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In News on October 18, 2009 at 22:26

The Daily Mail: careful now

The Daily Mail: careful now

AFTER a week of heavy criticism, The Daily Mail has taken steps to apologise following a recent editorial on the death of Boyzone singer and dancer Stephen Gateley.  Columnist Jan Moir came under fire following comments that Gateley’s death was not “a natural one,” and a spokesperson for the newspaper was quick to clarify the publication’s position: “The Daily Mail would like to apologise unreservedly for any distress this editorial has caused our readers.  Obviously, as this was an incident that happened abroad, we should have made more of the fact that you can’t trust Johnny Foreigner, and for that we have been sadly negligent.  We hope you will find it in your hearts to forgive us.”

PRIME MINISTER Gordon Brown has been accused of indecisiveness by visitors to an online chat run by parents’ website Mumsite, in which he repeatedly refused to name his favourite make of biscuit.  Mrs. Betty Waveridge of Middlesex said: “The PM didn’t really seem sure.  At first he declared a distinct affinity for Hob Knobs, before wavering slightly then spluttering out something about shortbread and custard creams.  In the end he was just naming all the biscuits he could think of and telling us he would eat whatever he wanted him to as long as we voted for him.”

A FIVE year-old boy has received a personalised message from the Queen after a balloon he released was found by her in the grounds of Windsor Castle.  Charlie Castle was one of nealy 50 schoolchildren who released balloons, each with a numbered ticket attached, during an end-of-term farewell at his school near High Wycombe in July.  The boy’s parents however, have denied any involvement with the balloon incident caliming: “We just read about the balloon on the news.  As soon as we came home, we found Charlie hiding in a cardboard box in the attic, that’s all I know.  Wait…have I got this mixed up with something else?”

THE WINNERS of a quiz organised by Somali Islamists are to be given weapons and ammunition as prizes, including AK-47 assault rifles, hand grenades and an anti-tank mine.  The quiz has run during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in the port city of Kismayo, and included questions about the Koran and Somali geography.  Speaking last night, Vernon Kaye said: “Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it, I always say.  We’re going to give it a whirl on the next series of Family Fortunes – so what if we get complaints, it’ll put the whole knife crime issue into pretty sharp perspective.”

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