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(Guardian)   Taliban rethink radio ban, citizenry addicted to BBC soap opera.   ( divider line
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2001-10-23 03:32:23 PM  
Gotta love them Brits
2001-10-23 03:34:52 PM  
I wonder if the Brits could use this as leverage against the Taliban?
2001-10-23 03:37:29 PM  
They should play "Safty Dance" by "Men Without Hats" 24/7.
2001-10-23 03:37:30 PM  
"the issues it tackles are forced marriages, blood feuds, landmines and opium addiction."

Sounds like a great soap to me!
2001-10-23 03:38:28 PM  
Cancel the show and blame the Taliban.
2001-10-23 03:38:41 PM  
shouldn't be too hard to write a "why it's good to surrender quietly" episode.
2001-10-23 03:39:46 PM  
I had the Archers inflicted on me when I was younger. It was the worst, most boring pile of jizzum I've ever come across.
2001-10-23 03:39:56 PM  
"There is Nazir, the buffoon of a security guard based on Eddie Grundy, who in a recent episode set fire to his neighbour's haystack."

Someone call Fox. I think we've hit upon what's been missing from their shows.
2001-10-23 03:42:23 PM  
Wow, there's an old story....the BBC must be slow, because I read it elsewhere months ago.
2001-10-23 03:44:46 PM  
This is totally off the subject but...

I just send an email with the word "Taliban" in it and the spellchecker in outlook wanted to change it to "Tailbone".


I just thought that was funny, sorry.
2001-10-23 03:49:39 PM  
(light bulb)

let's start running a radio version of the Simpsons, get 'em hooked, and then cancel it. should start an uprising.

(/light bulb)
2001-10-23 03:50:58 PM  
Send them over the WWF (the wrestling, not the animals). My roomates got me started on this crap my freshman year and I'm unable to resist, even know that it sucks.
2001-10-23 03:51:21 PM that it sucks
2001-10-23 03:55:41 PM  
It's amazing how many programs you watch that you KNOW are crap which you should be above.
I used to watch Power Rangers as a child - even tho I knew it was shiate.
I now watch WWF, same applies.
2001-10-23 03:56:27 PM  
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Testing... sorry.
2001-10-23 03:57:46 PM  
MFDB2- Hey you're right! I tried it!

Talibon = Tailbone

2001-10-23 03:58:30 PM  
The taliban are re-thinking quite a few things recently.

10 Maybe dogs ARE man's best friend.

9 the school dance is pretty crappy without music

8 marrying a chick and seeing her without her veil for the first time on your wedding night may NOT be the best course of action.

7 women actually DO look better with makeup.

6 women are more fun to be around when they can read the ingredients for recipes when they cook.

5 'RID Lice-Killer for Beards' will no longer be available due to trade sactions if they do not hand over Osama.

4 Nike Sandals actually ARE more comfortable than hardened camel flesh sandals.

3 It's hard to build bombs when you can't get the instructions online.

2 Converting to Judaism would allow them to summer on the West Bank.

2001-10-23 04:02:16 PM  
I wonder if this is the same British soap with the old lady who wears green, orange, and purple wigs and is always in a hurry to get home and pet her pussy...
2001-10-23 04:02:35 PM  
Vinylgrooves - As opposed to the best, most entertaining pile of jizzum you've ever "come" across?

Sorry. I'll be quiet now.
2001-10-23 04:06:18 PM  
Are you being served?
2001-10-23 04:13:38 PM  
Butt spoke fluent Dari...hehe

Sdystyk, I loved 'Are you being served' Is that still being run anywhere?
2001-10-23 04:20:19 PM  
I wonder if America will be buying advertising time on this show.
2001-10-23 04:31:21 PM  
Other favorite soaps:

The Few Remaining Days of Our Lives
As the World Turns Against Us
Guiding Light of F16s
The Young and the Hopeless
2001-10-23 04:38:03 PM  
My favorite quote from the article:
People would often tell me they thought the BBC was a village in Afghanistan.
2001-10-23 04:42:37 PM  
BigPhillySsshhh that's are little secret.
2001-10-23 04:55:13 PM  
"The Afghans were very news hungry," says Andrew Skuse, a social anthropologist who wrote his PhD on the success of the soap. "They really trusted the BBC. After years of abuse of the media under various regimes, the BBC was seen as more trustworthy than the national service. Some thought it was the national service. They hadn't a clue where it was located. People would often tell me they thought the BBC was a village in Afghanistan."

At first, I thought this was pretty funny, but then again, there are plenty of Americans who can't find CANADA on a world map.
2001-10-23 05:00:27 PM  
When did they put Canada on a world map?
2001-10-23 05:00:34 PM  
cheeckmonkey and shotgunjohnny stole my funny quote...
"One of these days...I'M GONNA PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE!!!"
2001-10-23 05:01:21 PM  
where is this CANADA??

is that one of those country's that was russia???
2001-10-23 05:12:29 PM  
Maybe soaps aren't such a good idea. They could get all sorts of ideas. Evil twins, incest, etc.

Top 5 Soap Operas in Afganhistan
- Generally Inhospitable
- All My Chutney
- As the World Succumbs to our Ideology
- Days Left of Our Lives
- Santa Barbarism
2001-10-23 05:29:10 PM  
Are You Being Served website:
2001-10-23 05:43:22 PM  
"Are you free Mr Bin Laden?"
"I'm Free!"
2001-10-23 06:59:47 PM  
Since when does the Taliban care about what the people of Afghanistan think?
2001-10-23 07:02:27 PM  
I enjoyed "Are You Being Served" when it was shown on my local public broadcasting affiliate here in the US,but now all they show is crap right now.
2001-10-23 07:40:34 PM  
Another somewhat mediocre British comedy series: 'Allo 'Allo.
2001-10-23 07:56:25 PM  
best english sitcom of all time: The Young Ones.

2001-10-23 08:25:38 PM  
With co-creator John Butt, Adam decided to develop and broadcast the show from the relative stability of BBC studios in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Heh heh. You said butt.
2001-10-23 09:32:34 PM  
Pgboys, Strom Thurmond is being casted in the the role of Mr. Grace, so I hear.
2001-10-23 09:40:10 PM  
*Props to Dude*

The Young Ones! My all time favorite!

(a.k.a) Brian Damage
2001-10-23 09:43:52 PM  
rofl, Peaceboy, Diogenes
2001-10-24 05:39:39 AM  
You should see 'The League of Gentlemen', funniest comedy series to come out of England for years.

It is for local people though.
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