Court Jester Wanted: Must be Merry and Bedecked

For the first time since 1649, England is looking to hire a national court jester. Qualifications? "Merriness and owning an outfit with bells."

Life must be getting glum in merry old England when English Heritage advertises for a court jester. A want ad appeared in the Times with the following qualifications: "Must be mirthful and prepared to work summer weekends in 2005. Must have own outfit (with bells). Bladder on stick provided if required." Auditions will take place August 7, 2004 at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.

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