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Outta site
10 June 2024

Cameroonian-American singer Libianca has described receiving death threats after performing with a Cameroonian flag. She told the BBC of insults threatening me to never step foot in Cameroon or they would kill me on-site [sic].

Snooze button
28 May 2024

Stanford University's Dr Renske Lok summarises some of the reasons why women sleep worse than men, as follows:

Pope goes the weasel
28 May 2024

Old men are wont to say what they really think when it's least appropriate, and Pope Francis is no exception. During a closed door meeting with bishops, the aged god-botherer rejected the proposal that homosexuals should be eligible for the priesthood, going so far as to say that there was already too much of an air of frociaggine in the Catholic Church.

11 May 2024

It's that time of year again, folks. The time in question being the one when each country in Europe enters a—generally terrible—song into a competition to find the least bad. And because this is the Eurovision Song Contest, Israel's in the running. Wait, what? (confused)

US jobs in the US, of all places!
3 May 2024

It appears that US job growth has slowed as US employers added too few jobs to the US jobs market. Something tells me this might be a stateside story.

Ranking officer
19 April 2024

On the death of Kenya's military chief, Gen. Francis Omondi Ogolla, in a military helicopter crash, the BBC's newshounds went on to observe that:

The unholy Trinity
13 March 2024

In the wake of the theatrical and awards successes of Oppenheimer, comes a documentary on the tragedy that befell those living downwind from the Los Alamos testing programme in New Mexico. Communities who claim that radiation from the Trinity Test caused the cancers that have affected generations, even to this day.

What makes a tree a tree?
9 March 2024

Last year, vandals cut down a sycamore tree sited at a gap in Hadrian's Wall, imaginatively known as Sycamore Gap. It is, or at least was, a renowned beauty spot and tourist attraction, famed for its starring role in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

1 March 2024

As Dune: Part Two hits theatres to acclaim from those who're into that kinda thing, Hanna Flint asks whether studios are ripping off audiences, by spreading their wares thin enough to eke out multiple visits to the kinematograph parlour in order to see a story to its conclusion.

The air that I breathe
23 January 2024

Reporting on a novel method of execution, which has been authorised for use by an Alabaman correctional facility in order to dispatch a death row inmate, the BBC's Tom Bateman affords me the opportunity to be a smart-arse, and earn petty points exposing unchecked misinformation at the corporation.

…and I am unanimous in that
2 January 2024

After a British woman ran her fiancé down following an alcohol-fuelled row, she was arrested and charged with murder. Fortunately, CCTV cameras caught the act, so the plod didn't have to take too much time away from picking their noses and masturbating back at the cop shop.

Negative advice
21 December 2023

Forty-eight years after being wrongly convicted of murder, a man has been exonerated by an Oklahoman judge and freed. Glynn Simmons told reporters that the decision was a lesson in resilience and tenacity, going on to say: Don't let nobody tell you that it can't happen, because it really can.

Includes all
13 November 2023

Protests against the war in Gaza held in London over the weekend ended in violence. No shit, who'd've thunk it? (rolleyes)

Where are the meatballs?
4 November 2023

At first I wasn't sure whether Annabel Rackham is telling us what it's like to go clubbing in a converted IKEA store, or asking us what's it like to go clubbing in a converted IKEA store? Because, if the latter, I can't help her; I don't know, I've never tried it. Fortunately, however, it turns out she has.

Rock of ages
24 October 2023

A French museum has corrected the skin tone of a wax statue of Wayne The Rock Johnson, after it was criticised for being too pale. This is in contrast to recent events when no correction was made to portrayals of Anne Boleyn and Cleopatra, which were criticised for being too dark.

Vape pressure
16 October 2023

Warning of the dangers of childhood vaping, the BBC corrects an earlier version of its article:

An incredible home no more?
13 September 2023

A Grade II-listed Georgian house in Windsor, which was home to UK TV and radio presenter Chris Evans, is on the market for a none-too-paltry £4M. This is presumably meant to be of some interest to the denizens of Warrington, Evans' birthplace, as Lois Dean describes to the Warrington Guardian's readers the Former incredible home of Warrington-born Chris Evans.

False advertising?
1 September 2023

The BBC's quiz of the week headlines with the teaser to the right, but follows with this question: Rap star Eminem asked Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy to stop using his songs, after the biotech entrepreneur performed Lose Yourself at the Iowa State Fair. Which other politician was previously told to stop using the rapper’s music?

Breaking story…but will it be updated? (thinking)
9 August 2023

Breaking news on migrants' deaths in the Mediterranean is heralded on the BBC's home page, and flagged accordingly on the article page. Interestingly enough though, the article doesn't conclude with a footnote that it's a developing news story, and will be updated.

