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One of our Mangoes is Missing…

Thieves have taken off with the ten metre high Big Mango from a fruit-growing town in northern Queensland, Australia.

The giant, bright orange replica of the famous Bowen mango is one of Australia’s iconic tourist attractions[?!], and was the pride of Bowen[?!], before a team of robbers took off with it under the cover of darkness in the early hours of Monday.

Security cameras appear to have captured the daring heist, in which the three-story painted metal mango was unbolted from the concrete platform on which it had stood since 2002, rolled on to a heavy vehicle and driven off down Queensland’s Bruce Highway.

Bruce Highway”! Only in Oz.

Motives for the theft remain unclear.

Quite the three pipe problem then.

Is there a university or college nearby? I mean other than the presumably small scrap value it says “student jape” to me. A pretty ambitious one but I guess they think bigger in the colonies. Well, the colony of criminals anyway.


  1. John Galt says:

    I don’t know what they’re getting so upset about, it’s only a bit of scrumping, admittedly it’s a bloody large and rather artificial fruit, but nevertheless… :-)

    [Edit - Changed to clarify my accusation - apologies Nick]

  2. NickM says:

    I’m not upset JG. Rather amused.

  3. Talwin says:

    Bowen………twinned with Liverpool perhaps?

  4. Sam Duncan says:

    One of the things that always frustrated me about Britain as a kid was that we didn’t have enough giant things. There’s a building shaped like a pineapple in Stirlingshire or thereabouts, but that’s all I can think of. It’s the sort of free-wheeling lunacy that Planners don’t like: “A four storey West Highland Terrier? No, no, no… quite out of place.” So I’m all in favour of 30-foot mangoes. I hope they find it.

  5. John Galt says:

    I know what you mean Sam – I always thought that quirky buildings were pretty fun things to have in the “built environment” as the bureaucrats would have it, but instead of quirky all we seem to get is Brutalist or dingy.

    What we need is more of this sort of thing:

    Longaberger headquarters in Newark, Ohio, a giant Longaberger Medium Market Basket.

    Maybe even a little chaos in our “Built Environment” as WonderWorks does:

  6. john malpas says:

    Alas Sam Duncan you must be young. Back when I was a child ( age 5-10) there were masses of quirky buildings in England.
    Bombed out buildings – all shapes and sizes , camourflaged machine gun posts , anti aircraft sites and things which were probably radar .

  7. Sam Duncan says:

    Yeah, but it’s not the same as a giant chicken or the world’s biggest ball of twine though, is it? :)

  8. NickM says:

    I’ve seen a giant chicken in North Georgia.

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