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English City Council "Not Ready" for Zombie Attack

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the double-tap-initiative dept.

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Unlike the CDC, a freedom of information request submitted to the Leicester City Council has revealed that the council is not prepared for an unexpected zombie invasion. From the article: "'We've had a few wacky ones before but this one did make us laugh,' said Lynn Wyeth, head of information governance. The Freedom of Information Act allows a right of access to recorded information held by public authorities. Ms Wyeth said she was unaware of any specific reference to a zombie attack in the council's emergency plan, however some elements of it could be applied if the situation arose."

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121 comments

First Plop (-1, Troll)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408356)

OK, you fuck-tards, contrary to popular believe, I *DO NOT* eat my babies. I am not a female and therefore I do not have babies to eat.

Secondly, I *DO NOT* eat my own shit. This idea may fascinate all the juveniles out there, but most adults are not as fixated on fecal matter as the current under 13 set that populates most of Slashdot.

Thirdly, I have *NOT* fucked my mother or sister. My mother is a fat pig, and quite frankly itâ(TM)s amazing she was ab;e to attract a man to father me. As to my sister, sheâ(TM)s 13 and suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome, and is not in the least attractive.

You people are SICK. Sometimes I wonder if Slashdot has become just another drone-fucking-4Chan forum.

Re:First Plop (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36408396)

Uh. Love you too?

Re:First Plop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36408414)

Relax yo, nobody's attacking you.

However you sound like you could benefit from a professional psychiatrist. Get some help, anger isn't good for you.

Francis, Buddy! (1)

Warwick Allison (209388) | more than 3 years ago | (#36410642)

You are prepared! When I first-post they're all over me, tearing at my brain lining and giving such perfect proof of my infantophagia that I mod them up before I've even realised it's me they're talking about!

Re:First Plop (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36413572)

This is confusing to me. I was told you ate babies, that you *are* female, and that you do in fact ingest your own fecal matter.

If what the world says about Frosty Piss isn't entirely true, then... well I just don't know what to believe anymore. Maybe flammable water *IS* safe, maybe Elvis *is* alive.

This is all too much to handle, so instead I'll go back to thinking of Frosty Piss and a pissed off female baby eating shit eater. And with a name like that it won't be hard to remember. /you nailed me on the SICK part though...

But your mother. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36408358)

Is ready for my cock on her knees with her mouth wide open.

You're Laughing Now (4, Funny)

guyminuslife (1349809) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408374)

Will you be laughing when the apocalypse comes, and you look back and say, "We weren't prepared, oh god, we weren't prepared...."

No! You'll be wandering the streets of Leicester, all dripping blood and rotting flesh, hungering for brains. BE PREPARED!

Re:You're Laughing Now (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36408506)

That's okay. They don't have any brains for the zombies to munch on anyways.

Re:You're Laughing Now (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36408978)

no we do what we have allways done - promote them to the House of Lords.

Re:You're Laughing Now (3, Interesting)

eln (21727) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409064)

This is much ado about nothing. If history is any guide, the Doctor will come to the rescue of our British cousins in the event of any shenanigans.

Re:You're Laughing Now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36409194)

Theory: The Doctor is actually Arthur.

Re:You're Laughing Now (1)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409424)

Or maybe not, and he'll just reboot the Universe after they all perish, except one :)

Re:You're Laughing Now (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409114)

Fine. I prepared some brains to see how they taste.

They really need ketchup. Lots of it.

Re:You're Laughing Now (1)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409378)

Nonsense. Black pepper.

Re:You're Laughing Now (1)

Anne Thwacks (531696) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409758)

And chillie pepper and Maggi - have you never been to Haiti?

Re:You're Laughing Now (1)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409792)

No, I've only ever had brains from English supermarkets.

Re:You're Laughing Now (0)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409402)

BE PREPARED!

Sorry, can't be prepared. NOBODY (*) expects the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!

(*) Ziiiing!

Duh. (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36408432)

If you're prepared for it, it's not unexpected.