Return to the grid
27 July 2023

The tragic deaths of three family members, who perished from malnutrition during the harsh Coloradan winter as they tried to live off grid, have only served to bring them back on grid bigger than before; courtesy of the news coverage. Oops!

Body count
20 July 2023

A minor triviality; grammatically speaking that is, because a human tragedy underlies it.

Strike two!
14 July 2023

Hollyweird's luvvies are restless. Again. And this time it's not #MeToo, or climate change, or any of that shit. This is a far more noble cause. This is about money dahling!

Football TV
6 July 2023

A fluff-piece about the captain of the Indian national football team, Sunil Chhetri, is only notable for introducing those of us blissfully unaware that FIFA has a channel to the fact that FIFA has a channel.

Special correspondent
28 May 2023

The BBC home page announced Katty Kay: A growing case of transatlantic heartburn, which sounds like Katty Kay is the cause of the discomfort. Who on earth is she? And what on earth could she have done to raise tensions so badly?

Ms or Mr?
28 May 2023

As India's women wrestlers protest against sexual harassment and abuse at the hands of officials from the nation's wrestling federation, one of the fighting Phogat sisters appears to have taken sexism in sport to heart more than most, and decided to transfer to the men's league.

A more accurate guess
10 May 2023

Despite the solemnity of the subject, let's start with a little frivolous piss-taking of the BBC's editorial capabilities.

Mr or Ms?
4 May 2023

On the divorce of the late Robert Mugabe's daughter from her husband, Simba Mutsahuni Chikore, comes this insight from the BBC's correspondent in Harare:

Sì, sì, cìtron
30 April 2023

Reading of Calabrian farmers' endeavours to protect and sustain the rare citron (Citrus medica) this morning, I was struck by an overpowering sense of déjà vu. For I'd recently read of the lure of this same fruit, less than four months' ago. On the very same site, as it happens, albeit stuffed into a different pigeonhole. It seems that good topics know no bounds.

Dead or alive
16 April 2023

It confused me at first, until I mentally added a comma between dead and live. (LOL)

Stop me if you've heard this one before…
6 April 2023

There's a slight fallacy, a miscommunication, in Angie Brown's account of murder at an Edinburgh beauty spot.

London calling
4 April 2023

London City Airport has become the second in the UK, after Teesside International Airport, to scrap the 100mL limit for carry-on liquids, following the introduction of new scanners. This momentous event is expected to improve the security experience for many tens of travellers.

Days of future past
4 April 2023

Stephen Dowling describes the Royal Navy's post-war carrier-borne fighter aircraft, the Westland Wyvern, as having two contra-rotating propellors at the front of the aircraft, each spinning in a different direction. Yep, that's pretty much the definition of contra-rotating: spinning in opposite directions. But what drew my attention to this article in the first place, was the seeming contradiction between BBC Future—there's a clue in the name—and tales of pilots who ejected underwater, past tense.

PG tips
21 March 2023

I hadn't read of the deaths of Indonesian children after taking tainted cough syrup before now, but the cause of death being acute kidney injury told me that this was the same issue as reported earlier in The Gambia and Uzbekistan. I wouldn't have noted it here, though, if my pedantry hackles hadn't been raised:

Name that boy
13 March 2023

I came across this handy-and-dandy list of one-syllable names for baby boys, compiled by Jacqueline at Parent Portfolio:

Possession is nine-tenths…
1 March 2023

The BBC doesn't appear to have too much inclination for possessive terms. Perhaps the concept of ownership is too much for the comrades at the People's Republic of Portland Place. (shrug)

Written wrongly
26 February 2023

Who writes this shit? No, not this shit, here, I know who does that. Me.

Doesn't add up
15 December 2022

I'm not sure whether the BBC's Australian correspondent, Tiffanie Turnbull, has a problem with the English language or mathematics. Updating a story on a recent fatal ambush shooting of police officers at a remote property in Queensland, she seems to have difficulty in either differentiating between shots sustained and fatalities, or the seemingly complex sum of 2+1=?

1 December 2022

The San Francisco Police Department is set to deploy robots armed with explosives in the pacification of violent, armed, or dangerous subjects, which could amount to most criminals in the land of the free-to-bear-arms. This is not a new development, however.

Inactive shooter
23 November 2022

A gunman has killed no more than 10 people—so, less than eleven then—in a Walmart supermarket in Chesapeake, VA. He then turned the gun on himself, and committed suicide.

17 November 2022

Lest anyone consider me petty and pedantic for occasionally drawing attention to the BBC's minor editorial oversights—typographical errors, that is, not stealth editing—you're right, I am. But, I'm not alone.

