Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Bombs, Trains

At my desk around four this afternoon I became aware of something disturbing some Indian colleagues, who were clustered round a PC with the BBC news website.

They were all from Bombay.

Picture of Mahim station by PTI for The Hindu

9 comments:

Rick said...

I am glad you used the Portuguese name Bombay rather than the BBC version Mumbai which is so trite and confusing. After all London still carries its Roman name

Edwin Greenwood said...

Listening to the Today programme this morning, the newsreader, Humphrys, et al., were all carefully saying Mumbai, while the Indians they interviewed generally referred to the place as Bombay.

Joe90 said...

I think the depredations of al-Qaeda rather outweigh those of the BBC in this case.

Anonymous said...

I too was most amused by the po-faced BBC PC use of Mumbai while an Indian interviewed kept on saying Bombay. Hah!

staghounds said...

I'll bet it was those Unitarians again.

Cyrus said...

My dear, this is so yesterday. Today we've moved on to 'why Israel mustn't defend itself when invaded by Lebanon'. 200 dead Indians? Who gives a monkey's?

Anonymous said...

Cyrus, I think you're confusing this site with biased-bbc.blogspot.com, thats where issues regarding Israel should be dealt with. The clue is in the name.

LyndonB said...

Funny no mention of the religion of peace in the BBC story. Must have been the Protestent Brotherhood again!

Verity said...

No, the BBC has acknowledged that it wasn't radical Little Sisters of Mercy or similar who wrought this horrific carnage. On today's site, they posited the names of two terrorist (not Islamic, you understand; the Basque separatists may be seeking a larger arena)groups.

And then, absolutely inexplicably, gave space to a third theory. Perhaps it was an Indian Mafia don.