lundi, janvier 23, 2006

Vexatious Vexillology III

The carcass of the French warship "Clemenceau" is now in the Suez canal. This morning's France Info was all about the indignation of having to pay a backhander ("bakshish") of around €200,000 to the canal authorities to get the damn boat through. Once again the written news differs greatly from what is said on the radio and allegations of any backhanders are conveniently left out. The Supreme Court of India has prohibited the Clemenceau from entering Indian waters before 13th February. Great... a Valentine's Day present from La Republique to les petits paysans indiens in Gujarat.


On a separate Maritime note it was sad to see the whale stranded along the houses of Parliament in London. It was definitely a monumental whale that chose to go out in style, and it now transpires that its death could help save other whales.

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