Monday, July 23, 2007

Floods, Gordon Brown and God

Topical joke from my friend David.

Noah's Ark

In the spring of the year 2007 , the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in England and said, 'Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me. Build another Ark and save two of every living thing along with a few good humans. You have 6 months to build the Ark before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights. '

Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard but no Ark. 'Noah!' He roared, 'I'm about to start the rain! Where is the Ark ?'

'Forgive me, Lord,' begged Noah, 'but things have changed. I needed Building Regulations Approval because the Ark was over 30m2. I've been arguing with the Fire Brigade about the need for a sprinkler system. 'We had to go to appeal to the Secretary of State for a decision. The Local Area Access Group complained that my ramp was going to be too steep, and the inside of the Ark wasn't fully accessible, then the Department of Transport demanded a bond be posted for the future costs of moving overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the Ark 's move to the sea. I told them that the sea would be coming to us, but they would hear nothing of it.

'Getting the wood was another problem. All the decent trees have Tree Preservation Orders on them and we live in a Site of Special Scientific Interest set up in order to protect the pygmy owl. 'When I started gathering the animals, the RSPCA sued me. They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They argued and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space.

'I'm still trying to resolve a complaint with the Equal Opportunities Commission on how many BMEs I'm supposed to hire for my building team. They insist I have to hire only CSCS accredited workers with Ark-building experience and to make matters worse, Customs and Excise seized all my assets, claiming I'm trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species. So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this Ark. '

Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched across the sky. Noah looked up in wonder and asked, 'You mean you're not going to destroy the world?' 'No,' said the Lord. 'The Labour government beat me to it.

10 comments:

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I think there is much truth in this!

Mark said...

Old joke, however very appropriate. Thanks for the giggle.

CityUnslicker said...

nice twist on an old engineering story.

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Of course, part of the problem is Britain's inadequate drainage and water management system

Pat Jenkins said...

i now it is a bit off topic but wondering as a bloke across the pond, how has beckhams landing in the u.s. been portrayed in grand ole england?

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Irrelivant

A Week In The Life of A Redhead said...

Hmmm this sounds like life in California...
Catherine, the redhead

Ruthie said...

That's funny!

Pat Jenkins said...

irrelevant? seriously?

Colin Campbell said...

We only care about Posh