Re:Duh. (1)

qubezz (520511) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409468)

If it is expected [terror4fun.com] , you're not prepared...

Re:Duh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36409662)

expect the expected.

You Know... (4, Funny)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408454)

Even if the zombies never come, it's never really a bad idea to install steel storm shutters or stockpile AR50s and ammo. Just sayin'

Re:You Know... (1)

blackraven14250 (902843) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408578)

A stockpile of AR15's would be a much better choice for the zombie invasion. Just sayin'

Re:You Know... (2)

Lehk228 (705449) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408740)

AR 15 is a horrible gun for fighting zombies.

relatively sensitive to rough treatment and inadequate servicing, the direct impingement gas system tends to foul faster and under sustained firing can build up enough heat to melt lacquer coatings from coated ammo, leading to jams that are very fun to clear with the parts so hot.

if you want to use a semi-auto or assault rifle for zombie protection there are two families of rifle to look at, AK47 and SKS, both are tolerant of rough treatment. my personal preference would be for the SKS the more streamlined 10 round internal box magazine will be less likely to snag while sprinting through woods or close quarters, and the hinged bayonet is long enough to take heads off if it comes to that, though once they are that close it's more a matter of how many guests you bring with you to hell

Re:You Know... (2)

Gerzel (240421) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408840)

What about something in an easy to handle shotgun? For the person who doesn't shoot much but still wants to be ready for the zombies. Also squirrels. Automatic is a plus for the squirrels.

Re:You Know... (2)

Lehk228 (705449) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408896)

shotguns are great to exceptional. a little $400 Mossberg pump gun is easy to handle in close quarters and very reliable. 12Ga shotgun shells are also probably the easiest ammo te get your hands on as it is carried literally everywhere that sells ammo, it is restricted by law pretty much nowhere, and it's cheap to practice with target loads

Re:You Know... (2)

Roachie (2180772) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409162)

Yea the pump is useful in room-to-room exchanges and out to some yardage, But I would want the stopping power at range that An AK/SKS provides. The AR is a true death trap for one who relies on it, unless you can get your target to stand still and wait for you to disassemble the weapon to clear the frequent jams.

My biggest problem with the AR isn't the fouling, its the locking lugs on the bolt- they bite into misfed cartridges and fubar the weapon. I have jammed ARs simply by hitting the bolt release too hard. You cant always call for a time out.

Re:You Know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36412188)

You guys need to take your ARs to a gunsmith if you're having that much trouble with them, or get one from a better manufacturer if you're using a cheap one. A decent AR will run all day and never jam if it isn't outright abused. I have a Bushmaster that will happily go through several hundred rounds at a stretch without jamming, ever. Fouling isn't going to be an issue unless you're going through a truly ridiculous amount of ammunition (like >1000 rounds), provided you clean it properly in the first place. I know some internet commandos like to dump on the AR for reliability, but based on my own experience I have no problem entrusting my life to mine. Oh yeah, DON'T use lacquer coated ammunition.

Re:You Know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36413024)

Problem is, in a zombie invasion you can't rely on all those conditions being met. What do you do if you can only get your hands on lacquer coated ammo and you don't have a cleaning kit / somewhere appropriate to clean the gun?

Disclaimer: I know nothing about guns, just trying to point out some obvious flaws.

Re:You Know... (1)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409384)

it is restricted by law pretty much nowhere

Are we still talking about Leicester? Because I seem to recall that blanks for starting pistols are restricted by law in England.

you need a shotgun licence, not so easy to get (4, Funny)

fantomas (94850) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409682)

In the UK you'll need a shotgun licence to own a shotgun. Not so easy to get. You'll have to persuade the police (they do a home visit for each application) that you have a good reason for needing one, and "being prepared for the zombie invasion" probably won't be the winning answer....

Re:you need a shotgun licence, not so easy to get (2)

EdZ (755139) | more than 3 years ago | (#36410062)

"I would like to own a shotgun" is a sufficient reason to apply for a shotgun permit. It's the FAC that covers other firearms (.22 rimfire semi-automatics and bolt-action of larger calibre) that's somewhat more onerous in it's requirements; mainly that you need to be a member in good standing of a firearms club.

