MONDAY OPEN THREAD…

This one is early! But I can see the existing thread is bulging at the seams so here you go, a NEW thread. Warning – if trolls appear let me know and they will be squashed.

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  1. onlyne says:

    Anyone look at the BBC’s website home page? It contains an item called “features” – presumably things which the BBC thinks are important. Ten items. Today, which is typical, has 8 items which have no particular relavance to the UK., though they may be moderately interesting if there were not real issues of UK importance to “feature”. But it’s like this day after day. Subliminal measages. This is no longer the “British” Broadcasting Corp, why am I forced to pay for this?

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    • Dave666 says:

      Onlyne . Just looked I see 12 years a slave isn’t item number 1.

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    • johnnythefish says:

      I don’t think this is any different to Radio 4 to be honest with you where there also seems to be a disproportionate coverage of non-British culture and current affairs. Don’t get me wrong, some of the programmes can be interesting – it’s their quasi-omnipresence and the BBC’s obvious and overbearing multiculti agenda that gets a bit wearing.

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    • mo says:

      Onlyne I completely agree with you about BBC site not being British oriented. The Football section will often headline Spanish and Italian results over the Premier Leauge’s which is not just secondary but also difficult to find at all on ocassions.

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      • Milverton says:

        I agree. It’s a massive pain in the rear to find the results from the home page. Frankly, it makes you wonder if it is deliberately obscure.

        The answer is when you finally track down the right page bookmark that and replace the BBC Football page.

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    • Deborah says:

      If you listen to Tony Hall’s speech where he lays out his vision for the future of the BBC (sorry this is on tablet and I have no idea how to make a link) but it is available on line, he mentions several times that he wants a ‘global’ BBC. Now I thought most of the BBC’s money came from us the license payers, shouldn’t Lord Hall be thinking how best to serve us in the UK?

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    • lojolondon says:

      so – my rule is never to look at the BBC if you want to see the news or the football results. They only total up their hits and report them as if they are making a success of the £6B a year we gift them.

      I always go to other sites, except when I see an article and think : ‘I wonder how the left are spinning this?’ – then I go to the Guardian or BBBC, often ending up on the ‘complaints’ page –

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  2. Guest Who says:

    ‘if trolls appear let me know and they will be squashed’
    Good luck with that.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Greif

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  3. Will all end in tears says:

    Listened to the fragrant Natalie Bennett being “interviewed” on Five Live this morning.

    She spouted the usual AGW crap – but what I found interesting was how she denounced fracking. As the process needs vast quantities of water one of the dangers the UK faced – should we go down the fracking route – was drought.

    This not days after we’ve experienced the greatest downpours and flooding since records began.

    This will surely be challenged I thought. Surely it will be picked up and challenged.

    Then I realised it was the BBC. Rolled over and went back to sleep.

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    • chrisH says:

      Maybe we need an award for the most treacherous colonial current weeviling away in public life at public expense to spout treachery and submission
      Germaine Greer, Lyse Doucett, Peter Hain, Natalie Bennett, Michael Ignatieff come to mind…
      So good that their own countries dume them here like psychic landfill…and we`re mug enough not to riot at Bennetts musings…send for Tony Abbott!

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      • Frank Words says:

        Plus another lefty favourite of the BBC Kathy Lette – aussie feminist and wife of Geoffrey Robertson QC and another lefty.

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        • Frank Words says:

          And worst of all the hideous Yasmin Alibhan Brown.

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          • George R says:

            A reverse sort of situation: the unimaginable.
            – emigrating to Uganda from England, getting a job as a journalist and being allowed to harangue Muslim black Ugandans on why they are wrong and unfair.

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    • Dave s says:

      They never really leave the safety of a metropolis. The forest by me is so wet now that it will not dry out for months if at all this year. The place is full. Watered up to it’s eyeballs if you like.
      The whole of the West side of the country is like this I expect.

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    • #88 says:

      This point – about water – was discussed with someone from the Royal Society of Engineers (but unfortunately the BBC didn’t listen to his answer which would have enabled them to challenge Bennett). He said that the excessive use water had been an issue in the early days for fracking, but new systems and technologies had been developed that now allowed wells to recycle and use the same water over and over again.

      On the question of electricity generation, he pointed out at least twice (but was ignored by Gameshow – for it was on his ‘show’) that we also needed gas for heat, not just electricity.

      I suppose though, that Bennett and her (former Communist Party member) friend, Lucas, would sooner we were dependent for our energy on their mate Putin and Mother Russia.

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      • EmersonV says:

        Yes, I tried sticking a wind turbine on top of my gas boiler but just would not work. What do the greens expect the 15million with boilers to do.

        Why is this never asked of the greens when they allow them to spout there rubbish.

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        • Beeboidal says:

          I thought it was more like 20+ million households that have gas-fired central heating. Whatever the exact number, suppose these all had to be changed to some sort of electrical heating system. How many windmills would it take to provide the power to heat and supply hot water to this number of homes? Natalie? Nicky?

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    • JimS says:

      Prof. Styles of Keele University says that a fracking well uses as much water in its lifetime as a golf course does in a month.
      The difference is that the well reuses its water and the golf course doesn’t.
      Why go for local shale gas? Surely it is better to get it from Russia via Ukraine(!!) or Quatar(!!) (outbid by the Japanese anyway)?
      Pipelines leak and the gas is a greater ‘global warmer’ than Carbon Dioxide. The longer the pipeline the greater the leakage.

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  4. Guest Who says:

    Someone cited in the last thread the Sunday Times piece about the unique BBC cuts that seem to result in even more managers on even higher deals.
    This just in in complement:
    http://tradingaswdr.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/more-than-pm.html
    ‘Director of Radio Helen Boaden’s total package appears to be bigger than the DG’s. I know it was her birthday recently, but really…?’
    That would be reward for what now?

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    • Sir Arthur Strebe-Grebling says:

      Not sure if that was an invitation to repeat the post, but …
      Cash keeps rolling in for BBC’s six-figure big shots
      Despite the new director-general’s pledges, some of the top earners have seen their pay grow, write Nicholas Hellen and Robin Henry
      (£)
      THE BBC is facing a row over its bloated bureaucracy after an investigation revealed salary rises for some of its most highly paid staff, with more than 80 earning in excess of £150,000.

      Despite pledges to cut bureaucracy, and a pay freeze in the public sector, the number of senior executives earning more than £100,000 has increased under Lord Hall, its new director-general, according to an official BBC register of elite staff.

      The register also shows that thirteen executives earning more than the prime minister’s £142,500-a-year salary have had rises of as much as 10% in the past year. There are at least 82 executives on more than £150,000, well above the official target of 70.

      Hall launched his campaign last week for a new royal charter, starting in 2017, and said £100m in cuts would be announced this month. Jobs at BBC News may be hit.

      He acknowledged: “When you point to the BBC you are pointing to an organisation that makes mistakes.”

      However, since he took over in April at least 18 high-paid executives have been been given pay rises, despite no changes to their job titles.

      Top of the list was Mark Linsey, controller of entertainment commissioning, who declared a 10% pay rise, taking his salary to £222,000 and his total remuneration to £230,000. He took on some new responsibilities.
      Claire Dresser, chief adviser, vision, recorded a salary of £109,433 and total remuneration of £114,233 last November — a rise of nearly £10,000 on her listing for June.

      Eyebrows have also been raised at the salaries of some of the new team of executive directors Hall has assembled. The corporation is obliged to follow the BBC Trust’s pay strategy 2011-15, which urges the corporation “to reduce our senior management paybill through recruiting senior managers who are paid less than the previous incumbent”.

