BBC News grammatical triumphs

Seen by Jon on Friday October 30th 2015, at 7:32 PM[Edit]
After a third solid debate performance and a skilful evisceration of Jeb Bush on Wednesday night, it's Florida Senator Marco Rubio's turn to step into the national spotlight.
Skilful speling.

Seen by James on Tuesday June 24th 2014, at 10:11 AM[Edit]
The aircraft hit a seawall as it approached the airport runway, ripping off the tail and sending the body of the airplane skidding down the runaway, which then caught fire.
Disregarding the fact that the airplane most likely didn't skid down a person on the run, why did the runway then catch fire?

Seen by Lee on Friday February 17th 2012, at 6:49 AM[Edit]
[A mildly dull article about Charlie Chaplin's birth certificate ends]

Ironically Chaplin is believed to have been born four days before Adolf Hitler, whom he parodied in the 1940 film The Great Dictator.
Another Alanis fan at BBC News.

Seen by Lee on Wednesday July 6th 2011, at 12:24 AM[Edit]
"Everybody else has, generally speaking, copied somebody else's principal - mainly ours - and adapted it to the car they had in pre-season," added Newey.
Adding a headmaster to the rear wing does increase downforce.

Seen by Lee on Thursday June 30th 2011, at 12:40 PM[Edit]
A monitoring trustee will be appointed to make sure News Corp applies with its undertakings on Sky News
I'm sure the applicant will always be compliant.

Seen by Jon on Thursday June 9th 2011, at 1:51 AM[Edit]
Former Italian militant Cesare Battisti has been released from prison in Brazil, after the Supreme rejected Italy's extradition bid.
Was Diana Ross also asked?

Seen by Jon on Tuesday April 26th 2011, at 3:29 AM[Edit]
France and Italy meet on migrants
I realise they're trying to take a hard line, but is using the poor people as foot stools really the thing?

Seen by Jon on Friday January 7th 2011, at 4:56 AM[Edit]
Hamas has said it holds the Palestinian Authority and the Israel responsible
I also hold the Israel responsible

Seen by Lee on Thursday August 5th 2010, at 3:08 AM[Edit]
Attempted break-ins at RAF Rudloe Manor in Wiltshire - sometimes referred to as Britain's "Area 51" - the US's secretive desert military base.
Always nice to read of that arid and barren wasteland, the US territory of Wiltshire.

Seen by Jon on Monday July 26th 2010, at 2:33 PM[Edit]
According to Li Tongyu, general manager of the marketing department at the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), engineers are currently studying a rocket engine with the thrust of 600 tonnes, burning highly potent liquid oxygen and liquid oxygen propellant.
I'll grant that liquid oxygen is pretty potent stuff, but I somehow can't see this plan working out.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday July 20th 2010, at 4:17 AM[Edit]
The ash cloud grounded 10,000 Ryanair planes and knocked 50m euros from its profits
Ryanair does not own 10,000 planes.

Seen by Jon on Thursday June 10th 2010, at 3:56 AM[Edit]
The 19-year-old has been waited since last August to hear results of gender tests carried out at the request of the sport's governing body.
BBC copy editor has been sleeped.

Seen by Jon on Sunday June 6th 2010, at 12:09 PM[Edit]
Many people have fond momories of the park and the water features that it once boasted.
I have many fond momories of mammaries.

Seen by Jon on Monday May 17th 2010, at 6:53 AM[Edit]
[headline on front page] Atlantis to make first spacewalk
In her last mission, Atlantis finally does some walking.

Seen by Jon on Friday April 16th 2010, at 5:26 AM[Edit]
1317 Fiona Atay in Worcestershire says:

We are stranded in Istanbul.
Istanbul: larger than you'd previously imagined.

Seen by Jon on Thursday April 15th 2010, at 4:01 AM[Edit]
It is the second eruption in less than a month and the first since 1821.
1821: regarded by most horologists as being more than a month ago.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday February 16th 2010, at 2:52 AM[Edit]
In 2006 she was Afghanistan, in 2006.
2010 plan Seychelles I 2010 be to.

Seen by Jon on Thursday February 4th 2010, at 4:52 AM[Edit]
But he was found guilty by the jury and told by the judge he must serve 19 days, less the 302 days spent on remand.
For a total of -283 days, which seems a little short for a life sentence.

Seen by Unknown on Friday November 20th 2009, at 12:41 PM[Edit]
It will smash together beams of protons in a bid to shed light on the nature of the Universe.

More soon.
When it's done with that, it's going to carry on with the multiverse?

Seen by Jon on Monday August 31st 2009, at 5:27 AM[Edit] [Story title]
Britain's pensioner matador his makes Spanish comeback
Unusual name.

Seen by James on Tuesday August 25th 2009, at 5:19 PM[Edit]
It reaching a peak speed of 136.103mph (219.04km/h) on the first run and 151.085mph (243.15 km/h) on the second.

Seen by Jon on Friday July 10th 2009, at 5:37 AM[Edit]
The new, leaner GM will own the company's key assets such as Buick and will be 61% owned by the US government.

Shifting its assets to a new company allowed GM to get rid of
...amongst other things, the rest of that sentence and the rest of that story. The story contained no further text.

Seen by Jon on Friday June 26th 2009, at 5:47 AM[Edit]
Mr Jackson had been due to perform a 50-date tour at the London venue.
Was he planning on playing on a different side of the venue each night?

Seen by Jon on Thursday June 11th 2009, at 8:54 AM[Edit]
Despite four people held on suspicion of murder were released without charge, police have said the case remains open.
Maybe I'm being unfair, maybe this is some Cornish dialect with different grammatical rules.

Seen by Lee on Tuesday June 2nd 2009, at 11:16 AM[Edit]
Jan Berry, the former head of the Police Federation which represents ordinary constables, attacked Ms Smith in withering terms at their annual conference, referring to the home secretary's admission to having tried cannabis as a student - and her cabinet colleague Ed Balls' decision to implement a similar reward for teachers.
I'd make a remark about higher education, but I'm too "tired and hungry".

Seen by Jon on Thursday May 28th 2009, at 4:04 AM[Edit]
Police Sgt Greg Terry said police would be looking at whether the weapon had been safely and securely secured.
Police Sgt Terry then departed and left, heading and aiming for the annual and yearly Tautological Tautology Competition and Contest, where he was hoping to win and take first prize.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday May 26th 2009, at 11:29 PM[Edit]
[Picture caption] The astronauts will joint the three crew currently on the ISS
NASA finally got round to testing da mighty 'erb in space? Or is this something to do with hip replacements?

Seen by Jon on Tuesday March 31st 2009, at 2:04 PM[Edit]
The chief of Dubai's police said Sulim Yamadayev, a rival of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, died after an apparent assassination attempt.
That's actually a pretty good attempt.

Seen by James on Friday January 16th 2009, at 9:52 AM[Edit]
While maintaining both wings are equidistant from the nearing surface, the pilot must then lower the tail end.

Seen by James on Thursday January 15th 2009, at 11:18 AM[Edit]
It also outsold Boeing, with orders for 777 jets, down 42% from the previous year.
Complete ambiguity here. Did they have 777 orders? Or are orders for the Boeing 777 down 42% from the previous year, and as a result, Airbus outsold them? You actually can figure out what they mean in context, but it takes some careful reading.

Seen by Jon on Sunday November 30th 2008, at 11:11 AM[Edit]
With the US still involved in two wars in Iraq, and in Afghanistan, and facing the possible threat of further attacks, the Obama administration will still have to decide how to handle any future capture of suspects linked to al-Qaeda and potential security threats.
I'd pretty much got Iraq and Afghanistan down as one war each - did I miss something?

Seen by Jon on Monday November 24th 2008, at 4:08 PM[Edit]
Esa's director general, Jean-Jacques Dordain, wants the subscriptions going into this area to grow by 3.6% per year, giving him 2.3bn euros two play with over the period 2009-2013.
To be or not two B. Whether its nobblier in the mind to suffer the swings and roundabouts of outrageous grammar, or to take arms against a sea of legs and by opposing bend them. To die: to sleep.

