Officials from the fledgling island state of Monte Frappino are disappointed that their application for nation status has been turned down by the United Nations. To be officially recognised as a sovereign state a prospective country must satisfy three conditions.
Firstly, they must have a patron saint. Monte Frappino has adopted Saint Doris of Montmartre who was canonised in 1968 after jumping a motorbike over thirty burning nuns.
Secondly, they need a national anthem. Monte Frappino has negotiated the rights to 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On', primarily because it was felt that the lyrics accurately represented the national character.
But it has been the third requirement that has, so far, proven to be an insurmountable obstacle. The country's official delegation has been told that their proposed flag - an infra-red cross on an ultra-violet background - has been rejected for no better reason than it transgresses some ridiculous and archaic rule that a nation's state flag needs to be 'visible'.