Grazing grass
16 November 2022

nu3—or is that nu³? I really don't know (shrug)—claims that their exotically-priced, flavoured protein powder is whey from 100% grass-fed milk.

Land of haa, or hal
2 November 2022

A bit of a non-story, about confusion between a footballer and a Swedish coastal region, led the BBC's Tom Gerken—not to be confused with a pickled cucumber—to offer a handy-dandy mnemonic, in an effort to pour oil on troubled waters.

The eyes have it
13 October 2022

Thirteen-year-old Lowri Moore is campaigning for better representation for four-eyed gits, firstly in film and now in emojis. She's urging the Unicode Consortium to include options for adding spectacles to the plethora of shit that we have to wade through already.

Deadlines don't come any tighter
30 September 2022

Amelia Williams is mixing it up with the boilerplate text here. Like Olivia Madison, her webcomic's inclined to post garbage to the interwebz; but, like Roisin Clarke, she felt my article to be very informative, which is nice. This is the same article that compelled both of those ladies to court my submissions in the fields of oral health and plant science. Clearly, it's more far-reaching and influential than I could ever have imagined. (rolleyes)

The lady killer
22 September 2022

María Belén Bernal vanished after visiting her husband at a police training school in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, where he was an instructor. Her body has been found, and he is on the run as the main suspect in her killing.

17 September 2022

Hackers have deleted data from the IHG hotel chain for shitz 'n' gigglz. When the vulnerability was traced to the use of a weak password and lax security around the company's password vault, IHG blew smoke.

24 August 2022

Should you ever need a nine-hour timer, then Online Alarm Kur has got you covered with their 9 Hour Timer. You lucky you, you! (thumbup)

Allergic advisory
23 August 2022

I saw this allergen advice on a bar of Jordans' Frusli—blueberry flavour, if you're curious.

Negative drop
17 July 2022

I see this quite often, and not just in reference to films tanking in their second week at the box office. A -68% reduction is akin to a 68% increase, although admittedly it doesn't make much sense as such.

Developing story: to be stealth updated
8 July 2022

I have previously noted that the world's most trusted international news broadcaster™ is not adverse to stealth editing its articles after they've been published online. An ethical news outlet would make changes clear to the reader, or find another way to update its articles in light of new information. At the very least they would include a last updated timestamp. But the BBC eschews that transparency nonsense.

4 July 2022

Waffle is another of those five-letter word games. Six five-letter words are arranged in a 3×3 grid, and you have to move letters to solve the puzzle. One of the words in today's game is loose.

The King and Them
27 June 2022

In anticipation of Baz Luhrmann's biopic of Elvis Presley—creatively entitled Elvis—Kaleem Aftab muses over Presley's cultural appropriation of black music.

Two-faced Charlie
19 June 2022

As Commonwealth heads of state head to Rwanda for a knees-up, Prince Charles will be representing the Queen as the head of the Commonwealth. This will likely increase his chances of rubbing shoulders with BoJo, of whose Rwandan relocation plan he's not so keen.

Say cheese
28 May 2022

In Six unbelievable uses for cheese, BBC Food provides some imaginative, if not flat-out off-the-wall, uses for my favourite dairy product: as car fuel; sporting equipment; sculpture; collateral; a politcal statement; and…crime prevention. Although, in reality, that last one's a bit of a stretch.

Wild Wild Will
28 March 2022

Oscars 2022 organisers were hoping for something to liven up the ceremony, and Will Smith delivered when he went onstage and landed one on Chris Rock. Smith then followed up with a couple of F-bombs, shouted from where he was sitting in the audience. That might've been over-and-above the organisers' expectations though, because it wasn't broadcast. (whistling)

Moving goalposts
24 March 2022

Just Stop Oil is a youth activist organisation mobilised against the exploitation of all fossil fuels, not just oil, in the UK. Another one.

Less smart phones
21 March 2022

As smartphones are taking over more of our lives, some droids are rebelling and breaking free. An increasing number of people are eschewing smartphones for old skool mobile phones, dubbed dumbphones. And bloody good for them, says I.

Justice for Jussie‽
11 March 2022

Jussie Smollett has been sentenced to less than six months in jail, of a maximum possible three years on each of five counts, for fabricating a race hate crime. But not everyone believes that Illinois' inmates should have to be more careful with the soap.(jussie)

Sheep to be fleeced
1 March 2022

Disney has launched a new Star Wars experience at Disney World, Florida: the Galactic Starcruiser, a Star Wars–themed luxury hotel. It is luxuriously expensive. But, from the early reviews, it appears that the actual experience is not similarly luxurious.

