Comments for en-gb 30 Thu 17 Apr 2014 15:31:51 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at Lady_Sue Indeed it is a pity, Mr. Horse. I wonder what the Beeb are doing to talent spot newcomers with similar potential?Like you, I have been taking a turn around the blog as it draws its final few breaths. 'Casualty' meets 'PM'. Wed 23 Feb 2011 23:56:16 GMT+1 The Intermittent Horse Sue - It's a pity that we don't have more 'Hughs' about the place, isn't it?I didn't really come here to comment to be honest. I was just having a look at the blog as it it terminally declines. Wed 23 Feb 2011 22:40:01 GMT+1 Lady_Sue Have only just read this thread properly and seen the interesting question posed by Mr. Horse and Hugh's answer. Echo Mr. Horse's "thank you" Hugh. Wed 23 Feb 2011 18:51:38 GMT+1 funnyJoedunn Oh, Did I forget to mention rubber bullets? Wed 23 Feb 2011 17:24:28 GMT+1 U14794392 This post has been Removed Wed 23 Feb 2011 14:07:02 GMT+1 rosepoet Why are British Embassies so unconcerned about the plight of British citizens? as the most unlucky family to travel abroad, we know how absolutely uuseless the British Government is!My family was trapped in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for six horrendous days as society collapsed around us.The Embassy continued to claim that the roads were closed even though the press were driving in and out to Baton Rouge.Fast forward to Cairo, in 2011...The British Embassy in Cairo advised my family to leave but said there was nothing they could[or perhaps would] do to help, we were left to our own resources.Many Brits trying to leave Cairo were attacked and robbed as they tried to get to the airport.British citizens had to run the gaunlet of angry crowds at a number of road blocks. Our taxi driver had to get out of our taxi and allow the hostile crowd to go through out taxi. There was a very ugly atmosphere and we were in real danger.The British Embassy in Libya is behaving in the same way...Shame on our government, which in the Cairo crisis did nothing for its citizens, and now is offering to provide one flight! for the many British people in Libya...The protestations by Cameron that the British government is doing all that it can do is simply not the case.In such a grave a crisis the Embassy should always open its doors, offer convoys to provide some measure of protection for British citizens abroad who need to return home, and do more than offer half-hearted apologies for their inaction. Other countries offered real help, support and advice... Wed 23 Feb 2011 13:45:49 GMT+1 funnyJoedunn Or it could that they just haven't been trained in kettling yet? But I'm sure we'll sell that to the Arabs soon too. We already sold them the tear gas and water cannons Deliberately designed to suppress 'Civilian demonstrations' and uprisings. Weapons we don't allow here (at present) but are quite happy to offer them to unelected repressive oil swilling regimes. Yet, our government says they do not sell weapons to be used to suppress civilians. Tear gas and water cannon are almost exclusively used on civilians. We have no grounds to speak morals to people whom we have supplied the tools of state oppression to. And yet Cameron is already out there still selling weapons to the suppressing regimes. Bolstering them up, letting them know we still support them. Ahem. Tue 22 Feb 2011 23:27:02 GMT+1 Fearless Fred Mac, you can obfuscate all you want, but you are praising a man who has chosen to loose his country's military might onto civilian opponents who are protessting against his rule. According to a number of reports from different sources, this includes things such as helicopter gunships, snipers killing unarmed protestors and the like. Do you condone thiese actions? Yes or no?This is a man whose *own appointed* representatives to the UN have called for him to go and asked the international community for assistance. You are morally bankrupt in your support of this tyrant and dictator. You claim to support those who are oppressed, yet you support and lionize the oppressor. By your own words you have shown yourself to lack any humanity. You should hang your head in shame and apologise to all who have ever read one of your diatribes. Tue 22 Feb 2011 