The Bus Shelter’s involvement with weapons of mass destruction was an example of how our imagination got the better of us. At the height of the war on terror and after a variety of darkly comedic speeches by various members of the US administration of the time we though we would weigh in on the act.
Basically, during the media interest in the Bus Shelter around the Jubilee we told some of the journalists that phoned about other ‘news’ surrounding the Bus Shelter. We told them that hopefully this positive media exposure would give a better impression of the Bus Shelter after so much negative coverage in the past. We said that this bad exposure was caused by us being associated with so-called ‘rogue’ states and that we had been warned by the US administration that this association would lead to us being included in Bush’s famous speech about the ‘Axis of Evil’. The journalist got interested and asked if I still had the email they sent. I mocked up a forwarded email from ‘email@example.com’ and sent it on. She said she’d discuss it with her colleagues and get back to me but there was a very strong chance this could make front-page news. I never heard back from her after she had discussed it with her colleagues. Maybe they thought it was a windup.
Either way, it was partly the below photos which gave us the idea in the first place. You can partly see why a scoop-hungry tabloid journalist might lap it up.