      Yet in came Anne Bulford, a former colleague of Hall at the Royal Opera House, on a base salary of £395,000, substantially more than the £352,000 paid to Zarin Patel, the former chief financial officer. Danny Cohen was promoted from controller of BBC1 to director of television in May, on pay of £320,000 and total remuneration of £327,800. This was significantly more than the £270,000 base pay of George Entwistle as director of vision in 2011-12.

      James Harding became director of news and current affairs on the same rate as his predecessor, Helen Boaden, £340,000.

      In his defence Hall could point to the fact that Bulford had wider responsibilities than Patel, and Cohen did not receive a pay increase on his promotion from controller of BBC1.

      But figures unearthed by The Sunday Times suggest Hall may be having problems controlling executive pay below board level.

      The BBC insisted this weekend that he had continued to make progress in hacking back the general group of “senior managers”, reducing their pay bill by £2m in the period March 31 last year to January 1.

      But among the elite group of about 100 executives required to declare their salaries and expenses quarterly, this process appears to have stalled and in parts may even have gone into reverse.

      The list of managers who declared their pay rose from 103 in March 2013, before Hall joined, to 111 today plus four non-executive directors. Analysis by The Sunday Times shows that the true increase is from 100 to 102 now, once recently departed staff and non-executive directors are eliminated from the current list. Of these, 87 receive remuneration higher than the combined parliamentary and ministerial pay of David Cameron. More pressingly for Hall, 82 receive remuneration of more than £150,000.

      According to the official target, that number should now be around the 70 mark and must be reduced to 65 by the end of next year.

      The BBC said in a statement: “The website still contains profiles of a number of individuals who have left the organisation and simply counting them doesn’t deliver up-to-date numbers — the latest figures show senior manager numbers have reduced under Tony Hall by more than 25 people, reducing the pay bill by more than £2m.”

      In his conference speech, Hall insisted that the licence fee today offered vastly better value than it did 20 years ago — with four times more television channels for a lower fee in real terms. Now the test is whether he can demonstrate the same value for money on the issue of pay.

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    • uncle bup says:

      The BBC’s approach to paying ‘top talent’ is like something dreamt up by Joseph Heller.

      It is payment by Vanity Salary.

      They see the idea of paying huge salaries to these people as a means of telling the world …

      ‘Yes This Is How Important The BBC Is’.

      That the laws of supply and demand for labour might play a part? Heaven forfend – How vulgar. We are the BBC you know.

      It’s the same mentality that has an executive keeping a London Taxicab sitting outside the restaurant for three hours to save the droid the inconvenience of having to wait thirty seconds for one to come round the corner.

      That’s how they pay ‘top talent’.

      When it comes to paying themselves it’s a lot simpler.

      ‘How Much Can We Take. How Quickly Can We Take It.

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  5. Alex says:

    Good God… the bias is everywhere. Just got in and turned on BBC 24 and it was Meet the Author with Nick Higham. The author, can’t remember her name, has just written a book about the ‘haves and have nots’ and is about how in the last few years the rich are getting richer and the ‘cost of living is rising’. Wonder what party she’ll be voting for?

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    • Lobster says:

      Mmmm. The last few years eh? From 2010 presumably, but no further back than that.

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    • uncle bup says:

      News Just In.

      If you can’t be arsed working and someone else can, they will generally become wealthier than you. And over time this *gap* will increase.

      What’s the word for it now?

      Ah yes.

      Arithmetic.

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    • chrisH says:

      No=can`t get enough of their saturation lefty sheep dip for my addled brain.
      Long reached saturation point, and truly flooded here in my head…blowback, sewer pipes blocked and an absolute cesspit and septic tank flowing free.
      Thankfully only public sector dupes and the arts/charity quangos and administrators still give a hoot what the BBC says.
      My owl has drowned…

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  6. Dave666 says:

    BBc let’s the rat out of the bag. But we all knew it was in the bag anyway. the 18:05 news initially calling the perpetrators of the Chinese massacre “separatists” , they finally use the word muslims. Don’t bother BBc we worked it out hours ago. So are the Russians in Crimea “separatists”, “activists” or neither? In addition I think they weren’t mentioning 12 years a slave again.

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    • chrisH says:

      A lectionary here isn`t there?
      Separatists is a new one-and that BBC lexicon has got to be getting stretched now.
      I`m a separatophobe…and can`t be touched for it tonight…as long as Harriet and that Savile chap who sat in at the NCCL don`t come a knocking with their sweeties and comics( New Statesman counts as that too).
      Watch for the PIEdofeelies like Harman boys and girls…especially boys I`d guess…

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      • Dysgwr_Cymraeg says:

        As far as I’m aware, their use of the term ‘attackers’ is rather new. As there were no guns involved the usual standby of ‘gunmen’ wasn’t open to them. There were women involved, so the ‘men’ failed their test as well.
        How much longer before these islamic savages become simply ‘people’ ?

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        • John Anderson says:

          They picked on the weakest – including women, but also older people who could not flee.

          And all over the Muslim world people will be celebrating this atrocity as a new landmark in global jihad.

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        • therealguyfaux says:

          “As there were no guns involved the usual standby of ‘gunmen’ wasn’t open to them.”

          That was Piers Morgan’s day ruined, then…that, and the fact it wasn’t Americans involved.

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  7. John Anderson says:

    For years the BBC portrayed Obama as some sort of superman. But from the get-go he was hopelessly inept at foreign affairs – and appeaser, a waffler, a self-deluded and vain prig.

    Fact is – he has been even worse than Jimmy Carter. The Western world is effectively leaderless. Here’s a check-list of some of his abject failures.

    And meanwhile – he is taking an axe to America’s military.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/03/02/JACK-KELLY-A-mess-worse-than-Jimmy-Carters/stories/201403020029

    We have seen how puny the US now looks in relation to Putin’s Russia. Much huffing and puffing by Obama, John Kerry and that nasty specimen Samantha Powers at the UN, which Putin blithely ignores.

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    • John Anderson says:

      …but the BBC reports Obama’s every flaccid move on the Ukraine – without any hint of irony or disdain.

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      • Deborah says:

        Last week the BBC were reporting Obama’s threat to Russia as ‘don’t or else ……’ Well it didn’t work with Syria so it was never going to work with Putin. Yet the BBC reported it as though Obama’a words were the words of a world statesman when he is obviously a headless chicken.

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    • chrisH says:

      Next BBC DG though surely….that`d finish them!
      Yes we can…send for Baz!
      Maybe Bez would do a better job ?

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    • stewart says:

      This caught my eye in that article
      “• Seventy percent of the 2,313 Americans killed in Afghanistan died after President Obama escalated the war. ”
      No one watching the BBC news output could ever imagine that to be the case.

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    • Guest Who says:

      ‘…he was hopelessly inept at foreign affairs..’
      It was never stellar, but his famous red lines in shifting sands rather dropped him to global joke in short order.
      Seems BBC ‘analysis’ on this is taking its lead from the top floor, home of the near half million pound woman and her ‘please don’t tweet anything silly’ memo….. promptly ignored by all staff.

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  8. Invicta 1066 says:

    Watched a limited amount of the Winter Olympics. Very surprised to hear Hugh Porter commentating on events including speed skating; he did a pretty good job I thought, for a former world champion professional cyclist who was the voice of cycling on the BBC until dropped because he was too old or some such rubbish.
    Watched the World cycling championships today on BBC2 with the latest BBC commentators, Boardman is very knowledgeable, but the commentary lacks the passion that Hugh gave it. Why we have a triple jumper in the studio in the studio beats me.
    As a point of information does anyone know what is going on with the BBC having Hugh at the Winter Olympics having dropped him from his cycling role?