20:55:11 GMT+1 U14793514 This post has been Removed Tue 22 Feb 2011 20:27:09 GMT+1 Fearless Fred 30. AboveAllElseI see you're happy to laud a man in power who subjugates his own countrymen through the use of overwhelming military force, and you see nothing wrong? Oh hang on, you're always proposing a socio-political system akin to that followed by those in power in Cambodia in the 1970s, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised.Seriously, you're dropped to a new low. Singing the praises of a man as he commands his military to fire on un-armed civilians. Shame on you, mac, Shame on you! You sicken me. Tue 22 Feb 2011 19:05:32 GMT+1 Lady_Sue Jim@25: most amusing! Mac does seem to change his outer layer rather frequently, doesn't he Big Sis? Tue 22 Feb 2011 18:59:59 GMT+1 Big Sister Goodness me, Mac has put on a new overcoat. Tue 22 Feb 2011 18:25:41 GMT+1 Sindy 30. AboveAllElseLots of dictators command majority support if they're prepared to bomb and shoot their own people, Mac. Tue 22 Feb 2011 17:25:13 GMT+1 U14793514 This post has been Removed Tue 22 Feb 2011 17:13:01 GMT+1 U14783202 This post has been Removed Tue 22 Feb 2011 14:53:17 GMT+1 DiY If David C is wearing his underpants over the top of his shorts, tropical, officers, MKII is he the new Major? Tue 22 Feb 2011 12:42:44 GMT+1 Fearless Fred That's a bit unfair,#24 Sid, expecting one of Mac's diatribes to be based on facts.... ;-) Tue 22 Feb 2011 11:42:42 GMT+1 Big Sister Lol, Jim! I'd like an avatar like that - though, perhaps, fully clothed ;) Tue 22 Feb 2011 11:01:55 GMT+1 NorthernJim There is a dream I have at night,It's witnessed from afar,In which momentous world eventsInclude my avatar.This second me will get involvedIn solving major issues,My doppelgänger cures the cold,So there's no need for tissues.He strides across the Middle East,Removing all dictators,Then liberates ill-gotten gainsFrom bank manipulators.He sorts out eco-problemsAnd explains the Universe,So Einstein can complete his work.But then it all gets cursed,As all this work for goodIs put to question and the test;Why is he semi-naked,Dressed in underpants and vest? Tue 22 Feb 2011 10:49:26 GMT+1 Sindy 23. FranzoftheEarth"The parties in his coalition didn't and refuse to do so now."From The Movement for the Eradication of the Ignorance of Macs. Tue 22 Feb 2011 09:31:25 GMT+1 U14783202 This post has been Removed Mon 21 Feb 2011 19:28:29 GMT+1 Big Sister Mr. Cameron visits Egypt, saying: "I am particularly keen to get to Egypt and be one of the first people there."That'll be news for the 82m plus people who are already there.;o) Mon 21 Feb 2011 12:58:01 GMT+1 U14783202 This post has been Removed Sun 20 Feb 2011 21:22:40 GMT+1 U14783202 This post has been Removed Sat 19 Feb 2011 16:31:14 GMT+1 U14783202 This post has been Removed Sat 19 Feb 2011 16:14:28 GMT+1 Thunderbird After listening to the interview with David Mellor about Bahrain this morning on the Today Programme. I wonder if the Egyptians can be trusted with the vote..... Thu 17 Feb 2011 13:19:45 GMT+1 Big Sister Sorry, for the first link in my 16, I meant to post this: Thu 17 Feb 2011 12:47:16 GMT+1 Big Sister Also, if you have the time to read them: Thu 17 Feb 2011 12:46:14 GMT+1 Big Sister Or alternatively, if people don't want to buy anything, they could look here;o) Thu 17 Feb 2011 12:43:55 GMT+1 jonnie We had a Tunisian staying with us recently who said that all the neighbouring countries have very different dialects.I'm sure Hugh could expand on that - though the link below goes intop some depth.. Thu 17 Feb 2011 10:58:24 GMT+1 Big Sister Horse, did you hear Evan Davies on Today when he referred to the Egyptians speaking 'Egyptian'? To give him credit, he picked himself up on it later on in the programme and laughed quite merrily at his own gaffe. It did make me smile, though. Thu 17 Feb 2011 00:06:22 GMT+1 The Intermittent Horse Hugh - Thanks for that. It's what I thought might be the case. I'm amazed how ignorant we all are here about what is the true picture of the Middle East. Please keep doing what you do so well and make us all a little better informed.I'm afraid I'm going to ask another (probably daft) question. You say that in Egypt, social studies are taught in Arabic. Is