Monday, April 26, 2010


  • News of "an official document [that] suggested Britain should mark the Pope's visit this year by asking him to open an abortion clinic, bless a gay marriage and launch a range of Benedict-branded condoms" — Foreign Office sorry for Pope paper.

  • An Irish commenter says this "the hate figure du jour in certain circles" is "a sort of replacement bogeyman for George W. Bush" — David Quinn: Pope replaces George Bush as the man some people love to hate.

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    Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

    Would it be more truthful to rewrite the headline "Foreign Office sorry for Pope paper" to:

    "Foreign Office Sorry it got Caught"?

    11:54 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I wonder if "Foreign Office" is really code for "G.W. Bush"?

    4:45 PM  
    Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

    Re: AC,

    "Foreign Office" is, in the U.K., similar to the Department of State in the U.S. Therefore, if it's code for anything, it would be Hillary Clinton.

    7:39 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This is not surprising, and really should be a non-issue.

    The Brits know, and are grateful, that they are not, and will never become, French (even if they speak something close to French), Spanish (even if they had tons of colonies), or Germans (even if the Queen is a Kraut through and through.) Most British are not Catholic, some indeed violently anti-Catholic, but as this could theoretically change, they feel compelled to ritualistically deny any such inclination (Guy Fawkes,) and these jokes are best understood in this light.

    The best thing Papa Ratzi could do is to feign ignorance of the affair, and work in a prayer or two for an improvement in British cuisine. Everything else has been tried.

    9:40 PM  
    Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

    I thought British Cuisine has been improved by the Indian dietary selections, and by the importation of American Fast Food chains.

    The last of entirely accidental, of course. OTOH, any cuisine that can be said to be improved by McDonalds needs a few prayers.

    9:52 AM  
    Anonymous mcmlxix said...

    My grandmother used to boil bacon!

    When in England, eat Indian or Chinese and all will be well.

    10:08 AM  
    Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

    Re: mcmlxix,

    My grandmother used to boil bacon!

    And here I thought boiling peanuts and creaming corn were the worst culinary offenses imaginable. The British have everybody beat except the Norwegians with Lutefisk, which just from the description sounds like a chemical weapon except that people actually eat it!

    10:51 AM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    Perhaps the British Empire can be justified by the improvements it brought to the home country.

    Lutefisk reminds me a bit of Korean fermented skate -- Hongeo 홍어 – The Hardest Thing to Swallow in Korea. The blogger explains:

    "Skates are similar to sharks in that they don’t pee like other animals do. They don’t have kidneys and bladders and… well, they don’t really pee. Instead, the uric acid comes out through their skin. That’s why it’s not a good idea to keep shark meat for a long time in the fridge.... When both shark and skate are fermented, the uric acid intensifies into ammonia. It is a substance that we are hardwired to gag upon.... Yes, it has a strong ammonia component. If you don’t breathe, the hongeo itself is salty with a slight rubbery texture. But you have to breathe, and breathe you will–you will regret. It’s like licking a urinal."

    4:10 PM  

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