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Posts Tagged ‘BBC’

Frederick Forsyth on the Unpleasantness in Guinea-Bissau

Posted by anandrr on March 3, 2009

Thanks to a happy concatenation of circumstances, I was in the car today when the BBC was talking about all the recent unpleasantness in Guinea-Bissau1. And who should they have found to talk about it but Frederick Forsyth who just happened to be visiting there on the day of the coup. This led to the best foreign-journalist reporting that I’ve ever heard on the radio. I recorded it for posterity and archived it off here. It’s equal parts wordsmith talking about the events, for instance,

As [the General] sat down at his desk, someone with a doohickey pressed the appropriate button and a bomb went off, creating out of the general, an ex-general.

and also traditional British stiff upper-lip:

I was due to fly out tomorrow afternoon, and I rather think they’re going to keep the airport closed which is very inconvenient.

Listen to the whole thing of course, it’s rife with entertainment as he talks about the President that would not die and the forensic pathologist in charge who helped him piece it together and on and on.

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Fn 1: For those who do not wish to click through and read it all, the President of Guinea Bissau had the General of his Army killed,  the Army not taking too kindly to this interference had their President killed right back and now the country is without a President as well as a General. All quite unfortunate of course.

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Psmith in the City

Posted by anandrr on September 25, 2008

The BBC is dramatising Psmith in the City. And quite excellent it is too. And all available for listening online. What greater joy than listening to:

“Aah Bickersdyke, the merchant prince of commerce. That explains your ignorance. Please Comrade, no need to apologise. In your relentless pursuit of doubloons, you have had little time to get acquainted with the rituals of summer, the sacred codes of behaviour governing perambulation and bowling screens.”
“Who are you?”
“I am Psmith, the P is silent. As should you be, Comrade. Utterly silent. After your frightful blunder.”

Thanks to Crooked Timber for telling us all about it.

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Dirt befell him

Posted by anandrr on September 21, 2008

Image stolen shamelessly. © Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project

The BBC is reporting that a large statue of Marcus Aurelius has been recently unearthed from the ruins of a bath. It is thought that an earthquake buried the bath and its statue occupants for posterity. If I may just add, it is rather fitting that Marcus Aurelius came in for this treatment, after all as Bertie Wooster once reported:

‘I wonder if I might call your attention to an observation of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius? He said “Does aught befall you? It is good. It is part of the destiny of the Universe ordained for you from the beginning. All that befalls you is part of the great web.”’

I breathed a bit sterterously.

‘He said that, did he? ‘

‘Yes, sir. ‘

‘Well, you can tell him from me, he’s an ass. Are my things packed?’

– Mating Season

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