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  9. johnnythefish says:

    Apologies if this has been covered before but has anyone noticed over the last 2 weeks or so the BBC has also started to refer to Burma by its traditional name of ‘Myanmar’?

    Did a quick google on it and the most recent BBC article I could find was from 2007. Here is what part of it said:

    ‘A statement by the Foreign Office says: “Burma’s democracy movement prefers the form ‘Burma’ because they do not accept the legitimacy of the unelected military regime to change the official name of the country. Internationally, both names are recognised.”

    It’s general practice at the BBC to refer to the country as Burma, and the BBC News website says this is because most of its audience is familiar with that name rather than Myanmar. The same goes for Rangoon, people in general are more familiar with this name than Yangon.’

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7013943.stm

    I suspect an agenda, but who knows – for once there may be an innocent explanation.

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  10. George ARse says:

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  11. Guest Who says:

    Meanwhile, you know those large amounts of money needed to ensure one only gets the best readerouter/ettes?
    http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2014/02/26/the-danger-of-missing-a-comma-is-even-more-dangerous-when-its-on-a-bbc-autocue/

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    • uncle bup says:

      Talking about the readerouters- I always get contrafibularitied by their curious diction; up and down the register, pauses where there shouldn’t be pauses, no pauses where there should be, and strange ideas of what words should be stressed.

      Somewhere on the Droid101 Introduction course there must be a slide that says

      AND DON’T FORGET TO STRESS ALL PREPOSITIONS

      ‘We’re now going over [pause] TO [pause] Mark Pougatch who’s reporting [pause] FROM [pause] the Millennium Stadium’.

      My pet theory is that they realise that their job is basically reading out loud, something most of the rest of had cracked by the age of five. So all this shite is there to try and kid themselves they have a special secret skill none of the rest of us have.

      Add to that the Americanisms – [pause] ON [another pause] the WEEKend ; you and I might say ‘at the weekEND’

      the ubiquitous ‘way’ – way better, way more, way further.

      and the gangsta – ‘where are you at?’

      And don’t start me on the imaginary BBC concertina all reporters have to play for some strange reason.

      Lengthy post but I can just sum it up in one word…

      Knobheads.

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      • Lobster says:

        Talking of Americanisms, the one that really drives me up the wall is “train station”. They are railway stations FFS!

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        • Bill says:

          I too feel strongly about ‘train station’ to the extent that I reprimanded the nurse who was saving my life when she used it in small talk.

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          • #88 says:

            I’m afraid it’s in the BBC style guide. And if it’s in the style guide there will be NO deviation

            I remember a news reader tripping up over this recently when he reported a story about a ‘railw err train station’. Clearly about to go off message and face the consequences.

            It’s another example of how the arrogant BBC determines what we say and how we say it and how it sees itself on a mission to change the face of Britain.

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          • johnnythefish says:

            Please excuse the pedantry but it never even used to be ‘railway station’ just ‘station’, as any other kind was a rarity. If it was of another kind then it had a descriptor added pertaining to its use e.g. ‘bus station’.

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        • David Brims says:

          We’re now ‘customers’ instead of passengers.

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        • haddock says:

          Reporters seldom know the difference between a rock, which in the US can be ‘hurled’, and a stone, which in English can be picked up and thrown. If they were reporters, rather than readers of foreign press release, then they’d know (or find out ) the difference.

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        • Dave s says:

          I used to spend a lot of time in the USA. I heard “depot” a lot and station but can’t remember hearing “Train station” .
          In fact the railway/road terms in the US take some getting used to. Mostly very different. In a lot of cases they make more sense.
          Ties instead of sleepers. Tower instead of signal box. The list is endless and extends into the really technical. I soon picked them up. As usual the Americans are not so good on our words.

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      • mo says:

        Re BBC diction .Well said Uncle bup. There really is nothing to it and is their attempt to validate their jobs. Ironically they do a poor job of it.

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      • amoorhouse says:

        I must admit I did enjoy the various BBC TV/Radio announcers attempting to get their mouths around “Simferopol” on Friday morning. Especially when they had to say it several times in the same report and the pronunciation evolved into more tortuous flailings as they progressed.

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        • DownBoy says:

          Just heard Bridget Kendal do a strange new pronunciation of ‘Sebastopol’, one you’d never have heard as the address of Eric Sykes n Hattie. Mind you I think Bridget is not your typical bbc news airhead and I bet she gets pronunciations right.

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      • uncle bup says:

        … and wile yer on…

        Chris Mullin, a Labour pipsqueak who’s written two or three ‘diaries’, (from the Mail’s serialising) not quite as waspy and as witty as he fancies they are, talked of how those around Tony Blair adopted his vanity of starting every sentence with ‘Look, hang on…’.

        Note how the droids have persisted with this, though they have dropped the ‘hang on’. They start every sentence with ‘Look’ and in their reporting, assume everyone else starts sentences with ‘Look’.

        What it is to exist in a hive.

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  12. George R says:

    “More BBC executives than ever are earning six-figure salaries despite pledge to curb top pay.”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2571491/More-BBC-executives-earning-six-figure-salaries-despite-pledge-curb-pay.html#ixzz2uq9Fqj7P

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    • DownBoy says:

      What is this doing to the ‘gap between rich and poor’? I think we should be told as I lie awake every night fretting about income disparity.

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      • Wild says:

        They earn a good living preaching equality don’t they these left wing BBC types. Sanctimonious leeches.

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  13. George R says:

    Beeboids seem more interested in some Americans voting about films, than in British people having chance to vote on European Union.

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    • Buggy says:

      Well only one of those things might have an outcome they’d like……….

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  14. George R says:

    BBC-NUJ and TURKEY.

    Is BBC-NUJ more interested in:

    a.) getting Islamising Turkey into E.U?

    OR –

    b.) reporting Turkey’s repression of free speech?

    “Turkey failing badly in press freedom, says British justice minister” ( even the pro-E.U. Hughes has noticed)

    http://www.todayszaman.com/news-340864-turkey-failing-badly-in-press-freedom-says-british-justice-minister.html

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  15. George R says:

    BBC-NUJ’s inadequate (but politically biased) view of FRANCE.

    Given that France is a significant, neighbouring country, BBC-NUJ reporting of it seems journalistically negligent.

    Still, ‘Jihadwatch has this:-

    “France: 14-year-old Muslim girl says she was ‘selected’ to join the Syrian jihad”

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/03/france-14-year-old-muslim-girl-says-she-was-selected-to-join-the-syrian-jihad

    Perhaps if BBC-NUJ has reported on that, BBC-NUJ could have gone on to remind readers of the arrest of MOAZZAM BEGG, Islamic jihadist friend of the political left, who also has an active interest in the Islamic jihad in Syria.

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  16. GCooper says:

    And on the BBC ‘story? What story’ story rolls. Today the Sun joined in the investigations into the links between senior Labour figures, the NCCL and PIE.

    With every successive exposure, the story gets worse for Labour and its loony Left connections back in the 1970s. But what does the BBC run? Where it bothers at all, merely the fag paper thin denials and excuses by those accused.

    This disgraceful display of pure political bias needs to be noted and flung in the face of the BBC and its apologists at every opportunity until we are rid of the monster.

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  17. Andy S says:

    Ego vere et maledictus moron bonum interrete verger in coitationes insanas.

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    • Andy S. says:

      My trolling namesake posting again. I remember our favourite Beeboid troll Scott, spending time away from his own failing blogsite, ridiculing my concern about false flag posts on this site. He maintained it just did not happen and I was just a sad conspiracy theorist. Now we have conclusive proof of impostors using the names of regular correspondents, how’s that Alinskyite method working for you now, Scotty? I don’t think our Scott is man enough to admit he got THAT claim totally wrong ( or may be he was just lying.)

