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BritNews RoundUp: What's That in Your Pants?

A quick skip through Fleet Street's week, with stories from Britain you might have missed:

A few weeks back I shared the story of a man arrested in Australia for trying to smuggle pigeons into that country by strapping them to his legs. You may have read it and thought: "I wonder what the other Top 9 silly smuggling attempts were?" You're in luck. The Mirror provided just such a list. The skirt full of exotic fish is my favorite.

Also from the Mirror, a story from our own shores that, for some reason, I didn't see covered in The Washington Post: "Man arrested after stuffing his 'hyper' cat in giant bong to calm pet down."

I developed a taste for warm beer when living in England. I don't think I could develop a taste for the newest craze, as described in this BBC story: "Hospital hand gels 'being drunk.'" According to the story: "The National Concern for Healthcare Infections says the gel, which contains up to 70% alcohol levels, is being stolen and mixed with other drinks." Ugh.

There's a reason that loudspeakers are called loudspeakers: They're loud. Someone might have told the Stoke-on-Trent City Council, which decided to build a new library next to a loudspeaker repair shop. The shop has now been ordered to keep the volume down or face closure. "I saw this coming and it's so frustrating, the whole thing is a joke," owner Simon Boote told the Telegraph. "If we have to turn away work because we can't make noise we will have to lay off some of our staff - and I'll probably be forced to close."

Lastly, a happy story. Or a story that involves laughing, at least. Gary Sanders was pulled over by a police officer for DWL: driving while laughing. According to the Mail: The "officer who ordered him to stop at the exit to the Mersey Tunnel told him: ‘Laughing while driving a car can be an offence.’"

Brian Gregory from the Association of British Drivers called the incident a shocking example of police harassment. "'What next? Can we expect to hear of people being stopped for sneezing or coughing while they are at the wheel? What about the risk of listening to the radio... they might broadcast something that makes a driver laugh."

Wipe that smile off your face.

By John Kelly  |  March 6, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
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I'm just glad I'm not the inspector who found the snakes in the suitcase.

Love your column, keep up the good work.

Posted by: mensa58 | March 6, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

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