Landfill named after comedian John Cleese
Monday, May 21, 2007
The naming came after Mr Cleese visited Palmerston North last year and described it as a great place to go to commit suicide, claiming it was the "suicide capital of New Zealand". He also stated that they were glad to leave after their performance at the Regent on Broadway was over. Mr Harding says it is just to get back at Mr Cleese.
Official signage is now being ordered after city councillors said they thought it was good idea. "People just smile and leave it there," Chris Pepper, waste and water manager, said.
John Clarke (aka Fred Dagg), entertainer, suggested that the Awapuni Landfill be named after Mr Cleese after the comments arose in a podcast on his website. However, Mr Clarke's suggestion was slightly different, choosing the name, "John Cleese Memorial Tip...All manner of crap happily recycled."
The slightly bare tip, now being used as a waste minimisation centre, is being prepared for a large delivery of compost.
- Associated Press. "New Zealand town rubbishes actor John Cleese for nasty comments" — , May 21, 2007
- Nick Wilson. "Comedian John Cleese gets 'dumped' by Palmerston North" — , May 21, 2007