pencil pushers should be sent to Nauru
Anyway, about Nauru, it's one of the republics featured in the story about the geography olympics (link to site is here). They should have asked about Sri Lanka, I tell ya. Many many people assume it's an adjunct of India. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the British don't make that mistake; but most other nationalities do. Count it as one of my pet peeves (*glares* No, I am not an Indian)
And in a wonderful discovery, I see that Channel Five carries Monday night football and other NFL season games. W00t! Unfortunately, they're only broadcast at about 0100 or so. Ah, well, I can always turn up at the department an hour or two late, right ? who's going to notice ?