Seen by Jon on Thursday November 6th 2008, at 1:56 AM[Edit]
A dolphin found stranded on a Tyneside beach has been put down by a vet.
The body will now be studied by experts from the Natural History Museum in London to establish a cause of death.
Do they think there was maybe a second vet on the grassy knoll?

Seen by James on Wednesday October 8th 2008, at 12:03 PM[Edit]
It's so-called Loki system can determine location within seconds with an accuracy of about 10 to 20 metres.
It is, is it?

Seen by Jon on Monday October 6th 2008, at 8:16 AM[Edit]
Shares on Gulf stock markets also fell fallen sharply.

Seen by Jon on Friday August 29th 2008, at 4:23 AM[Edit]
Put all of this against constant pressure for the tribunal to wrap up its work in an expeditionary manner.
The tribunal is moving from The Hague to Everest? Epigrammatic Everest expedition examples evince excessively expeditious editing.

Seen by Lee on Tuesday June 24th 2008, at 1:28 AM[Edit]
On a recent trip to Lake Windermere, his six-year-old son stepped into some so he became shoeless for the rest of his trip as the dirty trainers went into a plastic bag in the boot.
Lake Windermere is in Australia whereas Windermere is a lake in the United Kingdom. I suspect they mean the latter lake.

Seen by Jon on Friday June 20th 2008, at 3:42 AM[Edit]
Uniquely among most Western countries, America tend to mistrust its government and believe it is more likely to be part of the problem, rather than part of the solution, to the country's economic problems.
Leaving aside the question of how factually accurate that is, "Uniquely among most"? Most cars in Germany aren't black BMWs. Does the fact that my car is a black BMW mean I can now say "Uniquely among most cars in Germany, my car is a black BMW."?

Seen by Jon on Thursday June 19th 2008, at 4:02 AM[Edit]
Sixth human foot found in Canada
In other news, the National Cobblers Association of Canada called a party.

Seen by Jon on Wednesday June 18th 2008, at 10:39 AM[Edit]
'Oldest' computer music unveiled
So, er, how do I go about veiling music?

Seen by Jon on Tuesday June 17th 2008, at 5:24 AM[Edit]
[Headline] Fifth human foot found in Canada
Canuck shoe shops must do a really slow trade.

Seen by Jon on Monday June 2nd 2008, at 3:58 AM[Edit]
Senator Edward Kennedy to have surgery on Monday for his brain rumour. More soon.
[Ticker] Actually, I thought it was fairly well established by reliable sources.

Seen by Lee on Saturday May 31st 2008, at 9:20 AM[Edit]
Capello has had concerns over Beckham's fitness and the fact that he now play his football in the USA with the Colorado Rapids.
Capello shouldn't have any fears if he's apparently fit enough to play for Colorado as well as LA Galaxy.

Seen by Jon on Monday March 31st 2008, at 12:08 AM[Edit]
Aviation expert Chris Yates told the BBC that just because the Citation was a small aircraft its crew would not have been well-trained.
Seems a little harsh.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday February 26th 2008, at 2:04 AM[Edit]
Women's rights have led the protests against the attorney general's decision to drop rape charges against Mr Katsav.
Must have been a sight as the womens' rights marched down the street, while their lefts sat at home.

Seen by James on Monday February 18th 2008, at 9:37 AM[Edit]
Mr Bush, father of the current US president, said Mr McCain's character was "forged in the crucible of war" and he was best prepared to lead the .
Lead what? WHAT?! I can't stand the suspense!

Seen by Jon on Friday February 15th 2008, at 2:29 AM[Edit]
The BBC's John Leyne in Tehran says Mr Ahmadinejad's visit, if it goes ahead, will set the seal on reconciliation between Iran the two countries.
There are two Irans? Did somebody tell Bush?

Seen by Jon on Friday February 8th 2008, at 2:06 AM[Edit]
Award resenters include Stevie Wonder, Prince, Tony Bennett, Nelly Furtado, Ringo Starr and Tom Hanks.
I'd also resent any award that they'd also given to Ringo Starr.

Seen by James on Saturday January 26th 2008, at 10:18 PM[Edit]
He also scored the winning goal in the FA couple final against Liverpool to give United the double for the second time in three seasons.
The couple final? BBC using Microsoft speech recognition or let’s set so double the killer delete select all.

Seen by James on Thursday January 17th 2008, at 10:33 AM[Edit]
An airport worker told the BBC the pilot on the Boeing 777 had said he had lost all power, and had been forced to glide the plane into land.
While he did indeed glide the plane into land, I suspect he intended to glide the plane in, to land.

Seen by James on Monday December 3rd 2007, at 1:44 AM[Edit]
Laboratory tests highlighted as a possible danger five years ago...
Highlighted what?

Seen by James on Wednesday November 28th 2007, at 1:02 AM[Edit]
Winehouse's rebellious streak became evident early in life when she was expelled from the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School for piercing her own nose.
It's certainly a verbose name for a school, but it leaves you in no doubt what they teach there.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday November 13th 2007, at 12:43 PM[Edit]
[Ticker] A plane carrying Prince Andrew makes an emergence landing at Edinburgh Airport.
No! Get back in the box!

Seen by Jon on Sunday November 11th 2007, at 3:45 AM[Edit]
Residents in Llangadog said trucks and lorries were smashing into buildings that have all ready had thousands of pounds spent on them.
I'm already all ready to ready all the BBC copy editors for a painful death.

Seen by Jon on Friday November 2nd 2007, at 2:36 PM[Edit]
Last month she revealed she planned to settle with her young son and daughter in her native west Wales after splitting from her former American music producer husband Seth Riddle.
How does one become a former American, then? Is criticising the TSA involved?

Seen by Jon on Tuesday October 30th 2007, at 2:18 PM[Edit]
His arrest was part of an ongoing investigation which begun in 2003.

Seen by Jon on Monday October 22nd 2007, at 8:24 AM[Edit]
The unseeded Argentine became only the since 1994 to beat the world's top three at the same event after he upset Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on his way to the final.

Seen by Jon on Saturday October 6th 2007, at 12:44 AM[Edit]
The victim was showing her red Vauxhall Astra coupe to two would-be male buyers, both aged about 19.
Were the buyers women wearing fake moustaches, then?

Seen by Jon on Wednesday September 19th 2007, at 12:34 AM[Edit]
King Abdullah has in the past said that he thought a day would eventually come when Saudi women were allowed drive.
BBC writers to be beheaded shortly for insulting King Abdullah's grammar?

Seen by Jon on Sunday September 16th 2007, at 12:10 AM[Edit]
But demand is so high many are cannot access the site.
Demand for copy editors evidently equally extensive.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday September 11th 2007, at 1:32 AM[Edit]
A spokeswoman said water had effected five floors of the building in Edinburgh city centre and was running out of the front door.
Bienvenue au Slashdot.

Seen by James on Sunday September 9th 2007, at 12:50 AM[Edit]
Ms Marchand is like to be eligible for parole in eight months, taking into account time off for good behaviour for her detention that began last month.
Is she, like, totally eligible? The rest of the sentence is a mess too, but I'm too tired to analyse it properly.

Seen by James on Thursday August 30th 2007, at 6:17 PM[Edit]
US massacre college criticised
(Front page) - It's probably best not to have a whole college dedicated to teaching how to massacre.

Seen by James on Friday August 17th 2007, at 3:32 PM[Edit]
FTSE did end up didnt make all about confidence today moved to cut rate to lend to commercial banms not the same consumers mortgage All green arrows today FTSE 100 up 205 points madeup ground Dow and Nasdaq stop nervousness that investors have been seeing with regard t the credit crunch boom time ahead for advertisers prospect for

Seen by Jon on Friday August 17th 2007, at 1:07 AM[Edit]
The company is in the process of cutting 7,000 jobs, or about 10 of its global workforce, as it looks to offset falling sales and rising costs.
7,000 and 10. Easy to mix up.

