Press Esc to close
Friday 20 January 2017
News updated at 1:01 PM IST
Weather
Max: 27.6°C
Min : 15.8°C
In Bengaluru
Partially cloudy

British diplomats reveal world of weird requests

London, May 16, 2013 (AFP)
British embassies were asked if they could silence a cockerel and order an unfit husband to shape up, among other "bizarre" requests for help in the last 12 months, the Foreign Office said today.

A man asked consular staff in Rome to translate a phrase for a tattoo he wanted, while another man asked the Stockholm embassy if they could check out the credentials of a woman he met online.

Diplomats in several countries were also asked where the best place to watch football was, while they were also pestered for London 2012 Olympics tickets and contact details for Beatles legend Paul McCartney's wife Nancy Shevell.

Beijing consular staff were asked to help a woman who had bought a pair of football boots that were "Made in China" but were poor quality.

One woman asked the Tel Aviv embassy to order her husband to get fit and eat healthily so they could have children.

A man who required hospital treatment in Cambodia when a monkey dislodged a stone that hit him demanded help getting compensation and wanted assurance that it would not happen again.

One man asked the Montreal consulate for information to settle a bet on the colour of the British passport.

Consular staff in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur were asked if they could help pay to send a couple's children to an international school.

In February 2011, the Foreign Office established a contact centre in Malaga on the southern Spanish coast to help cope with the volume of non-consular enquiries received by British missions in southern Europe.

Some 39 percent of the 131,211 calls it has received since then have been "lifestyle enquiries".

"Some of the enquiries we received from British nationals last year were bizarre to say the least," said the centre's head, Steve Jones.

"One customer contacted us to ask if we could provide the name of the watch that the Royal Navy sailors wore between the years 1942-1955."

Consular affairs minister Mark Simmonds said: "Foreign Office staff help many thousands of British nationals facing serious difficulties around the world every year.

"It is important that people understand what we can and cannot do to support them when they are abroad.

"We are not in a position to help people make travel arrangements or social plans, but we do help those who face real problems."

 

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan taking selfie with the newly launched Samsung C9 Pro mobile...

Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan taking selfie with the newly launched Samsung C9 Pro mobile...

Camel-mounted BSF soldiers participate in rehearsal for the Beating Retreat ceremony...

Camel-mounted BSF soldiers participate in rehearsal for the Beating Retreat ceremony...

Students form a human chain to display VOTE at an awareness campaign Jalandhar...

Students form a human chain to display VOTE at an awareness campaign Jalandhar...

Children holding national flags as they ride on a modified motorcycle ahead of the Republic...

Children holding national flags as they ride on a modified motorcycle ahead of the Republic...

Workers busy installing flower pots as part of the Republic Day Flower show at Glass House...

Workers busy installing flower pots as part of the Republic Day Flower show at Glass House...

Workers busy installing flower pots to make Peacock shape as part of the Republic Day Flower show...

Workers busy installing flower pots to make Peacock shape as part of the Republic Day Flower show...

The final touch work is going in full swing at as part of the Republic Day Flower show at Glass...

The final touch work is going in full swing at as part of the Republic Day Flower show at Glass...

Jagjot Singh Rubal, an Indian artist, gives final touches to a portrait...

Jagjot Singh Rubal, an Indian artist, gives final touches to a portrait...

Members of Hindu Sena, a right-wing Hindu group, place a garland on an poster...

Members of Hindu Sena, a right-wing Hindu group, place a garland on an poster...

PWD labourers paint the statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at Shymabazar in Kolkata...

PWD labourers paint the statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at Shymabazar in Kolkata...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523