May 22, 2007 / 6:08 AM / 10 years ago

NZ city rubbishes British comedian Cleese

<p>British comedian John Cleese gestures during a news conference at Taronga Zoo in Sydney January 6, 2006. A New Zealand city is so angry with the comedian they've named a rubbish tip after him.Will Burgess</p>

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A New Zealand city is so angry with British comedian John Cleese they've named a rubbish tip after him.

A sign reading "Mt. Cleese" has been put up outside a landfill in Palmerston North, where the 67-year-old actor earned the ire of residents during a performance visit last year, local media reported on Tuesday.

"It's popped up overnight, and nobody has said to pull it down. People just smile and leave it there," the Manawatu Standard newspaper quoted Chris Pepper, the city's water and waste manager.

The "Monty Python" star had an unhappy time in Palmerston North, complaining about the venue and the unresponsive audience.

But he really angered locals when he called the city a town, and labeled it the suicide capital of the country.

Palmerston North, about 150 kilometers (93 miles) north of the capital, Wellington, has a population of 75,500 and services a large farming region.

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