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Isandhlwana - The true story.
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Blimey, Alan! There has certainly been some tripe dished up in the tabloids & elsewhere lately, admittedly catering for a pretty cerebrally challenged readership, shall we say, but this one takes the biscuit.

For the benefit of our overseas members, the Daily Mail is the sort of paper that no-one ever dares admit they read - yet someone, somewhere, must, or they wouldn't publish it! They now have a sub-editor (or whoever does that job nowadays) who didn't learn to read when he went to school but still got a job on this paper. His "bullet points" at the top are littered with basic errors, including two spelling howlers in just half a dozen lines. (Why have so many people lately started spelling "led" as "lead"??? I noticed this only a year or so ago but it's now a plague).

The real shock is that Max Hastings himself has put his name to the rest of this rubbish. Up until now I had given him the benefit of the doubt. The paragraphs under his name here, though, are not the words of a respected journalist & historian. Oh dear ...

I was going to ask when this awful litany of "re-enactments" at Isandlwana would eventually fade away - but clearly not yet. Interesting that he describes it as the battle Britain tried to hide. By Britain, who or what does he mean? By "hide" what does he mean? Has he ever read the newspapers & magazines of Great Britain in 1879?

Spoilt my evening Alan! Was going to sit back with a book & a cup of Earl Grey (yes, on a Friday night too!) but it'll have to be something much stronger now. Oh well ...

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Peter,
the Daily Mail is free on-line and does include some items which are not available in other places.
Many of their articles come direct from America with no attempt at Anglicising the text. I have a little
hobby of collecting some of their best howlers. Some where the headline text is a puzzle to get you interested e.g.
"Teacher stabbed to death across the street from the school where she worked in front of students
by son-in-law over custody battle."
or "Mother of nine on benefits..." or "Girlfriend of soldier who was accused
of raping a Military Police officer who was later found hanged "

Besides which, apart from spelling of travelers, color, neighbor etc. how else would you keep abreast
of what the Kardashians and Beckhams are getting up to these days.

You don't want a touch of accuracy to confuse people.

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Kardashians? Had to look that word up I'm afraid! Sounded like another central Asian civil war brewing somewhere but I see that it's something to do with an American TV programme. Google says the language in which it's broadcast is English. Wonder if it's English as we'd understand it?

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