Archive for December, 2008

Hog wash

Saturday, December 6, 2008

There is a statue of a warthog in the centre of Sydney outside a hospital on Macquarie Street. It was, a plaque notes, a gift from a visiting Italian delegation. The nose is shinier than the rest of it, and the plaque explains that too. “According to legend,” it says, “rubbing the warthog’s nose grants good luck.”

“According to legend” is an interesting way of putting it. It usually¬† means that the origins of a story are a bit dubious, but the story itself is so old that it’s worth retelling anyway. This may not be the case here, however.

The warthog was erected in 1968.