Following in the footsteps of Vodafone in Egypt, the biggest mobile phone network in Libya, Libyana, had been sending anti-protest text messages since the start of the uprising in February. Not any more. The translation of the message above comes from Libyan Youth Movement: “Allah is Greater, We congratulate the Libyan people on the toppling of […]

As military action gets under way in North Africa and the Mediterranean, broadcasters have entered The Day Today mode. At Sky News defence correspondent Niall Paterson has mastered the gigantic wall display but there seem to be one or two problems with the touch-screen “Skystrator”: “This will have to do for a submarine. I haven’t got one.” Cue […]

Protesters are occupying what is claimed to be the London home of Saif Gaddafi, son of the hated Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi. A group calling themselves “Topple the Tyrants” has unveiled a large banner emblazoned with “OUT OF LIBYA, OUT OF LONDON” on the roof of the £12m residence in leafy Hampstead Garden Suburb. Scrapbook […]

With growth forecasts downgraded from -0.5 to -0.6 percent for the last quarter of 2010, perhaps we could use some help from our North African friends: Ministers have identified billions of pounds that Col Muammar Gaddafi and the Libyan regime have deposited in London. It doesn’t snow as much in Libya.

While the Scrapbook team must profess ignorance of Arabic idioms, the full transcript of Gadaffi’s 70-minute address from a bombed-out shed last night seems to render some interesting quotes: “If they don’t follow Muammar Gaddafi who will they follow? Someone with a beard? Impossible.” “If I were a President, I’d throw my resignation in your […]