there a single 'Arabic'? Or are there different versions of Arabic in the various Middle Eastern countries? Wed 16 Feb 2011 23:32:02 GMT+1 Ellis P Otter Thanks Hugh, for answering Horse's question.I had drafted a reply in the same vein but realised I didn't have the authority being as my experience of Egypt is only through tales told by my long departed uncle who really did know the country.Crikey oh blimey! That last paragraph suggests a judgement. Tut tut... though I'd love to hear more, personally, of your thoughts. Wed 16 Feb 2011 23:27:18 GMT+1 Hugh The Intermittent Horse (7)Interesting question. I have also been amazed at the range of people from different backgrounds who speak good English.This is why:In government schools, English is taught from the first year of primary school (aged 6). Private schools have a comparable curriculum. There are also government 'experimental language schools' and private 'language schools', in which every subject is taught in English except for social studies, which is taught in Arabic. Egypt's level of education ranks high on the list of Middle East and north African nations.And hey! there's been a civilisation here since 2,500 years before the Christian era.There's widespread knowledge of English in Iraq too. Under Saddam Hussein, it was compulsory in primary schools, though from the age of nine I believe. But, in Iraq, I have noticed that the number of interviewees who speak English has declined sharply during the years of mayhem that followed the 2003 invasion and the botched occupation. This is quite probably because of the number of middle-class Iraqis who have fled the country Wed 16 Feb 2011 22:22:59 GMT+1 Sindy 8. Carl GossCarl - spot on re Hugh. But you should say 'a few more microphones AND HUGH SYKES!'. In my humble opinion.And Horse - yes you're right ... not much work for translators in Cairo or Alexandria. Wed 16 Feb 2011 19:39:19 GMT+1 Carl Goss Hugh, the man who makes his microphone work for him. Radio reporting is about so much more than words, although so often we hear wall to wall talking, yet Hugh's moments of letting the atmosphere speak, demonstrated again in his Egypt pieces, is so refreshing. Sometimes instead of the BBC sending tens of Journalists to a place, I wish they could send a few more microphones and let the story speak for itself. I know we need words as well, but sometimes surely less is more.On another matter(newsletter) is Eddie's fishy breath upsetting the rest of the team? Wed 16 Feb 2011 13:07:27 GMT+1 The Intermittent Horse Hugh - I don't know if you can read this but one thing has struck me concerning the coverage from Egypt and I'd welcome your opinion - or that of anyone else. I have been stunned by the number of erudite English speaking Egyptians that reporters and correspondents have been able to find to interview on radio and television. And I don't mean in the studio, I mean what appears to be random selection in the streets of Cairo and elsewhere. I don't think that I have noticed this in coverage from other countries in the Middle East. Is there some cultural or historical reason for Egypt to seem to have more than its share of educated and english speaking people than the rest of the region? Or have I been imagining this? Tue 15 Feb 2011 19:46:39 GMT+1 Big Sister I love them all - but the fourth one down particularly tickles my fancy. How lucky you are to be witnessing this, Hugh, and to be able to join in their joy. Fingers crossed that this is truly a new, better beginning for the Egyptians.Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos - again!Big Sis Tue 15 Feb 2011 19:10:59 GMT+1 Lady_Sue Sid, you took the words right off my keyboard! Thanks Hugh. Brilliant, as ever. Tue 15 Feb 2011 18:51:20 GMT+1 Sindy Always good to hear from Hugh; always good to see the photos, too. Tue 15 Feb 2011 18:18:15 GMT+1 DiY "I want to see another President B4 I die" pretty well sums the mood up.Good piece in The Independent Tue 15 Feb 2011 14:11:20 GMT+1 jonnie All there now (Ahem)-- love the Fireworks and the two girls with the setting sun in the background.. or is it a new dawn? Tue 15 Feb 2011 12:36:34 GMT+1 jonnie I can only see two photo's and no graffiti in sight (yet)... Tue 15 Feb 2011 12:32:47 GMT+1