Spot The Difference: FCO Edition

April 25, 2010 at 7:48 am

The Foreign Office is currently £110 million over budget and engaged in an operation to close Embassies, insult the Pope and generally withdraw from the diplomatic arena in the face of Baroness Ashtray and her army of EU diplo-cyborgs. Whilst that might dent the traditional role of the FCO – pandering […]

No10 Petition

February 22, 2010 at 7:08 am

Let’s see how far it gets, shall we? UPDATE: Damn….. Impossible to understand? Eh? Some minor tinkering later and….   UPDATE: Miserable bastards. Updating the explantion for those of little brain obviously didn’t help:

What If Nobody Comes?

January 1, 2010 at 10:32 pm

The irony of an advertisement for backpacks next to an article on looking out for dodgy looking camel-jockeys whilst on public transport is one to savour, but the article raises some interesting questions (for small values of interesting). What would happen if you called a conference and nobody came? On […]

The Mini-Me Olympics

November 19, 2009 at 2:44 am

Still 5 years to go and the 2014 Commonwealth Games are already dearer than building of the Scottish Parliament says the HootsMon. ORGANISERS of the 2014 Commonwealth Games have insisted their lasting benefits will far outweigh rising costs, after they were forced to pump in an extra £81 million, taking […]

Spanish Practices

November 6, 2009 at 6:44 pm

You can be forgiven if El Boletín Oficial del Estado isn’t on your daily reading list. It is, in fact, the official publication of the Government of Spain so don’t bother with the link unless your Spanish is up to it. Suffice it to day that the Socialist government of […]

Olympic Madness

October 24, 2009 at 2:56 am

From the Hootsmon: An artist plotting his own “field of dreams” has won a £460,000 grant – to create a full-size football pitch in a secluded part of a Scottish woodland.Craig Coulthard, 28, has been selected to create one of 12 artworks across the UK to help celebrate the staging […]

Only One Cheer, Boris

September 22, 2009 at 1:15 am

Boris Johnson pens on occasion for the Daily Telegraph; a £250,000pa part-time job the Mayor of London famously described as “chicken feed“. Today he produces a column slating the infamous public sector “non job” industry and and calling for them to be slashed. So far, so sensible. However he’s come […]

Romanian Space Flight?

September 10, 2009 at 5:15 pm

From the You’ve Gotta Be Making This Up Department comes news that Romania is poised to join the space race. Armed only, it seems, with a knocked-off version of Photoshop, the Romanian Aeronautics and Cosmonautics Association intends to launch “Helen” from a site near the Black Sea next month. It […]

Snakes Alive!

August 29, 2009 at 11:38 am

Courtesy of KVOA News we have the odd story of siamese rattlesnakes being seperated by a doctor in a 45 minute operation. Found on a building site in Tucson, Arizona, they are described as being “an anomaly rarely seen in the wild” which is news-speak for saying they die very […]

Non Posso Parlare L’Italiano

August 18, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Remembering by how badly the news went down that Hazel Blears had been given Spanish lessons at the taxpayers’ expense, Kevin Brennan, the Innovation and Skills minister, refused on 17th June to name the minister whose attempts to learn Italian have so far cost the taxpayer £1,343 . “Identifying ministers […]