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      • pah says:

        A system like Disqus should be introduced on this site thus stopping this happening.

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      • Guest Who says:

        ‘..false flag posts on this site. He maintained it just did not happen..’
        The evidence of his own eyes may see cause for a moment of quite reflection. Or, maybe, just a sulk before coming back swinging. If so, maybe it happening back could see a change of heart? My experience is that who they are or not or made out to be can exercise the Flokkers often more than those who post on topic.
        I do note that in this case there is a full point difference (and the next a number vs. letter swap). But as pah ably demonstrated, even such subtle tweaks are really not necessary for those determined to poison the well with malign intent.
        Hence a better system does seem well worth looking at.

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  18. Teddy Bear says:

    As I write this just 50+ signatures more required on petition for Harriet Harman to resign

    NEW PETITION CALLS ON HARMAN TO RESIGN
    by ANDRE WALKER

    UKIP stalwart Sean Howlett has launched a petition calling on Harriet Harman MP to resign following allegations of links to the Paedophile Information Exchange in the 1970s. The allegations relate to her time at the National Council for Civil Liberties, when PIE was affliliated to the body.

    The petition reads: “After maintaining a wall of silence since the story broke about her former affiliation to the pro paedophile rights group – The Paedophile Information Exchange – Harriet Harman MP has finally come clean and said she regrets her former affiliation.

    “In a Newsnight interview on the 24th February, Harriet Harman admitted that the Paedophile Information Exchange was affiliated to her former employer, the National Council for Civil Liberties. She has refused to admit that allowing PIE to affiliate was an error of judgement. She has also shown no contrition for the error, and has refused to apologise.

    “We the undersigned believe that this demonstrates a complete lack of judgement in such a crucial area of children’s welfare, and that she therefore should immediately resign from Parliament.”
    You can sign the petition here.

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  19. OldBloke says:

    BBC radio Devon banging on about the cuts (BBC Radio Devon’s most used word since the coalition took power) and not a mention of the E.U. directive implemented by the labour party that the E.U. wanted the Somerset levels and other wet lands to revert back to their natural state. Not a word, so I reminded them on their facebook page about the E.U. directive. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, but not on your BBC.

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  20. Dave666 says:

    Apparently some film called 12 years a slave won best picture at the Oscars. Anyone heard of it? BBc dragging in another Ukrainian, not living there, to tell us how terrible things are. Back to the good old one side of the story interviews. Is my memory wrong but were the BBc not happy for our armed forces to intervene in Libya. Were they also not falling over themselves for military action in Syria right up to the point the public made it clear they were opposed to it.

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    • Old Goat says:

      I woke up this morning to the sounds of someone shouting “Bono, Bono, over here – come and talk to the Today programme”, and the unmistakable sounds of knickers being wet with glee, as theinsignificant Irish “singer” eventually wandred over and said sod all. Wow, man, I mean WOW!. Oh, how Naughtie loved it! I didn’t, I went back to sleep. Today’s world appears to be entenched in a fever of Olympics every other week, and luvvies awarding themselves glittery prizes, and daft accolades.

      Meanwhile, Russia stealthily sneaks into Crimea, and sticks two fingers up at the Obama/Kerry/Hague triumvirate of useless, powerless, hand-wringing oafs, and at the West (and EU in particular), in general, too.

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      • chrisH says:

        Put a circle around June 20th!
        The one day this year when there is NO luvvie-onanist festival of self love for children with an award on its end!
        Don`t forget Savile used to give out Champeen medals….and yet no-one seems to celebrate those any more!

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      • uncle bup says:

        ‘Bono, Bono, what was it like to sing a song for Nelson Mandela?’,

        Dribble dribble swoon.

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        • flexdream says:

          Bono is a decent guy with a shrewd business brain, a bit like Bob Geldof. Neither are to blame for some of the fawning celebrity seeking hacks they attract.

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    • F*** the Beeb says:

      Speaking of the Oscars (and without going into the merits of the awards or the winners as I haven’t really seen any of them this year apart from The Wolf of Wall Street) I might be reading far too much into this but given the BBC’s often snide and subtle way of pushing its agendas it’s worth pointing out.

      As well as their obvious fawning over 12 Years a Slave (again, haven’t seen it so I won’t judge the film itself which is probably pretty good) since it pushes their recent race-baiting with Sol Campbell and Vincent Tan both playing the race card over the weekend, there were some things in there that seemed to be deliberately undermining the male acting winners.

      For a start, Cate Blanchett winning the Best Actress award was listed above Matthew McConaughey winning Best Actor. Usually it would be the other way around, and McConaughey’s award was considered the more competitive whereas Blanchett was such a nailed-on winner that some bookmakers were refusing to take any more bets on it, so you’d think his award would be of more interest. But that in itself isn’t evidence of anything. The article also goes into depth about Lupita Nyong’o winning the supporting actress award before detailing any of the other ones, which the cynic in me would love to call bias, but in reality it’s logical to go straight from a quote from the Best Picture winner’s producer to that of one of its actors who won an award, so again I don’t think there’s anything to it. The fact there’s any doubt at all though is just evidence of how much distrust there is in any of the BBC’s journalism these days.

      What was worrying was the way they portrayed McConaughey himself, first by pointing out that he’s “formerly a rom-com regular whose roles centred on his good looks” which came across to me as a way of saying he wasn’t already considered a credible actor even though he’s been in loads of serious drama for the last several years and has been critically acclaimed in most of them. Blanchett herself has been in a few romantic comedies and isn’t exactly unattractive herself, and the same has gone for a lot of award-winning actors over the years, so I don’t get why it’s worthy of mentioning as far as McConaughy’s concerned. To be fair, the article then explains that he lost a lot of weight for the role, so maybe they were just making the most that he had to risk his looks for the part, but that goes for a lot of actors over the years like Christian Bale, Robert De Niro and Charlize Theron. So I might be looking at it incorrectly but to me it seemed like a sneering way of saying McConaughy only won the award because he was in the right place at the right time.

      Also, they then had a big quote from him in which he thanked God and said that it was only God responsible for his success and no human hand was involved. Given the BBC’s regular stance that Christians are backwards idiots (while Islam is the religion of progression and enlightenment…*eyeroll*) it seemed to me that this quote was given such prominence as another way of making McConaughy look like a moron. Sure, he actually said it, fine. I don’t agree with it personally because I’m not religious, and I think it’s unfair to the many people who HAVE helped him become what he is, not to mention his own efforts. But this isn’t all he said and I doubt it could even be considered the most prominent comment he made, so I don’t know why it would be seen as being so worthy of selection unless the BBC is pushing his religion onto us for a very direct and deliberate reason.

      Finally, when it quotes Jared Leto it ends with “whose last film was six years ago.” A fairly innocuous comment, albeit an incorrect one (his last acting role before Dallas Buyers Club was actually in 2009, and he’s directed a documentary film since then so I don’t know where they got six years from. Maybe they meant from when it was shot, but it should have gone by release date. Besides which, it was shot in 2007 so it would STILL be wrong to say six years) but again, given the BBC’s way of subtly dissing people it wouldn’t surprise me if the inference was that he wasn’t a real actor, or was only a part-time one, and that he was also undeserving and profited purely from choosing the right role.

      One last note – the News at Ten report featured a black presenter talking to a black reporter on the red carpet talking about 12 Years a Slave, which is of course a film about slavery. If this had been on any other news broadcast (aside perhaps from Channel 4) I’d not even have noticed, but again, because this is the BBC and we’ve seen repeatedly just how much it wants to push its liberalism down people’s throats, I can’t just write it off as a simple coincidence even though both are completely credible journalists who frankly deserve better than to be a pawn in the BBC’s political game.

