Monday Funnies

By DeusExMacintosh


A couple claiming benefits who sailed part way around the world on a £100,000 yacht have been warned they face jail.

Shashi Bacheta, 52, had claimed she was so ill she had trouble getting out of bed, but investigators said she would go scuba diving.

Bacheta, of Swansea, admitted 16 counts relating to benefit fraud worth about £40,000 and Jeffrey Cole, 58, admitted four charges worth some £12,000. He pretended to be her landlord when they were in fact living together, the court heard.

They will be sentenced next month at Swansea Crown Court.

BBC News


  1. TerjeP (say tay-a)
    Posted February 24, 2009 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    Well if they’re giving the stuff away….

  2. John Greenfield
    Posted February 24, 2009 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Well talking about “state benefits” as you have paused the Blog Wars thread, I’ll post here.

    ROFLMAO. Y’all all know how much Luvvie Bahnisch is obsessed with The Oz, and would be prepared to light fires all over the country to get a gig there?

    WELL! Today, the Sun King’s minions have deigned to throw him a few crumbs. But somehow I doubt he will be chuffed at their portrayal of Luvvie B’s notorious cluelesness about Australian politics and society in general!


  3. Posted February 24, 2009 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Yeah well boo sucks to punditry on all sides. This is something I just can’t get enthused about, and is probably the reason why I’d never be any good as a pollie. Even though I can do numbers, I find elections utterly soporific. That said I may liveblog the UK general election, if only because some of the candidates over here are a laugh riot (especially in the Oxfordshire/Berkshire regions).

    The bit about throwing crumbs is right, though. If ‘big blogs’ like Blair or LP want to have a go at someone, the traditional way was to link to them and take the piss. Thing is, these days you are actually helping them — if they run ads. Our stats went completely nuts thanks to the whole Poison Pen fracas, which helps our bottom line (that’s what a link from both Blair and LP on the same post will do to you).

    The Australian’s little snark just gave out the blog name, and as it’s presumably in their dead tree edition as well, a link wasn’t possible. That forces people to use google, but plenty of people still do. Our stats went nuts over the Quadrant thing — no link, just the name in lots of newspapers.

    People (MSM and everyone else) may have to rethink how they do their snark… that is, if they really mean it.

  4. Posted February 24, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    LOL – actually I find your ads a bit more practical than the usual run of the mill ads one finds on most blogs – do you get to choose what sort of ads you run or is there some arcane algorithim that works out the demographics of your readers by your blog topic posts or something equally mysterious?

  5. Posted February 24, 2009 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Nothing fancy at all, Theodora — it’s just we’re lucky enough to be able to host the same sort of ‘display ads’ that newspapers do (and from the same company). We’re part of a group of loosely affiliated blogs that includes LP and Club Troppo. The ‘boss blog’ is Graham Young’s ‘Online Opinion’, which like Crikey is an entirely web-based outfit, but is rather less-shit-sheetish and scandal-prone. It seems with Crikey that you have to join their ‘stable’ as it were, whereas with OLO we were able to keep our own URL and design. And yes, it does mean more ‘normal’ ads, not the faintly porny ones that often turn up on google.

  6. derrida derider
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Silly people. They should have been selling mortgages or private pensions and made far more money with far less work, and without the legal consequences and social opprobrium. Perhaps they were not sufficiently dishonest to do that.

    I still have a page from a newspaper that has two short court reports side by side. One was of a single mum who took a job without telling Centrelink. She was gaoled (I dunno what happened to her kids). The other was the owner of a local real estate agency who was convicted of defrauding the tax office of half a million dollars. He got a fine and a bond.

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