Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Love That British Nonsense

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Love That British Nonsense

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I HAVE never asked the Editor-in-Chief whether I am allowed to read newspapers other than The Chronicle. I hope he won't mind but I do sometimes sneak a look at rival publications just to make sure I haven't missed anything important.

My particular pleasure is to spend a small fortune buying the weekly world edition of the UK's Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph. It costs $5.95 and you can get it in Toowoomba if you know where to look.

I think it's a brilliant newspaper, much better for having found a sense of humour in addition to that provided by the cartoonist Matt.

I like the way its pages contain excellent glimpses of world news interspersed with total trivia.

For example, Page 11 of the June 3-9 edition carried a little ripper of a report under the heading "Banned from the road: naughty number plates". The DVLA, the UK's driver-and-vehicle- licensing-agency, featured in an article by reporter Rozina Sabur listing some of the number plates banned by the government.

These are vehicle registration plates deemed by the DVLA censors as being too rude to be permitted on the road. How about that for a piece of British nonsense!

The list of personalised number plates believed to be in poor taste runs to 46 pages and contains what the report calls rude, religious or homophobic words.

For example, motorists are not allowed to drive a VA61ANA but PEN15 and ORG45M are permitted. Work that out!

Other banned plates include P15 OFF, UP15 BUM and WA15 TED. The dealer Regtransfers apparently expects that the PEN15 plate will fetch more than [pounds sterling]100,000 when it comes on the market....

On a much more highbrow level, the front page of the same edition canvassed the view that the good old Church of England might move to make God a woman.

That should raise a few eyebrows among Church of England Men's Society (UK) members, with much tut-tutting during Matins and reluctant support from some members of the Mothers Union. …

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