Thursday, October 18, 2007

Sign of the times...

First the serious bit:

I received an e-mail this evening from Richard, one of my fellow Tap regulars that contained the following:

The world-famous Red Arrows have been banned from appearing at the 2012 London Olympics because they are deemed "too British". Organisers of the event say that the Arrows military background might be "offensive" to other countries taking part in the Games. The display team have performed at more than 4000 events worldwide, but the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have deemed the display team "too militaristically British".

Red Arrows pilots were said to be "outraged", as they had hoped to put on a truly world class display for the Games, something which had never been seen before. Being axed from a British-based event for being "too British" is an insult - the Arrows are a symbol of Britain.

The Red Arrows have been excellent ambassadors for British overseas trade, as they display their British-built Hawk aircraft all over the world.

The Arrows performed a short flypast in 2005 when the winning bid was announced, but their flypast at the Games was to have been truly spectacular.

It is to be hoped that common sense prevails

If you disagree with this decision, sign the petition on the link

There is already a reply on there stating that the decision is out of the PM's hands, but it's probably worth adding your name just to labour the point (no pun intended)

Now for the silly bit:

Have a look at some of the [inevitable] rejected petitions on the same site - it's the best laugh I've had for ages. One of my favourites was to make August 1st David Hasselhoff Day. I'd have been up for it - we could all go out, get pissed up, then stagger home and spill supper all over the carpet. In fact we could have one every Friday...


delcatto said...


I liked the 'Make Fridays Naked Handstand Day'.

Ban Arsenal FC.

'Eye of the Tiger' for national anthem.

I think we should start one for 'Give Dave the landlord a big cigar and make sure it's Cuban'.

delcatto said...

Petition for 'Turn the Dome upside down and create a giant wok to encourage cheap Chinese takeaways'.

Seany said...

Every time I think of anything daft enough, I find one that out does me!

David said...

According to the Red Arrows themselves there's not a word of truth to the rumour.

Seany said...

Thats good news.
Itwas a good excuse for a chuckle anyway!