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Thursday, 13 September 2007

You really do bring it on yourself, Guardian

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This is getting a bit ridiculous now. I am not picking on the Guardian (sorry, theguardian) on purpose, and I do feel like someone who slows down to look at a road accident.

Below is a picture of the top-half of today’s front page:

They’ve forgotten to put the word ‘strike’ in their headline, haven’t they? Their HEADLINE. I think it is 'strike' as the text below says “Al-Qaida…has the capacity to carry out a spectacular strike”.

However, it is possible that they meant it, and have used phraseology more commonly seen in adverts for firework nights and such like. Possible, I said.

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6 Comments:
Blogger Gez said...

Maybe Al-Qa'ida have denounced all that jihad nonsense and are running events.

"Fun for all the family at Osama's Summer Spectacular!"

Are we edging towards dangerous territory here?

13 September 2007 at 15:49  
Blogger Paddy said...

Well, this has ended my little fantasy. I've been wetting myself all day (via careful dabbing of a wet wipe around my face at regular intervals - what else?) at the prospect of a four hour-long Al-Qaida West End musical extravaganza later in the year. [I would insert a name for it with a clever pun here, but can't think of one. 'Oklahoma!'... oh no, it doesn't work, that was an internal job...]

13 September 2007 at 16:02  
Blogger Dan said...

'Osama Get Your Gun'? 'Fiddler on the Throttle'? 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Pentagon'?

13 September 2007 at 16:21  
Blogger Tom said...

I suspect they'd defend their headline as 'bleak post-9/11 tragi-humour; deliberately ambiguous and achingly ironic (with a serious point to make)'.

I'd quite like to see a light-entertainment spectacular, with grotesque circus-style acts involving 'traditional' Al-Qaida performers.

13 September 2007 at 17:02  
Blogger Paddy said...

Perhaps Osama's most recent video was been misconstrued by the major news networks and was in fact intended as an audition tape for a production of 'Hair (Dye): The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical'.

13 September 2007 at 23:05  
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