January 30, 2003

LET THIS BE A WARNING TO STUDENTS WHO GAME DURING CLASS. . . .

A Norwegian MP has been caught playing games on his handheld computer during a debate in parliament.

Trond Helleland didn’t know television cameras had zoomed in on him during a debate about Norwegians fighting in Afghanistan.

The Conservative MP says he had been meaning to check his schedule on his personal digital assistant, but couldn’t resist a round of the war game Metalion.

Personally, I’m just glad to hear that there’s someone in the Norwegian parliament who doesn’t sniffily disapprove of war games.

UPDATE: Norwegian blogger Fredrik Norman has links to pictures, and notes: “Who said Norwegian politicians were all doves? In the virtual year of 2252, they’re laser-firing hawks!”