Tuesday, March 07, 2006

John Cleese upsets Palmerston North

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that John Cleese has upset some people in Palmy by calling it New Zealand’s “suicide capital”.
He said:
"If you wish to kill yourself but lack the courage to, I think a visit to Palmerston North will do the trick,"
The full story is here. Of course the Mayor is upset and the local tourism office reckons he didn’t spent enough time there. Oh come on!! I’ve spent two nights in Palmy, and well, it really is just a place where people get drunk, shag and race cars down the four main streets.
It isn’t the suicide capital of New Zealand though, I think that there are plenty more nominations for that, such as Tokoroa, Kaikohe and Levin. Of course, this is the best publicity Palmy has had in ages and according to the Manawatu Evening Standard the local Chamber of Commerce agrees and wants to exploit it!
Shannon isn't on the list because it has Owlcatraz, which is up for sale.


Seamonkey Madness said...


I wholeheartedly agree with Mr Cleese, but growing up there for 18 years I managed to find plenty of stuff to do.
Compared to any other provincial town though, it is quite tragically dull.

deb said...

It might seem a bit late for a comment but after spending 18 years of my life in Palmy we also found plenty of things to do, and I have some really good friends there. I recenty returned this year 2007 & Palmy really needs a face lift!! I could not ever live there again, its very dull, glad my kids are not there, I dont know how we did it.Its ok for Mr Cleese hes got money,and used of the HIGH LIFE so he can move on where ever he wants of course Palmy is not for him lol