Someone’s doing it for the Boys: Fake Signer

signlanguageAs one legend dies, another steps up! From the BBC:

“Deaf viewers of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service have complained that the official sign language interpreter was a fraud who was “signing rubbish”.The Deaf Federation of South Africa told the BBC the man’s signs were “arbitrary” and “did not make sense”. The man, who has not yet been publicly identified, was seen on stage signing as friends and family of Mr Mandela, and world leaders, paid tribute to the former South African president. The government is investigating. It said on Wednesday it had as yet been unable to get to the bottom of the allegations “due to the demanding schedule of organising events related to the State Funeral”. But, in a statement, the government said it “wishes to assure South Africans that we are clear in defending the rights and dignity of people with disabilities”.‘Making a mockery’ Major national and international news channels broadcast Mr Mandela’s state memorial service live on Tuesday. The man, suited and wearing a pass around his neck, stood next to key speakers such as US President Barack Obama and Mr Mandela’s grandchildren translating their eulogies. During the broadcast, Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, South Africa’s first deaf female MP, tweeted: “ANC-linked interpreter on the stage with dep president of ANC is signing rubbish. He cannot sign. Please get him off.” ”

On the other hand, we here at NOTA consider this gentleman an example to be followed. Top marks!


Someone’s doing it for the Boys: Bad Santa and the Balloon Artist

This story appeared in the Metro today:


Smiles with Santa before he massacred their dreams

“A Santa Claus has been suspended after allegedly telling children about the Sandy Hook school massacre.

The unidentified man also told one child at a garden centre’s Christmas grotto in Oxford that Father Christmas doesn’t exist.

Parents Wendy and Steven Kennett said they paid £5.99 for each of their three children to meet Santa at the centre in Nuneham Courtenay.

After Ryan, 10, Amy, 7, and Katie, 6, said they had been good, Santa allegedly replied: ‘Well there are bad people in the world and bad things happen, like what happened to those children in America.’

The oldest of the siblings later ran out of the grotto crying telling his parents: ‘Santa told me he is not real, it’s just you and dad.’

Mrs Kennett said: ‘I was totally furious. I now had three children in floods of tears.’

The family’s day went from bad to worse when they headed to a restaurant for a meal to cheer themselves up – only for the children’s entertainer there to tell them it was a waste of time writing to Santa.

A spokesman for Notcutts Garden Centre apologised for the incident.

‘This man was a freelancer and he has been suspended from his job for the season,’ he said.

‘He has worked for us for 10 years without any complaint and we will be sitting down with him in the future to discuss the incident.

‘At the end of the day the customer is upset. We have apologised for that and we have taken steps and the family have been kept informed.’

The garden centre has also arranged for the family to visit the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland attraction in London.”

The Metro also reported that a balloon artist afterwards told the same children that he was Santa’s best friend, that they go skiiing together on a weekend and not to bother writing to him as he’s got better things to do that read their letters! FTBAAS

Last Thobe of the Dice

Charnock in his toon thobe

With the imminent NOTA Awards ceremony bearing down his neck, Geordie emigre James Charnock made a last ditch effort to claim for his own the prestigious Alan Shearer Award for Doing It For The Boys by having a himself a special NUFC thobe made  so he can show his support comfortably in the sweltering 50°C Gulf state of Qatar. Read full story here.

However, it is questionable as to whether it will be enough to convince the voting public and NOTA’s judging panel as Charnock faces stiff competition for the much sought after award, not least from critics’ favourites Richard Handl, Chris Mews and Charlie Sheen.

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