It was reported this week that Lionel Messi had informed Barcelona of his intention to leave them by fax. Oh, how I laughed and crowed. A fax, you say? Were there no carrier pigeon available? Perhaps he could have stuck the letter on a forked stick and given it to Luis Suarez to run over to the Nou Camp? 

Oh, how I stopped laughing and crowing when the kind, wise and overeager people of Twitter swooped in to tell me that it was a burofax. What is a burofax, you ask? Well, I certainly did. It isn’t a fax. It isn’t even a “donkey fax”, that would have been a burro fax. It is, according to the Spanish postal service,  a way to send “your urgent certified fax via the internet with signature on delivery”. ..

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