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Veterans of Ceefax subtitles will know that using them can be a baffling experience. Current affairs programmes tend to be titled live by harassed stenographers, leading to countless lexicographical casualties: “The Prime Minister said that alkjf arbg zhnuf fekldp by the end of next week”, and similar alien transmissions. Occasionally it can be life-affirmingly daft, such as the other evening when Newsnight did a piece on the American private at the heart of the Abu Ghraib hi-jinks, the notorious “London Undergroundy England”.

So when Ceefax informed me a couple of months ago of ”rogue lemons in Sinn Fein”, I just thought it was more of the same. However, in the light of the fruit-based attack on the British Consulate [1], I’m no longer sure.

Incidentally, can it be credible that it’s just a coincidence missfrost posted about ”hot fruit salad” just two days before the attack? I suspect the NYPD won’t think so either.


[1]New York's police commissioner has said that the fruit-alike “novelty grenades” used were of the type “that people might keep on their desks”.

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ex_cornfedpi814
May. 17th, 2005 08:45 am (UTC)
By "desks", does the commissioner actually mean "cellar where they talk to the devices as they construct them"?

Or are there other office food based grenades available? A slice of toast maybe - the fruit would be the Atkins alternative.
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