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Folklaw: 16 February 2007

Song’s over for Canary Islands carnivalIn what would seem somewhat of an overreaction, a Spanish court has upheld complaints about a carnival made by concerned citizens who thought it was too…

Songs over for Canary Islands carnival

In what would seem somewhat of an overreaction, a Spanish court has upheld complaints about a carnival made by concerned citizens who thought it was too noisy.

The celebrations are held every year in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a city on the Canary Islands. The carnival, comprising of the usual raucous behaviour and music, winds its way through every village on the island. Yet a court has awarded an injunction against the event because of fears of a breach to human rights.

It is still expected, thankfully, that the traditional ‘burial of the sardine’ will continue in Santa Cruz free from the meddling of Spanish killjoys. ‘La Sardinada’ is said to culminate in the burning of a super-sized papier-mâché sardine, where men in drag can be found wailing in a dramatic fashion.

Biting off more than you can chew

A German chocolate lover has gone to the police after finding a human finger inside a chocolate bar.

Hannes Gruber, 28, of Bischofsheim, brought the finger to police, who sent the digit on for forensic testing.

“It was a whole nut bar, and I bit a piece off and it did not come away straight away,” Gruber said.

“When I looked there was a tip of a finger with fingernail pointing out the end,” he said. “I was sick. I don’t think I will ever eat a chocolate bar again.”

No mention was made by police of Hannes Gruber’s namesake from the original Die Hard movie, played by Alan Rickman, or the possibility of Gruber being a maniacal German terrorist.

Russian man seeks divorce over pumpkins

An 18-year marriage ended in divorce when a Russian man discovered his wife had been serving him pumpkin in his pie instead of courgettes.

Ivan Dimitrov had earlier felt the foul taste of deceit rise in his throat when he discovered pumpkin rinds in the rubbish bin. Apparently his wife had been serving the inferior vegetable to him for up to six months.

“She knows I absolutely hate pumpkins and she lied to me for months about it just because the pumpkins were cheap,” the aggrieved man said.

“What else has she been lying about? What man could trust a woman who fed him pumpkins for half a year?”

Folklaw sympathises with poor Ivan. Who knows what else his wife may have dared to do? When she scrubbed the pumpkin pieces off his dinner plate, did she use an inferior brand of dishwashing liquid too?

UK firm rescues trainee with chopper

A trainee from Linklaters, stranded in a cabin after a snowboarding accident during a work getaway, had to be rescued by helicopter at his boss’ expense.

The trainee, who was attending a firm-sponsored ski trip, was snowboarding with a colleague from the corporate division when they were both caught in a small avalanche, website RollOnFriday reported.

While the colleague was able to ski his way to safety, the trainee was cut off by the wall of snow and forced to hide out in a nearby cabin.

According to the website, the trainee made the dubious career decision of phoning corporate partner Matthew Middleditch and asking for help. When all other avenues of rescue came to nothing for the partner, he elected to ring in a helicopter to extract the wayward snowboarder.

The final bill for the rescue came to 2,000 euros ($3,358), which may just be resurfacing when it’s Christmas bonus time.

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