Dr Mumbo

Five things you should know about Col Allan

Dr Mumbo welcomes the news that the combative News Corp editor Col Allan will “temporarily” return to Australia. It’s probably going to give him lots more to write about.

Here’s five things you might want to know about Allan:

1. The return to Australia of the pugnacious New York Post editor has long been rumoured… including in 2010, or 2011, or 2012;

2. He is famous for his toilet habits, particularly during editorial meetings. In 2000 Crikey published a piece which reported that he urinated in a sink in his office to avoid walking across the newsroom.

3. Allan is a mastermind of some of Australia’s most famous headlines such as “Hello Dolly” for the time the Daily Telegraph found notorious sex offender Dolly Dunn when the police couldn’t. While in the US he also used some cruder headlines… like this memorable one… Osama

4. It was Allan who took famously took Kevin Rudd to the strip joint in New York. An affidavit filed after the incident came to light stated that Col Allan was a “frequent visitor to Manhattan strip club Scores where women dance naked for money”.

5. People rarely take on Col Allan. The well respected Daily Telegraph cartoonist Warren Brown is one of the few people to have done so.  The cartoonist is reported to have once hurled his Stanley Award trophy at Allen after being told one too many times that his cartoons was “useless”.

This is a good day…


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