Seen by Jon on Friday July 20th 2007, at 10:33 AM[Edit]
[In the ticker] President George W. Bush is to have a 'routine colonoscopy' on Saturday. More soon.
One can but hope.

Seen by Jon on Monday July 16th 2007, at 1:56 AM[Edit]
The nine bells in Southampton's 155ft (47.5m) Civic Centre clock tower will fall silent for two weeks so its cast iron corroding levers can be repaired.
Do corroding levers provide an important function to chime mechanisms, then?
[James] Hey, at least they got "its" right.

Seen by James on Sunday June 24th 2007, at 11:03 PM[Edit]
Experts believe echinacea, a collection of nine related plant species indigenous to North America, may work by boosting the body's immune system.

Experts believe echinacea may work by boosting the body's immune system.
Is it the same set of experts in both sentences? Could we maybe find some proofreading experts? Or failing that, 8 year olds?

Seen by James on Sunday June 24th 2007, at 10:57 PM[Edit]
And while Hong Kong enjoys relatively high levels of press freedom but there are disturbing signs.

Seen by Jon on Wednesday June 20th 2007, at 12:01 AM[Edit]
Australia has already started a wider A$40 defence procurement programme, amid concerns about growing instability in the Asia-Pacific region.
Maybe they're going to get a large pack of cardboard tubes?

Seen by Jon on Tuesday May 8th 2007, at 12:55 AM[Edit]
Under questioning, Radler testified that major financial and business decisions were made "jointly" and, at the time, him and Lord Black were "equal partners".
Remove Lord Black and we have "...him was [an] equal partner"...

Seen by Lee on Tuesday April 17th 2007, at 8:01 AM[Edit]
They confirmed that two handguns - 9mm and 22mm weapons - were recovered at the scene of the second shooting, and that one of them was also used in the first incident.
A tragic incident but that doesn't excuse the shoddy journalism.

A handgun would never have a calibre of 22mm, it would be impossible to fire accurately. Instead I suspect it was a.22 (of an inch) which is 5.6mm.

Seen by Jon on Thursday March 8th 2007, at 10:31 AM[Edit]
In 2006 Winterson was became an OBE for services to literature.
Something that will evidently never happen to the BBC copy editors.

Seen by Jon on Thursday February 15th 2007, at 12:24 AM[Edit]
See a Chinese stadium being demolised
[On front page]

Seen by Lee on Saturday February 10th 2007, at 12:54 PM[Edit]
He pointed out that the alleged incident happened almost 25 years.
Previously? Or has he not yet exhaled?

Seen by Lee on Monday February 5th 2007, at 3:18 AM[Edit]
Griffin was given an 18-day jail sentence for not performing 400 hours of community service after being found him guilty of reckless boating in the 1986 accident that killed director Francis Ford Coppola's son Gian-Carlo Coppola.

Seen by Jon on Monday January 8th 2007, at 3:18 AM[Edit]
But as it cuts back production to stem its losses, GM is likely to be overtaken this year by Toyota - who is still expanding - as the world's largest car company.
Who is still expanding?

Seen by James on Sunday December 10th 2006, at 7:34 PM[Edit]
A large minority of householders in Kensal Rise in North West London may find they are underinsured for damage caused by Thursday's tornado.
A large minority? What? How? Why? *pop* (head explodes)

Seen by James on Thursday December 7th 2006, at 3:49 PM[Edit]
The worst hit homes had there roofs ripped apart and off.
Picture 4 caption.

Seen by Jon on Wednesday November 29th 2006, at 11:06 PM[Edit]
He described his decisions reflected the discussions held with Mr Bainimarana in New Zealand.
He the who? What?

Seen by James on Wednesday November 1st 2006, at 9:49 PM[Edit]
The British inventor of the internet...
I think Al Gore has a better claim to this one than Tim Berners-Lee.

Seen by Jon on Friday October 13th 2006, at 1:58 AM[Edit]
Mr Howard said it "remained to be seen" how much affect the current drought would have on Australia's economy.
Affect? What is this, Slashdot?

Seen by James on Friday September 22nd 2006, at 9:53 AM[Edit]
Much of the fuel that Europeans use will be imported from Brazil, where the Amazon is being burned to plant more sugar and soybeans,
That Amazon burns really well for a body of water.

Seen by Jon on Friday July 14th 2006, at 4:43 AM[Edit]
Are they really, really big pictures?

Seen by Jon on Sunday July 9th 2006, at 1:53 AM[Edit]
The ISS repairs Discovery docked with the ISS on Thursday and on Friday attached an Italian-built cargo module.
The ISS repairs Discovery? There's more than one Discovery?

Seen by Jon on Tuesday June 27th 2006, at 11:25 PM[Edit]
Scott Pearce, a Nottingham Forest fan, is in Germany with two friends. But his partner Nicola Brassington is absent - put off for life foreign fixtures for life after attending a 2004 England-Spain match in Madrid where police used batons on fans.
For life for life? Sounds like a hefty sentence.

Seen by James on Wednesday June 21st 2006, at 10:13 PM[Edit]
Another fear is the transfer of a particular tactic used in Iraq to attack US military helicopters being used against commercial helicopters elsewhere.

Seen by James on Friday June 9th 2006, at 8:51 PM[Edit]
For many months, the Israelis have regularly shelled open areas such as fields and orchards in an effort to prevent Palestinian militants using them to fire their home-made missile into crudely made missiles into nearby Israeli territory.
Sounds a bit dangerous.. shooting missiles into missiles into nearby territory. Wouldn't it be safer to just shoot the missiles directly?

Seen by James on Friday June 9th 2006, at 3:47 PM[Edit]
The US has licensed the first vaccine against cervical cancer, which kills at least 290,000 women worldwide a year.
So why not stop administering it then?

Seen by Jon on Friday June 2nd 2006, at 1:47 PM[Edit]
Officers from M15 had been watching a group of British young people of Bangladeshi origin for weeks, the BBC's Margaret Gilmore said.
M Fifteen, eh?

Seen by Lee on Wednesday May 24th 2006, at 1:35 PM[Edit]
Home Office officials stress the bail decisions were made by judges and were opposed in all cases and all further bail applications would be contested "as vigorously as possible".

Mr Reid has asked his department to contest all further bail applications "as vigorously as possible" and ask for the most stringent bail conditions.
Bzzz. Repetition.

Seen by James on Wednesday May 10th 2006, at 7:13 PM[Edit]
Many of them has given emotional testimony in the past few days on the loss of their loved ones.

Seen by James on Monday May 1st 2006, at 8:34 AM[Edit]
For 40 years, it was the world's tallest building until the World Trade Center was built and is once again New York City's highest structure.

Seen by Jon on Saturday April 29th 2006, at 2:18 AM[Edit]
Now a further 10 student unions have

joined a lobby against the action.
A new form of that age-old triumph, the unnecessary paragraph break: the mid-sentence break!

Seen by James on Sunday April 16th 2006, at 9:20 AM[Edit]
It is understood the dead man was driving the vehicle.
An impressive feat.

Seen by James on Thursday April 13th 2006, at 9:48 PM[Edit]
It also found that a third of users linked companies in the first page of results with top brands.
"To link" may be a verb, but not in this context.

Seen by James on Thursday April 13th 2006, at 9:42 PM[Edit]
Already D-Link has removed from its website, updates to the software that keeps its hardware running that contains the time server list.
Clearly the author of this sentence realised it lacked punctuation, so he stuck a comma after "website" in the hope that this would help. Poor misguided, fool.

Seen by Jon on Wednesday April 5th 2006, at 12:52 PM[Edit]
He said the new leadership would do its best to pay the wages of more than 100,0000 Palestinian Authority workers.
100,000? 1,000,000? Three?

