Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml en-gb 30 Wed 20 Aug 2014 23:37:32 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=97#comment37 BS 36, When I was regularly pushing wheelbarrows in archaeology, a female US marine challanged to wrist wrestle with me. Big mistake! I learned from Snoopy in Petaluma, Cal. Wed 03 Sep 2008 16:01:05 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=94#comment36 DavidS2BigSis.Well, it was the best I could manage, quickly. Wed 03 Sep 2008 15:54:36 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=92#comment35 No, David, we weren't.I'll wrist wrestle you any time. :o) Wed 03 Sep 2008 15:53:57 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=89#comment34 BS 25, But we aren't discussing lots of other countries. Wrist wrestling? Wed 03 Sep 2008 15:17:11 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=86#comment33 Vyle: My husband would agree with you, except that his mother tongue is usually obliterated by Radio 4 ;o) Wed 03 Sep 2008 13:04:21 GMT+1 vainly_here http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=84#comment32 Oh, and Big Sis (7) I entirely agree with you. It must be even more annoying to those whose mother tongue is obliterated (as my own often is by foreground music). Wed 03 Sep 2008 13:02:11 GMT+1 vainly_here http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=81#comment31 Oh, and Big Sis (8)Kylie Minogue. Wed 03 Sep 2008 12:59:28 GMT+1 Thunderbird http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=78#comment30 It's Carry-on-Blog Wed 03 Sep 2008 11:47:59 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=76#comment29 No, Horse, my wrists are fully relaxed of a night time. Once I've turned off the computer, that is ;o) Wed 03 Sep 2008 11:31:27 GMT+1 U10783173 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=73#comment28 Big Sis (27) - What are you doing with your wrists late at night to cause such a threat? Wed 03 Sep 2008 11:26:48 GMT+1 gossipmistress http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=71#comment27 TIH (19) - I agree entirely!There are a lot of anti-western/USA images above - I wonder if there is anything at all pro-western, or western music, DVD's, TV etc is watched or listened-to at all? Just interested to know! Thanks for your always inetresting and insightful reports, Hugh. Wed 03 Sep 2008 11:23:16 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=68#comment26 David (25), that could apply to a lot of countries, and not all muslim. I've even heard it mentioned as a remedy to stop late night wrist exercises ;o) Wed 03 Sep 2008 10:46:36 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=65#comment25 Jonnie (21)(23) - Why so many questions? :o) Wed 03 Sep 2008 10:27:15 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=63#comment24 PMHugh 16, But they think about it in Iran.Sid 18, Thanks for that.'Hugh Syles in Iran'. How does one Syke? Wed 03 Sep 2008 09:54:27 GMT+1 peej http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=60#comment23 Cracking report Hugh (as always). I think it gave us more of an insight than a dozen interviews with government officials - of whatever persuasion. Wed 03 Sep 2008 09:42:17 GMT+1 jonnie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=57#comment22 TestBigSister ??? ????? Wed 03 Sep 2008 09:21:54 GMT+1 jonnie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=55#comment21 Oh dear - the Farsi from an online translator didn't come out as expected :-( Wed 03 Sep 2008 09:21:01 GMT+1 jonnie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=52#comment20 BigSister ??? ????? Wed 03 Sep 2008 09:19:54 GMT+1 Mrs Effingham http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=50#comment19 PMHugh. Don't be blowing any balloons up in the Chopoffyerhand Bar in Tehran. Wed 03 Sep 2008 09:08:43 GMT+1 U10783173 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=47#comment18 I didn't get a chance to comment yesterday but I have to say that I think Hugh's reports provide us with a view of places that we don't get in other news items. I thoroughly enjoyed this piece and the one on BH on Sunday. I can't think of another broadcaster, with such a natural style and empathy with his subject, who can get so much of the 'feel' of a location and it's people into a three or four minute piece.And his photographs are good too! sheesh! Wed 03 Sep 2008 09:01:30 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=44#comment17 Thanks for the photos, Hugh, and the report.D McN ought to be aware that Iran is where they hand you for sodomy. Wed 03 Sep 2008 08:44:20 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=42#comment16 Ha ha, Hugh! That'll give the mods something to think about!Glad to see I got the first bit right, btw. I only have a few words, but would like to learn more. Most of my working life was spent using languages, all European, but I am very interested in all languages as they interest me, both for their structure, and as a means of communication.I'd like to think that, one day, I'll be able to travel to the Middle East, and in particular Iran. It's all a bit complicated to explain here, but I've a real interest in those cultures which goes back to my childhood. Listening to your reports is a vicarious substitute.Loftan baz ham be-ya id, Hugh! Wed 03 Sep 2008 07:08:54 GMT+1 Hugh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=39#comment15 Blimey this moderation is harsher than