Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Lookalikes #3

Traian Băsescu*: windbag, slaphead, but still (arguably) marginally better than the alternative.

Neil Kinnock: errrr, right :-)

* Re-elected president of Romania this Sunday just passed, by the narrowest of margins, and amid (the usual) allegations of vote rigging, which (in this instance) might be significant enough to invalidate his election, were it not for the fact that the other side were up to exactly the same tricks though perhaps not quite as successfully. More info as always on Andy's blog.


Gorilla Bananas said...

If I had to buy a used car from one of them, it would be the Romanian guy. They both remind me of Lt. Col. Kojak Slaphead the Third.

Francis Sedgemore said...

You want Glenys as well?

Gadjo Dilo said...

Bananas, Băsescu could probably sell anything, he's highly charismatic. And we need more bald Brummies - oh how I miss that accent.

Francis, I was and in many ways still am a big fan of Kinnock - the man who made the Labour Party electable again, etc - but I haven't honestly followed La Glenys's career with any diligence.

Gaw said...

I saw Lord K at the rugby in Dublin a few years ago. He looked very well-kept, very Euro-sophisticate - Burberry mac and loafers. He had that sheen that only the very well off possess. I bet that six-figure pension helps. The boy done well.

Lulu LaBonne said...

I like Neil too, which makes me assume I'd like the Romanian version, which isn't logical

Alice Scradcza said...

Sir Kinnock - he was a Quality Inspector, yes? He was man who used to shout in factory: "Weld alright!", yes?

Francis Sedgemore said...

"The boy done well."

The first in his family, etc.

Kevin Musgrove said...

Burberry mac? What's wrong with a sheepskin car coat?

Gadjo Dilo said...

Gaw, yes, sounds like he did! (But isn't Burberry only worn by chavs??)

Lulu, you might like the Romanian version, it's hard to say: politics in this country is murky and with a venerable history of corruption that apparantly pervades everything.

Alice, he did, I remember him saying it! If only things were still that simple, but I fear today he'd have to shout not "Weld alright!" but "Have you fulfilled your quarterly customer satisfaction targets?"

Francis, I'd also like to be the first in my family to see Edith Cresson humiliated!

Kevin, indeed, or perhaps a Ganex (whatever happened to those?)

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Brother Tobias said...

Uncanny likeness. I have one of those Black Forest carved head bottle corks which I've always assumed to be Neil Kinnock, but maybe it was TB all along.

Gadjo Dilo said...

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Oh Brother, where hast though been?! Having a cork carved in ones likeness is surely the foremost advantage of being a bald man.

Ana said...

Gadj... where did this post come from and how did I miss it?!

Anyway, I am always struck by how unremarkable remarkable men are in their appearance. They both look like high school math teachers to me.

Madame DeFarge said...

And do they have expenses scandals over there too? All those vote riggings are very expensive. I suppose they'd have to claim for them somewhere.

No Good Boyo said...

Four years of the Kinnocks and Romanians would realise what a mistake they made in topping the Ceausescus. At least the Conducator built one decent mountain road. All Neil managed was to kick people out of the Labour Party that he and his hopeless mates had let in to begin with.

As for Glenys, she has yet to reply to Cymru Rouge overtures. Mind you, I've not heard much of her since she became Minister of Eurorock anyway:

Gadjo Dilo said...

Ana, as usual this post came from the neglected side of brain. But I've alsways thought high school maths teachers were rather remarkable in their apprearance: the biscuit crumbs, the Hush Puppies, the uncombed hair...

Madame, tales are legion of how they rig the votes but I've never heard mention of word "sandals" as yet, nor "scandals", for that matter, must be just too everytday an event :-(

Boyo, "kicking people out of the Labour Party that he and his hopeless mates had let in to begin with" is the main reason I respect Kinnock. The Transfăgărăşan Highway (often described as "Ceauşescu's folly") is indeed a fine acheivent, as was Danube-Black Sea channel (often described as "The Canal Of Death") several years earlier.