Seen by Jon on Wednesday April 5th 2006, at 12:24 PM[Edit]
"We're not concerned with the pylon line itself, but its going to run directly through Sheriffmuir," he said.
Is it it's or its? Its? It's? It is it's, not its.

Seen by Jon on Sunday April 2nd 2006, at 2:02 PM[Edit]
The mayor's political rivals have accused his outburst and suggested he was increasingly making gaffes that are causing offence.
Accused his outburst of what?

Seen by Jon on Thursday March 30th 2006, at 12:14 AM[Edit]
[picture caption] Better information may help reduce growing problem traffic problems
Also problem grammar problems? How about problem problems?

Seen by Jon on Monday March 27th 2006, at 6:54 AM[Edit]
Supporters of the idea say it may help students to learn, for instance, how to find on the map the other team's in Argentina's opening group: Serbia and Montenegro, Ivory Coast and the Netherlands.
The pupil's might also learn some grammar?

Seen by Jon on Thursday March 23rd 2006, at 11:00 AM[Edit]
At least about 43 foreigners are still being held in Iraq.
About 43? Not 40 or 45, then? At least about?

Seen by Lee on Monday March 13th 2006, at 4:20 AM[Edit]
Church abuse moves 'are welcomed'
Terse headline leads to misunderstanding.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday March 7th 2006, at 4:49 AM[Edit]
Their son Leslie served as a bomber pilot in World War 11.
Erm, I don't think we got that far yet...

Seen by Jon on Monday February 27th 2006, at 9:51 AM[Edit]
She later moved with her son out of the to a cottage her husband bought for her. She later returned to the marital home and but said she had sex with other men in an act of revenge.
Wow. Just, wow.

Seen by Jon on Wednesday February 22nd 2006, at 12:00 PM[Edit]
[Picture caption] Charles was in Hong Kong in 1987 to attend the handover to China
Was this not a trifle premature? Or does he just like to be early for things?

Seen by Jon on Tuesday February 21st 2006, at 4:43 AM[Edit]
Campaigners fear not only the homes, shops, pubs and school in Sipson will vanish but that neighbouring areas, such as Harlington and Harmondsworth, will also become inhabitable.
Feeeaar the inhabitable villages! Fear them!

Seen by James on Sunday February 19th 2006, at 8:44 PM[Edit]
[Front page] The newly named Palestinian PM plays down the effects of Israeli finantial restrictions and drops in Western aid.
Jesus Fucking Christ.

Seen by Jon on Monday February 13th 2006, at 12:39 AM[Edit]
The NHS Confederation said it was "all to easy" to blame managers.
If they actually said that, then I have some tips for them on how to become a little more blameless.

Seen by Jon on Saturday February 11th 2006, at 10:10 AM[Edit]
And Chris Huhne joked that he was "particularly pleased that Gordon Brown now has a Liberal Democrat MP - because next time he has problems with tax credits or the Child Support Energy he knows where to go to get them sorted out".
Mmm, the child support energy... strong in it is he. The "and" is also unnecessary.
[Jon] This is just the first we've heard of the next Lib Dem scandal. Drink, rent boys, now Child Energy. The Daily Mail will have a fit.

Seen by James on Friday February 10th 2006, at 2:50 PM[Edit]
Labourers at Alang agree the Greenpeace campaign has improved their working conditions.

But blame Greenpeace for the decline in the industry and the lack of jobs. Anti-Greenpeace banners dot the skyline of Alang.
Again, not even a new sentence, let alone a new paragraph.

Seen by Jon on Friday February 10th 2006, at 12:53 AM[Edit]
For two of those trials, Mr Jenkins was given bail.

That is highly unusual in a murder case where the defendant is invariably remanded to prison.
Dictionaries invariably help explain the meaning of words like "invariable".

Seen by Jon on Sunday February 5th 2006, at 4:48 AM[Edit]
It was not yet clear whether the accident was caused by a collision with another vehicle but although officials say "hostile involvement" is not suspected.
Tense change mid-sentence, "although" is redundant. But/although for a 25-word sentence, this is/was impressive.

Seen by Jon on Thursday January 26th 2006, at 11:39 PM[Edit]
He added: "I don't think there's any chance at tall of that person being involved directly within the inner sanctum of Sven's set-up - unless they are already in it of course."
What's the weather like at Tall?

Seen by Jon on Wednesday January 25th 2006, at 1:10 AM[Edit]
He told the Court of Appeal it was in the public interest whether the documents - found at the Iraqi foreign minister following the fall of Baghdad - were true or false.
Where was the Iraqi foreign minister keeping these documents hidden? Actually, don't answer that...

Seen by Jon on Wednesday January 25th 2006, at 12:55 AM[Edit]
Englishmen like Sam Allardyce, Alan Curbishley and Steve McClaren have been named as potential successors to Eriksson.

As have foreign coaches such as ex-Bayern Munich boss Ottmar Hitzfeld, Australia and PSV coach Guus Hiddink and Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.
That's not even a new sentence, never mind a new paragraph. Also, " Sam Allardyce..."? Other than those three, who else has been named?

Seen by Jon on Tuesday January 24th 2006, at 11:28 PM[Edit]
The Zoological Society said Dr Jepson would look for damage to the whale's skin and would examine internal organs and the echo response areas of the brain, which could shed clues on why she became to be in the Thames.
To become to be or not to become to be, that is the question. Whether to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous grammar or to take arms against a sea of BBC News writers and by opposing end them?

Seen by James on Wednesday January 11th 2006, at 2:32 AM[Edit]
"There is no element to date that would support person-to-person transmission," Mr Rodier said. But he admitted it may be to soon to confirm any changes in the virus and its spread
I'm sorry.. *How* soon?

Seen by Jon on Friday January 6th 2006, at 2:25 AM[Edit]
On Thursday, Miss Horton's appealed directly for help in tracing his daughter's killers before laying a wreath on the beach, where she died.
Miss Horton is appealed? But the story's about her unpleasant death?
[James] *Miss* Horton? *His* daughter? He/She laid a wreath on the beach and then died? Seems careless.

Seen by James on Sunday January 1st 2006, at 12:24 PM[Edit]
The seven passengers have filed charges of "false imprisonment" charges, German Police told Reuters news agency.
Charges of false imprisonment charges? So who is charging who? And how much? Where am I again?

Seen by James on Thursday December 29th 2005, at 7:15 PM[Edit]
He added that the decision applied the Philadelphia area only.
He applied Philadelphia liberally to the wound on his arm?

Seen by Jon on Sunday December 25th 2005, at 1:58 AM[Edit]
He told Polish TV viewers in October in his first - and only - public interview so far (on the occasion of the anniversary of Pope John Paul II's election back in 1978) that he will not emulate the stream of encyclical letters (14 in all) produced by his predecessor.
Was there some kind of competition for "Most parenthesised sentence" at BBC News? Leaving that aside, let's exclude the "and only", like we're allowed to do with parentheses. We now have " his first public interview so far...". Trust me, that's going to remain his first public interview.

It only has one parenthesis fewer, but I think my version's more readable: "In October, on the occasion of the anniversary of Pope John Paul II's 1978 election, he told Polish TV viewers in his first (and thus far only) public interview that he will not emulate the stream of 14 encyclical letters produced by his predecessor."

Seen by James on Sunday December 18th 2005, at 9:00 PM[Edit]
An limited - but free - service is running for the time being.

The older model streetcars had been running a historic route through the Garden District, but that line is not yet operational.


New Orleans' streetcar system dates back to 1835, making in among the oldest in the world.
A, an, in that order. Oh, the irony.

Proofreading inn't something done on BBC.

Seen by Jon on Wednesday December 14th 2005, at 4:04 AM[Edit]
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has accused Hertfordshire Fire Authority of being "woefully prepared" to deal with the blaze.
They were prepared but sitting around with glum faces, or what?

