making 'nick-knock' sound
In the week before the UN arms inspectors report, which is
widely expected to show that Saddam is lying through every
greasy whisker of his evil black-and-soup-laden moustache,
latest intelligence reports suggest that things are already
falling apart deep in his Baghdad bunker.
from the region are confused, but there are suggestions that
there is a noise emanating from Saddam Hussein. This suggests
that the dictator's rule is near to an end, say UK government
president of Iraq is not just being rattled by the military
build up, he has actually started to rattle."
suggest that 'the rattle' is similar to a toy whose batteries
are running low, but other reports suggest its more like a
"wonky" wheel on a go-cart which is 'going fast
down a hill'.
Intelligence service MI6 has gone a step further, suggesting
that the dictator is making a loud 'nick-knock type sound'
- like a football supporter's rattle, but a little quieter,
and at half the speed.
makes speech difficult and running without being heard impossible.
dictator has shunned international media interviews since
the nick-knocking sound started, and all domestic addresses
are recorded beforehand, with the voice dubbed in later.
International briefing -
and unexpected noises are not a rarity:
Robert Mugabe, of Zimbabwe, holds the world record
for the number of mouth burps in a minute.
Colonel Quadaffi, of Libya, sits on cushions whenever
possible to muffle his bottom trumps.