Government representatives of Tunisia and Algeria collectively complained today over the extra noise pollution caused by the increased air activity over their respective countries due to the enforced no fly zone over neighbouring Libya.
'We have been inundated with complaints from all over the country' said the Tunisian Minister for the Environment Malik u-el-hat 'a farmer wrote to me complaining of how he hasn't had decent night sleep in a week due to the constant noise from above and of the decreased milk yield from his herd of goats because none of them can sleep either'.
Another example given was that of market traders struggling to sell their cheap hastliy made goods in the local bazaars due to their chattering sales pitch being drowned out while trying to sell their crap to the gullible tourists by yet another diverted 747 destined for Europe.
His Algerian couterpart cited many similar cases some of which were quite extraordinary 'one man wrote in and complained that is sandal making business was suffering due to his employee's having to take regular noise breaks' explained the Minister 'these breaks have become so frequent that they are spending more time sat in the cellar below the factory avoiding the noise rather than making the bloody sandals'.
The Minister went on to give more examples including that of a camel taxi owner who moaned about how his camels were becoming fat and lazy because of the lack of activity, 'it's uncomfortable enough riding a camel but when you consider the rider has to put up with their ears getting bombarded with deafening jet engines aswell as having his arse chafed to the bone on the back of the camel then you can see why he his short of customers at the moment' continued the Minister.
Both Ministers appealed to Colonel Gadaffi to resolve his issues quickly and issued a joint statement saying 'get your bloody act together and think of the consequences being suffered by your near neighbours. If you think it's nice having a bag of camels piss thrown over you because the owner has got fed up with his camels incontenance caused by the distress of the extra aircraft noise then you surely are having a laugh'.
This statment may also give a clue as to why French President Nicholas Sarkozy was recently seen toweling himself down after a recent presidential visit he made to the Algerian capital Algiers to explain the UN's actions in Libya.
It was claimed that Sarkozy was so appalled he demanded to return to France as soon as possible but was told that his flight would be delayed six hours due to a recent increase in air traffic over the area.