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Wednesday, 9 June 2010

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The suburbs are expanding - but not that fast, surely!

According to the latest BBC report, London, Birmingham and Manchester constitute 'two cities', not, as is commonly thought, three.

The news came during an article on the BBC's website about the US singer Chris Brown, who had been refused a visa to visit the UK.

It claimed:

"The musician was due to play three UK concerts, starting in Glasgow on Wednesday night.

"Two further dates in London, Birmingham and Manchester had also been planned, along with a concert Cork, the Irish Republic which has been shelved too."

It's not clear from the bad grammar whether the BBC believes London, Birmingham or Birmingham & Manchester are the cities being described, but the residents of the affected places were today feeling more than a little confused over the matter.

It could be just that the BBC writers have fucked up again.

One ultra-pedant on the team at TheSpoof.com also reasoned that the line "along with a concert Cork, the Irish Republic which has been shelved too" shoulld, ideally, have been penned:

"along with a concert in Cork, the Irish Republic, which has also been shelved." but there you go.

Spoof readers wanting to satisfy themselves of this incredible level of incompetence can see the amazing glitch for themselves by clicking here:

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