Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hols hed noun phrase prang fest

Everybody ready? See if you can write a lede to go with the BBC hed:

Soldier survives girl shield shot

No action for shot mistake farmer

Justice miscarriage man accused


A soldier who faced an Afghan insurgent who was using a child as a human shield has survived being shot after not firing in case he injured the girl.

An Essex farmer who accidentally shot and wounded two burglars raiding a cannabis farm he did not know existed will not face prosecution.

A County Durham man who spent 27 years in jail for a crime he did not commit is to spend another Christmas behind bars after being accused of rape.

The first story provides one of those quotes-for-the-ages that journalism is sometimes really good at:

"I tried to stand up but I had disco legs and just had to sit down again for a bit."

... but my favorite is the second, with its mashup of Steeleye Span and Cheech and Chong. Awakened in the early morning hours, farmer on mobility scooter fires at fox trying to steal geese, instead hits two people raiding the secret pot farm in the outbuilding he had rented out.

So many questions, so little time. Were the geese his? Did he hit the fox too?* What brought the keepers down? What happened to the intermediary pot grower?

Regular posting to resume shortly. Grades are in and Xpesmasse prep is nearly done. Meanwhile, everybody say happy birthday to Language Czarina.

* Cheers to the Beeb for using a file mug of a fox without saying "like the one shown here."



Anonymous Bob L said...

Happy birthday, Language Czarina, on behalf of everyone who reads this blog.

Okay, FEV?

4:50 PM, December 22, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Language Czarina... Hey, it's my birthday too!

5:45 PM, December 22, 2010  
Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Happy Birthday, Language Czarina! Many happy returns of the day!

1:07 AM, December 23, 2010  
Anonymous Ed Latham said...

Tight count verb absence problems. 'Justice miscarriage man accused', in particular, is superbly vague.
Language Czarina birthday greetings offered!

8:20 AM, December 23, 2010  

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