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Posted: 15 Jan 12 18:17

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A statement released from Buckingham Palace this morning has sadly officially confirmed that Her Majesty the Queen has the age related condition known as 'detrectandis'. The condition is fortunately not life threatening. Detrectandis usually attacks the legs although it can affect any part of the body. It does mean we will be seeing far less of her in future. Britain's top expert on the conditi.....

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Posted: 15 Jan 12 18:28
Well you got me...

I put detrectandis in Google News to see how Her Maj was and all the news headlines about it... and there was nothing, just this spoof...

I can't remember ever being fooled before re a story that I thought was based on real news.

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Posted: 15 Jan 12 20:21
well it got 5 from me Chris and I dare say QM too, staunch republican (note small r) that she is.

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Posted: 15 Jan 12 20:44
Tommy - that's worth 5x5. So I gave it 5.

Lovely piece of spoofery. In my opinion, your best yet. It's as good a piece of humour as you could find anywhere.

Bloody well done that man.



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Posted: 15 Jan 12 22:28

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and I dare say QM too, staunch republican (note small r) that she is.

No, just anti House of Windsore humbuggist.

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Posted: 16 Jan 12 02:18
That was hilarious! I'm quite bothered though that I'm shorter than everyone though. Good thing I have great soccer playing legs so I'll be able to use stilts when I start shrinking.


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Posted: 16 Jan 12 12:59
Thanks for the fives - and especially for the comments.
I'd been taking my time with it so's to submit it as my 100th 'news' spoof story (not including my 'magazine' ones).

I had it ready several days before pressing it through - apart from that opening paragraph. It needed to 'read true', mention 'the condition', but not reveal 'shrinking' too early - or too late - in the story. I must have rewritten that first paragraph some thirty times.

Detrectandis: I was trying to find a Latin word for 'shrink' on those internet 'English to Latin' translation sites so that I could use it in the first paragraph. Closest I could find was 'detrectandis' (one of the definitions came up as 'reduce').

So glad that first paragraph caught you out Chris - made my week that has - Gotcha!

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