Seen by Jon on Tuesday December 13th 2005, at 11:40 PM[Edit]
The disappearance of Peter Falconio and the brave escape of his former girlfriend Joanne Lees have produced millions of column inches in newspapers around the world.
Bullshit. Winston Churchill's "The Second World War" is over two million words. I've got a copy. It's six thick books (5-600 pages each, I'm guessing). "Millions of column inches" would therefore be (at a minimum) these six thick books multiplied by the number of words in a column inch. Brief research tells me this is reckoned to be about 25. So 150 thick books. I somehow doubt the author seriously wants to claim that this much has been written about the case.

Seen by James on Tuesday December 13th 2005, at 12:02 AM[Edit]
A former top US diplomat has pleaded guilty to not disclosing a relationship with a Taiwanese intelligence officer.

Donald Keyser, 62, also pleaded guilty to illegally removing classified documents from the US State Department where he was employed until 2004.
Don't people usually enter pleas to charges?

Seen by James on Sunday December 4th 2005, at 7:58 PM[Edit]
President Abdoulaye Wade has even talked about building a bridge under The Gambia.
We have a name for that.. It's called a "tunnel".

Seen by Jon on Thursday December 1st 2005, at 11:24 PM[Edit]
Plans to scrap a rule, which allows council workers to retire on full pension at 60, looks certain to be scrapped by government.
So the rule's being scrapped? Or the plans to scrap the rule are being scrapped? Or the concept of ever having a sub-editor read anything already was scrapped, years ago?

Seen by James on Thursday December 1st 2005, at 12:19 PM[Edit]
Microsoft has been forced to defend itself against it has failed to provide enough consoles ahead of Christmas.
Against what? Claims? Allegations? Being attacked by aliens?

Seen by Jon on Wednesday November 30th 2005, at 12:54 AM[Edit]
Born of 13 children in Uganda, he became a judge and alienated the regime of Idi Amin with his quiet resistance.
His parents were 13 children? Freaky.

Seen by Jon on Wednesday November 30th 2005, at 12:26 AM[Edit]
"Our message to anyone thinking of selling, buying or carrying drugs of any king in Brixton is simple - don't."
So the king has to carry his own drugs?

Seen by Jon on Thursday November 24th 2005, at 1:06 AM[Edit]
The UK had it so good that pension bigwigs were want to lecture their European counterparts on how they should be managing their affairs.
BBC News Online writers are wont to make grammatical errors.

Seen by Jon on Sunday November 13th 2005, at 9:58 AM[Edit]
According to the televised confession, Mrs Rishawi arrived in Jordan with her husband on forged passports four days before the bombings.
Seems to me that having more than one passport should have tipped off the authorities.
[Jon adds: Arriving on passports, too. Most people arrive on planes.]

Seen by James on Saturday November 12th 2005, at 2:44 PM[Edit]
Hernan Crespo put Argentina ahead from Maxi Rodrigruez's pull-back but the outstanding Wayne Rooney fired England level from David Beckham's knock-down.
Fired England level? Erm, ok.

Seen by James on Tuesday November 8th 2005, at 9:21 AM[Edit]
On 20 October, the day after the start of the high-profile trial in Baghdad, Sadoun Nasouaf al-Janabi was kidnapped by gunmen from his office in Baghdad and later found dead.
Perhaps if they hired less gunmen in his office, this wouldn't have happened.

Seen by James on Monday November 7th 2005, at 4:59 PM[Edit]
In Junes, justices ruled that the entertainment industry could file piracy lawsuits against technology companies caught encouraging customers to steal music and films over the internet.
Who is June? And what were the Justices of the Supreme Court doing in her?

Seen by James on Sunday November 6th 2005, at 3:14 PM[Edit]
Azerbaijan's ruling party has won parliamentary elections, partial results show - the opposition plans protests. but the opposition plans protests.
One of the top stories on the front page.. So, the opposition to the opposition is planning protests to the planned opposition protests? Seems like they're awfully well planned.

Seen by James on Friday November 4th 2005, at 11:04 PM[Edit]
They will later fly to San Francisco where their tour will end.
Who will? The people from the previous paragraph?

Seen by Lee on Sunday October 30th 2005, at 12:36 PM[Edit]
The prime minister has refused to meet the ambassadors in the case, who in turn have threatened to cause an international diplomatic incident if the prime minister at least does not issue a statement saying he disapproves of the caricatures.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday October 25th 2005, at 1:07 AM[Edit]
The instantly recognisable white lettering spells Machynlleth, a million miles from tinseltown in every respect - except, perhaps, a love of movies.

Seen by James on Monday October 24th 2005, at 9:19 PM[Edit]
Phil Spector's lawyers have asked that an apparent admission made by the music producer to police after a woman was shot dead be ruled out of his trial.
I had to read this sentence 3 times before I understood what it was saying. A comma after 'admission' and 'dead' would go a long way towards clarifying things.

Seen by Jon on Friday October 21st 2005, at 8:13 AM[Edit]
And what's the different between the editor and the head?
Only the head (and ex-editor) doesn't know the difference between "different" and "difference"?

Seen by Jon on Saturday October 15th 2005, at 12:58 AM[Edit]
Hourly rates for the 95% of crown court trials which last up to 10 days, which do not include preparation time and expenses.
This sentence no verb.

Seen by James on Friday October 14th 2005, at 12:52 AM[Edit]
Shenzhou VI is in a low enough orbit to be affected by the Earth's gravitational pull.
As opposed to all the other bodies orbiting the planet which are completely uninfluenced by Earth's gravity.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday October 11th 2005, at 10:57 PM[Edit]
China has successfully launched its second manned rocket into space. carrying two Chinese astronauts.
This brought to you by the Amiga Power department.

Seen by Jon on Wednesday September 28th 2005, at 11:08 PM[Edit]
Anti-globalisation protesters earlier this month staged a protest at the site where the barriers are being build.

Seen by Jon on Friday September 9th 2005, at 12:29 AM[Edit]
The bomb inside KFC was shattered glass across the restaurant and blew a hole in a concrete floor.
Dear god, they're using shattered-glass bombs now?

Seen by Jon on Wednesday September 7th 2005, at 10:52 PM[Edit]
More than 3,400 gay couples got married in California after the city's new mayor decided to defy state law and allow gay weddings in 2004.
Ah, the wonderful city of California. (No, there's not a city mentioned in the previous paragraph either.)

Seen by Jon on Tuesday September 6th 2005, at 11:31 PM[Edit]
Saddam Hussein could face the capital punishment if found guilty in the case.
The capital punishment? Being forced to live in Baghdad for 6 months? [James] Being forced to read BBC News grammar errors for life.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday September 6th 2005, at 12:33 AM[Edit]
And people from ethnic minority groups were about three times more likely to unregistered as white people (17% compared with 6%) but with wide variations.
Not to be.

Seen by James on Tuesday August 30th 2005, at 8:32 PM[Edit]
Slec is 75% by the banks Bayerische Landesbank, JP Morgan and Lehman Brothers, with Ecclestone's family trust controlling the remainder.
75% what?

Seen by Jon on Tuesday August 30th 2005, at 7:38 AM[Edit]
The clockwise section of the M25 between junctions 12 and 13 south west of London has now reopened is closed but anti-clockwise stretch is shut.
A... the... who? What?

Seen by Jon on Thursday August 25th 2005, at 3:00 AM[Edit]
The measures are designed to combat addition to online role-playing games such as World of Warcraft and Lineage II.
BBC News' addition to grammatical errors should maybe have similar measures applied. Should be "addiction". Shouldn't be a standalone paragraph.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday August 23rd 2005, at 11:16 PM[Edit]
Argentina wan the match 2-1 thanks to a second, impressive goal scored by Maradona, and described by England coach Bobby Robson as "a miracle".
Later, they wonked themselves to sleep.

Seen by James on Sunday August 14th 2005, at 9:01 AM[Edit]
The last leg of the journey, 92km (57 miles) from Cremona to Milan, lasted six days - or rather six nights - at an average speed of 6km/h (4mph) an hour.
6 kilometers per hour per hour? Crikey!

