It is a matter of public record that No Good Boyo and I are both - for better or worse (usually the latter) - gainfully employed in the same organisation.
It may have occurred to some readers to wonder what, exactly, we get up to.
Well for a start, I am in the habit of sharing particularly entertaining worky-nuggets with like-minded colleagues, of whom Boyo is one.
Today I came across the appealing Malaysian headline (while reading up on the latest moves in the ongoing Malaysia-Indonesia bitch-slapping festival):
Malaysia: Minister Says Government To Review Levy Charged on Indonesian Maids
I pasted this under a subject line musing that this was a piece of good news for Captain Scott "Scottie" Scott.
Boyo promptly responded with:
Somewhere in the Irrawaddy Delta: Burmese Minister Says Government to Construct Levies from Indonesian Maids
Not to be outdone, I parried with:
Somewhere in Israel: Levy overcharged for Indonesian maid
Boyo was not done yet:
Somewhere in England: Lord Levy Questioned in Indonesian-Maids-For-Honours Scandal
Scraping the barrel somewhat, I moved on to:
Somewhere in Hollywood: Indonesian maid removes Levis
Boyo then added a rather soiled cherry to the top with:
Somewhere in England: Lord Scott of Quetta Renounces Title in Honour-For-Indonesian-Maids Move
And there matters would have rested, but for the fact that a North Korean headline then caught my eye, which suggested a natural response:
Korean Central News Agency: Floral Tribute Paid to Bust of Kim Jong Suk
Rrom Peripheral News Agency: Floral Tribute Paid to Bust of Barbara Windsor
Boyo always rises to a challenge (see "Red Hot Amsterdam Video Productions Ltd vs Boyo, Aberyswyth Assizes, 1992"):
In Wales: Government Grant Paid to Bust of Charlotte Church
Unwilling to let him have the last word, I returned with:
In LA: Hugh Grant Paid for Bust of Divine Brown
The bit firmly between his few remaining teeth, Boyo shot back:
In the past: Cary Grant paid to squire bust of Marilyn Monroe
At which I responded desperately with:
Shortly after: Arthur Miller paid to bust Marilyn Monroe's squire
It was enough. Boyo's final e-mail:
I win game, set, match and managerial reprimand!