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Why we love the Daily Mail

It's Sunday morning (well, early afternoon, really, but I haven't had any lunch yet). I'm lying in bed with a cup of tea and my laptop, reading the Mail Online, marvelling at the delightful, exuberant quality of the writing. It's brilliant stuff, and deserves its own thread (in Jokes and Funnies, of course - this is the Mail we're talking about), so here it is...

I'll open with a wonderful story that exemplifies the very best of what the Mail has to offer. Here are some selected quotes:

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Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells is not amused - and in this case it is no mere figure of speech.

Sitting at home in the Regency spa town famous for its Jaeger-clad Hyacinths and Daphnes, Caroline Gates-Fleming can only laugh at the irony.


‘I am one of them, really,’ she says, dabbing gingerly at the tender scars of a recent facelift.
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‘Middle-class, middle-aged, respectable. I was brought up nicely and married well. Our boys went to public school.




‘But after what I’ve been through, I know they’d find me unacceptable around here. Things like this don’t happen to women like me.’





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‘Marcus, my first husband and father of Piers, my eldest [now 24], was long gone. Peter, my second husband, father of Rupert and Theo [19 and 18] had little to do with us.’








(The hilarity of that last one might be lost on non-British readers...)




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‘I call him Sab because, when he first advertised on the site, he called himself Sabastine Roland. He used a fake picture and posed as a Greek, claiming to be an entrepreneur in Nigeria.’



Caroline accepts that even the earliest signs were dubious.





‘He was vague about his age,’ she says. ‘First it was 47, then 37. He told me that when he applied for a visa to travel to South Africa, he had been advised to say 27 so that he could make out he was a student going to

the World Cup.







‘After two emails, he phoned. I knew the moment I heard him that he wasn’t Greek.’

In fact, while ‘Sab’s’ English was limited, he most certainly did not speak the language of Sophocles, preferring a version of pidgin laced with dialect and slang that is widely spoken in Nigeria.











I could go on, but you get the picture. There's plenty more where this came from...



Please feel free to contribute your own examples of the Mail at its best.

























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Re: Why we love the Daily Mail

The USA has it's own version of the Daily Mail. They call it "The Onion" Satire at its finest.
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It's Sunday morning, I'm lying in bed with a cup of tea and my laptop.
Careful now, that'll give you cancer y'know.
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Re: Why we love the Daily Mail

Leafy Is it the Tea in Bed or laptop with Tea in Bed which is carcinogenic .... :-O
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Leafy Is it the Tea in Bed or laptop with Tea in Bed which is carcinogenic .... :-O
I think it's reading the Mail.

It affects house prices, too, you know.
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Leafy Is it the Tea in Bed or laptop with Tea in Bed which is carcinogenic .... :-O
I imagine the very presence of Dougal's Breakfast in bed is carcnogenic.
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The USA has it's own version of the Daily Mail. They call it "The Onion" Satire at its finest.
you have the wrong end of the stick (or do I? :s) this is a so called serious paper, the Onion is known not to be and as you say is satire, daily mail is not trying to be funny it just is
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It affects house prices, too, you know.
Sitting over there, stealing our media? It's a bleedin' liberty - Hanging's not good enough.
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daily mail is not trying to be funny it just is
Actually, it is. Read the article to which I provided a link if you don't believe me.

Bostin' stuff!
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Old 07.11.2010, 13:21
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Re: Why we love the Daily Mail

I'm sure they use this headline generator for real too
http://www.qwghlm.co.uk/toys/dailymail/
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Actually, it is. Read the article to which I provided a link if you don't believe me.

Bostin' stuff!
yes but is it trying to be funny and satirical or is it just dumb funny to us daily mail tripe?
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yes but is it trying to be funny and satirical or is it just dumb funny to us daily mail tripe?
The people who write for the Daily Mail are exactly the same people who write for the Guardian.

They just have more fun when they are writing for the Mail, as demonstrated in the article above.

It's just Viz for grown ups, and is read as such by nearly everyone I've ever met who reads it.

The only people who think it's for real are those who don't actually read it...
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I remember reading this interview in the Mail with the parents of a girl who was murdered on a camping trip to France.

'.....Sitting in their £250,000 detached home in Kent, parents Paul and Sarah appealed to Languedoc police to renew their efforts to find Tammy's killer'


So essentially the Daily Mail is telling its readers that these are good, middle class British people who deserve sympathy
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The people who write for the Daily Mail are exactly the same people who write for the Guardian.
Exactly. & it's even funnier when The Guardian hire an ex Mail hack to wind up the Guardianista's good & proper, like in the case of Tanya Gold.
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Has anyone seen my hamster? I seem to have misplaced it...
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'Seventy years ago we came through the Blitz and now people can't even do their jobs properly. It's health and safety gone mad.'

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Sometimes a toothbrush moustache can be unintentionally hilarious too.

It may be funny to laugh at the Daily Mail, but for many who don't get the joke it acts as an opinion former. And what nasty opinions they are.
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There's a special place in hell for Mail journos.
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but for many who don't get the joke
That's a rather arrogant presumption, don't you think?

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There's a special place in hell for Mail journos.
Yup. It's the same place the Guardian journalists will be, because very often they are the very same people.

Anyway, this is a Jokes and Funnies thread. Snobbery and intellectual arrogance don't belong here, thank you.
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That's a rather arrogant presumption, don't you think?
Not really.

Do you think EVERY Daily Mail reader is regarding it as satire? That's more of a presumption I think.

As for snobbery and intellectual arrogance, I don't think I've crtiticised the Daily Mail on those grounds.

Ask yourself - was it funny when they published support for the Blackshirts?
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