January 21, 2006


Only the Japanese didn't go wild about our Willy (David Harrison, 22/01/2006, Daily Telegraph)

As the whale swam up the Thames, the story flew around the world from New York to New Zealand.

The Canadian press described it as "a whale of a tale", while the Washington Post called it a "seven-ton splash in the Thames". According to the New York Times it "raised the eyebrows of even the most jaded Londoners".

Australian and New Zealand newspapers, aimed at readers well used to seeing giant mammals off their shores, described London's latest tourist attraction as "a small whale".

In Japan, one of the few countries that still hunts whales, the coverage was, perhaps not surprisingly, muted, consisting largely of short news items and pictures of the whale near the Houses of Parliament. Perhaps the presence of a harpoon might have stimulated more interest.

Awfully catty for a conservative British publication. It was an animal for cripessakes--the Japanese at least would have made its death productive.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 21, 2006 10:54 PM

Until it died, it was one of the few functioning willies in the UK.

Posted by: ghostcat at January 21, 2006 11:08 PM

OJ, my sentiments exactly. It should be eaten before it goes to waste.

Posted by: RC at January 22, 2006 1:26 AM

How is it that the caring environmentalists are those who killed it?

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 22, 2006 4:58 AM

sushi, now its only good for dog food.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 22, 2006 11:19 AM