Found on Reddit, under the title Queen’s Plan after Royal Wedding:
I’d forgotten all about this until the video resurfaced a couple of days ago. It took place in 2000, at the Inner Circle Press Roast in New York, when Rudy Giuliani was mayor.
I rarely post anything political here, but this was irresistible.
A few blocks away from the famous Manneken Pis statue and fountain is a little one-room museum dedicated to the toddler’s extensive wardrobe. It contains about a hundred of the costumes that have been presented to Manneken Pis over the last three centuries.
This is a replica of the gentleman’s costume that King Louis XV sent to Brussels after French soldiers stationed in the city tried to steal the statue of Manneken Pis. The King also made Mannekin Pis a Knight of the Order of Saint Louis, which meant that French soldiers had to salute the statue when they paraded past the fountain.
I also found this video, which shows the statue in action, dressed in dozens of its colourful costumes.
Paris has the Eiffel Tower, San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge, and New York has the Statue of Liberty. See any of these iconic images, and you instantly know what they symbolize, and where you are.
For the last 400 years, Brussels has had Manneken Pis, a two-foot-high sculpture of a naked little boy, urinating into a fountain.
The intersection where Manneken Pis lives is always crowded with tourists trying to capture the perfect shot of the Great Symbol of Brussels. Shops in the area sell everything from life-size duplicates of the statue to smaller replicas made of Belgian chocolate.
The statue is usually nude, but sometimes it’s dressed in one of the thousand or so costumes that have been approved by the non-profit association that reviews the designs submitted each year, and accepts a small number of them. The earliest costume came from France’s King Louis XV in 1747, as an apology for a plot by French soldiers to steal the statue.
Dark Thoughts on an Easter Morning
I first saw Manneken Pis dressed as Dracula on Easter morning, and couldn’t help but wonder if someone was making a very subtle, very dark joke.
It seemed a strange choice for the holiday. Let’s see…besides Dracula, who else do we know who died, but then rose from the grave and went out in search of people to convert?
Of course, the use of that particular costume on Easter Sunday could have been just a coincidence, and any analogy might exist only in my mind—there’s no denying that I have a morbid taste for transgressive humour—but I sort of doubt it.
I’m immune to the whimsical charms of director Wes Anderson. His movies make me itchy, and I’ve never seen one without wishing I’d spent the time on something more productive and entertaining, like defrosting the freezer or finding out what Ivanka Trump is up to these days.
Anticipating this weekend’s release of Isle of Dogs, Anderson’s latest voyage to the Land of Twee, the people behind the Screen Junkies YouTube channel have posted one of their “Honest Trailers” videos. Instead of simply promoting the new feature, this trailer covers the entire Anderson oeuvre.
Look on his Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
What better way to complement an afternoon at Downton Abbey than by spending an evening at another British stately home? I headed to the Lyceum Theatre on 45th Street, where the Cornley University Drama Society was presenting the classic thriller, The Murder at Haversham Manor.
Well, not really. What I actually saw was The Play That Goes Wrong, a British farce about the disaster-plagued production of a ridiculous murder mystery by a hopelessly inept cast and crew. The title says it all.
It won Best New Comedy at the 2015 Laurence Olivier Awards, and has since become the longest-running play currently on Broadway. Both the London and New York productions are still going strong, with no end in sight. In addition, The Play etc. has been licensed for production in more than 20 countries. A US tour will kick off with a five-week stop in Los Angeles later this year.
What I’m hinting at, in my subtle, understated way, is that this sweet show is a huge hit. It’s also very, very funny.
If you’d like to get a glimpse of the mayhem, here’s a link to the 10-minute excerpt from The Play That Goes Wrong that convulsed the audience at the Royal Variety Show a few years back.
All photos are from the play’s website, except for the picture of that beautiful, trendy baseball cap. That’s one’s mine.
Queen Elsa to the rescue.
“Elsa” is a 37-year-old lawyer named Jason Triplett, who was dressed appropriately for Boston’s “Frozen” winter weather earlier this week.
“Cute Video of the Day” is an occasional feature on this blog. It includes an alarming number of videos that show children falling down.