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hutch0
Date: 2008-04-01 21:32
Subject: welcome to april!
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It's traditional, on April 1, for the media to join in the April Fool's Day fun. Some April Fools are very clever and elaborate and lovingly executed. Others are clumsy and rather embarrassing. In the former category is the Guardian devoting an entire travel supplement to the island of San Serriffe (ruled by President Pica) a good few years ago. In the latter..well, anything produced by the Star and the Express, really. You'd think you'd need a really good sense of humour to work for those papers, but apparently not.
The Telegraph has published a handy roundup of today's action here, and also a handy Top Ten of previous April Fools, including the granddaddy of them all, Panorama's report on the Spaghetti Trees of Switzerland.

But the BBC has scooped them all with this. I think it may be a legitimate advert for the iPlayer service, but someone with an evil mind down there in Shepherd's Bush decided to release it via the News today. If you haven't already seen this, settle back, take off your shoes, wiggle your toes, and enjoy.


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RealThog: Jim's bear pic
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-01 21:44 (UTC)
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And now, if only the BBC would allow people in other countries access to their iPlayer, we could all watch their good stuff! Grr!
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pds_lit: Arthur
User: pds_lit
Date: 2008-04-01 22:14 (UTC)
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Ditto on Paul's comment.

Nice clever ad too.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-01 22:35 (UTC)
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Yeah, I honestly don't know why they've restricted it to the UK when there's a pretty healthy market for BBC programmes overseas, particularly in the US. The service is only a couple of months old, though, and an overseas version might be on its way once they see how the UK one is doing.
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Kat: british accents
User: artykat
Date: 2008-04-02 00:49 (UTC)
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I loved the flying penguins! I'd love to have access to the iPlayer too. Thanks for sharing this with us! And the news articles, too. Lotsa fun.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-02 20:43 (UTC)
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You're most welcome.
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