Re:you need a shotgun licence, not so easy to get (1)

u38cg (607297) | more than 3 years ago | (#36412950)

It's actually not too bad. They're essentially checking that you're not batshit insane, not likely to kill yourself with it, and not likely to give or sell it to criminals. As long as you don't appear to be the kind of person that attempts to clear stoppages by banging the butt on the ground and staring down the barrel, you're generally OK.

Re:You Know... (1)

tibman (623933) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409184)

Not that i agree with your assessment of the AR15, i've only used the M16A2/4 and M4. But I would say you should only choose a gun that the local army and police stockpile ammo for. You would have to stockpile a vast amount of ammo to make sitting in one place worth it. All that shooting will do nothing but attract more zombie targets and expend more ammo. Being mobile (light!) seems more preferable, imo.

Re:You Know... (1)

blackraven14250 (902843) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409508)

The AR15 is far better than an AR50, for a whole host of reasons, from semi auto operation to fairly wide availability of the ammo. I'm pretty sure the OP just mixed it up with the AR15, to be honest, which is why I posted at all.

Re:You Know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36409816)

though once they are that close it's more a matter of how many guests you bring with you to hell

"When Hell is full the dead will walk the Earth."

Sorry, but hell is not where you are going.

Weaponry (1)

plopez (54068) | more than 3 years ago | (#36410768)

Here are my thoughts on weaponry:

Guns are ok but you need the right one. Shotguns have high recoil and the ammo is bulky and slow on reloads. Semi-autos can also have a reload problem since you can burn through ammo fast, and you also have to deal with muzzle rise as well. Large caliber pistols take a bit of practice to get good at, the large ones such as the .357 mag. or .45 have a bit of recoil to deal with. Pistols are really only good in the 7 m range. It takes a lot practice to get accurate at longer ranges.

So for longer ranges I would use a decent varmit gun like a .270 or a .243. Light on the recoil with a flat trajectory, good for sniping, and the ammo is lighter. Don't discount a .22 long rifle for closer in. The .22 has no real recoil and easy to carry so you can run fast if needed. If all you need is a head shot a .22 LR can penetrate then bounce around the skull scrambling the brains like eggs. Like wise with a good .22 shooting range pistol for closer in, or a .32 pistol. If all it is is a head shot all you have to do is penetrate the bone, leave the macho pocket cannons for the Rambo wannabes and the movies.

Guns have the disadvantage of a report wine fired. A crossbow or hunting bow might be useful for stealth operations. At close range both can penetrate well and don't forget the eye sockets.

Same with "wrist rockets" :
http://www.google.com/search?q=wrist+rockets&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a#q=wrist+rockets&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=6ik&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=ivns&source=univ&tbm=shop&tbo=u&sa=X&ei=FHvzTartCsnegQfx4unCCw&ved=0CDoQrQQ&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=607e1640359d683b&biw=1202&bih=559 [google.com]

You can punch through plywood and hence bone with them, they are silent, and you can use rocks or metal bolts as ammo if needed.
Are you prepared?

Re:You Know... (1)

crankyspice (63953) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408742)

Six of one... You get a lot more stopping power out of a 50cal than a .223 Remington, but the (except in California; stupid "bullet button" requirement) detachable magazine and (semi)automatic operation of the AR15 would certainly have advantages. Still, with proper training, from 250' away, even firing at a moving target, a shooter can get off 3 shots with a bolt-action rifle in only six seconds, and score two hits -- including a head shot.

Re:You Know... (1)

lul_wat (1623489) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409030)

But Jacky Kennedy was right next to him, and wasn't using a bolt action rifle so I guess you wern't referring to that

Re:You Know... (1)

modecx (130548) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409350)

Hey now, don't be so quick to dismiss the too heavy-caliber to be practical zombie-slaying options. You could install some of those red velvet-rope waiting lines, and also put up a big sign reading "FREE BRAIIIINS" on a kiosk... Surely the zombies would patiently queue up (I mean, it's not like they have anywhere else to go), and when you've got a few dozen deep...kablammo!

