no news is bad news

August 20, 2006

Just returned after 5 days away from any news source and amazed to find that the world has gone on much as before. No headlines about Israel and Hizbollah loving each other; President Bush did not announce ‘ God has spoken to me and She said I was an asshole’; Tony Blair did not admit that although he looked like a pretty straightforward guy he was actually as crooked as Putin; the Taleban haven’t renounced violence nor has John Prescott mastered basic English grammar.Instead, a five-year-old girl’s passport application was rejected because her photograph showed her bare shoulders, which could obviously cause offence in some Muslim countries. And Geordie council workers have been ordered not to call women “pet”, “hinny”, “love”, “darling” or “sweetheart” as officials say the terms are disrespectful and could cause offence. They were not, however, banned from showing their bare shoulders.

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