The Framley Examiner
is an online
newspaper devoted to spoofing British local newspapers. Sometimes described as a British Onion
, the two publications have quite different approaches. Whereas The Onion
uses the vehicle of news reporting to comment on political events, The Framley Examiner
spoofs the news media themselves.
Supposedly concerning itself with reporting news from the fictitious town of Framley and its local boroughs including Whoft, Fracton and St Eyot, The Framley Examiner
contains lashing of Stylistic Suck
(badly formatted and proof-checked text, for example) and strange surrealistic small ads
. Two books have been written based on the website; 'The Framley Examiner' and 'Historical Framley'.
The Framley Examiner contains the following tropes
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Every single inhabitant of Framley and every correspondent on the paper (with the possible exception of Damium Clavalier).
- Crapsack World: The district of Batley, home to one of Framley's most deprived estates. Every single home there is invaded every single night. On the plus side, all of the prostitutes are fully trained plumbers.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: "It's never toi-late to go to the toilet" is one of the more bearable examples.
- Political Correctness: According to one correspondent, closing the Gypsy House at the zoo is an example.
- Springtime for Hitler: Damium Clavlier's attempts to get fired from the paper have included writing stories in which murderers are given amnesties and sneaking pornographic pictures into the children's section.
- Straw Critic/Caustic Critic: The Framley Examiner's arts correspondent, Ursula Cloybeam. Her articles include a devastating and abusive attack on a local school production of Julius Caesar.
- Worst News Judgment Ever: "A pound coin has been fond abandoned in a phone box in Whoft."