Re:You Know... (1)

IrquiM (471313) | more than 3 years ago | (#36410210)

You need to explain AR50s to us Europeans - we don't use guns you see...

Re:You Know... (1)

plopez (54068) | more than 3 years ago | (#36410824)

Unexpected? (2)

Manos_Of_Fate (1092793) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408542)

is not prepared for an unexpected zombie invasion.

As opposed to all of those expected zombie attacks?

Re:Unexpected? (4, Funny)

HellYeahAutomaton (815542) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408558)

No one expects the zombie inquisition!

Re:Unexpected? (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408562)

is not prepared for an unexpected zombie invasion.

As opposed to all of those expected zombie attacks?

You telling me you arent expecting a zombie attack at some point?

Re:Unexpected? (1)

Gerzel (240421) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408844)

Don't you think for one second that they don't want to eat our tasty brains.

It's not the zombies! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36408618)

It's not the zombies I'm worried about! It's the fucking emo vampires and the swooning tween girls!

God! I'd just fucking OFF MYSELF if that ever came to be!!!

Re:It's not the zombies! (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408814)

Coward.

Be a man. Off them and do the world a service.

Re:It's not the zombies! (1)

webmistressrachel (903577) | more than 3 years ago | (#36410628)

Just emo vampires, as opposed to other kinds? You, my friend, are a trad goth with a chip on your shoulder, aren't you? The swooning tween girls remark gives it away: jealousy, the oldest emotion.

Shawn of the dead (1)

Windwraith (932426) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408620)

It's happening! Get your cricket things and go smack some zombies!

Re:Shawn of the dead (1)

Ricochet (16874) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409038)

Shawn of the dead? Nut up or shut up! - Zombieland

Simple and obvious solution... (4, Insightful)

Scutter (18425) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408622)

...for any zombie invasion of the English countryside: Barricade yourself in the Winchester.

Re:Simple and obvious solution... (1)

teslar (706653) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409856)

for any zombie invasion of the English countryside

Just nitpicking - the movie was set (and shot) in London. Getting to the Winchester may not be the smartest move if you're in the countryside :)

Of course I suppose it is up to debate whether it's smarter to be in a big city or in the country side during a zombie invasion - I'd go with remote countryside locations in the hope that Zombies just pass you by en route to the next major food source/city.

Re:Simple and obvious solution... (2)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409930)

Zombies don't travel much. If you're in a city, you'll be surrounded by millions of them. If you're in the country, you'll just have to deal with a few wanderers and the neighbours. Zombies just don't have the forward-planning ability to set off for a distant food source, and even if they did they don't have the coordination to drive so they'll be traveling very slowly.

Re:Simple and obvious solution... (1)

Nuskrad (740518) | more than 3 years ago | (#36410226)

Plus, in the English countryside everyone and their mum has a gun. Like farmers... and farmer's mums

Re:Simple and obvious solution... (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36410854)

Being out in the country didn't help the people holed up in that farmhouse at the beginning of 28 Weeks Later. Of course, you just have to have the willingness to not open the barricade for anyone, even a child.

Re:Simple and obvious solution... (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | more than 3 years ago | (#36411998)

But those were 28 Days zombies: They have no established rules, so they can do anything the writers want. The classic zombie is much better established: A reanimated corpse, slow and uncoordinated in movement but of immense durability. Individually they may be simply walked away from, but with their ability to quickly spread the zombification they will easily form a horde of tens of thousands. The threat is in their numbers.

Uhh... (1)

Lanteran (1883836) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408642)

Besides the fact that zombies... don't exist, this oatmeal should help ye prepare:http://theoatmeal.com/comics/zombie_how

Re:Uhh... (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409398)

Did a zombie eat the part of your brain that does hyperlinks, or has it always been missing?

