Thursday, 12 April 2007

A Grenade, Mr. Bean & a Grand Piano!

Many of you must be familiar with issue of the British sailors held captives for about 2 weeks by Iran for allegedly entering Iranian water. All sailors were released by Iran last week, unfortunately the British did not handle this matter very professionally! they allowed the sailors to sell their stories to the gutter press here in the UK but when a very angry backlash from the British public and others met this decision, the government decided to ban all army personnel from selling their stories but only after the damage was done. First of all I am glad that all of the sailors are safe and back in the UK and I am glad that they were apparently treated well by the Iranians, although I am sure if Iranians were caught in Iraqi water by the British or Americans then it would have been a completely different story! The only female sailor in that group, Faye Turney, sold her story to the worst & cheapest British tabloid newspaper, The Sun, for £80,000, in her interview she describes her ordeal at the hands of the Iranians, she mentioned how she was told to strip and put on different clothes, hang on?? all prisoners everywhere in the world are required to change their clothes!! Faye Turney never said if she was forced to strip in front of men so I am assuming that she change her clothes on her own, so where is the ordeal? her worst nightmare was when an Iranian interrogator pointed a rocket propelled grenade (similar to picture above) at her head at a close range in the interrogation room and threatened to kill her! I was never trained as a professional soldier but even I find this story really ridiculous, how can anyone fire a rocket propelled grenade at a close range? don't you think by doing this he is not only going to kill Faye but kill himself and everyone else in the room and possibly destroy the whole building!! she is a professional soldier she should have known better but headlines like these sell the newspaper.

Another sailor that sold his story to a tabloid newspaper is Arthur Batchelor, he told the paper of his ordeal at the hands of the Iranians and what a nightmare this poor soldier had??!! This professional soldier cried himself to sleep at night, do you know why? because an Iranian officer called him MR. BEAN! is this a joke I hear you say? no it is not a joke, this man was upset not because maybe they beat him up or God forbid they tortured him physically, they called him Bean that is it!! This episode has shamed the British forces who used to enjoy the best reputation when it comes to professional forces and their conduct, the British used to be world famous for being professional until they followed the Americans into Iraq, their reputation suffered a lot and now this whole issue about the sailors has made it worse, many young British men & women lost their lives or suffered injuries in this war, they are not going to be paid by the press for their real suffering, I live here and can see the suffering of many people in this country, they deserve better, they do not want to see their colleagues selling their cheap stories to be glorified by cheap tabloid newspaper, it is about time Britain got out of this messy war and restored its previous good reputation.


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The Grand Piano


John and Penny Adie, the organisers of the Two Moors Festival, an annual music event on Dartmoor and Exmoor in Devon, South West of England bought a Concert Grand Piano that is worth the grand price of £45,000.

Mrs. Adie got her camera ready to take pictures of her new pride & joy, the piano being unloaded from the Lorry. Unfortunately things did not exactly go to plan! the piano fell 2.5 meters from the lorry to the ground causing massive damage to the music instrument.

Here is the pictures that Mrs. Adie took of the not so Grand entrance of her new Grand Piano:



OOPS! What have we done??

Unfortunately for the removal company their name and telephone number appear on the photos, I can not see them getting piano removal jobs in the near future :o)


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After the recent closure of the Alleebiya FM and its restart under a new name, the website was back online yesterday, the station according to the website is still called Libya FM! but unfortunately they are not broadcasting live online as they used to do, lets hope that it goes back to what it used to be.

29 comments:

a_akak said...

The first thing I would like to point out is that “there is no professionalism in war” and in the end of the day its killing although the Brits and Americans say “the objective justifies the mean” but that’s just sugar coating the truth ,anyway, when it comes to treating prisoners I doubt the Brits or the Americans should be judging, especially with a 5* resort called “Guantanamo bay” is open. I think sometime u r a bit too sympathetic to them but do they care how many children are dead in iraq? They count their losses on a daily basis but never count the Iraqi losses? I wonder why?

