Tuesday, 10 July 2007

YesBut what's the local news?

Do you know how many English local newspapers are published worldwide? No idea. Neither have I. But there must be thousands.

For your education, entertainment and amusement I’ve done another troll of local papers, and offer you:

From The Bayside Bulletin, Queensland, Australia - “Councillor warns on water stealing”.
“ ANY water truck filling up from the mains supplies, where the operator is not using a blue Redland Shire Council-issued standpipe, could be breaking the law. A Redland councillor has issued a reminder that anybody taking water from the mains system must use an approved metered standpipe.”

From The Barrie Examiner, Ontario, Canada - “Government Huffs and Puffs, Ombudsman finds".

“Dalton McGuinty may have earned himself a new nickname – “Puff” Daddy. There is a troubling and growing gap, the province’s Ombudsman charged in his annual report, between what Ontario’s government promises to do and what it delivers. “It has not escaped the people of Ontario that strongest leadership shown by many key government bureaucracies has been in making puffed-up promises,” Ombudsman Andre Marin said at a Queen’s Park press conference. “I’m referring to what has become an all-too familiar and rampant refrain among government organizations,” Marin said. When confronted with criticisms, failings or “shabby and incompetent” actions, government ministries, agencies, boards and commissions routinely respond with attempts to “sideline the issue” or proclaim themselves “world class,” an “international leader” or otherwise engage in self-serving hyperbole. There is a cost to such bureaucratic hype and “spin-doctoring,” the Ombudsman maintained. “If government and their agencies believe they can hustle the public, they will be tempted to leave their programs under-resourced and flawed, crossing their fingers that no one will pull back their Wizard-of-Oz curtain and expose the real state of affairs,” Marin said. “.
From the North Devon Gazette, England - “Pub takes last gasp”.

“SIR Walter Raleigh joined customers at the Appledore Inn in Bideford for a last puff on Saturday night as smoking in public premises came to an end. Customer Liz Byng dressed for the part as the locals played out The Final Ashes with an evening in which smoke held sway. A smoking-related quiz brought prizes of ashtrays, lighters and nicotine patches, there was a tasty buffet of smoked foods and a smoke machine added to the atmosphere. Was it tears, or did smoke get in the eyes of the regulars as young Albert Vane, 12-year-old son of landlords Simon and Lucy Vane, serenaded them with "Smoke On The Water?"“.
And that's the news form around the world for anther week

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