Re:Uhh... (1)

Lanteran (1883836) | more than 3 years ago | (#36412928)

Slashdot usually automatically hyperlinks urls. Sorry for the site's malfunction. If the zombies ate the copy/paste center, though, this should help you: Linky for the copy/paste impaired [theoatmeal.com] .

Won't the invasion be in America (1)

high_rolla (1068540) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408652)

I reckon they've done their research and after watching a whole heap of zombie movies, realised that if there is an outbreak it will most likely start in America. This will give them plenty of time to formulate a plan before it spreads to England.

Re:Won't the invasion be in America (1)

M. Baranczak (726671) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408694)

Well, it's a reasonable assumption. A lot of Bad Things start in the American Colonies, then move to the UK after they've proven themselves here. Marijuana prohibition... infinite extension of copyright terms... reality TV...

Re:Won't the invasion be in America (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36408798)

What do you mean "start"?
Did I miss something? I didn't notice FOX and the Neocons* ever stopping... ^^

* OK, let's not insult conservatives. Neocons don't conserve anything. They destroy. Things like the constitution. A better name would be "fascists". (Also: Not saying they are limited to the Republican party, or the USA.)

Re:Won't the invasion be in America (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36411616)

What do you mean "start"? Did I miss something? I didn't notice FOX and the Neocons* ever stopping... ^^

* OK, let's not insult conservatives. Neocons don't conserve anything. They destroy. Things like the constitution. A better name would be "fascists". (Also: Not saying they are limited to the Republican party, or the USA.)

Yes, apparently you've missed quite a lot of your brain -yet another loser who has to exploit the opportunity of any topic to slam their "favorite" political faction, even if it's wildly off topic and unrelated. Sounds like OCD is setting in.
But I suppose Rachel Maddow suggesting that the 2nd Amendment is outdated and should be done away with is okay with you. Now which side is trying to destroy the basic statutes (Bill of Rights in this case) the US was founded on?

Besides, if she and the rest of the extreme left wingnuts had their way, we'd all be sitting ducks for the zombies with few good options to protect ourselves! (See? At least I found a way to tie this into the subject, even if it is tongue-in-cheek)

Re:Won't the invasion be in America (1)

sourcerror (1718066) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409628)

Everyone knows the zombie apocalypse is already hapenning: it started in Germany, and authorities are lying that it's E coli infection.

Too late (3, Funny)

Lexx Greatrex (1160847) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408678)

I have been on the tube... the zombies are already there

Stupid Question (0)

jdpars (1480913) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408696)

About FOIA... I thought it was American legislation, but this is definitely a UK city. Is it called the same thing across the pond?

Re:Stupid Question (2)

MurukeshM (1901690) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408936)

Similar legislation exists elsewhere too. In UK its FOIA, namesake to the American law. In India its called the Right to Information Act.

Re:Stupid Question (3, Informative)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408944)

About FOIA... I thought it was American legislation, but this is definitely a UK city. Is it called the same thing across the pond?

It is not a stupid question. In fact it is the most serious post here that I have read. The UK has the Freedom of Information Act 2000 [legislation.gov.uk] . In my own country of Australia we have the Freedom of Information act 1982 [austlii.edu.au] . There are plenty of other countries [wikipedia.org] that have something similar.

And this has been an entirely frivolous and annoying use the act.

Re:Stupid Question (1)

Nuskrad (740518) | more than 3 years ago | (#36410256)

And this has been an entirely frivolous and annoying use the act.

The information officer at the council obviously disagrees, he could have denied the request if he had though it was 'lacking any serious purpose or value'. If nothing else it has brought knowledge of citizen's rights under the act to a wider audience

Re:Stupid Question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36413236)

He was probably trying to make sure he looks very, very, busy, with all the job cuts going on in local councils at the moment...

Re:Stupid Question (2)

beuges (613130) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409738)

And here in South Africa, the ANC government is desperately trying to force the Protection of Information Bill into law, essentially criminalizing whistle-blowing rather than protecting it. So much for SA being a democracy, or a progressive African country. It's just another dictatorship with the figurehead rotating every few years.

