Archives for February 2011

Michael Buchanan on the border between Libya and Egypt

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Eddie Mair | 15:21 UK time, Friday, 25 February 2011


Michael sent these photos yesterday. Here are fresh ones for today:


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Eddie Mair | 07:11 UK time, Friday, 25 February 2011


On PM tonight, Michael Buchanan reports live from the border between Egypt and Libya.

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Eddie Mair | 13:37 UK time, Thursday, 24 February 2011


He has sent these:

Prepare yourself for Broadcasting House this Sunday on BBC Radio 4 at 0900

Eddie Mair | 12:36 UK time, Friday, 18 February 2011


Paddy and his trusty producer Bruce have interviewed the bunga bunga party friend of the Italian prime minister. Can't wait to hear the interview on Sunday? Look, Paddy has sent this scene-setting photo:

Not around on Sunday morning? Why not podcast? You don't need a pod!

Hugh in Egypt

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Eddie Mair | 11:43 UK time, Friday, 18 February 2011


As Hugh reported on the World at One on Wednesday: "Democracy protests in Tahrir Square next door, lots of noise - perfect cover for thieves to get onto the roof of Cairo Museum and break in and slide down ropes and nick stuff. A bit like the classic thriller Topkapi, starring Peter Ustinov, in which a man is lowered on a wire to steal the Pink Panther diamond. Small items were taken from Cairo Museum, mostly - but significant. Some of them have already been recovered, but broken.

And there are still tanks on the streets.

In front of Tutankhamun's death mask, the minister for Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, vehemently counters accusations that the robbery at the museum were an inside job.

The face of authority. I said to a soldier, "So you are the governemt now!" Yes, he replied, "We are the authority".

Available if needed

(State) Television Centre

Relax, it's only an armed personnel vehicle.

Guns and baked sweet potatoes outside the television centre


Guns'n'Radio Shack

They protect the television building to stop this happening to it. This is (was) the headquarters of Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party.

Revolutionary civic pride.

Volunteers have been repainting white lines, railings and curbstones, and removing graffiti. "We are making Cairo clean, " one said.

Black chador, and baseball cap. Fundamentalist Islam Not.


Larry King talks to PM

Eddie Mair | 11:51 UK time, Thursday, 17 February 2011


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Hugh in Egypt

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Eddie Mair | 12:16 UK time, Tuesday, 15 February 2011


Hugh has been witnessing history in Egypt over the past few days. Here are some of his photographs. Smiles, fireworks and flags. The (mostly) friendly revolution. And the last one is of graffiti on the wall of the Horrea Cafe in Cairo. Horrea means 'freedom'. But they'd run out of beer; the staff said it was because the protests had interrupted their supplies.

Paddy writes:

Eddie Mair | 08:58 UK time, Friday, 11 February 2011


"A new exhibition has just opened here in the lobby of TV Centre. It features some of the real microphones used by King George VI when he spoke, using the King's Speech. They were disguised to look like desk furniture instead of those nasty looking modern microphones of the day."

And Paddy has been back down to reception to snap this for you:

Down and out in Beverly Hills?

Eddie Mair | 16:10 UK time, Tuesday, 8 February 2011


Gregg Donovan with a fan.

We'll talk to Gregg Donovan on the programme tonight, the Ambassador for Beverly Hills who faces the axe because of budget cuts. There's more in today's Daily Telegraph.

Help with insomnia

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Eddie Mair | 05:31 UK time, Saturday, 5 February 2011

Comments here.

I put "sleep" into our photo search and this was the top choice.


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Eddie Mair | 10:52 UK time, Friday, 4 February 2011


After our interview...

Eddie Mair | 17:40 UK time, Wednesday, 2 February 2011


...with the 19-year-old woman who suffered from an eating disorder and related problems, you might want to know what help is available.

The BBC has compiled some useful webpages about eating disorders and other mental health issues, including links to organisations which offer support and advice.

John Sudworth reporting for PM from Egypt

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Eddie Mair | 08:10 UK time, Tuesday, 1 February 2011


Here are photos and words from John, along with his despatch on last night's PM.

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"Reporting this kind of continually moving foreign story is always a case of thinking ahead. What's likely to happen next? Where is it best for us to be? Is it safe for us to be there? And will we be able to get back to the BBC bureau to file? At times it's not been easy... the level of violence has been high. As well as tear gas and baton rounds the police were using live ammunition. For the past few days moving around the city has been difficult because of the makeshift checkpoints set up on almost every corner by groups of citizens vigilantes. They're there to protect their homes and businesses from looters as the police, having lost control of some areas of the city, had for a time almost completely withdrawn from the streets. The vigilantes are good natured and allow reasonably swift passage for journalists, but an altercation with them wouldn't be advised. They're heavily armed with almost anything they can get their hands on. A sort of neighbourhood watch with meat cleavers. I've had the privilege of working alongside Leana Hosea, the BBC producer based here in Cairo. There's a picture of her below, standing with Said Shehata from the BBC Arabic Service, on a normally busy road, but now deserted mid-curfew. Much of what you've heard in my reports over the past few days is really down to her. The rest of the pictures speak for themselves. It's been an extraordinary story to be involved in, and a privilege to be here to tell it on behalf of PM and our sister programme The World at One."

Army checkpoint

Burnt police van

Citizens' checkpoint

Leana and Said

Party HQ

Police car

Protestors in Tahrir Square

Ruling party HQ on fire

The army on the streets


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