post-publication censorship in Iran!All I said in Farsi, was "You're welcome Big Sister! Where did you learn your Farsi?"I also took David McNickle to task for his innacurate cliche about Iran as a place where punishment includes removal of hands. That's Saudi Arabia David! Wed 03 Sep 2008 06:28:51 GMT+1 jonnie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=36#comment14 Great report Hugh.For one tiny second at the beginning I wondered if the line had gone down - phew! It all sounded great.Like BigSis - I also liked the way Hugh handled the translations - and smiled when one interviewee retorted with a strong English 'YES'.As regards to BigSis's comment about the translations on telly - I think with news we should still have the audio translations. I just know too many people who sit there squinting trying to read them ;-) However with foreign films I agree. I've watched to much Italian overdubbed television to consider otherwise. Tue 02 Sep 2008 22:54:42 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=34#comment13 Oh my. Hugh has been moderated for a message in Farsi. How sad. Tue 02 Sep 2008 19:06:10 GMT+1 RJMolesworth http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=31#comment12 Hugh, thank you for the BH report. I listened to it just now whilst looking at the photos. A radio with pictures but definitely radio and not television.Perhaps you might be able to find out why Iran can build a nuclear reactor but not an oil refinery to relieve their shortage of petrol. Is it internal politics, external politics or a shortage of skills? I would be very interested to know. I hold the unpopular view that Iran should have nuclear weapons. Iran needs to feel safe. If it feels safe it will deal better with the U.S.A. and see it less as an enemy. Iran has always played power politics in the region but it has not attacked its neighbours for about 1500 years. I don't think it will start now. Tue 02 Sep 2008 18:26:24 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=28#comment11 Hugh, that was a superb report - no analysis, no superfluous comment - just one human being communicating with others.I think ''How is your Life?'' would make a great title for your book of photographs ;o) Tue 02 Sep 2008 18:26:00 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=26#comment10 Hugh, does that first bit mean:You're welcome, Big Sister!Wow!But I'm struggling with the rest. I want to learn this language. Tue 02 Sep 2008 17:26:09 GMT+1 steelpulse http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=23#comment9 Eddie,Thank Hugh for his report. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is perhaps unpopular generally at the moment in Iran? I grieve that - perhaps because of pressure from zealots around him - the man who couldn't properly acknowledge a former teacher of his - due to her gender - is not popular there too. Grieve? Really I do. For the ordinary man and woman in the street, that are suffering more than usual in a supposedly oil rich country.The ordinary public that Hugh always bring us has my deepest sympathy. I keep saying it - ignore the Governments in gauging a nation. Gauge a country by its people. Hugh seems to - to wonderful effect as far as I can tell. Tue 02 Sep 2008 17:09:43 GMT+1 Hugh http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=21#comment8 This post has been Removed Tue 02 Sep 2008 17:09:20 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=18#comment7 Oh, and, HughKhayli mamnoon Tue 02 Sep 2008 17:01:56 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=15#comment6 Another very interesting report from Hugh. And thank you for allowing us to hear the people of Iran, in their own tongue (and I'm very impressed at your own fluency!) as this adds a great deal to the experience.As an aside, this is something I feel quite strongly about with other reports involving non-English speakers. So often we just hear the first three or four words, then a translator takes over. On the TV, I think this should be done with subtitles, to allow us to become more accustomed to different languages. Tue 02 Sep 2008 16:47:43 GMT+1 David_McNickle http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=13#comment5 So, no anti-Islamic posters, only anti-west. I suppose you'd get your hand chopped off for that sort of thing. Well, there was the Superman poster.... Tue 02 Sep 2008 15:25:22 GMT+1 ApratimMukherjee http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=10#comment4 Well,I think the true picture of Tehran has been revealed here.It is similar to the capitals of other countries in the middle east... Thanks for the beautiful pictures. Also Iran has been revealed a bit. Tue 02 Sep 2008 14:13:11 GMT+1 Gillianian http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=7#comment3 Thanks Hugh Tue 02 Sep 2008 13:12:44 GMT+1 Otter http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=5#comment2 The Tehran metro is so clean! Tue 02 Sep 2008 12:39:59 GMT+1 Big Sister http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=2#comment1 PMHugh: First the words, now the pictures!http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/news/bh/ - Listen again, from just under 22 mins in.I can't find more superlatives. :o) Tue 02 Sep 2008 12:00:56 GMT+1 HillmanHunter http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2008/09/hugh_sykes_in_iran.shtml?page=0#comment0 That white car in the last photo looks familiar. Tue 02 Sep 2008 11:50:04 GMT+1