From butlers to bacon, here are the 10 weirdest things Brits have asked the Foreign Office for on holiday

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"Don't you understand? I need a butler tonight." (Source: Getty)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has released details of the 10 weirdest calls it has received in the past year, adding the note is "a reminder to the public that they should only look to use its services for genuine emergencies".

Latest FCO figures show that over the last year almost half a million calls were made to its consular service –which provides emergency help to Britons in trouble overseas.

Last year, a woman holidaying in Lebanon phoned the FCO to ask where she could find an English butler.

Another odd request was made by a confused business traveller to the UK, demanding to see some information on the construction of plug sockets.

One homesick ex-pat also rang the FCO to find out where he could buy proper English bacon (though we're sympathising with him on this one).

  1. A man moving to Spain worried about nudists.
  2. A homesick expat asking for English bacon.
  3. A lady in Lebanon asking for a butler.
  4. A caller wanting travel advice for Coventry.
  5. A filmmaker wanted an English pensioner to play a part in his new film.
  6. A woman wanted the British Embassy to give her a tour of St. Petersburg.
  7. A Brit wanted help getting illegal employment in Singapore.
  8. A mum asked for the details of a British YouTuber, as her son was a fan of his videos.

  9. A confused businessman wanted information on plug socket construction.

  10. A man in South Korea asked what to do with his old pound notes.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister James Duddridge is not amused.

“Our consular staff are a helpful bunch", he said, "but it is important that people remember they are there to help with genuine emergencies and not as an alternative to directory enquiries."

“Every minute they spend handling a call requesting advice on butlers or nudists is time taken away from dealing with life and death cases, so I urge the public to think before picking up the phone.”

You've been warned.