Vlad To The Bone: The Art Of Manliness

Who ever knew photo ops could be so fun?
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Who ever knew photo ops could be so fun?

As the media has made us well aware this week, the Ukraine-Crimea-Russia knuckle fight is not too dissimilar to 1938, mainly down to real life Action Man figurine, Vladimir Putin's 'Hitler-isms'.

Presumably, the exact period in 1938 that the media is referring to is when Adolf threatened to enter the German-speaking part of, what was then, Czechoslovakia ('the Sudetenland') to protect 'his' people or, alternatively, he would overrun the country in its entirety.

Okay, admittedly, it's not a spot on re-enactment of 1938, but you can see where they're coming from.

Nevertheless, what's clear is that Mr Putin longs to return to the days of the USSR, but what is less clear is - what are we (the West) going to do about it?

Nothing you say? Learn from our mistakes you say? Leave 'em to it? Pfft! No chance – but that’s a different story.

What am I going to do? Well, I'll tell you what I'm going to do. I'm going to pick out some funny photos of him.

Putin, despite being pretty much a raving lunatic, actually seems a good laugh - however unintentional that may be - and has certainly flicked the LOLometer upto 11 of late.

Here are a few of my personal favourites:

1. Fish like a man!

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Who needs a rod when you have VLADHANDS?

2. Fight like a man!

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Oh that? That's just Vlad being Vlad! What a jokester!

3. Ride like a man!

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Vlad here resembling Robert Patrick, the policeman, in Terminator 2. With added comfy chair.

4. Swim like a man! (at least, I think that's a man)

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What? You thought Vlad did Breast Stroke? Come on. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN AN EAGLE DO BREAST STROKE? Exactly.

5. Shoot like a man!

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No caption needed. He's Eastern European after all.

6. Love like a man! 

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Dog is a Vlad's best friend.

7. Dress like a man! 

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Battle-casual. Party up top, Army down the bottom. WARNING: Russian law dictates that you must put on Marvin Gaye's 'Sexual Healing' before gazing 'pon this picture.

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