Category Archives: Fark!

Stiff Cheddar

A giant mountain of maturing cheddar cheese is to be used as security for a pension fund. Twenty million kilos of Cathedral City cheddar will now back up pension funds of workers at Dairy Crest, one of the UK’s biggest cheesemakers. Some 20,000 pallets of the cheese, nearly half the company’s total stock, have been […]

You are correct: westerners care more about Boston than Baghdad – guest post by Jacques Chester

[SL: I have long been of the view–while I have great sympathy for my libertarian and leftist friends who want calamity in the developing world taken as seriously as calamity in the developed world–that the lesson that Jacques teaches below is important, and needs to be taken seriously. There is a reason why ‘if it […]

SIWOTI: the Margaret Thatcher Edition

In order to understand this post, you need to be familiar with this cartoon. Familiar? Good, now onto the ‘fun’ part. As a general rule, I try to avoid the situation in which the cartoon’s protagonist finds himself. That is, getting into lengthy online disputes where – it would seem – very few people are […]

New solution to Tory Cuts

David Cameron has called in the Samaritans. Not for the Tory MPs who moan so much that their condition appears terminal, but for the civil servants forced to deal with angry and frustrated members of the public. Mandrake hears that the charity’s workers have been giving civil servants at departments such as health training in […]

When in the name of screaming blue blazes did this become A Thing?

Look, the whole kids sitting on Santa’s lap at Christmas to have their picture taken is creepy enough, but it would appear that various retailers (and others) around the place are trying to replicate the elcreepo factor with the Easter Bunny. This. Is. Wrong. Wrongetty. Wrong. Wrong. I know the whole torture porn aspect of […]

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Three priests and a former priest have said that they felt “vindicated” after Scotland’s Cardinal Keith O’Brien admitted sexual misconduct. The group had accused the senior Roman Catholic clergyman of “inappropriate behaviour” towards them in the 1980s. Catherine Deveney, the journalist who broke the story in The Observer, said she had spoken to the four […]

The IKEA Kitchen

Ikea has withdrawn meatballs from sale in 14 European countries after tests in the Czech Republic found traces of horsemeat in a batch made in Sweden. Meatballs from the same batch had been sold in many states, including the UK, France and Portugal, the retailer said. Swiss food giant Nestle meanwhile said it had found […]

More Horsing Around

People should not throw away frozen meat products in the wake of the revelations about horsemeat in Findus lasagne, the food minister had said. David Heath advised consumers to carry on eating meat unless told otherwise. The Food Standards Agency has asked UK firms to test all processed beef foods, but said it did not […]

Some lawyers take screwing their clients literally

Sorry I haven’t been about very much. Short story: I am in Oxford and I do not presently have the resources to access anything except the visitor wireless network which generally bans (a) my work e-mail and (b) this site as deeply suspicious. Don’t ask. Hopefully to be rectified soon. But it is a red […]

So Hungry You Could Eat a Horse?

Criminal prosecutions may take place after horse and pig meat were found in beefburgers, a minister has said. Food minister David Heath told MPs that the contamination was “almost certainly a matter of criminality”. Horse and pig DNA has been found in some burgers sold by Tesco, Iceland, Lidl and Aldi and Dunnes. On Thursday, […]