      It’s quite possible that all of this is me just EXPECTING the BBC to be partisan and biased due to all of the examples where it’s actually true, but the fact these things are even considered possible let alone feasible is just another indictment of how the majority of the BBC’s ‘news’ has become ‘views’ that need to be treated with suspicion and scrutiny. Often, that suspicion and scrutiny is unfounded, and often, it turns out to be totally accurate and later corroborated by repeat evidence or inside sources confirming their true intentions. And besides which, the BBC itself has shown itself ready and willing over the years to infer its prejudices onto everyone else – as shown by the aforementioned attempts at validating the ridiculous assertions made by Sol Campbell and Vincent Tan in the last few days. And the BBC is funded by me, you, and almost everyone in this country to spew this drivel, whereas I can and will be readily mocked and ignored at no expense to the UK taxpayer if I’m incorrect, which I acknowledge that I might be on this occasion – something the BBC never does about its own output.

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      • Sir Arthur Strebe-Grebling says:

        The bBBC keeps showing the line from McQueens’ acceptance speech about dedicating his award to the 21 million people who are still in slavery today. So, who are they, and who are their slave-masters?
        Not a word of explanation from the bBBC.

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        • chrisH says:

          Actually More or Less will confirm that is is now 20, 999, 998…because both Prince and George Michael were freed by the Courts as they took on those evil record companies like Sony way back!
          Two down…trawl of Islamic countries should give us all the rest…oh, and that Maoist cell in South London that the BBC seem not to care about now…it being Lefties an`all…

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        • flexdream says:

          I wasn’t interested so didn’t watch that speech. He’s gone up significantly in my estimation now. Still wouldn’t watch any of his films though, because of the Hunger Strike propaganda film he made.

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      • uncle bup says:

        recent race-baiting with Sol Campbell and Vincent Tan
        ————————————————————–

        hashtag prasnews

        Sol has biography out next week and publishers told him there had to be something controversial and newspaper/ twitterstormworthy in it on which to hang the PR campaign.

        Sol and his writer delivered.

        I yawned.

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    • Ember2013 says:

      There’s a subtle point that no broadcaster has understood (and it’s something the BBC would not discuss even if astute enough to see it) and that’s the tribalism in Ukraine negates the concept behind the EU. The EU was created so that, long-term, any notions of national allegiance would be suppressed.

      What we are seeing in Ukraine is what happens when you simply substitute one allegiance of state with another. Some Ukrainians have entered violent protests with others because they want to be integrated in the EU.

      In simple terms: for the few people who adore the EU there is still a tendency to adopt a tribal attitude.

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  21. AsISeeIt says:

    By Jove, in recent days I’ve been some what amused by the British Broadcasting Corporation’s televisual news bulletins on the subject of the Ukraine. I almost dropped my pipe!

    To my mind this bally continental european union association has helped stir up a mare’s nest in the far off town of Kiev – small wonder that the Russian bear feels sorely aggrieved.

    So far off the mark has been the BBC’s reporting that I repaired to my study moved to pen a few lines of humorous doggerel

    We don’t want to fight but by jingo if we do…
    We’ve got no ships, we’ve got no men, and got bugger all money too!
    We’ve fought the Bear before… and while we’re Britons true,
    The Russians may as well keep Sevastopol…
    We don’t know how to fight but by jingo if we do…
    We’ll dock their visas, we’ll snub their President, and envy their money too!
    We’ve fought the Bear before… and now we’re the effin EU,
    So the Russians shall not have the Paraympics!

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    • chrisH says:

      AND we have bad body language, eggy looks and an arched eyebrow that makes Islam quake as well.
      AND Harriet Harman and her court of public opinion…that for some reason seems to not have been in session these last few weeks.
      Putin v Hague at judo….winner gets the Crimea!
      Will Vlad “be a match for his untamed wit”?…(Eton Riffers-Paul Wally or Wed Redge fame!)(

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  22. Thoughtful says:

    Totally off topic, but I would advise everyone to fix their gas & electricity prices for as long a time as possible. Tony BLiars policy of wrecking the electricity generation of the UK closing coal fired stations and switching to insufficient gas fired plants means we are also at risk of the lights going out if the supply is interrupted.

    Now Hague and Cameron’s posturing, puffing out their little chests whilst forgetting the people and the issues back home is almost certain to lead to utility prices to skyrocket.

    Although the coal fired stations have not been demolished and could be brought back on line, it will take time, and the prices of coal supplies will have also risen because of the gas price.

    Who can say how long this crisis will last, and even if it is resolved, whether there will be another? This is the age old example of not putting all your eggs in one basket – but then it’s another example of stupidity brought about by following ‘green’ pressure.

    Even HIGNFY cartoonists saw this coming in the title cartoon where a Russian soldier turns off the gas supply and the lights of Europe go out.

    I’ll be fixing my price for the next three years today !

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  23. TrueToo says:

    It’s standard practice for the BBC to portray Israel’s enemies as normal groups with legitimate aims rather than bloodthirsty terrorists with the single-minded purpose of killing as many Jews as possible, whether or not they are Israelis.

    They just did it again over the weekend with that bleating, PeeCee programme called From Our Own Correspondent:

    Our first stop today is Gaza. Israel limits the entry of numerous goods into the Gaza Strip which it claims have a dual use. Cement and steel, for example, are restricted for fear that militants might use them to build bunkers and fortified positions from which to shell villages in Israel.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01sql

    If BBC ‘journalists’ actually did any genuine reporting on the Israeli-Arab conflict they might notice that Hamas and company use cement and steel not only for bunkers and rocket launchers but also for terrorist tunnels into Israel (and Egypt). And if there were any genuine journalists among that rotten BBC Middle East crew, they would not represent Hamas’ military build up as an Israeli fear but as verifiable fact.

    Recently one such tunnel was uncovered by the Israelis, a mile long and reinforced by hundreds of concrete arches.

    They might also notice that Gaza has a border with Egypt and question why Egypt doesn’t supply Hamas with cement.

    Note the unsubtle portrayal of Gazans as involved in military resistance to the Israelis rather than terrorism with the bunkers and fortified positions from which to shell villages in Israel.

    Well, I guess at least a tiny fraction of honest reporting crept in there with the acknowledgement that Gaza attacks Israeli villages.

    The introduction continues:

    But, how can ordinary people construct their lives and careers without access to some basic building materials. Simon Cox is surprised.

    Cox’s report is a typical propagandist job, portraying Gazans exclusively as young, modern, vibrant, friendly and stoically getting on with things despite their difficulties, brought about, in his blinkered BBC-think, by Israel of course. No mention of Hamas’ brutal grip on Gaza, Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorism or the inconvenient fact that Gaza also has a border with Egypt.

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    • John Anderson says:

      All the BBC staff in the Middle East are totally aware that the Palestinians do NOT seek proper peace with Israel, that they indoctrinate their children to hate Jews, that they celebrate terrorists and acts of terrorism against Israel.

      But the BBC staff keep presenting the Palestinians as the injured party, as the victims, as decent and honourable. They NEVER report the endless examples of events and statements that prove all this picture of the Palestinians is a total lie. BBC staff when covering up lies are effectively liars themselves – and we are forced to pay for the endless lies.

      For example – the BBC will be well aware of this documentation of the Palestinian propaganda and lies issued by the Israeli Foreign Ministry. But they will never report on it.

      http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=10791

      here is some detail on just one thread of the lies – the ridiculous repeated assertion that the Israelis are trying to destroy the Al Asqa mosque and the Dome of the Rock :

      http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=771

      This is pure rabble-rousing fantasy spouted by very senior figures in palestine – yet the BBC refuses to report that this sort of stuff is going on all the time.