The crying Soldier, well I think they just scratched his feelings (khabshoola sh3oorah)

Safia speaks said...

Ha! What has the world become, when elite trained military personnel weeps all night because someone calls them "Mr. Bean"?
I would consider it a big HONOR to be compared to the British actor.
BTW, Abdallah and I watched Mr. Bean go on Holiday last Sunday and I LIKED it - sort of!

The piano thing is nothing! Not since the days of Stan Laurel and Ollie Hardy has anyone given the ultimate performance in transporting a piano up and down some stairs. They are the true masters; the guys with the purple piano arne amateurs...

Anglo Libyan said...

Thanks a_akak
I am a bit sympathetic because of my loyalty to this country and the fact that I do not like it when people make fun of Britain when I know that most British people are against this war. about the war in Iraq, I have always made it clear that I am with the majority of the British public against this war and what its doing now.
you know even at the beginning of this Iraq war, Iraqi people in British controlled areas of Irag used to consider themsleves lucky because of the British reputation of being fair and professional, of course all of this has changed after stories emerged of Iraq about Iraqi people being abused by all foreign forces including the British.

Safia, I agree, I think Mr. Bean deserves an apology for being compared to that weepy soldier.
I am glad that you enjoyed the film :o)
as for Laurel & Hardy, when I first heard the story about the piano on the radio, they did mention the great laurel & Hardy piano antics :o)

a_akak said...
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a_akak said...

Anglo:
I didnt mean my comment in a bad way nor was i implying anything sinister, I always say that i will probably learn for you more than many others as you learn more from people who you tend to disagree with :)

Fe Aman Allah

Anglo Libyan said...

a_akak you have to stop telling me that you didnt mean it in a bad way :o)
I know you didnt, I just like to make my points more clear in case they are misunderstood, I look forward to reading your comments, we all learn some thing new from eachother.

as you always say, Fe Aman Allah :o)

mani said...

:D

salam bloggers

- what do u expect from 'mercenaries'?. soldiers in this world put up with fighting to get paid.. if they get paid otherwise big deal.. that's why when mercenaries fight, their wars are fought to satisfy someone's power.. not for empty 'romance' about freedom.. psssssht..

havent been here in long Anglo. I am glad you had a great time with your family in easter. Much love :0

Fe Aman Allah -

Trabilsia said...

As for the Brits who were held captives, they are bargaining their experience ! Moral values ?something of the past !!???

The video clip I've seen before nevertheless it is still very impressive !Here In Libya , we have what we call the "P " syndrome !
eg Bitches grow on trees !
actual :Peaches grow on trees.

Anglo Libyan said...

salam mani

where have you been?? :o)
thank you for the kind words.

Trabilsia
The Libyan "P" syndrome exists even here! like when someone tells you to "BARK" over there (park) :o)
blease brobably .......

white african said...

in my opinion i was pleasantly surprised with how the iranians handled the situation, very clever indeed.

a story has to come out of this you see beacuse they cant be seen to be the ones in the wrong, so either its going to be made up or completly exagerated that it becomes a myth rather than reality.

most of the country are ashamed and the cheap newspaper interviews was adding salt to an aleady open cut.

i dont know about iran but i do know in th emiddle east they love mr bean, so the iranaian was probably complimenting the solider lol

Anglo Libyan said...

you are right whiteafrican, Mr. Bean is well liked in the middleeast, that soldier should be pleased :o)

MaySoon said...

Yah I feel sorry for the solider Mr. Bean..lol whatever.. ughhhhhhhhh

The Piano... Oopsy!

Anonymous said...

Hey Anglo Hope your having a good weekend :).

Anglo Libyan said...

Maysoon, I feel sorry for Mr. Bean :o)

anonymous, yes I am having a relaxing weekend :o)

DaMoon said...

ween mghatis AngloLibyan? we miss u and ur posts

Anglo Libyan said...

there you Damoon :o) a new post

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