Blog: Happy holidays and a joke for the road

Catherine Sleep | 24 December 2003

As we head off into the sunset for a few days’ holiday, let me wish you all a relaxing and peaceful break, and thank you for all your support over the last year.

Looks like we could spend quite a lot of time talking about Parmalat next year, doesn’t it? I hear that the Italian government passed an emergency decree yesterday to speed up the process of seeking so-called ‘extraordinary administration’, expressly to help Parmalat out of this fix. How very Italian.

There are also mutterings of BSE in the US – let’s pray that tests prove negative. We’ll bring you news of this and any other key developments once we’re back on the 5th.

In the meantime, here’s a joke to get you in the festive spirit:

Via the Newsnight e-newsletter, I heard of the celebration lunch enjoyed by George Bush and Dick Cheney at a fancy Washington restaurant and had to share it with you.

The waitress approaches their table to take their order. She is young and very attractive. She asks Cheney what he wants, and he replies: "I'll have the heart-healthy salad."

"Very good, sir," she replies, and turning to Bush she asks, "And what do you want, Mr President?"

Bush answers: "How about a quickie?"

Taken aback, the waitress slaps him and says: "I'm shocked and disappointed in you. I thought you were bringing in a new administration that was committed to high principles and morality. I'm sorry I voted for you."

With that, the waitress departed in a huff. Cheney leans over to Bush, and says: "Mr President, I believe that's pronounced quiche."

All the best, Catherine


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