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      • TrueToo says:

        The despicable BBC should broken up into little pieces and flushed down the loo. But I guess that would only be small compensation for the damage their putrid reporting has done through the years.

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    • Lynette says:

      See this appeal to the Governors of the BBC from 2006 against another “From your Own Correspondent” from Israel.

      http://netanyalynette.blogspot.co.il/2012/08/new-post-to-be-named.html

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      • TrueToo says:

        I remember that Thorpe character well with his ridiculous prose and his implacable bias. The BBC’s ‘reporting’ on the 2006 war was a disgrace.

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    • Lynette says:

      See this appeal to the governors of the BBC about another “from Our own correspondent” programme about Israel in 2006

      http://netanyalynette.blogspot.co.il/2012/08/new-post-to-be-named.html

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  24. AsISeeIt says:

    BBC News Channel currently spending our Licence Fee on a live satelite link up so as to bring us a protracted discussion of the South African coat of arms positioned above the empty Judge’s seat in an empty Court room.

    What a load of old Knobkerries….

    To think, they might have used a fraction of the cost to send a BBC journo around to doorstep Harriet Harman

    K’tanga K’tanga my friends.

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    • chrisH says:

      Noted the real lack of “analysis” about the “Haram, Dromedary and Who knew it ” case over the weekend broadsheets.
      No wonder they wanted the Sunday People and the Sun/News of the World genitally modified a while back…these papers are insolent enough to remind the Left what they want for the rest of us…to be more “Savilised”.
      Just the occasional glancing arch reference to the unpleasantness of Islington and the PIEdo feelies who kept themselves in the liberal loop of influence, and probably had the police and judges on speed dial at that time.
      It`s been well over ten days now…and Harman and Dromey are still there-what kind of nation are we if we can`t remove Saviles fellow travellers?
      At least Mark Harper fell on his sword after a couple of days…being a Lefty means that you can fall on Saviles Sword at your own convenience and keep the pension and pay grade-and that conch shell of privilege at the f***in Savile Gavel that is the BBC.
      FFS England…wakey wakey!

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  25. George R says:

    The ‘not-growing-up-pain’ of Beeboid’s Chris Mason.

    BBC-NUJ-Labour’s Mr C. Mason denigrating UKIP:-

    e.g.

    “A lunchtime meeting about Sharia law attracted the press pack, hunting controversy. But it was interesting, because it was boring.”

    -from Mason’s ” Growing pains for UKIP”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-26392687

    OR:-

    http://www.ukip.org/

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  26. Bob Nelson says:

    So the Oscars are over and ’12 Years’ will hopefully drop out of the BBC news coverage. However, I fear another ‘Oscar’ is about to take over our newswaves. There are obvious signs the our beloved Beeb is about to embark on one of their pattern bombing exercises with the Pistorius trial. The reporter this morning seemed very happy that the trial. which is scheduled to last a month may take up to three times that. God help us!

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    • chrisH says:

      Wonder if anybody is in line to win THAT particular Oscar?
      Whoever it is would need to modify their big house to allow for his selective use of the wheelchair…when he is due in court, I`ll be most surprised if he doesn`t slash all hapless pedestrians with those blades just up to the corner where the courtrooms and media are waiting…and then blag a disability scooter to get to the court steps(which hopefully are being amended as we speak!
      Note the absolute lack of humour about this charade-he killed on Valentines Day FFS….yet no edgy comedy from the BBCs “home of comedy”(which is actually Ken Dodds care home these days, or that left us by Dickie Henderson)
      You may laugh-sure as hell the BBC won`t be…disability meets sports meets the new South Africa meets models and fashion…4 disability scooters of the Apocalpse!
      Crock o shite!…and bloody Mandela chose to die between the ” shooting Olympic trial that went so horribly wrong” and the start of this fiasco on stilts(well blades…so much for knife crime then!).
      This is costing us all a fortune-yet not one joke yet…well lets give THIS particular Oscar to Sochi…how come he didn`t try and ski on those blades last week then?

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    • Guest Who says:

      Given the global celebrity of the defendant and the nature of the crime he’s being tried for, there is clearly something there worthy of mention.
      However, ‘Foreign bloke says he shot foreign girlfriend whilst at home in another country’ hardly seems to warrant the current and promised level of UK coverage, no.
      There is something about South Africa that does seem to attract many ‘reporters’ and crew to its shores with little excuse required. After a wee stint in front of a building, one is sure there is much else to occupy them, though probably not involving heading North any time soon.

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      • chrisH says:

        Nice weather and similar time zone….BBC stiffies heaven!

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        • therealguyfaux says:

          Late summer into autumn in the South African interior is quite a bit warmer than late winter into spring on the north shore of the Black Sea. The likelihood of being struck by a stray bullet in either locale is roughly even-Stevens.

          All things considered, I’ll take Boer Land given the choice.

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  27. chrisH says:

    Re the “unelected EU” chimps like Bararsehole and Ashtray!
    At least Yanukovych and Putin have democratic mandates…who the hell asked for CNDs ex-loose change gal to speak for us?
    Can we see those accounts too please Kinnock…just one of you will do?
    Still-at least the Guardian and BBC aren`t blowing warm air up Edward Snowdons rectum this week-I do wonder how much help he has given the Russians in planning this strike against the neo-Nazi semites and the angry mob of EU droolings.
    Why-it`s as if we never had that Arab Spring!
    Thank God for Oscar Pisstoriuos eh?…bless `im…aaaah!

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    • David Brims says:

      The reason why the democratically elected Ukrainian president was overthrown was he was against Ukraine joining the EUSSR, thus the globalist elites launched a coup against him.

      The Manchurian Candidate John McCaine turned up in Kiev, always a bad sign, wanting to start world war 3.

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      • David Brims says:

        Meanwhile on BBC Radio 5, they were talking about the badger cull !!! Jesus…..

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      • Flawedlogic says:

        David Brims,

        Your comment has zero factual accuracy, perhaps you should consider a career with the BBC.

        What a pity that so many commentators would rather defend the disgraceful behaviour of the Russians rather than engage in reasoned debate.

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        • Guest Who says:

          Brims is a care in the community case, best to just humour the poor soul.

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          • Guest Who says:

            “…. best to just humour the poor soul.”
            —-
            Health, wealth and wisdom being derived from hitting the sack and rising early, the odds of me posting post midnight are slim.
            If the site owners don’t want to see the confusion being gleefully sown by this apparently easy false flag poster doppelgänger technique spread and prevail, I’d suggest it is addressed soon.

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    • Dave s says:

      Does the BBC actually have a view on the Ukrainian crisis?
      I cannot detect one. Other than a general approval of demonstrators anywhere against any status quo.
      Typical student politics.
      I must say many of us are not unhappy to see the EU’s bluff called.

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      • David Brims says:

        The Ukrainians hate the Russians which is understandable, after what Stalin did, but leaving the Russian sphere of influence to join the EUSSR, the Soviet Union mark 2, the poor sods haven’t got a clue.

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        • RHG says:

          Stalin was Georgian…the ideology known as communism was not ‘Russian’…..many Ukrainians were themselves enthusiatic communists…

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      • Deborah says:

        Certainly last week it was either Evan or Justin who was overjoyed the government had fallen. I rather take it that as Russia doesn’t like gays and the west looking Ukraines like the EU that is how the cookie will crumble at the BBC.

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      • Alan Larocka says:

        Just like Egypt/Syria/Brazil/Fracking/Gaza/Sochi – the BBC default position is to be pro-‘demonstators’ – my default position is the polar extreme of the BBC view. Hence I support the new Egyptian government, fracking, the right of the Syrian government to solve problems within it’s own borders, Israel, and dare I say, a growing admiration for the Russian stance on most things.

