Congratulations to the eagle-eyed among you who spotted that the Writer of the Month announcements for March and April had not yet appeared. We were waiting until someone spotted the deliberate omission…
Well done to Oxbridge whose story 'BMW relaxes dickhead test for buyers' was March's most popular. It is Oxbridge's fourth Writer of the Month victory and earns him a disabled parking badge, exemption from speed limits and automatic right of way at all junctions.
Runners-up in March were Gary Stanton ('Chris Huhne starts work on series of escape tunnels'), jamsieoconnor ('Irish government sells St. Patrick to reduce national debt'), wallster ('Falkland Islanders vote to become Caribbean') and someone called NewsBiscuit ('Black smoke from Sistine Chapel suggests cardinals smoking some really strong shit').
April's Writer of the Month award goes to Ian Searle for his excellent News-in-Brief article 'Teachers call for longer working day and shorter holidays for MPs'. This was April's most-read story thanks to being published just after the Easter holidays ended, thereby allowing all teachers and MPs to read it at work.
Honourable mentions also to darkbill ('Britons urged not to panic after possible sighting of Bulgarian'), nickb ('Danny Boyle to create Thatcher closing event'), ianslat ('Three blind mice lose disability benefits in welfare crackdown') and an entity known only as NewsBiscuit ('Honest reporting dies aged 87'). Their stories completed the top five for April and earn them all a commemorative Lady Thatcher blue dress suit and complementary carton of milk.
Many thanks to everyone for their contributions in recent weeks. It's been great to see so many new faces scoring successes on the front page.