Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Getting your priorities right

Whatever you think of the Israel-Palestine conflict, you have to admire the get-up-and-go of the Gazan population. I was just watching a report on Deutsche Welle, the German news channel, about the big holes that militants have blown in the wall that separates the coastal enclave from Egypt. Thousands have streamed across the border and the DW-TV reporter was listing the things they were purchasing. Along with the stuff you'd expect, such as animals and fuel, we were told they were trying to pick up office supplies.

Office supplies?

"What was that noise, dear?"

"Oh, just a few people blowing up the Egyptian border. Do you want me to nip across and see if I can get anything?"

"Well, I think we're ok for most things. But you've been trying to get hold of stapler for months, haven't you? Why don't you treat yourself?"

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