Re:Stupid Fat Person (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36409784)

Right, I mean what's the probability that two countries that speak more or less the same language would name similar laws the same way?

Zombie invasions are already happening in Europe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36408714)

There are large, compact settlements people-like organisms in all major cities, except that the bodies therein are completely alien, controlled by different social mechanisms, brainwashed with a different set of "values" and armed - at the least with the readiness to strike at the "infidels". While it is not yet openly acknowledged by the bleeding heart liberals in Europe often (although recently even a president of a European country did), it is a truth that is evident to anyone with a working brain and open eyes who lives here.

Therefore, the question is neither funny, nor whacky, and preparations must be made, or the invasion will be very, very successful for the zombie masters.

Look at Switzerland, where the preparations have been going on full force since long time ago. Have they suffered when invasions of alien, brainless or brainwashed races marched through Europe?

Triffids (1)

ChrisMaple (607946) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408778)

They've had 50 years to prepare for a triffid attack, but I bet they're not ready for that, either.

Re:Triffids (1)

ktappe (747125) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409386)

They've had 50 years to prepare for a triffid attack, but I bet they're not ready for that, either.

Darn it...I was blissfully unaware of triffids until I read your post and went a-googling. Now I'll not sleep a wink tonight. Thanks a lot!

More pop culture humor. (0, Troll)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408812)

Blah blah blah Chuck Norris! Ha ha ha.

Blah blah blah bacon! Ha ha ha.

Blah blah blah I can has? Ha ha ha.

Blah blah blah Weiner! Ha ha ha.

Blah blah blah Zombies. Ha ha ha.

Re:More pop culture humor. (1)

Warwick Allison (209388) | more than 3 years ago | (#36410676)

Do you know Kevin Bacon?

Re:More pop culture humor. (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#36412466)

I think I am only two hops from him.

Egg firmly on faces (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36408824)

Basically if the Zombiepocalpyse happens the UK is screwed due to poor planning where as the US is prepared? After getting blown off for all the help in WW II don't expect much from the US when the zombies come a callin'. In the US every house is armed to the teeth where as in the UK you'll be fighting them off with Cricket bats and blood sausages. Draconian gun laws won't be much comfort while your neighbors are eating your brains. Please do send us the rest of the current season of Doctor Who before the zombies take over the BBC. Then again replacing the staff of the BBC with flesh eating zombies may be an improvement. It certainly couldn't hurt Radio One. Zombie Stig may not be as quick as he was when he was alive but the rest of the Top Gear cast may be more entertaining as the other two hosts chase Richard Hammond around screaming "Brains!!!" as he tries to outrun them in a Morris Marina held together with Duck tape. Then again zombies running the BBC has got to be better than American "Idle" and Gossip Girl. Root Channel is better than those two shows.

Re:Egg firmly on faces (2)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408956)

After getting blown off for all the help in WW II don't expect much from the US when the zombies come a callin'.

Where the hell did that come from? Who blew off whom?

Re:Egg firmly on faces (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36409638)

He's Scottish and jealous.

Re:Egg firmly on faces (1)

Dr Fro (169927) | more than 3 years ago | (#36412318)

"You'd all be speaking German and eating brains if it wasn't for the US" ?

What about an *expected* zombie invasion? (1)

AthanasiusKircher (1333179) | more than 3 years ago | (#36408884)

... has revealed that the council is not prepared for an unexpected zombie invasion.

Does that mean the council is prepared for zombie invasions in general, but just doesn't know how to deal with unexpected ones?

The Leicester City Council wouldn't know, but... (2)

Artifakt (700173) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409208)

The British have a perfectly cromulent plan to deal with zombie invasion, involving possibly activating the 'white elephants' of squadron 666, and definitely loading the SCORPION STARE software in all enabled CCTV surveillance systems in zombie plagued areas. Playing an electric violin arrangement of Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries' at them may also be needed in a few cases, but really we're saving that for the plague's masters.
        Oh, you're not cleared CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN? Nevermind - I seem to have misspoken. The British have absolutely no plans to deal with zombie invasions.
 

