January 27, 2004


Yet more evidence of progress in Iraq:

The nation's thousands of Saddams are queuing up to change their once illustrious moniker to something more in tune with the times.

More than 300 are in the process of changing their names, and each day several forlorn-looking Saddams visit Baghdad's directorate of citizenship, where deed polls are granted. Many more are too scared to own up in public and have quietly adopted a new identity.

"It's the most depressing thing in the world to be called Saddam Hussein," said Saddam Hussein Karim as he completed the final paperwork for his name change.

Yes. Well. You try being a journalist named Blair these days.

Posted by Tim Blair at January 27, 2004 09:14 PM

What if you're a red-headed New Zealand journalist by the name of Tim Saddam Jayson Hussein Blair who can't find their bottle of Evian water?

Posted by: TimT at January 27, 2004 at 09:21 PM

In that case, you're OK so long as you don't end every column with: "YEEEAAARGH!"

Posted by: tim at January 27, 2004 at 09:40 PM

Another Blair finding it tough nowadays is British PM Tony Blair, who is about to recieve a report which could mean bad things for him re: Inspector Kelly's death.

Posted by: KevDU at January 27, 2004 at 09:54 PM

Or, it could mean bad things for the BBC. Not that we'd hear much about that, though -- certainly not from the BBC, anyway.

Posted by: Robert Crawford at January 28, 2004 at 12:56 AM

How do you think Prince Michael Jackson feels...thanks Dad

Posted by: jafa at January 28, 2004 at 03:01 AM

Hmm, yes, it's funny how few German people called Adolf I've met in my life.

Posted by: David Gillies at January 28, 2004 at 05:46 AM

Michael Jackson and dad have nothing in common.

Posted by: Ed at January 28, 2004 at 05:03 PM