Austrian Foreign Minister and President of the European Council Ursula Plassnik gives a news conference during the European Foreign Ministers Council at EU headquarters in Brussels The council will debate the EU's response to Hamas' election victory in Palestine and the best way forward on Iran's nuclear programme.© OLIVIER HOSLET/epa/CorbisFor today's installment, a special fairy tale!
Once upon a time, in a land far away where they speak a strange, gutteral language, there lived a fabulous magical giantess with golden hair and mighty accessories.
One day, the towering damsel had lots of important people to see, but was devastated to discover that her most powerful scarf was nowhere to be found. Distraught, the golden lady wept bitter tears at the loss, and immediately sent search parties to comb the mysterious, wondrous streets and alleys of the quaint village of Vienna for the missing rectangle of cloth. Alas, 'twas to no avail. Tsk.
But lo! All the wonderful, magical pixies and fairies of Austria felt their beloved Ursula's anguished cries deep within their souls. "Surely," they cried adorably in unison, "something must be done!"
And so they arranged for three mystical golden stars to constantly hover around the pixies' dear lady's head, a fantastic, bewildering distraction (shown above) which enables her to dazzle those in her presence until a suitable replacement scarf can be forged deep below the earth's surface by magical gnome weavers.