DIARY: Met Office stunt incurs wrath of PROs at RSPCA

A helium-filled PR stunt by the Met Office to highlight National Science Year has incurred the RSPCA's wrath this week.

Schoolchildren were due to release thousands of helium-filled balloons into Britain's already-crowded skies as an exercise on the weather.

Although a call from air-traffic controllers could have been expected, PROs at RSPCA HQ were ordered to let fly a squadron of press releases warning about the balloons. The RSPCA fears the balloons, once burst, would harm farm animals and wildlife.

'Oh, we haven't heard about that,' sighs a rapidly deflating Met Office PRO.

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