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January 10, 2007

General Knowledge Question

Quick, quick, quiz time. Tim Newman quotes this from The Economist:

Journalists covering atrocities in darkest Africa and seeking the quotes so prized by editors back home might not have to ask, “Anyone here been raped and speak English?”

That bit in the " " is quite famous. It's connected with someone who blogs. Comes from the father (uncle? someone who shares the same last name?) of the person who blogs.

So, first person to put the URL of the blogger connected with this phrase in the comments wins the Geek Points. And we all know what points make, don't we?

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Is it this guy?


Tim adds: We have a winner. Geek points awarded, lashings of ginger beer etc. As below, I'm assuming that there is indeed a connection with Edward Behr and his classic book about being a foreign correspondent.

Posted by: David Gillies | Jan 10, 2007 6:34:08 PM

I think David is right. Edward Behr wrote a book of that name, so I guess Rafael is a relative.

Posted by: Mr Eugenides | Jan 10, 2007 8:10:02 PM

Dunno about the blogger, but Chris Munnion, in his book Banana Sunday, credits the quote to Sandy Gall of ITN.

It is meant to have actually been uttered in the Congolese port of Banana on a Sunday as newshounds were covering yet another round of atrocities in that benighted country and looking for good copy from refugees.

By all accounts Gall denies ever having used the phrase.

Gall's daughter, Carlotta, writes for the Times of New York.

All completely irrelevant but do I get a smartie?

Posted by: The Remittance Man | Jan 10, 2007 9:38:20 PM

Aha Further research indicates Carlotta may not be Sandy's daughter, after all. But Michaela Gall who is his daughter writes an arty column for the New Statesman http://www.newstatesman.com/200006050040

Posted by: The Remittance Man | Jan 10, 2007 9:52:03 PM

It's a trick question. "Anybody here been raped?" would suffice. Only somebody who understands the question would be able to reply.

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Jan 10, 2007 10:02:46 PM

Mark, if you want to interview a rape victim for TV, you want the rape victim to speak English. Having someone else speak English and point you to them is no good.

Posted by: James of England | Jan 11, 2007 1:16:06 PM

Yay me!

Posted by: David Gillies | Jan 11, 2007 2:24:19 PM

James, fair comment, but if, in reply to the question, somebody points at somebody else and say "Yes, she was raped" you just have to ignore them.

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Jan 11, 2007 4:36:53 PM