Friday, July 27, 2007

Explosives Preferred

On the way to work this morning, I heard this recording of 8-year-old Dublin girl, Becky, calling a demolition company and asking if they could knock down her school. because they give here too much homework. It was one of the funniest things I've heard in a long time, so enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for that , Doc! After an evening slipping outside the Swan for a smoke in the rain because of the stupid smoking ban, its cheered me up no end.

Florence said...

I heard this recording weeks ago on a programme called Fonejacker, it's a spoof programme where someone calls up people advertising goods for sale or services and I think the object is to get the person at the other end of the line to hang up. You can catch the programme on E4 Thursday nights. After a short while it starts to be less funny, though there are odd little gems like the little girl.

Anonymous said...

Its got nothing to do with this post but it puts our floods in perspective:

This year's monsoon has also caused widespread flooding in South Asia and Indochina, straining disaster relief agencies.

In Nepal, floods have destroyed crops and disrupted transport and electricity supplies across the country, officials and media reports said.

Around 2,500 houses have been washed away in the Himalayan nation's southern plains, forcing residents to flee to higher grounds after week-long heavy rains, local media said.

In Bangladesh, monsoon floods continued to spread, inundating vast areas in 30 of the country's 64 administrative districts, officials said.

"Thousands of people have been marooned or displaced. We have opened flood shelters at several places and are bracing for the worst," said Ibrahim Khalil, an official in Sirajgan district, one of the worst-hit areas north of the capital Dhaka.

Across the border in India, incessant rains over the past week have displaced hundreds of thousands of people in the east and northeast, destroyed crops and damaged bridges, officials said on Friday.

In the eastern state of Bihar, 21 people have died and hundreds of thousands of villagers have seen their houses washed away. Road and rail networks have been disrupted by heavy rains over the past three days.

Rivers in the Northeast - including the Brahmaputra that also flows through Bangladesh -have burst their banks. Floodwaters have submerged paddy fields and destroyed houses.

Bharat Chandra Narah, flood control minister for Assam state, said: "The situation is grim."

These poor people have no insurance, no early warning and few have an upper storey to remove goods to. It makes our floods look pathetic and certainly puts them in perspective. The Red Cross looks a little silly in these circumstances, starting a fund for UK victims of floods!

Doctor Doom said...

Well said, Anonymous 10:24.

I've already alluded to the feeble-minded victim-culture developing in the UK in the comment thread to Puzzles Of Our Time, earlier this week.

Your post certainly drives home the point.

Far too often I feel utterly ashamed to be British. One example being a few days ago when the BBC World Service, incredibly, ran the UK floods as the main news story around the globe, with ridiculous headlines about thousands homeless.

As your post notes, homeless is having your entire existence washed away for ever. Having to sit it out in a b&b for a few weeks while waiting for the insurance to pay out may rank high in the inconvenience stakes, but a disaster or national emergency it is not.

Get a grip, Britain!