So about as accurate as EVER OTHER REPORT ON FOX NEWS! Pardon me for shouting....
FoxNews.com has got its knickers in a twist about the birthplace of some pop band called the Beatles. As illustrated below, the US news outfit is quite certain in a news article curiously carrying a Wall Street Journal byline that the Fab Four are from Manchester and not Liverpool. Fox says Beatles are from Manchester …
I think Faux News have confused the original scouse mop heads with the tribute band called Oasis from Manchester. Easy mistake to make, after all that beacon of democracy also told us Bush won 2 elections...
Paris, because we will still be making jokes when the members of Oasis as old as the surviving Beatles are now.
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...Would that be enough?
Only claim to be "fair and balanced*", not factually correct.
To anyone who has ever watched Fox News (try it when very drunk - it is much funnier) the fact that they got the facts wrong is as surprising as learning that Katie Perry bounces her boobies around a lot in her letest video.
*That they are neither fair nor balanced is beside the point.
Actually that's something of an improvement on the usual standard of British geography found in the US media. At least they got the right county (just so long as you stick to the old county designations). It's certainly an improvement on the usual assumption that everything in England comes from London.
The last time I was in the states I was in Wichita and a local pointed out that my accent was unusual and asked where I was from. I replied that I was from Pontefract, Yorkshire in England. "I thought," he replied, evidently satisfied, "that you were from out of town." As far as he was concerned the world was split into two geographic areas, Wichita and "out of town". Other than that he seemed bright enough, so it wasn't that he was just some moron I'd stumbled accross.
Conversely a similar conversation in Portland illicited the response, "Pontefract? That's where the liqorice comes from, right?" But then I got the impression that Portland was a bit different from every other city I every visited in the US.
The fabulous Manchester Ship Canal* runs south of the Mersey along it's western banks, eventually emptying into the estuary on the Wirral side. It never gets anywhere particularly near the city of Liverpool.
*Fabulous 'cos I've always loved the sheer scale of ambition of those that decided Manchester could become a port to rival Liverpool, despite the fact it's 30+ miles inland!
Although I am pretty sure Murdoch is not enamoured of Liverpool, the reason you can't buy the Sun on Merseyside is because Scouse newsagents refuse to stock it, not that News Corp refuse to provide it.
It all goes back to the Hillsborough tragedy where theer were some [wildly speculative and very unconfirmed at the time and later shown to be untrue] allegations that some of the Liverpool supporters were stealing from casualties, pissing on paramedics and assaulting police who were trying to help teh injured. Most news outlets either ignored these allegations or made it clear they were unconfirmed and only allegations. MacKenzie's Sun however printed them as fact under the front page headline "THE TRUTH".
Murdoch would love to sell The Sun in Liverpool, after Hillsborough circulation in Liverpool dropped some quarter of a million units a day which is rather a lot of profit that would otherwise have been made. Given he allegedly ordered MacKenzie to apologise (alleged by said MacKenzie) I doubt Murdoch would be that stupid as to alienate any more scousers.
"the reason you can't buy the Sun on Merseyside is because Scouse newsagents refuse to stock it, not that News Corp refuse to provide it."
its more that people stopped buying it and boycotted the newsagents that carried on selling it..
a mate of mine when his dog had pups would not even put the sun* on the floor for the dog to piss on...
the editor, Kelvin Mackenzie admitted the story was a “fundamental mistake” before a Commons committee in 1993. But at a private lunch in 2006, he suggested he had only apologised because Rupert Murdoch forced him to and was quoted as saying: “All I did wrong was tell the truth … I was not sorry then and I’m not sorry now.”
I could go on all day about it, but i think i made my point...
*known as the scum in Liverpool.
Being as much of a pedant as you guys, I enjoyed the 'New Zealand born Rupert Murdoch' note. Close but not quite, he was born in the less famed island off the West Coast of New Zealand, not called New New Zealand but for strange reasons of history and non-English languages, is called Australia. Not that it makes much difference as he is now a Yank!
I remember showing an elderly American couple which ticket they required and how to use the ticket machine at Museum subway station in Prague.
Once we'd finished and they had their tickets and directions, the bloke complimented me on my command of English. I replied that, while it was sometimes hard, those of us from England did our very best to pick it up.
The ensuing silence was broken only by the sound of that one screaming through the stratosphere above him.........