of New Labour (see The Witch of Worcester episode @ E-Pantomime : In the meantime, Boris, Janet’s friend and companion, has transmogrified from cat to horse and become Boris the Horse, who now tells Janet’s story.

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