Seen by Jon on Thursday July 28th 2005, at 2:49 AM[Edit]
China has picked its first group of women to be trained as astronauts, according the state news agency Xinhua.
This is slashdot style pedantry, but "astronauts" is a term used by the USA. I believe the chinese equivalent should be "taikonauts".
[Jon] Missing a to, too.

Seen by James on Thursday July 28th 2005, at 2:45 AM[Edit]
Anti-terror police in south London arrest nine more people as the hunt for the 21 July attackers continues
So then.. 12 more to find? Or not.. who knows?

Seen by Jon on Friday July 22nd 2005, at 4:35 AM[Edit]
"It [the bombings] has made no difference to me," he said. "It was tragic that the 50-or so people died two weeks ago but about three million people use the Tube network everyday."
It - singular. The bombings - plural. How about "It [the situation].." or "[The bombings] have made..". Even better, since the story's obviously about the bloody bombings, how about "It has made..."? Also, everyday is an adjective. The guy said "every day".

Seen by Jon on Thursday July 21st 2005, at 11:40 PM[Edit]
He admitted that passengers would be inconvenienced, but added that such security measures were growing increasingly necessary.
Were growing necessary? Where can I get my necessary seeds? What's the Latin name? Grammaticus necessarium?

Seen by Jon on Thursday July 14th 2005, at 1:28 AM[Edit]
Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp (SAIC) team up with former head of Ford of Europe Martin Leach to rescue MG Rover, the Financial Times has said.
This sentence written insufficient verbs.

Seen by Jon on Sunday July 10th 2005, at 12:39 AM[Edit]
The BBC's Zoe Gough said there was confusion and people were trying to find out information but there was no panic.

"Everybody is just being turned round and the main roads out of the city seem to be gridlocked, although traffic does seem to be moving," she said.
Leaving aside the fact that gridlock is (technically speaking) impossible in Birmingham, which doesn't have a grid layout, if traffic's moving, what's gridlocked?

Seen by James on Thursday July 7th 2005, at 11:37 PM[Edit]
In the past, a number of smaller nations have broken patents on HIV drugs, but this is still seen as a landmark case because Brazil has a highly successful Aids programme which is often sited as a model for other developing countries.
"cited", you morons.

Seen by Jon on Monday June 20th 2005, at 12:16 AM[Edit]
Tennis: Wimbledon kicks off
[Link on front page]

Seen by Jon on Wednesday June 15th 2005, at 5:25 AM[Edit]
Ex-Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said Mr Blair had adopted more positions than the "karma sutra" over Europe.
I think you'll find he meant the Kama Sutra. No 'R'.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday June 14th 2005, at 2:13 PM[Edit]
After his release from prison in Cyprus he arrived in Britain in 1997/8 where to work as a self employed builder.
As someone who presumably had a less-than-perfect grasp of English, he could surely more appropriately have got a job with BBC News Online?

Seen by Jon on Friday June 10th 2005, at 2:48 AM[Edit]
Christoph Klinger and Svenja Maniak have both come from Germany to support the star.

Mr Maniak held aloft a sign decorated with an image of the singer kissing a small child, a picture of Peter Pan and the words, "Germany fights with you. Keep the faith!"
Aside from the ironies in German people "fighting with" someone and thinking of this as helpful, it's *Mrs* Maniak. "Svenja" is a girl's name.

Seen by James on Wednesday June 8th 2005, at 8:56 AM[Edit]
They were also nihilistic - Sid Vicious spat, swore and wrecked (his own life with drugs).
Can you spot the (extraneous punctuation in this) sentence?

Seen by Jon on Tuesday June 7th 2005, at 7:08 AM[Edit]
The BBC News writers, the. Oh, and "did not own".

Seen by James on Monday June 6th 2005, at 12:40 PM[Edit]
A purification ceremony must be held to restore the sanctity of the temple, for which .
... is there more to this sentence?

Seen by Jon on Thursday June 2nd 2005, at 2:33 AM[Edit]
He said the attack was "reckless" and would not help Corby's case, who lodged an appeal on Wednesday. Opinion polls suggest 90% of Australians agree with her version of events.
Her case lodged an appeal? Clever of it.

Seen by Jon on Wednesday June 1st 2005, at 1:49 AM[Edit]
Mr Bush said its accusations therefore stemmed from "people who hate America, people that have been trained in some instances to disassemble, that means not tell the truth".
Being that this is both from BBC News and about Bush, it's difficult to tell who got it wrong, but disassemble means "to take apart". Dissemble was the word being sought after. [James] The quote is correct.. Bush really is that much of a moron.

Seen by James on Tuesday May 31st 2005, at 10:29 AM[Edit]
Milagros was born in the mountain city of Huancayo, 200km (125 miles) east of Lima, to very poor family.
Family very poor! Writing skills poor too.

Seen by Jon on Monday May 9th 2005, at 1:13 AM[Edit]
[Picture caption] Mr Blair has wants to stay on at No 10 for another term
The us rest of have wants prefer much Mr Blair to off bugger.

Seen by Jon on Saturday May 7th 2005, at 3:38 AM[Edit]
One interesting test of this potential alliance will be the campaign for a yes vote on the European constitution, which is likely to start sooner rather than later (assuming the French do not through the whole thing out on 29 May).
Ah, the French - fond of cutting through things.

Seen by Jon on Friday May 6th 2005, at 8:03 AM[Edit]
As he returned to Downing St, Mr Blair said that "reform and change" in the public services to "make the change necessary for the 21rst century" was his top priority.
Seems like education should be second on the list...

Seen by James on Tuesday May 3rd 2005, at 4:49 PM[Edit]
Currently Google News will provide thousands of results, based on relevance to the keyword entered.

"Google is constantly thriving for better relevance in its searching and anything that improves the user experience is a good thing," said Julian Smith, an analyst with Jupiter Research.

There could, however, be issues about how the quality of different news sources is decided, as quality is a far more subjective notion than the current parameters of date and relevance, he said.
Currently they will? This is some new tense I wasn't previously aware of?

They're thriving all the time, thaid Julian Thmith, an analytht with a heavy lithp. Oh, and the comma is inside the quote, which is clearly the work of a deranged mind.

Entire quote not, in fact, quoted.

Seen by James on Monday May 2nd 2005, at 5:27 PM[Edit]
The defence team, which begin presenting it case shortly, is expected to call on a host of celebrities to testify to the singer's good character and innocent love of children.

Seen by Jon on Wednesday April 20th 2005, at 4:10 PM[Edit]
Image caption: The discovery informs our understanding of possible distant "Earths"
Have you informed your understanding today?
[Jon] I think this is a legitimate (if infrequently used) meaning of 'inform'.

Seen by James on Saturday April 16th 2005, at 5:53 PM[Edit]
'The Osbournes' should be quoted in the first sentence.

'Black Sabbath' should be quoted in the second paragraph, since this is the title of the themed night.

Wouldn't it be better to screen them sequentially? Rather than all at 1730 BST?

Viewers will.. .. er, eh?

It's been an eventual year? Typically I find each year follows the previous one pretty promptly.

The Osbournes.. his mansion.

Needs a comma after 'March'.

Paragraph starting with 'And',
Parenthesising with dashes, when commas would be quite sufficient (using dashes is pretty lazy).
So the sequence was: Pulled out of play. Had breast cancer scare. Got treatment. No? Well that's how it reads.

10 mistakes in a 10 paragraph article. Ok, some of them are arguable, but that has to be a record. There's a mistake in every single paragraph that isn't a quote.

Seen by Jon on Wednesday April 13th 2005, at 2:51 AM[Edit]
Uefa will decide on Friday what action to take after crowd trouble forced the Champions League quarter-final between AC and Inter Milan to be abandoned.

