Sunday, 13 February 2011

Foo Foo update; and the military career of Colonel Sir Nils Olav.

Oh, and do you know who else has a white miniature poodle named Foo Foo? I'll tell you who:

That's who. Which raises two equally exciting possibilities: that the Crown Prince of Thailand is a Muppet fan, and named his Air Chief Marshal after Miss Piggy's poodle; or, that he's never heard of the Muppets, but just happens to share a taste in poodle names with Miss Piggy. I can't decide which I want to be true more. 

Now, let's forget all this silliness, and study instead the distinguished career of a proper soldier - Colonel-in-Chief Sir Nils Olav of the Norwegian King's Guard. Olav joined the army in 1972 as a humble Lance Corporal, but gradually rose through the ranks until 2005, when he was appointed Colonel-in-Chief. In 2008, he was knighted by King Harald V. He has won several medals, and statues in his honour have been erected in both Oslo and Edinburgh, where he lives. 

Here he is inspecting his troops. 

And here he is receiving his knighthood:

I wonder who would win a battle between the Norwegian King's Guard and the Royal Thai Air Force? Or between their commanders?


Mia said...

Priceless. I cannot stop laughing at those penguins photos.

Michele said...

And now I'm reminded of the Royal Welch Fusiliers' Regimental Goat...

cucaracha said...

I suspect the Muppets haven't figured heavily in the education of a prince of THailand. As for the pppp penguin, well ?

kodama said...

Oh, I just wait when my dog will claim to become Prime Minister. We have one famous dog though:

Breaking news from January 2010:
and year after:

He's now ambassador of animals' rights.

Richard O. Smith said...

Just reassure me, John: you have remembered that 14th February is the one where people buy heart shaped stuff & smugly celebrate being so clever to have fallen in love (I'm fine, thanks), whereas 1st April is the one where people make up funny stories masquerading as truth? Just checking.

Anonymous said...

I was going to tell you about the penguin but I couldn't remember his name; he's adorable, isn't he?

GaiaLove said...

Steady now! No dissing the Olav Mr Finnimore. No dissing the Olav. He is a National Treasure on both sides of the North Sea and you wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of those Norwegian Army chaps:

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