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Jul. 12th, 2007

Why we like the British (despite the fact I'm half-French!)

A friend emailed this to me. I thought it was funny. Number 4 is my favourite.


1) Commenting on a complaint from a Mr. Arthur Purdey about a large gas bill, a spokesman for North West Gas said, "We agree it was rather high for the time of year. It's possible Mr. Purdey has been charged for the gas used up during the explosion that destroyed his house."
(The Daily Telegraph)

2) Police reveal that a woman arrested for shoplifting had a whole salami in her underwear. When asked why, she said it was because she was missing her Italian boyfriend.
(The Manchester Evening News)

3) Irish police are being handicapped in a search for a stolen van, because they cannot issue a description. It's a Special Branch vehicle and they don't want the public to know what it looks like.
(The Guardian)

4) A young girl who was blown out to sea on a set of inflatable teeth was rescued by a man on an inflatable lobster. A coast guard spokesman commented, "This sort of thing is all too common".
(The Times)

5) At the height of the gale, the harbourmaster radioed a coastguard and asked him to estimate the wind speed. He replied he was sorry, but he didn't have a gauge. However, if it was any help, the wind had just blown his Land Rover off the cliff.
(Aberdeen Evening Express)

6) Mrs. Irene Graham of Thorpe Avenue, Boscombe, delighted the audience with her reminiscence of the German prisoner of war who was sent each week to do her garden. He was repatriated at the end of 1945, she recalled. "He'd always seemed a nice friendly chap, but when the crocuses came up in the middle of our lawn in February 1946, they spelt out 'Heil Hitler.'"
(Bournemouth Evening Echo)

Apr. 18th, 2007

Never do you need to worry

On the website of the Hall I've applied to in Hong Kong it says:
"Never do you need to worry about the torrential rain during lecture, there will be pathway access to nearly all lecture theatres."
Well that makes me feel much better about arriving during typhoon season. Not.

Mar. 26th, 2007

They never said that on the open day

Today I found out that my university has shares in companies that support the arms trade.
My tuition money is being used for bullets when I gave it for books. However indirectly, I am responsible and I feel it in a way someone higher up in the 'let's kill lots of people' chain probably wouldn't; I suspect that the principal of my university sleeps just fine.
I was naive. I would never knowingly contribute to the suffering of another human being, and was stupid enough to think that the people and establishments around me felt the same way. Now I'm legally bound to give money to an institution that, through investing in unethical companies, is helping to support all kinds of atrocities.
My mother tells me not to take it so hard, that it isn't my fault; but for me, right is right and wrong is wrong. However unknowingly and in however a small way, I have contributed to the arms trade. I have helped to support a despicable commerce that trades in people's lives for money and power. Try taking that with you to the grave; I'm sure all the skeletons next to you will just die with envy.

Feb. 17th, 2007


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July 2007




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