The second leg was halted when Milan keeper Dida was hit as Inter fans threw burning flares onto the pitch.
The first paragraph makes clear that we're dealing with two Milanese teams, AC and Inter Milan. So which Milan keeper are we talking about in the second paragraph?

Seen by Jon on Monday April 11th 2005, at 8:48 AM[Edit]
As Ms Anthony left the court her lawyer said: "She was condemned on theory based on suspicion mascarading as medical opinion, and it was wrong."
Masquerading. Let's hope the lawyer knew the correct spelling, otherwise I've an inkling why she was wrongly convicted.

Seen by Jon on Monday April 11th 2005, at 12:14 AM[Edit]
[picture caption] Harold Shipman is Britain's most prolific killer
Being that this is a story about the inquest into his death, "was" seems more appropriate, no?

Seen by Jon on Friday April 8th 2005, at 12:42 PM[Edit]
The handover co-incided with the 32th anniversary of Picasso's death, from a heart attack.
Co-incidentally, thi-s i-s th-e 403th gramm-atical tri-umph.

Seen by Jon on Thursday April 7th 2005, at 11:48 PM[Edit]
Magpies defender Aaron Hughes and Sporting's top scorer Liedson will both miss that game after being booked.

Newcastle: Given (Harper 45), Carr, Andrew O'Brien, Taylor, Hughes, Dyer (Bowyer 63), Jenas, Faye, Robert (Milner 57), Shearer, Ameobi.
Subs Not Used: Elliott, Butt, N'Zogbia, Ambrose.

Booked: Bowyer.
So, erm, who was booked?

Seen by James on Monday April 4th 2005, at 5:39 PM[Edit]
He said 3,500 homes would be built to link to form a corridor between the city and the largest West Bank settlement, Maale Adumim.
Build to link to form to create to join to connect to make to attach to ....

Pick a verb and stick with it!

Seen by Jon on Friday April 1st 2005, at 12:21 AM[Edit]
Instead, the US - as well as with China, Algeria and Brazil - decided to abstain rather than veto the resolution.
As well as with also but not forgetting similarly like.

Seen by Jon on Thursday March 31st 2005, at 11:05 PM[Edit]
The recent hits of Mr Singing Career, or who are we on about in this paragraph? I guess congratulations are in order for Mr Career.

Seen by James on Thursday March 31st 2005, at 11:33 AM[Edit]
Headline: Italy revisits plot to kill Pope
Actually, they're revisiting the inquiry, not the plot. The headline makes it sound like Italy is going to examine why it failed last time, and try again. [Edit] SEE?! It worked!

Seen by Lee on Thursday March 31st 2005, at 3:57 AM[Edit]
Then business deals in Hollywood multiplied his wealth, helped by an attempt to buy the studio MGM, which fell through but left him with a windfall sum of $249.
I bet that $249 really helped him on his way.

Seen by James on Sunday March 27th 2005, at 10:21 PM[Edit]
At the time, Mr Jackson settled matter out of court.
He travelled to a lump of matter and set up a colony there?

Seen by James on Friday March 25th 2005, at 2:27 PM[Edit]
The technician named the accuser's brother when asked who had made the print found.
What's a "print found"?

Seen by Jon on Friday March 25th 2005, at 1:03 PM[Edit]
A earlier palace communique said the prince was being treated for a lung ailment complicated by a heart condition.
A? A? Where do they think we are, France?

Seen by James on Friday March 18th 2005, at 9:43 PM[Edit]
He became an fervent advocate for disarmament, believing that the arms race between the Soviets and the US was the biggest threat to both nations.
Here we present an perfect example of where even the most cursory proof reading would help.

Seen by Jon on Thursday March 17th 2005, at 10:49 PM[Edit]
Mr Beharry is one of 140 servicemen and women honoured for Iraq, Afghanistan, the former Yugoslavia and Africa.
Honoured for creating those countries, or what?

Seen by Jon on Thursday March 17th 2005, at 10:27 PM[Edit]
With Mr Blake acquitted of murder, and left to pick up the pieces of his life and career, police must now try to find who did really did kill Bonny Lee Bakley.
Maybe Did did it.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday March 15th 2005, at 11:52 PM[Edit]
Much turns instead on how credible it is that a chief executive of a big company could be aware of gaps of billions of dollars in the accounts.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday March 15th 2005, at 6:07 AM[Edit]
She faces a possible 30-year-old jail term if she is found guilty on all counts.
Couldn't they find a younger one?

Seen by Jon on Tuesday March 15th 2005, at 6:04 AM[Edit]
Russian technicians begin construction of Iran's first nuclear reactor at Bushehr in September 2002.
From a story on 15th March 2005.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday March 15th 2005, at 3:42 AM[Edit]
Mr Bagri's lawyer also claimed his lawyer was innocent and claimed wiretap evidence - which the judge had ruled inadmissible - would have pointed to his client's innocence.
"Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, I put it to you that my lawyer is innocent. I put it to you that my lawyer was nowhere near that plane. As my client's lawyer, if my lawyer was nowhere near that plane, and I was nowhere near that plane, neither was my client. My lawyer's lawyer's lawyer's client's client's client's lawyer's client's innocence is proved!"

It's an interesting defence, but I'm doubtful as regards its efficacy.

Seen by Jon on Monday March 7th 2005, at 11:09 PM[Edit]
[picture caption] TWA has ordered worldwide checks on all 240 of it's aircraft
If you expand BBC sentences, you can construct things that sound like Times crossword clues. "Ordered worldwide checks on all 240 of it; Is aircraft?"

Seen by Jon on Monday March 7th 2005, at 11:03 PM[Edit]
But the company hopes production models which will be ready in another three or four years.
But I hope BBC sentences with conjunctions which will stop.

Seen by Jon on Monday March 7th 2005, at 5:39 AM[Edit]

Seen by Ben on Friday March 4th 2005, at 12:07 PM[Edit]
There have also been four Test half-centuries made in 30 minutes or less. The number of balls faced was not recroded
I always make sure to recrode the number of balls. I also remember to put periods at the end of my sentences.

Seen by James on Saturday February 26th 2005, at 12:05 PM[Edit]
People streamed out into the street, covering their heads from glass shards.

Seen by Jon on Thursday February 24th 2005, at 10:58 PM[Edit]
After nearly a month of frantic searching she was reunited with her parents, when aid workers broadcast her description on the loudspeaker of the refugee camp where they was staying.
I didn't *see* an Ali G byline...

Seen by James on Thursday February 17th 2005, at 10:14 AM[Edit]
[Front page headline]" - "Foreign sales lift Wal-Mart sales
Foreign sales have increased sales! Stop the presses!

Seen by Ben on Tuesday February 15th 2005, at 8:14 AM[Edit]
The judge told 19-year-old Abubakar Hamza, who used his female identity to sell aphrodisiacs, to desist from what the "immoral behaviour".
from what the?

Seen by Jon on Wednesday February 9th 2005, at 11:05 PM[Edit]
[front page link text] England draws with Holland
Much as the mental image of the two nations sitting down for a bit of colouring-in is a sweet one, this would be better as "England draw against Holland".

Seen by James on Sunday February 6th 2005, at 1:03 PM[Edit]
There, he discovered Malcolm's letters, speeches and diaries up for sale. Realising that he was onto something the flea market trader had upgraded his goods to an internet auction site.
Upgraded? Maybe he meant "uploaded"? Even then it doesn't make much sense.

Seen by Jon on Friday February 4th 2005, at 6:32 AM[Edit]
Kill Bill director Quentin Tarantino had talked of wanting to the take on the Casino Royale project, and said he had spoken to Brosnan about it.
Wanting to the take on the?

Seen by Jon on Wednesday January 26th 2005, at 5:41 AM[Edit]
Production at Ellington Colliery in Northumberland has been at a standstill since gallons of water flooded the workings two weeks ago.
London evacuated as *gallons* of water cascade in!