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  28. AsISeeIt says:

    Who do we think is to blame for stirring up the Ukraine crisis?

    http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/milesgoslett/2014/02/the-millions-in-eu-funding-the-bbc-tried-to-hide/

    ‘Last autumn we learned that its charity arm, BBC Media Action, part of its Global News division, was given almost £4 million of EU money in 2012 for a project to train hundreds of journalists from countries which share volatile borders with EU member states, an initiative known as the European Neighbourhood Policy. This acceptance of EU money, not volunteered by the BBC, was condemned in some quarters as proof that it was effectively being paid to help encourage the enlargement of the European project, promoting the EU’s political agenda.’

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    • AsISeeIt says:

      ‘Watch, How BBC Media Action helped people in the past year to understand their rights and question their leaders.’

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaaction/what_we_do/governance_and_rights

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaaction/support_us/media-neighbourhood-press-release-12.html

      ”Media Neighbourhood’ aims to strengthen journalism in the EU Neighbourhood’

      The European Commission today officially launches Media Neighbourhood – a 3-year programme to train over 1200 journalists across 17 EU neighbouring countries and territories.

      ‘BBC Media Action is leading a consortium of international media organisations who will deliver journalism training and networking activities. The focus countries are: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, the Russian Federation, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine.’

      “Why it’s kicking off everywhere” Paul Mason (BBC) 2011

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  29. Guest Who says:

    “Anon is mighty”.
    I have been wondering why and when personal attribution & responsibility are such seemingly essential aspects of the news reporting experience, yet the BBC so often offers, and is allowed to get away with fielding substitutes and/or anonymous spokespersons.
    Tone makes a ivorytower-strewn speech, and when questions fly gets it explained away not by him but a waffling drone issuing a ‘case closed’ statement of what the boss actually meant.
    A BBC celeb strays form the straight and fiscally unhypocritical, and another nameless drone makes the excuses.
    A reporter or editor is shown to be totally unprofessional, inaccurate or lacking in objectivity or integrity… and a drone is wheeled out to explain they actually got it perfectly right. No further questions allowed.
    This is not how the BBC treats those it sees requiring being held to account. It likes the top banana, on record, in their gaff, subject to interrogation and no backsies if things get enhanced in the edit suite afterwards, as there was no time or space for the truth.
    It all seems so counter-productive too.
    There are, mostly, some good, honest, dedicated reporters at the BBC, I am sure… would hope… maybe….
    But such individuals are tainted immediately by the BBC, via its own paranoid, dark hand, reducing almost all reference to a myriad personal deeds and words as being from ‘the BBC’.
    Maybe there is a perception of safety in numbers and protection of the hive to this.
    But surely it must rankle with those who are proud of their abilities and standards, to be so easily tarnished by being associated with the bad via some un-named representative of all speaking on their behalf?
    I see ‘a BBC spokeswo/man (BS) says…’ and it is pretty much certain they are in the doo-doo again and bunkering down. What’s odd is this conceit is so often permitted by other media, when the more damning ‘so and so refused to comment’ would be more accurate. And a technique the BBC is not shy of using either.

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  30. deegee says:

    “Why it’s kicking off everywhere” Syria, Egypt, Ukraine. Have fun.

    BTW There is no such thing as Occupied Palestinian Territory. Without entering into the dispute about whether the territory is occupied or disputed or whether Gaza can be decribed as occupied without a single Israeli, soldier or civilian, the P.A. has recently been labeling itself the State of Palestine and you could argue that Gaza is no longer part of it. But OPT no!

    Wonder what it plans to do in Israel. Is say plans because so far not one report has come from there.

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  31. will says:

    Sky News decided to go big on the Pistorius trial before the European war started. Do BBC News really have to compete in providing blanket coverage of this minor matter rather than dealing with the Ukrainian situation?

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  32. stuart says:

    ok,what is going on here,if you dont have a tv like alot of people dont have you can watch bbc programmes on your computer on the iplayer after they have been shown without the need to purchase a tv license,but oh no,the greedy bbc are thinking now about charging people now to watch there programmes on the bbc iplayer on a pay for view basis,that is just greed upon greed by the greedy bbc booses ,itv,channel 4 etc are not proposing a charge for there catch up but now the greedy bbc not only want the £145.50 a year off you for that licence but now that want for cash out of are pockets to use there iplayer,that is a damm discrace bbc,a damm discrace.

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    • Lynette says:

      There are still thousands( if not millions) of people who I feel watch TV as something to do and would not think of using a computer or iplayer to select programmes they really want to watch . Lots of people ( does anyone know how many ?) have 4 or 5 channels only and that is why the BBC is so powerful.

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      • Bill says:

        It isn’t technically possible for anyone to have ‘4 or 5 channels only’. Whether they use satellite, terrestrial, or cable, if they can get any channels at all they will get considerably more than five.

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  33. George R says:

    “BBC Three bookies’ favourite to be axed by director general Tony Hall”
    By Alistair McGeorge.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/bbc-three-director-general-tony-3202599#ixzz2uudWfz9k

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  34. George R says:

    “If the BBC was a horse, they’d shoot it.

    “It is facing its ‘Kodak’ moment when it becomes an irrelevance. It is the terminally-ill ‘Guardian’ in pictures and is going the same way. It seems to be unable to do anything right. It now transpires that its business management is totally inept as well.”

    By Robin Mitchinson.

    http://www.thecommentator.com/article/4779/if_the_bbc_was_a_horse_they_d_shoot_it

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    • chrisH says:

      If it were a horse it would readily sell itself to Roma gypsies, declare itself haram to any passing Saudi nag-dealer and then slip itself into Iceland lasagnes at mid-Staffs NHS Trust…and then bill the rest of us for expenses.
      Give it to Ladbrokes!…swap it for just two stubby pens…and let THEM flog it to death…

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  35. George R says:

    Will BBC-NUJ report, or censor this about its political chum, and jihadist-supporter, Moazzam Begg?:-

    “UK: Mainstream charities donated thousands to Islamic group fronted by jihad terror suspect”

    By Robert Spencer.

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/03/uk-mainstream-charities-donated-thousands-to-islamic-group-fronted-by-jihad-terror-suspect#comments

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    • George R says:

      Note the role of Rowntree Trust, and Anita Roddick Foundation in all this.

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  36. George R says:

    For INBBC ‘Panorama’ not to investigate:-

    “UK: Muslim woman waved through security at Heathrow Airport without being asked to show her face”

    By Robert Spencer.

    [Opening excerpt]:-

    “Apparently these passport control officers thought that asking this Muslim woman to show her face would have been ‘Islamophobic.’ The obvious problem, of course, is that the person inside the niqab could have been anyone. We have recently seen men use niqabs and burqas to conceal their identity and commit crimes and to escape from police custody. It’s simple common sense that in any situation where one is required to show identification, one should be required to show one’s face. But this is not an age of common sense. Not by a long shot.”

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/03/uk-muslim-woman-waved-through-security-at-heathrow-airport-without-being-asked-to-show-her-face

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  37. George R says:

    Islamikaze in Islamabad: and INBBC hasn’t got a clue.
    1.) ‘Jihadwatch’-

    “Pakistan: Islamic jihadists murder 11, injure 24 in jihad-martyrdom suicide bombing at court”

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/03/pakistan-islamic-jihadists-murder-11-injure-24-in-jihad-martyrdom-suicide-bombing-at-court

    2.) ‘Daily Mail’-
    “Suicide attack on Pakistan court leaves 11 people dead days after Taliban announced month-long ceasefire”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2572130/Suicide-attack-Pakistan-court-leaves-11-people-dead-days-Taliban-announced-month-long-ceasefire.html#ixzz2uutuwHWk
    3.) INBBC-

    “Deadly attack on court in Pakistani capital Islamabad”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26412921

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  38. David Brims says:

    Michael Savage made this analogy on Ukraine,” If Texas decided to secede from the United States, Obama was concerned about this and sent in the troops, and Vladimir Putin said ”It’s none of America’s business.”

