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Old 17 August 2003, 03:34   #31
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up the creek with no paddles

When the man with experience meets the man with money often the situation becomes reversed. In to-day's world the victoms of false statements are well rewarded by the courts. The presant controversy may well be 'the calm before the storm'.
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Old 17 August 2003, 12:28   #32
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I have yet to hear from BBC in an email or on their site with a correction to their fairytale, I mean story, so I emailed them again today. Has anyone else been notified of a correction? I've been checking the BBC UK news website daily.
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Old 17 August 2003, 12:38   #33
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Only reply I've been sent was the automated "This is what we do with your email" reply. No sign of correction of the article either.
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Old 17 August 2003, 12:44   #34
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Hi Narked. Yes, I have only received the generic "if your email pertains to ___ it will be sent to ___ etc..." Do you know any other sites I can check for stories pertaining to the trip?
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Old 17 August 2003, 19:56   #35
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"BBC"

BBC have their hands full with the Dr. Kelly matter--they are probably focused on damage control for that--or else its another case of the "old boys network" doing spin control for "Teddy"
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Old 18 August 2003, 05:52   #36
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True or lies

I know from my own experience how it is with claiming records. In 2001 Sydney to Hobart I'd been a crew on maxi80 "Lodka Bols" (ex 'Maxima"). We had been 2'nd in our IRC class, but it was not enough for the boat owner (Bols) and for skipper (from UK). What happened, they claim, that we had been the first in IRC class becouse the boats had been later divided for Division A (big boats) and Division B (smaller boats). That is ture. In IRC overall we had been beaten, after corrected time, by much smaller boat. BUT in press and radio and tv back in Poland everybody knows, that "Lodka Bols" HAD BEEN THE FIRST!!! .
Similar thing is happening with Bear. He NEEDS the success, becouse of sponsors! No matter of costs... He HAVE TO BE FIRST, even if it is only in press...
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Old 18 August 2003, 06:16   #37
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It is an enormous achievement for anyone to cross the North Atlantic in a Rib, and it is therefore a great shame that the Grylls team's hype and spin detracts from that achievement.

I imagine that the spin and hype is an essential part of any Grylls exploit because the prime purpose of those exploits is to provide him with a living. The Everest story is six years old and must be getting a bit stale by now.

I have suggested to the Telegraph that the following may be a more accurate headline :

'Son of disgraced former Tory MP who has become the youngest person to cross the North Atlantic in an open boat, follows family tradition by knowingly making false claims and misleading the Press'
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Old 18 August 2003, 06:33   #38
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You have to check if Irishman in 1986 wasn't younger than Bear!!!
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Old 18 August 2003, 07:14   #39
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just like the Press - I haven't checked!
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Old 18 August 2003, 07:47   #40
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Sorry! ;)

English isn't my mother language. Thx for correction
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