Friday, October 31, 2008

What Happened Next ?

For those not familiar with the long running UK tv sports quiz "A Question Of Sport", the title of this blog post refers to the part of the show where they show a clip from some sporting event, pause the video and then ask the teams to tell us 'what happened next' ?

The sporting clip will usually be about someone doing something bizarre or unusual like a soccer player kicking the ball towards the goal and it bouncing off the crossbar and bringing down a Jumbo Jet. That sort of thing.  Something that doesn't happen very often.  I'm sure the FAA are very relieved about that.  And the FA for that matter.

Anyway this all came into my mind this morning as I tried to catch up on the overnight news from Blighty. Thanks to the daily BBC email feed, I got the following headline from N. Ireland.............

Ahhh......ok.    Not a very nice experience I'm sure but was that it ?   Did the intruder then leave with a threat to return and pin her to the wall again if she told the police ?  

Initially I thought the headline writer had been a bit lazy.  Usually headlines are snappy as well as informative.   You often get the whole story in the headline.  And that's when it hit me.  If you get the whole story in the headline, there is no need to read the article.

Brilliant.  This headline was so useless and yet so intriguing that I just HAD to open up the article to find out 'what happened next' and as I'm that way out this morning, you'll have to do the same thing.

Hey I never said I was a nice guy !  Why should I be the only one to waste 30 seconds of my life.

Oh and while you're looking at it, what's with that police car in the photo ?  How the hell can the driver see out ?  Maybe the design has been photoshopped onto the car to let us all know that it's a police car. Maybe they need such high visibility (well from the outside anyway) on their police cars in N. Ireland.  More used to army vehicles y'know.

Anyway that's all I wanted to say.  I'll go back to my morning coffee now. 

Oh there WAS another headline that took my eye this morning.

I've been warned off about making ANY comments about this one (no fair) so I'll just say that we can expect a dramatic shortage of priests over the next few years.  And if you fail the test, do you pass as a priest or is it the other way round ?  Oh and how will the test work ?  I envisage a 'Clockwork Orange' type scenario - those who have seen the movie will know what I mean.

There, that wasn't so bad, was it ???

However I suspect another post is coming.........................


Daphne said...

A shame that the first headline has comedy overtones because the video shows that the incident SO wasn't funny. I think headline writers should be more careful! As for the second one - - I want to know how they'll do the tests! A swimsuit parade of nubile young ladies to see if the potential priest's interest is obvious? Followed by a parade of nubile young men? Followed by - - oh, enough. The whole thing is reet daft as they say round here. (I haven't seen A Clockwork Orange. I suspect that will be no surprise to you.)

rhymeswithplague said...

I started to read A Clockwork Orange once but couldn't make it past a few pages....

Mortimer Sturgess said...

It's a bit sad, since we've got rid (hopefully) of the terrorist threat we are now left with the ordinary criminal scumbags.
Five men against a wee girl and her mum.. beggars belief....

Anonymous said...

I wasnt too sure I understood this !

It is 3 weeks til we pitch up in Florida. Cant wait and I dont want any mostly cloudy weather !

Daphne said...

Hello from Barcelona! This is the first time I´ve ever left a comment on a blog from Spain - but then it´s the first time I´ve ever BEEN in Spain. I think the very bright sunshine here must be similar to that in Florida - certainly it´s very un-British!

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