Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml en-gb 30 Sun 13 Jul 2014 02:34:04 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml U14079256 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=94#comment18 This is very confusing. Thu 23 Jul 2009 09:08:19 GMT+1 Chris Ghoti http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=89#comment17 pmL, I thought the Glasgow regiment were called The Poison Dwarfs, not referred to as poisonous dwarfs, and it was a nickname given to them by other Scots regiments during the Second World War and defiantly adopted by them as a badge of honour. Wed 27 Aug 2008 14:48:28 GMT+1 U11204129 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=84#comment16 16.Yeah, right.Gilbert Harding in tears. After years of: (Courtesy of Wikipedia, as fair a summary as any):'Harding was infamous for bullying his interviewees and was at one time known as "the rudest man in Britain". His fame sprang from an inability to suffer fools and many 1950's TV viewers watched What's My Line? less for the quiz elements than for the chance of a live Harding outburst. An incident on an early broadcast started this trend when Harding became annoyed with a rather self-satisfied contestant. He broke the genteel civility of 1950s BBC Television by telling the contestant that he was getting bored with him. The tabloids lapped this up and the show became compulsive viewing'.Trevor Philpot on Tonight telling lads from Notting Hill they were yobs.Robin Day, '"the Grand Inquisitor" for his abrasive interviewing politicians'Look back at the Anger, of Tynan et al.Then into the 60s proper. David Frost et al.Geoffrey Howe spoke softly. Geoffrey Howe had a posh voice. Did that make him a gentle man, as he created 5 million unemployed.If you talk quietly and fail to talk about Hola Camp, and fail to talk about the execution and mutilations by the British Army of prisoners in Malay, if you fail to address the appalling behaviour of the British squaddies in Germany (one Glasgow regiment were called 'The poisonous dwarfs' there - and Cliff and Jean said nothing), that makes you gentle?I thought you went DOWN the trunk to get to the roots. Wed 27 Aug 2008 11:48:15 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=78#comment15 Um, PML, you've lost ME, I'm afraid. I was talking about the Media, not Society.And I'm with Frances - we're all from Africa originally. Some, perhaps, more recently than others. But I'm not in that category. Wed 27 Aug 2008 09:58:01 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=73#comment14 Funny comment about interviewing Papa Doc. Wed 27 Aug 2008 09:47:38 GMT+1 needsanewnickname http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=68#comment13 We all come from Africa, if you shin far enough up the family tree... Tue 26 Aug 2008 21:57:09 GMT+1 U11204129 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=63#comment12 5.No, lost you again, I'm afraid.Teddy Boys, razor gangs, legalised homophobia, racist attacks in Notting Hill, apartheidt, Suez, the US threatening the USSR with nuclear attack, Britain in colonial slaughter in Malaya, Cyprus, Africa (where you come from (?)) - remember the Hola Camp 'incidents'-I could go on.Posher voices, yes, and I'm glad you like them.But gentler times? Really? Tue 26 Aug 2008 21:04:45 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=57#comment11 God Bless Alan Whicker and all wot sails in 'er!(actually he is rather a hero of mine and wouldn't mind bumping into him for a chat!)anyhoo, anyone wot 'owns' a Bentley Continental can't be all that bad! Tue 26 Aug 2008 19:07:34 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=52#comment10 What a shame, Eddie. Still, I see you're wearing a lovely white shirt tonight, in his honour. Tue 26 Aug 2008 16:31:05 GMT+1 eddiemair http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=47#comment9 No Big Sis (8), we recorded the interview on the phone earlier. Tue 26 Aug 2008 15:34:35 GMT+1 DI_Wyman http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=42#comment8 A true gent AND a very shrewd and clever interviewer. Tue 26 Aug 2008 15:19:57 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=36#comment7 Well, Tbird, he *may* be moving with the times .......Can we have him on the webcam, Eddie? Tue 26 Aug 2008 15:16:29 GMT+1 Thunderbird http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=31#comment6 Big S (5) And a tie Tue 26 Aug 2008 15:10:44 GMT+1 mygloriousleader http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=26#comment5 IH (1) My thoughts exactly! I wonder whether Mr Whicker agrees with Paxmans assessment of the Beeb? Tue 26 Aug 2008 13:56:05 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=21#comment4 Alan Whicker and Cliff Michelmore. Voices from a gentler time. I bet he'll be wearing a jacket, Eddie. Tue 26 Aug 2008 13:26:44 GMT+1 Aperitif http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=15#comment3 Where's he back from Eddie? Where's he been? Tue 26 Aug 2008 13:01:05 GMT+1 LovelyLadyPen http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=10#comment2 So when does he burst into flames?? Tue 26 Aug 2008 12:51:20 GMT+1 U11235707 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=5#comment1 "Prepare the wicker man""Geeeezus kriste... think what you're doing!" Tue 26 Aug 2008 11:56:32 GMT+1 U10783173 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/08/hes_back.shtml?page=0#comment0 First Whicker: Today we look at a vanishing race. A problem people who are fast disappearing off the face of the earth. Second Whicker: A race who one might say are losing a winning battle. Third Whicker: They live in a sunshine paradise, a Caribbean dream, where only reality is missing. Fourth Whicker: For this is Whicker Island. Fifth Whicker: An island inhabited entirely by ex-international interviewers in pursuit of the impossible dream. First Whicker: The whole problem of Whicker Island is here in a nutshell. Second Whicker: There are just too many Whickers. Third Whicker: The light-weight suits. Fourth Whicker: The old school tie. Fifth Whicker: The practiced voice of the seasoned campaigner. First Whicker: Cannot hide the basic tragedy here. Second Whicker: There just aren't enough rich people left to interview. Tue 26 Aug 2008 11:48:23 GMT+1