BBC World Chuckles

by Radio Somewhere

Seems like it anyway. Today’s most worthy news probably concerns the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for demanding the right to an education, and to Indian Kailash Satyarthi, for his work to end child labor.

I had started the day listening to BBC Radio 4 online — which was great until The Archers came on — at which I switched over to the BBC World Service to follow the news — which is where I heard about the Nobel Peace Prize awards.

Some discouraging stuff — even beyond IS and ebola — such as a couple of dozen people in Tanzania being burned alive for allegedly practicing witchcraft — and not a duck in sight.

But one story made me laugh out loud — even though it’s connected with another ongoing headache.

Last night, Ukraine played Belarus in a qualifying round of the European Championship (soccer). Vladimir Putin was due to arrive in Belarus for a visit, so Ukrainian supporters got up a bit of an anti-Putin sing-along — which the Belarus supporters eventually joined in with as a show of solidarity.

BBC radio broadcast only a brief snippet of this on account of the language not being appropriate for radio news. As the World Service goes out in 27 languages in addition to English; and does truly reach every corner of the world, via every mode of transmission — modern and archaic — I suppose this was a reasonable action — although to most listeners it probably just sounded like any other exuberant soccer crowd!

Just struck me as a bit quaint.