Holy me (holy)
11 February 2022

Writing as GlobalCare for the Needy, Shorelin exhorts me to LET YOUR CONSCIENCE BE YOUR GUIDE.

Double-down juries
11 February 2022

Rebecca Hogue's plight rests on Oklahoma's failure to protect law, which states that a parent who suspects child abuse by another, and fails to report it, is complicit. In the worst case, this can lead to a charge of murder in the first-degree.

Skating on thin ice
8 February 2022

Wahey! Weibo's nationalistic shitheads are at it again. The it being brutally castigating their Olympians' performances, when failing to excel at things that they—the nationalistic shitheads, that is—wouldn't have a hope in hell of achieving in the first place. In particular, figure skater Zhu Yi, who fell a lot, leaving Team China out of the medals.

The Motherland
2 February 2022

Llívia is a small Spanish Catalan enclave within France. It was created in the seventeenth century, through a stunning act of pedantry on the part of the Spanish.

Arresting development
2 February 2022

Mason Greenwood—who I'd never heard of before now, but he's a footballer, so why would I?—was arrested on Sunday. While he was already in police custody, additional charges were brought against him. At least, that's how I understood the situation.

If you build it…
31 January 2022

BBC Bitesize is supposedly a learning portal. Which makes it even more egregious when the droid gets it wrong. Even equivocally.

Full Disclosure
20 January 2022

I've noted previously how BBC News seems to have lots of little compartments for its reporters. Some of these make sense—business and technology, for example—others less so—technology of business, anyone? And then we have BBC Disclosure. Or do we?

13 January 2022

Reading of the death of Ronnie Spector, I was expecting her ex-husband's criminal conviction to be dragged up. Not that it needed to be included in her obituary; after all, it had nothing to do with her. The couple had divorced three decades prior to Lana Clarkson's murder.

The (international) shipping forecast
11 January 2022

It never ceases to amaze me: the parochiality of merkans when it comes to international shipping charges. I guess that it doesn't matter if it's outside the fifty states of the union.

The great escape
7 January 2022

The BBC might like to consider pulling their home page text from the same source as their article headlines. That way, they would only have to correct any errors once. Of course, BBC editorial competence being what it is, the downside is that they could have the same error twice.

Frohes Neues Jahr!
2 January 2022

While those lovable French set cars alight, the Germans take an altogether more sedate approach to welcoming in the new year. I have it on good authority that they like nothing more than throwing fireworks at each other in the street. Consequently, news that there has only been one death in Germany seems like a stroke of good fortune; except to the victim's family, that is.

Leper colony
12 December 2021

In the current dinky butthurt climate, is it no longer acceptable to refer to leprosy sufferers as lepers, and a colony of them as a leper colony? Or is this just the BBC's usual low-intellect shenanigans? (thinking)

When correct is incorrect
10 December 2021

BBC Bitesize is a series of purportedly educational learning materials and quizzes for children. Or is it? Educational, that is.

7 December 2021

Shilling hard for Destination Toronto/TCVA, Lindsey Galloway tells us why Toronto is The Canadian city to visit this winter.

That's a turnip for the books!
1 December 2021

BBC News' Maddy Savage explains how Magdalena Andersson became Sweden's first female prime minister, twice! Except she didn't, really.

The ol' one-two
1 December 2021

Okay, so I promised to never again question the BBC's disdain for national adjectives, and I think that I've been pretty good of late. That's not to say the BBC's editorial staff haven't transgressed, they have. But I've been the bigger person, looked the other way, and moved on.

My learned works?
24 November 2021

I have absolutely no idea why Journal of Corona Virus [sic] has contacted me for my helpful contribution. They may have read my learned works in the field, but I think it's unlikely.

Social media (bath) bombing
23 November 2021

Lush, producer of overpriced and overhyped cosmetics and personal care products, has announced that it will deactivate some of its social media accounts, until platforms take steps to provide a safer environment for users. The platforms of concern are Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok. (fist) (geddit?)

Guardians of the future
28 October 2021

At IMDb, they love themselves a little future-gazing. Here we are, in current year 2021, and they're asking what was—past tense—the title of 2023's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in Hindi. I'll submit my answer to the question in two years' time.

27 October 2021

While looking up the possessive form of James, I came across this example at GrammarHow.

Describe in detail
27 October 2021

Huma Abedin, a former aide to Hilary Clinton, has a book being published next week in which she details sex assault by US senator. Except, she doesn't, really.

