Tuesday, November 08, 2005

You Say Tomato - The BBC Reveals How To Make An American Bomb

Reporting on the French riots on last night's Ten O'Clock News, Mr Gavin Hewitt of the BBC talked of "gasoline bombs" being thrown. How, I wonder, do these differ from petrol bombs?

5 comments:

seriousmince said...

...or indeed from the Finnish Molotov Cocktail? Also, shouldn't "the authorities" be alert to a sudden rise in tampon sales to angry people who smell strongly of petrol? Or do I perhaps know too much about the manufacture of incendiary devices?

Learson said...

Mr Hewitt should, of course, have given this makeshift weapon its proper name, the benzine torch. When push comes to shove the Americans tend to behave reasonably with regard to language and I observed a prime example of this during a CNN interview with the head of the US oil industry's powerful lobby group, an organization called the American Petroleun Institute.

Learson said...

Oops, spelling error. The Prynter's Devil is not paying attention. Apologies.

dearieme said...

1) "Petroleum", old fruit, is not petrol but crude oil.
2) The Beeb man prob said "gasoline" because the report will be sold to countries, perhaps including the USA, that say "gasoline" and cannot find reporters courageous enough to brave the wrath of the Paris suburbs. Just a guess, of course.

Learson said...

Dearieme is of course correct. I rather like his antique and charmingly Wodehousian mode of address. The BBC employ so many female reporters that, given the Muslim attitude to women in general and the racial resentment towards welfare-funding Whites in paticular,I would prefer the distaff beneficiaries of equality legislation to remain out of harm's way.