• Short Summary

    WHILE GIBRALTARIANS ARE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THE OUTCOME OF THE LONDON TALKS ON THE "ROCK" BETWEEN BRITAIN AND SPAIN, THE COLONY'S SECOND POPULATION - THE FAMOUS BARBARY APES - ARE SHOWING NO VISIBLE CONCERN.

  • Description

    WHILE GIBRALTARIANS ARE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THE OUTCOME OF THE LONDON TALKS ON THE "ROCK" BETWEEN BRITAIN AND SPAIN, THE COLONY'S SECOND POPULATION - THE FAMOUS BARBARY APES - ARE SHOWING NO VISIBLE CONCERN. AND THIS IS IMPORTANT, NOT MERELY TO THE APES, BUT TO THE GIBRALTARIANS BECAUSE THERE'S A LEGEND THAT WHILE THE APES SURVIVE, THE ROCK REMAINS BRITISH AND GIBRALTAR HAS MADE IT CLEAR THAT IT WANTS IT'S FUTURE TO BE ALIGNED VERY CLOSELY WITH BRITAIN.

    THE APE COMMUNITY IS HELD TO BE OF SUCH GREAT IMPORTANCE THAT BRITAIN'S WARTIME LEADER, WINSTON CHURCHILL, FOUND TIME AMID THE AFFAIRS OF WAR AND STATE TO ORDER THE REPLENISHMENT OF THE STOCK OF APES, WHEN THEIR NUMBER WAS DIMINISHING. THE BARBARY APES ARE NOT EXCLUSIVELY GIBRALTARIAN, THEY'RE ALSO FOUND IN ALGERIA AND MOROCCO.

    AS A TOURIST ATTRACTION THE'RE ABOUT AS IMPORTANT AS THE RAVENS AT THE TOWER OF LONDON. BUT A NOTICE WARNS THAT ANYONE FEEDING THE LEGENDARY GUARDIANS OF THE ROCK DOES SO AT THEIR OWN RISK. "DO NOT ATTEMPT TO STROKE OR HANDLE THE APES AS THEY ARE LIKELY TO REACT VIOLENTLY," THE NOTICE WARNS!
    THERE ARE 33 APES ON THE ROCK AND A FULL TIME CORPORAL ENSURES THAT THEY WANT FOR NOTHING. BUT INSPITE OF THIS LUXURY TREATMENT THE APES DO NOT ALWAYS BEHAVE THEMSELVES. ONE IS SAID TO HAVE STOLEN A GBP2,000 NECKLACE AND ANOTHER IS CHARGE WITH STEALING A TOURIST'S AIRLINE TICKET HOME. TAXI DRIVERS ON THE ROCK ARE ONLY TOO CONSCIOUS OF THE APES' PASSION FOR WINDSCREEN WIPERS.

    THE OUTCOME OF THE ANGLO-SPANISH TALKS ON GIBRALTAR IS NOT YET KNOWN. WHEN THE MEETING BETWEEN THE TWO FOREIGN MINISTERS OPENED, SENOR CASTIELLA OF SPAIN ASKED BRITAIN TO GIVE UP SOVEREIGNTY OVER THE COLONY IN RETURN FOR THE RIGHT TO USE IT AS A MILITARY BASE UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS. THE BRITISH FOREIGN MINISTER CALLED FOR MORE TIME TO LOOK AT THE PROPOSALS AND MEANWHILE URGED THAT SPANISH RESTRICTIONS ON THE GIBRALTAR FRONTIER SHOULD BE BASED OR TOTALLY SCRAPPED.

    THE TALKS WILL NOW BE CONTINUED AT THE LEVEL OF OFFICIALS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4D927P3TS8C5LTTHJLYGF9VPB
    Media URN:
    VLVA4D927P3TS8C5LTTHJLYGF9VPB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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