Never let it be said that the BBC does not deserve its monopoly on being allowed to demand £3.5bn from TV owners on threat of imprisonment:
As airports begin to get back to normal after the volcano ash chaos, many people are still struggling to get back to the UK.
BBC journalist Jack Garland was stranded in Rome when the flight ban was imposed. He made his way back to London overland by train and bus, along with thousands of others.
He filmed the 53 hour journey on his camcorder.
That’s the article in its entirety, deemed important enough to enjoy a photo and a link from the BBC homepage.
Stranded in Rome? My, whatever did he do for food?
Stranded is what Robinson Crusoe was.
Stranded is what the residents of the Odoptu Construction Camp were in the North of Sakhalin Island when an almighty blizzard blew through in January this year, covering buildings in 30-ft drifts, knocking out the power supply followed by the standby generator running out of diesel, and leaving them cold, wet, hungry, and miserable. (Drilling didn’t stop, though. Drilling never stops.)
Stranded is what the poor souls on the train that got whacked by an avalanche north of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk during the same storm were.
Not being able to fly home from Rome and having to take the train is hardly stranded, is it? And I’m sure the camcorder footage of the arduous journey through Turin, Lyon, and – gasp! – Paris to get our brave reporter back to London will be well worth making into a mini-series. Long-time readers of this blog might remember I once took a train from London through Brussels, Berlin, Warsaw and onto Kiev whereupon I took a taxi some 600km to Simferopol in the Crimea. Where was the BBC then? True, it was more an exercise in inexperience bordering on stupidity but it’s got to be more interesting than some BBC hack sitting on a train and not having to do so much as wave his passport.
Ah, I forgot: in the modern media, of which the BBC leads the pack in this regard, the journalist is the story. No journalist, no story. It’s all about me. I am the story. £3.5bn