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Post by inflatable dalek » Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:10 pm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edi ... 562773.stm
A penguin who was previously made a Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian Army has been knighted at Edinburgh Zoo.

Penguin Nils Olav has been an honorary member and mascot of the Norwegian King's Guard since 1972.

Over the years, he has been promoted through the ranks after being adopted by Royal Guard who visited the zoo.

During the ceremony, Nils had a sword dubbed on each side of his head, where his shoulders should be, to confirm his regimental knighthood.

A crowd of several hundred people joined the 130 guardsmen at the zoo. A citation from King Harald the Fifth of Norway was read out, which described Nils as a penguin "in every way qualified to receive the honour and dignity of knighthood".

The guardsmen come to see Nils every few years while they are in Edinburgh performing at the city's Military Tattoo.

The proud penguin was on his best behaviour throughout most of the ceremony, but shortly before the ritual was concluded and possibly suffering a bout of nerves he was seen to deposit a discreet white puddle on the ground.

'Extremely proud'

Drawing a polite veil over that, Darren McGarry, animal collection manager at the zoo, said afterwards: "It went extremely well and we are delighted that the Norwegian Guard honoured Nils Olav with a knighthood.

"We all enjoyed the occasion and Nils was a perfect penguin throughout."

British Major General Euan Loudon officiated at the ceremony.

Mr McGarry, added: "Nils always recognises the Norwegian guardsmen when they come to visit him.

"He loves the attention he receives at the ceremony and takes his time inspecting the troops."

Nils has also received medals for long service and had a 4ft bronze statue built in his honour.

Guardsman Captain Rune Wiik said: "We are extremely proud of Nils Olav and pleased that an enduring part of the Royal Guard is resident in Scotland helping to further strengthen ties between our two countries."

However, the penguin honoured on Friday is unfortunately not the original Nils Olav.

He died in the 1980s and was replaced by a two-year-old penguin at the Zoo.

Norway presented the zoo with its first king penguin in 1913, the year of its opening.

David Windmill, chief executive of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the charity that owns Edinburgh Zoo, said: "We have a long-standing history with the Norwegian King's Guard and it is something we are extremely proud of."
That kind of rocks doesn't it? Niles is certainly far more deserving of the honour than half the people who get British Knighthoods (though it never occurred to me monarchs other than ours do it as well). He's probably a more competent military commander as well come to that. If I ever get knighted I'm going to have a discreet crap on the floor as well.

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Post by Halfshell » Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:07 pm

Nils, not Niles you fool.

Somewhat disappointed to learn that Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian Army is a hereditary title, though.

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Post by secretcode » Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:39 am

****ing Awesome. Although in war, I do believe that Penguins will prove ineffective.
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Post by Hawkeye » Sat Aug 16, 2008 6:09 am

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Post by inflatable dalek » Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:33 am

secretcode wrote:****ing Awesome. Although in war, I do believe that Penguins will prove ineffective.
But who do the Norwegians have to fight anyway? I want a Bronze statue in my honour now. :(
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Post by electro girl » Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:52 am

inflatable dalek wrote:But who do the Norwegians have to fight anyway? I want a Bronze statue in my honour now. :(
Bronze is difficult for me, will Lego do?
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Post by Springer007 » Sat Aug 16, 2008 9:21 pm

Reminds me of the Dilbert comic where the Boss wanted to relocate the company to Antarctica because he believes Eskimos lived there, and they would be easily trainable and require little to no pay. But got a good chuckle out of this article because penguins are "cute" and make the "best" soldiers. They would kill the other army with their cuteness. Anyway - aside from the hillarious nature of this article - I agree, who would Norway be fighting? Electro, could you also make a statue out of lego for me? I feel I deserve a title too :lol:
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Post by electro girl » Sun Aug 17, 2008 11:39 am

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Post by Springer007 » Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:00 pm

stunning :d thankies :D
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Post by DrSpengler » Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:51 pm

And here I thought Knighthood was reserved only for actors and musicians that made it big in America.

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Post by Halfshell » Tue Aug 19, 2008 9:39 am

DrSpengler wrote:And here I thought Knighthood was reserved only for actors and musicians that made it big in America.
Are there any Norwegians that fall into that category?

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Post by secretcode » Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:49 pm

Halfshell wrote:Are there any Norwegians that fall into that category?
The penguin is the only famous "Norwegian" I can think of. Suiting.
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Post by electro girl » Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:59 pm

secretcode wrote:The penguin is the only famous "Norwegian" I can think of. Suiting.
What about Thor? I'd knight him.
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Post by secretcode » Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:54 pm

electro girl wrote:What about Thor? I'd knight him.
Or better yet, who was the guy who founded IKEA?
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Post by Halfshell » Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:08 pm

secretcode wrote:Or better yet, who was the guy who founded IKEA?
Ingvar Kamprad.

Though what that's got to do with Norway is anybody's guess.

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Post by electro girl » Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:17 pm

He is Swedish.
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Post by Cliffjumper » Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:24 pm

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. Or, more nostalgically, Erik Thorsvedt.

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Post by Halfshell » Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:27 pm

Cliffjumper wrote:Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. Or, more nostalgically, Erik Thorsvedt.
... are actors or musicians who made it big in America?

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Post by Cliffjumper » Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:35 pm

Hells yah. Have you not got Thorsvedt's latest?

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