Author Topic: I counted them all out, and I counted them all back.  (Read 1549 times)

Jaded

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I counted them all out, and I counted them all back.
« on: December 20, 2010, 09:30:19 am »
RIP Brian Hanrahan, best known for his reports back from the Falklands fleet.
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Re: I counted them all out, and I counted them all back.
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2010, 11:56:31 am »
Dr Larrington once met him on a train in China.  "Did you go to the Falklands?" she asked.
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Re: I counted them all out, and I counted them all back.
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2010, 01:37:58 pm »
Now I'm feeling old. This is the reporter that I think of as having covered many of the major news events of my adult life: Falklands' War, Belin Wall, Tianaman Square, assasination of Indihra Ghandi, Kosovo, 9/11...

Was his phrase - "I counted them all out and I counted them all back" during the Falklands a piece of misinformation - or is that urban myth? The assumption at the time was that the same number of Harriers returned that departed on a raid, but that isn't exactly what he said.

Re: I counted them all out, and I counted them all back.
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2010, 01:39:41 pm »
Yes, RIP. That list of events was very long.

Nightfly

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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2010, 02:02:30 pm »
A sad loss. An exemplary journalist.

BBC News - BBC correspondent Brian Hanrahan dies at 61

Jaded

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Re: I counted them all out, and I counted them all back.
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2010, 02:02:58 pm »
Now I'm feeling old. This is the reporter that I think of as having covered many of the major news events of my adult life: Falklands' War, Belin Wall, Tianaman Square, assasination of Indihra Ghandi, Kosovo, 9/11...

Was his phrase - "I counted them all out and I counted them all back" during the Falklands a piece of misinformation - or is that urban myth? The assumption at the time was that the same number of Harriers returned that departed on a raid, but that isn't exactly what he said.

I remember seeing this report when it came in. He wasn't allowed to count them or say if any had been lost; if he had the despatch would have been censored. So he found a way round that. The clear implication was that none were lost.
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Re: I counted them all out, and I counted them all back.
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2010, 02:27:05 pm »
Shouldn't this thread be in the Politics section given that Mr Hanrahan reported on major political issues and world events?

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Re: I counted them all out, and I counted them all back.
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2010, 03:27:30 pm »
Not unless you think his death is a political event worthy of debate, surely?
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Re: I counted them all out, and I counted them all back.
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2010, 05:20:12 pm »
I saw him on 'Eggheads' last week - 61 is very young to go. RIP  :(

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Re: I counted them all out, and I counted them all back.
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2010, 06:09:34 pm »
I have the same thoughts as Slowcoach & like her welshness consider 61* too young to die.
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Re: I counted them all out, and I counted them all back.
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2010, 06:46:23 pm »
A friend of mine bumped into him while shopping and asked him to give a talk for a local small group (of mostly old ladies) - which he did.  I wonder how many busy reporters would be so accommodating?
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Re: I counted them all out, and I counted them all back.
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2010, 07:00:29 pm »
From the BBC report:

"It's a mark of the man that even last week, as he lay in his hospital bed, he was texting colleagues to say how sorry he was that he wouldn't be able to cover the last flight of the Harrier."

How sad that he should follow them so soon, and so early.

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Re: I counted them all out, and I counted them all back.
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2010, 10:55:41 pm »
From the BBC report:

"It's a mark of the man that even last week, as he lay in his hospital bed, he was texting colleagues to say how sorry he was that he wouldn't be able to cover the last flight of the Harrier."

How sad that he should follow them so soon, and so early.

RIP.



The tribute from the RAF was very nice. 'We are sorry that Brian couldn't be here, but can assure him that we counted them all out and we counted them all back. We wish him a speedy recovery'
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