Eurosphere roundup: British Foreign Office under pressure with drunk Britons…

British Foreign Office to drunk Britons everywhere: No, we can’t translate that tattoo for you

Here, in all its glory, is the full list:

  • 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

  • A man asked FCO staff in Rome to translate a phrase for a tattoo that he wanted

  • Consular staff in Beijing were asked to help a woman who had bought a pair of football boots that were ?Made in China’ but were poor quality

  • A woman requested that consular staff in Tel Aviv order her husband to get fit and eat healthily so that they could have children

  • Consular staff in Kuala Lumpur were asked if the FCO could help pay to send their children to an International School

  • A man asked consular staff in Stockholm to check the credentials of a woman whom he had met online

  • A man asked the Consulate in Montreal for information to settle a £1,000 wager on the colour of the British passport

  • A number of British Consulates have been asked to book hotels or to advise on where to watch the football

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