Re:The Leicester City Council wouldn't know, but.. (1)

dougisfunny (1200171) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409250)

I don't think the white elephants would be ideal for dealing with a zombie invasion SCORPION STARE sure, but not the white elephants.

Re:The Leicester City Council wouldn't know, but.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36409382)

Yay! Another Charlie Stross fan, thought it was just me :) Bob Howard will save the day

Re:The Leicester City Council wouldn't know, but.. (1)

loimprevisto (910035) | more than 3 years ago | (#36412460)

How many times do I have to say it- Dammit, watch your OPSEC!

You are in violation of Section Three of the Official Secrets Act. Slashdot does not have GAME ANDES REDSHIFT clearance. You'll be answering to the auditors for this one...

Silly? (1)

naota-kun (705771) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409278)

Sure, it is a fun and games until your slow shuffling, pasty-faced neighbor chomps down on your skull.

Oh, hilarious (2)

Lincolnshire Poacher (1205798) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409414)

FOIA exists for a reason and that reason is not to make flippant and pointless enquiries.

There are already plenty of threats [economist.com] to rescind or curtail FOIA inthe UK and nonsense like this, which wastes time and money, will only lend credence to those calls.

In other words: wise up.

Re:Oh, hilarious (1)

JSG (82708) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409698)

At the moment this is the MoTD in the /. footer :

"Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans; it's lovely to be silly at the right moment. -- Horace"

Cheers
Jon

On the other hand.. (1)

cheros (223479) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409882)

.. you ought to admire the typically British sense of humour shining through here. I mean, poking a bit of fun at officials is not actually a bad thing in a world that is becoming increasingly obsessed with boring rules and regulations.

Yes, I know this takes "valuable" time, but let's face it - to BUY entertainment and job enjoyment like that would cost more - after such a stunt the rest of the day goes so much easier.

It's not always about money..

Re:Oh, hilarious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36411016)

What does your comment have to do with the linked article, which explains how the government is broadening the scope of the FOIA?

Re:Oh, hilarious (1)

u38cg (607297) | more than 3 years ago | (#36413002)

One man's flippant and pointless inquiry is another's raison d'etre. More to the point, if you're on the receiving end, they are *all* flippant and pointless. I have made a couple of enquiries under the act and while they were important to me, a public interest test would probably have knocked them out.

If freedom of information means anything, it means that the zombie invaders must be answered along with everyone else. Set your information systems up properly, and it should be perfectly easy to manage the daft as well as the important.

Not prepared?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36409418)

Not preparing for a Zombie attack is just brainless.... in which case you're probably safe.

Leicester, use Olympic plan for US Tea Baggers. (1)

leftie (667677) | more than 3 years ago | (#36409578)

Leicester can just use the plans they came up for the coming Olympics for dealing with visiting American Tea Party dignitaries.

Not enough difference between zombies to tea baggers to bother with the extra expense. Close enough for government work, anyway.

Good grief! (1)

pro151 (2021702) | more than 3 years ago | (#36410462)

I can't believe I wasted 30 seconds reading this! Whats worse than that is I can't believe the number of idiots that waste even more time commenting on it. Oh crap, I just commented on it! Oh well, I will just have to add myself to the idiot list. :o()

What do they mean, unlikely? (1)

Alex Belits (437) | more than 3 years ago | (#36410818)

Just issue SIGSTOP to the parent processes that don't ignore SIGCHLD, and once child processes exit, you have zombies!

Marketing Gold! (1)

plopez (54068) | more than 3 years ago | (#36410864)

Anybody want to meet me at Zombie-paloozo 2012 in Leicester next year?

If their smart the town council will organize that, they just had a gift dropped on their lap. :)

Zombies just jumped the shark (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36411026)

Ok, I think we can all see now that zombies have jumped the shark. Way too much exposure, it's oversaturated every medium. Now when I see zombies, I run the other way. Because they're boring.

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