God help us!
According to the Grauniad, the British tabloid “newspaper”, The Sun, is hiring Polish journalists to help them release a Polish version during Euro 2008 football championships. Presumably an attempt to offset some of the lost sales from English football fans who have nothing to read about as their team isn’t there.
The article goes on to state that the Daily Mirror, a similar daily rag, might be considering doing the same although they have yet to have a meeting to decide if they are “going to back Poland officially and whether [they will] be putting out a Polish insert”.
The only tip I can give to the Polish journos making the trip is to brush on their headline writing, focussing primarily on sensationalism, insensitivity, jingoism, crudeness and a little humour. Here are a few of the better know headlines from The Sun in the past:
- Harry the Nazi – Prince Harry at a fancy dress party
- GOTCHA – during the Falklands war when the Argentinian ship General Belgrano was torpedoed and sunk with a loss of 323 lives (extent not known at time of publication).
- Swan Bake – claiming that asylum seekers were eating swans. Subsequently picked up by other papers and aimed at immigrants generally.
- Now they’re after our fish! – a follow up about asylum seekers (also had to be revoked)
- Zip Me Up Before You Go Go – used when George Michael was arrested for lewd behaviour in a public toilet
- Freddie Starr ate my hamster – Freddie Starr (minor celebrity), hamster (like a rat but cuter).
- Urs Hole – harassing Swiss referee Urs Meier after he disallowed an English goal in Euro 2004.
- From Hitler youth to Papa Ratzi – about Joseph Ratzinger being elected Pope.
- I’m big in the Bumdestag – about a photo taken of Angela Merkel’s backside.
Any suggestions as to what headlines the Polish journos might come up with? I’m thinking particularly the day after the Germany-Poland match if Miroslav Klose or Lukas Podolski score or the midfielders, Borowski & Trochowski have much of an influence!