Truly this is not a spoof, I wish it were but no. In my occasional series where I introduce you to Members of the European Parliament there have been some highs, and some lows. Methinks this one is a low. Eija-Riitta Korhola is an EPP-ED MEP from Finland, and she has just sent this message to all her EPP-ED friends,
And I want to get elected to this place?
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I'm sorry to bring this up, but I trust your kindness.. As some of you know, I collect airline sick bags as a hobby. The study of such a collection is called vomitology which is very close to another nauseating word in the EU procedural definitions.
My reason to write to you is 3-fold - which is also a recommended technique for used sick-bags! However, I certainly collect them as unused.
1. To announce the world's second exhibition of sick bags in Finland. The first was on the occasion of my re-election campaign almost 5 years ago and following its mouth-watering success - I'm ready to reach and regurgitate it again for my country. This will take place in Helsinki's Restaurant Ostrobotnia on the 23th of April.
2. Given that collecting is a hobby where ambition grows, I need bags of bags so long as each is different from the rest. Please send me the sick bags from the most obscure of airlines. I'm looking forward to what you will bring up in this respect. But please hurry as time is not the only thing passing.
3. I'm offering a prize of dinner with me for the most obscure named sick bag from maybe the furthest corner of the globe. What can you throw up? That is the question.
Some of you have already contributed to my collection during these many years, and I use this opportunity to express my sincere thanks. There are some real pearls in my collection from my colleagues.