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FF – The Chimps of Bristol

Here is my rather rushed story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Jilly Funell.

I had to chop about a bazillion words out of this 😦

Copyright Jilly Funell


It is said that British rule in Gibraltar will fall if ever the monkeys leave, however…

When the structure appeared (overnight, just outside Bristol), there was much speculation. Finally, the world’s greatest minds proclaimed it a Monolith (after a beer-fuelled viewing of “2001 A Space Odyssey”) and, remembering the film, imported chimpanzees to see what might happen.

These enthusiastic chimps proceeded to use it as a climbing frame and flourished – fortunately for Mankind, for their antics disrupted the attack signal emanating space-wards from this giant antenna.

… in reality, Mankind’s rule over Earth will fall if ever the chimps leave Bristol.


  1. October 17, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Saved by the chimps. I wonder what else they could help us fix.

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 18, 2018 at 6:40 am

      We could try letting them loose and find out, though it go all go a bit “Planet of the Apes”.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. October 17, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Best to keep the chimps well fed! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. October 17, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Pretty damn good for a rush job!

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  4. October 18, 2018 at 2:26 am

    perhaps if they continually bribe them with bananas, they’ll stay for good. 🙂

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  5. October 18, 2018 at 3:29 am

    It’s a good thing they were monkeying around (and yeah, I know, Chimps & Monkeys, two different things).

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    • October 18, 2018 at 6:42 am

      Chimps, monkeys, apes, gorillas – if it enjoys a good banana and lives in the jungle…

      Liked by 2 people

  6. October 18, 2018 at 5:19 am

    And a good thing that is!! This was fun, Alistair.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. October 18, 2018 at 9:33 am

    I like both the ingenuity of your take and the fluent way you’ve written the story. Ook!

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  8. October 18, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Some weeks the chopping is intense! A very clever story for a rushed one. Yeah for the chimps! =)

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  9. October 18, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Dear Ali,

    I guess you could say they were chimps off the old block. I remember that opening scene from 2001 Space Odyssey. I’m not sure I understood any of it, but the photography was amazing for the time. Your story is fun. Come on now, a billion words?



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    • October 18, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      Not just a billion, but a bazillion! Well, 40 or 50 🙂
      It was quite a confusing film at times, arty enough to have been shown to us in English at school.

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  10. October 18, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Chimps, huh? Well, why not? I think they’re hilarious, just being themselves. We need some humor in this old world.

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    • October 18, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      They must be fun to watch, scampering around on the framework 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  11. October 18, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Good post, Ali. I’ve learned something today. There are chimps inhabiting Bristol. 😀 — Suzanne

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  12. Abhijit Ray
    October 18, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Earth is safe as long chimpanzees are there climbing the tower.

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  13. October 18, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    What a good thing that Bristol is full of them!

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  14. October 18, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Like the pithy style of your writing – chopping was worthwhile ! A most engaging story.

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    • October 18, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks 🙂 100 words certainly teaches you to find the best (and briefest) ways of expressing yourself!

      Liked by 1 person

  15. October 18, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    Like the jackdaws in the tower of London or the lions in the Thames, a futuristic fable, brilliant stuff!!

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    • October 19, 2018 at 6:43 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it! Bristol was feeling left out, beastie-wise.

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  16. October 18, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    Fun and light – maybe rushed is part of your creative talent outpouring – 😉

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  17. October 19, 2018 at 3:00 am

    Yay for the chimps. At any gibbon hour they will help us.

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  18. October 19, 2018 at 4:57 am

    Where’s a Chimpterminator when you need one?

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  19. October 19, 2018 at 7:11 am

    I’m sure some of the chimps used the monolith to fax pictures of their buns halfway across space…

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    • October 19, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      I would! Maybe that’s what’s holding up the invasion…

      Liked by 1 person

  20. Jelli
    October 19, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Good one! love the imagery.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. October 19, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    This was a fun story. Now I suppose I will have to watch the film. Nicely done.

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 20, 2018 at 7:17 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! The film is pretty weird but worth watching. I saw it in an English lesson at school, that’s how “arty” it is 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

      • October 20, 2018 at 2:11 pm

        I think I have forgotten most of the movies they showed us at school. They were all ancient. I do remember seeing Fahrenheit 451 and liking it because it was about my favorite things… books.

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        • October 20, 2018 at 4:51 pm

          About burning books… well, saving them as well 🙂 It was a good film, though!

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  22. October 20, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Yay for the chimps! Our architects will provide them with climbing facilities 🙂

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  23. October 21, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Not sure why and it is wrong on many levels, but I instantly thought I would love to see chimpanzees climbing all over the Spinnaker. And I really liked “about a bazillion words” in your preamble.

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    • October 21, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      It would be funny and, as you say, quite wrong. I was wondering if anyone was going to mention the “chimp importation” aspect!
      I wish I’d’ve recognised the tower, I would have set my story in Portsmouth 🙂

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  24. October 21, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Reminds me of the Banksy work, “You may laugh now but one day we will rule the world.” Nice humour

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 21, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it. I Googled the Banksy work!

      Liked by 2 people

  25. October 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    I know for a fact that the chimps will flourish and take over the world… Bristol is just the first step.

    Liked by 1 person

  26. October 21, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    Such an imaginative, funny take on the prompt! The way the beginning and end tie together is absolutely brilliant.

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 22, 2018 at 5:56 pm

      Yay, I’m glad someone noticed that! It took me quite a bit of rewriting to get all to to merge together 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Liked by 2 people

  27. October 21, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Great imagery, very imaginative & fun.

    Liked by 1 person

  28. October 22, 2018 at 1:27 am

    I’m glad you trimmed it. I wouldn’t have read it at a bazillion words.
    This was just right.

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