A few months ago we discussed a curious incident at Wellington Zoo, New Zealand, when an intruder broke into the squirrel monkey cage, and was fought off by the tiny primates.
The man responsible has appeared in court this week, so I thought my readers would appreciate an update. According to the newspaper, “by the time the incident was over, Casford had a broken leg, a broken tooth and multiple bruises from trying to get away. And Wellington’s squirrel monkeys had put an end to a mini-crime spree that Casford had been on for seven months.”
Apparently the criminal was also required to attend a restorative justice hearing with the monkeys (or at least their zoo-keepers).
Although several of the monkeys were traumatised, fortunately none of them actually went to heaven. I assume most of my readers are familiar with the Pixies, who are clearly one of the great alternative guitar bands of their era. ‘Monkey Gone To Heaven’ is taken from the band’s second album Doolittle, and features most of their trademarks – Black Francis’ endearing screaming, David Lovering’s solid back-beat, Kim Deal’s likeable backing vocals, and Joey Santiago’s deranged guitar.
On a related note, I had a some feedback this week, alerting me to a music quiz. If you’d like to identify 30 famous rock albums from some sometimes cryptic images, please visit https://www.normanrecords.com/features/vinyl-challenge.php. Let me know how you get on – I scored 14. You can check your answers at https://www.normanrecords.com/features/vinyl-challenge.php?answers=y&show_answers=y