April Fool's Day spoofs: Latvia decided against invasion after all, Clarkson abandons snow plough idea ({{commentsTotal}})

ERR News put the readers nerves and sense of humor to test on April Fool's Day. To avoid confusion, let us clarify the jokes.

Royalists remained key influence on Estonian government for decades, investigators say

Despite the fact that we have a great sympathy for Her Majesty The Queen, Prince Edward needs to remain in the United Kingdom and stop dreaming about the throne of Estonia. Few royalists may exist in Estonia, but the majority prefers the current form of government – the Republic of Estonia.

Sacked Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson becomes Estonian e-resident

Top Gear may be popular in Estonia and indeed, we do have the longest ice road in the world, used in winter, but Jeremy Clarkson does not have as great interest in snow ploughs - and seems to prefer his Lamborghini Gallardo and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG after all. However, Estonia would surely welcome Clarkson as an e-resident.

Reform Party to expand to Ukraine

Both are keen to use yellow and blue in their symbolics and Ukraine would do well with responsible governance, but Reform Party has enough responsibility in Estonia, especially since it needs to bargain hard with the Social Democrats and IRL to form the new coalition government.

Latvian military invasion plans leaked

Latvia and Estonia once had a “sprat war”, a non-military conflict about fishing rights around the island of Ruhnu, but that's about it. Estonians and Latvians may crack jokes about each other, but in reality they remain allies, especially in the context of facing a large aggressive eastern neighbor.

Tartu University Women’s Choir to perform with Robert Plant

Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis and Erkki-Sven Tüür may be among the few Estonian names that may actually ring any bells among the foreigners who are more familiar with choral and classical music – Brian Eno is a fan of Tormis, for example - but Robert Plant has decided to stick with his own repertoire. Veljo Tormis's “Curse Upon Iron“ is a highly recommended listening though!

Editor: S. Tambur



Opinion
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