    Savage also said ” There should be a prize for warmongering called the Mussolini Prize, just as the Nobel prize for peace. I think Manchurian Candidate John McCain would get it.”

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    • Dim David says:

      Great analogy. Except for one important factor.

      Texas is part of the US, Ukraine & Crimea aren’t part of Russia.

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      • Doyle says:

        Except the Crimea was a part of Russia as recently as 1954 and was part of Russia for 200 years. Incidentally, both Alaska and Hawaii were only granted statehood in 1959 so a comparison with them might have been more appropriate.

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      • David Brims says:

        David my child, After breaking away from Mexico, Texas for a short time was an independent country before joining the U.S.

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        • Doyle says:

          Sure was! Remember the Alamo and all that. Those Texicans gained independence in 1836 and were annexed by the US in 1845. Independent for a paltry 9 years. Mind, that was in the mid nineteenth century, the longer you have something the more it’s yours. Crimea was part of Russia within living memory, there are people there who still remember it as an integral part of Russia. But for administrative purposes and because Kruschev was leader, it probably would’ve remained part of Russia too.
          As regards Texas, if it chooses to secede then that’ll be because various governments of both hues filled it full of Mexicans. That was as deliberate as Russian migration to Crimea except when they did it they did it with their own people, the Yanks did it with someone else’s people. It’ll all end in tears.

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          • David Brims says:

            The Russians owned Alaska and I think they tried to colonise California, Fort Ross.

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Ross,_California

            en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_colonization_of_the_Americas

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          • David Brims says:

            ”As regards Texas, if it chooses to secede then that’ll be because various governments of both hues filled it full of Mexicans.”

            The globalist end game is to merge Canada, the U.S and Mexico into one political state, North American Union, just like the EUSSR. They’ve got plans to replace the dollar with the Amero.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h_2BWa2ORc

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            • Dim David says:

              Oh well that’s OK then. They used to own it so they’re free to invade and take it back at anytime.
              I better get in my bunker and prepare for the Republic of Irelans’s invasion of the north. They’ll have your support I presume?

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  39. Guest Who says:

    BBC bureaucrats think they can pick a Eurovision winner. Let’s hope they’re right
    http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/culturehousedaily/2014/03/bbc-bureaucrats-think-they-can-pick-a-eurovision-winner-we-hope-theyre-right/
    Well, let’s face it, they have such a great history in this regard. And in any case, there’s the ‘unique’ factor…
    “The chosen one will be guaranteed a place in the final, because the BBC pays so much money to Eurovision”
    No need to worry… enough dosh has been *ssed up a wall to ensure at least a place no matter what.
    Plus there’s that old ‘we care about your views’ trust and transparency…
    ‘Most counties, he admits, have contests – and allow real people to vote. But the BBC has chosen a different path’
    Of course it has. What… could possibly go wrong?
    ps: A few comments are well worth it. Could not possibly allude to which:)

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    • Molly Smitten says:

      The BBC gains automatic entry because it is one of the founding members of the EBU.

      Info below on its financial contribution:

      Click to access rfi20110023_payments_to-_ebu.pdf

      The UK’s entry has been chose byh public vote previously. They enjoyed just about as much success.

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      • Guest Who says:

        Thanks for that.
        “Please note that the information you have requested is excluded from the Act ”
        I saw this and was unsurprised, I tell you. Unsurprised. Then I read on and saw exceptions can be made and new precedents set.
        Interesting when and why.
        “The UK’s entry has been chose byh public vote previously”
        Also interesting when things like voting systems change, when and why, too.
        ‘Success’ is a fickle mistress. Some might feel it is the taking part that is all that counts,so long as the ratings are driven. Others may feel that winning is all, and when the rig is in on xenophobic grounds, better a population doesn’t feel so invested in the result if they had zero to do with contestant and song selection.

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  40. George R says:

    “The crisis in Ukraine shows the case for shale gas”

    http://www.conservativehome.com/international/2014/03/the-crisis-in-ukraine-shows-the-case-for-shale-gas.html

    -Not a case which many Beeboids will recognise.

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  41. Thoughtful says:

    PM on Radio 4 telling us how hard it is to be a ‘teenage’ mother, and how people insult them in the streets.
    I mean don’t these people realise that there aren’t really all that many teenage mums! (Note the BBC choosing the smallest group they could find to skew the figures)

    So they find a young mum with a working husband to illustrate how unfair it all is, and then interview some far left fantasist who tells us that none of the young mothers she sees who are on benefits have become pregnant to avoid working, and ALL of them are hoping to get a job & work !

    Lies !

    I have loads of experience in this area, and I can tell everyone that not a single unmarried mother I came across wanted a job, and all were very happy with the very generous benefits their status attracted.

    The problem is of course the punitive inhuman amount paid to people who are genuinely looking for a job, and the massive difference paid to those who choose to opt out of work.

    It does not cost 4 times as much to raise a baby than it does to maintain an adult!

    The solution is to pay more to adults looking for work and less to scroungers.

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    • Aerfen says:

      not a single unmarried mother I came across wanted a job, and all were very happy with the very generous benefits their status attracted.

      And precious few ‘fell’ pregnant accidentally as they claim. The vast majority know all they need to about using contraceptives and have had plenty of experience before their ‘fall’!

      However once a baby arrives sending them out to work isnt an option in the present set up. We need to bring back mother and baby homes where the babies can be cared for in a creche so the mothers can get back to part time work.

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  42. George R says:

    BBC-NUJ: North America ‘news’-the only thing happening there, apparently, is the ‘Oscars,’ which Beeboids lap up slavishly.

    Hollywood: the favourite freebee fantasy trip for Beeboids, not even disguised as ‘news’.

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  43. Thoughtful says:

    http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/bbc-breakfasts-susanna-reid-confirms-6766660

    Well good riddance, but who has been paying for the daily commute, and what is the effect on her performance, by getting up at 3:30 am?

    In addition how many other BBC ‘talents’ are making a ridiculous commute? No wonder the BBC is supporting HS2 !

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  44. Betty Swollocks says:

    Just seen the Muslim broadcasting Company’s new advert for Cbeebies, you have guessed it, Ethnic man and Child,welcome to Londistan.

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  45. George R says:

    “How technology has doomed the BBC licence fee”

    by Ryan Bourne.

    http://www.cityam.com/article/1393873535/how-technology-has-doomed-bbc-licence-fee?

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    • Guest Who says:

      These intellectual musings on the BBC’s funding models often intrigue. The simple fact seems to be they want as much as they can get, for as long as they can get it, no backsies or accounting.
      However a few realities are starting to dawn, and so they are adopting the negotiating stance of Souk trader, pitching a ridiculous high price (sub on iPlayer; unique funding maintained on the rest) in hope of being driven ‘back’ to where they have been all along.
      What doesn’t seem to have sunk is that when precedents get set in one area, it’s harder to refuse them in others.
      As it stands the BBC’s 20,000 staff (and apparent breeding colonies of £150k+ a year managers) will soon be supported by about a hundred Graun readers each getting charged £50m pa for their licence fees.

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  46. George R says:

    Beeboid ‘political reports’ from now on?:-

    Mr Obama, who reportedly admires the film ’12 years a slave’, admonished Mr Netanyahu, who has reportedly not seen the film, ’12 years a slave’.

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