Symbolic stupidity
16 October 2021

Perhaps it's a slow news day. Or perhaps someone, somewhere feels the need to tap into the zeitgeist. Thames Valley Police have reassured motorists that diversionary road signs at Junction 5 on the M4 will not take them to Squid Game. (rolleyes)

From India with love?
4 October 2021

Daizy Priscilla contacted me, inviting me to submit my blahblah to her yadayada. None of it stood out of the ordinary, except she's another lowlife at the gutter publishing house that is Remedy Publications LLC. Daizy must be besties with Alyssa, who works out of the same office address.

1 October 2021

According to the BBC's home page headline, DNA evidence has revealed a French ex-police officer to be a rapist and murderer. Except, according to the actual article:

Measure for measure
21 September 2021

According to the instructions, 850 mL is equivalent to 1½ pints, and 425 mL is approximately ¾ pint.

Corners of a round thing
23 August 2021

In 13 juicy facts about mangoes, BBC Radio 4 refers to all corners of the globe.

Apostrophe apathy
10 August 2021

My strive to be a better person, and not nit-pick the BBC's grammatical sloppiness did not formally extend to punctuation and the possessive form. Nevertheless, I'll refrain from comment.

Take me home, racist roads
10 August 2021

Thus opens Tara McKelvey's report on Biden's unlikely plan to use roads to fight racism. Note the quotes that she uses around the word racist. Could it be that she's using someone else's description, but it's one that she herself is sceptical about? If so, good for her, she might just be a critical thinker, and therefore a cut above the average BBC News mouth-breather.

Reporting reporting
9 August 2021

A story of rats deserting New York state's Governor Andrew Cuomo's sinking ship gives the BBC the opportunity for a little editorial sloppiness.

Trigger happy
11 July 2021

Attackers stormed the domestic home of Haiti's president, Jovenel Moïse, assassinating him in what can only have been a moment of overzealousness. For that was not the intent, apparently.

Sullied deals
10 July 2021

I feel bad for nit-picking over an issue as serious as Indian muslim women being harassed on social media by bigoted trolls, for their religion and gender. But I'm going to do it anyway.

A hard habit to brake
17 June 2021

In my drive to be a better person, by not picking on the BBC's adjectival ineptitude, should I extend that to homophones?

Is there a doctor in the house?
10 June 2021

Ooooh, I've found another crackpot on YouTube. Aren't I lucky?

I give up!
26 May 2021

The BBC's journalists and editors really do not like national adjectives. Picking apart their linguistic shortcomings is like painting the Forth Bridge; an unending and thankless task. It doesn't achieve anything and, after a while, I'm beginning to sound like a broken record, irritating and boring.

The colour of law
26 May 2021

Police in Illinois confiscated an urn containing the ashes of two-year-old Ta'Naja Barnes—or Davis, I'm not sure which—after pulling her father over for traffic offences. They claimed that the urn tested postive in a field test for meth.

Runners 'n' riders
23 May 2021

After twenty-one runners died as a result of extreme weather during an ultramarathon in north-west China, the BBC once again demonstrates its poor grasp of the English language.

Don't learn Scrivener
21 May 2021

The title says Learn Scrivener in 20 minutes. The video is 18:21.

See no evil
20 May 2021

I obviously have a different interpretation of Covid-free to the BBC's. I take it to mean zero cases. Period. Not virtually zero or single-digit, which still indicate the disease's presence.

The speed of film
4 March 2021

How fast is a film? I'm sure that's a question you've never thought of before. And neither had I until today, when I read, courtesy of the BBC's Justin Harper, that an anime called Demon Slayer:

Why is 'petty' not pronounced like 'pretty' without an 'r'?
27 September 2020

It's time to score petty points on the internet at the BBC's expense! Are you ready? Then let's go!

Missiles, target,…?
23 August 2020

After initially denying its involvement, Iran has admitted downing a Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines in January.

Hedging their bets
31 May 2020

Michael Angelis, beloved Liverpudlian actor, died yesterday. According to Wikipaedia and The Guardian newspaper, he was 68 years old.

Random whinge
20 February 2019

Because it's not really a rant.

When is a kilogram not a kilogram?
16 November 2018

I feel that I should be surprised at the ambiguity of BBC journalists. Sadly, I'm not.

Every life counts, but some more than others
2 March 2017

Opposition to the reintroduction of the death penalty in the Philippines is exemplified by, among other things, this cute little graphic.

Seeing double
21 September 2016

Another day, another black man killed by US police. It's so every day that it doesn't bear comment. But I am angry at the abuse of the English language by a woman claiming to be Keith Lamont Scott's sister: He didn't have no gun, and He wasn't messing with nobody.

No shit, Sherlock: We got braynz
29 August 2012

According to the BBC, after his assassination Leon Trotsky's brain proved unusually heavy.