Seen by James on Wednesday January 26th 2005, at 1:10 AM[Edit]
Ground controllers kept an eye on the performance of the space station's stabilisers in case the added strain from the spacewalk puts too great a load on them.
BBC News "journalist" changed tense midway through the sentence in case he gets promoted for good writing.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday January 25th 2005, at 7:38 AM[Edit]
A friend of Mr Raisis, Jamie Evans, 20, also denes the manslaughter of 28-year-old father-of-two Mr Jenkins.
Telling though, that he doesn't deny it. Oh, and this sentence is not worthy of a paragraph to itself.

Seen by Jon on Sunday January 23rd 2005, at 7:50 AM[Edit]
There was disagreements, for example, over whether large US media groups should be allowed to get even larger.

Seen by Jon on Thursday January 20th 2005, at 5:25 AM[Edit]
It has considerably strengthened the case for compensation, and possible prosecution, of soldiers found to have acted unlawfully.
Compensation...of soldiers found to have acted unlawfully. Bring back Maggie! Protest Labour's record on law and order! Compensation for criminals! Abundant grammatical mistakes! Et cetera.

Seen by Jon on Thursday January 20th 2005, at 1:00 AM[Edit]
Over the last fortnight, some 35,000 existing signs have been taken down and replaced with a 60,000 new kph signs.
60,000 new kilometres per hour? Isn't that quite a high limit for the new sign?

Seen by Lee on Monday January 17th 2005, at 2:08 PM[Edit]
Yet sadly the "War on Grammar" continues to provide evidence of torture.

Seen by Jon on Friday January 14th 2005, at 3:56 AM[Edit]
He and his wife have been forced to move into temporary accommodation while their daughter, who has special-needs, is staying with her sister.

Seen by Jon on Friday January 14th 2005, at 2:56 AM[Edit]
All three acts confer cash penalties for each violation of their terms. If the men are found guilty and all penalties are applied, the two men could face a damages bill running into millions.
1. Unless fines have become something good for the recipient while I wasn't watching, "confer" should be replaced by "impose".
2. "Cash" should be replaced with "monetary" or so. Assuming one can pay the fines with something other than sacks of pennies.
3. "..the two men.." should be replaced with "they". Or delete "the men are".
4. The spammers this article's on about should be pecked to death by 400lb bio-engineered combat chickens whilst their childhood enemies look on, flicking salt. But I guess that's a legislative error, not a grammatical one.

Seen by Jon on Thursday January 13th 2005, at 12:11 AM[Edit]
Three masked people entered his house in Burnbrae, Bushmills, at about 2200 GMT on Wednesday and hit him with bats as he watched television with his wife.
That's some pretty committed television watching. Didn't he think of running away?

Seen by Jon on Tuesday January 11th 2005, at 11:02 PM[Edit]
She has released a statement saying that she was "shocked by the vitriolic scapegoating in the Les Moonves' statement" and expressed concern that he was "motivated by corporate and political considerations - ratings rather journalism".
If that actually was her statement, I think I have an idea why she's been fired as a journalist.

Seen by James on Tuesday January 4th 2005, at 9:29 AM[Edit]
Two ships - the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Diligence and frigate HMS Chatham - are arrived in the disaster area
Two ships.. are arrived. Mm'k.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday January 4th 2005, at 1:53 AM[Edit]
I bet the Swale area of Kent's kicking itself now for having sold its ticket.

Seen by Jon on Monday January 3rd 2005, at 8:24 AM[Edit]
Sri Lankan-born physiotherapy assistant Sriyani Liyanage, who works , was one of those who organised a collection.
I hadn't realised that unemployment in South East Wales was so bad that working people warranted special note. Also, misplaced space before the comma. I'm dubious about "South East" being unhyphenated, but a glance at seems to indicate that it's a matter of taste. Consider, BBC News writers, you too could occasionally look at a dictionary! (It'll never happen.)

Seen by Jon on Sunday January 2nd 2005, at 2:31 AM[Edit]
One of the year's most successful new pop acts of 2004, McFly came from the same pop-punk factory that produced Busted.
I suppose it's unreasonable to expect better grammar from someone who's listened to McFly or Busted for any length of time.

Seen by James on Friday December 31st 2004, at 2:37 PM[Edit]
15. UK scientists have developed a clock which ticks 1,000,000 billion times a second. Technically that's a quadrillion.
It's "technically" a quadrillion? Did you know that a million micro-metres is "technically" a metre?

Seen by Jon on Wednesday December 22nd 2004, at 4:04 AM[Edit]
Mr Foster, whose theatre company is based at the city's OId Rep theatre, said earlier this week he would consider staging the production if it was not reinstated.
The city doesn't have an <tt>OId Rep</tt>.

Seen by Jon on Wednesday December 22nd 2004, at 3:38 AM[Edit]
Yet the European Court of First Instance ruled that delaying the execution of the EU ruling would not cause Microsoft irreparable damage.
But what would *not* delaying the execution do, since that's what the court actually did? (Or rather, didn't.) Inquiring minds want to know.

Seen by James on Friday December 17th 2004, at 12:44 PM[Edit]
There have been allegations in the past that senior UN officials were bugged during the run-up to the Iraq war by countries such as Britain and the United States.
They were bugged by Britain and the US? Or Britain and the US made allegations of bugging? We'll never know!

Seen by Lee on Thursday December 16th 2004, at 10:25 AM[Edit]
About two minutes before impact on the Moon, a solid rocket booster reduces the vehicle's speed to 300-450 m/s.The lander itself activates about a minute before impact.
booster: "The primary stage of a multistage rocket that provides the main thrust for launch, liftoff, and initial flight."

thruster: "a small rocket engine that provides the thrust needed to maneuver a spacecraft."

sloppy: "Marked by a lack of care or precision; slipshod: sloppy use of language."

Seen by Lee on Wednesday December 15th 2004, at 7:32 AM[Edit]
Giving evidence from behind a screen, one of the policemen, identified only as 'Officer A', said he repeatedly fired on Mr Bennett with his Glock machine gun.
Hmm. Glock don't manufacture "machine guns". They make pistols - rather nice ones. The closest they come to a "machine gun" is the model 18. Which is a "fully automatic pistol" that can, at a pinch, be used on automatic with a natural downgrading in accuracy due to it being, after all, a pistol not a machine gun. However, as far as Google is concerned, the Met use the Glock 17 which is a standard semi-auto pistol. So either Officer A, a qualified weapons officer, doesn't know what guns he uses or the BBC journalist in question can't be bothered to check their reports for basic accuracy..

Seen by Jon on Monday December 13th 2004, at 6:40 AM[Edit]
The BBC's Louisa Lim in Beijing says the situation on the ground the situation is more complicated.
This is not a situation where the situation of a single-sentence paragraph is justified. Such situations seldom surface.

Seen by James on Wednesday December 8th 2004, at 4:16 PM[Edit]
He was posted to Abu Ghraib in March 2004, shortly before accusations of the prisoner abuse, which was committed from October to December 2003, emerged.
"the prisoner abuse"? Only one prisoner was abused? Non stop from October to December?

Oh, and, emerged.

Seen by Jon on Wednesday December 8th 2004, at 4:52 AM[Edit]
Mr Blair told MPs: "In the light of recent concern, it is worth looking at whether we don't have to clarify the law so that we send a very, clear signal to people that we are on the side of the victim not the offender."
To me, it's "very, clear" that Mr Blair didn't enunciate a comma at that point in the sentence. It's as if the writer couldn't restrain himself from inserting a comma at least every 30 words.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday December 7th 2004, at 9:38 AM[Edit]
The steeplejack has carved out a career in broadcasting and has starred in 20 documentaries since his first appearance on television in 1979.

They have included his work as a steeplejack, the restoration of his steamroller and industrial archaeology programmes.

He died in November 2004 only weeks after filming his final series touring the UK on a traction engine.
Instead of just adding the third paragraph, the person who updated this story after he died needed to change the first two paragraphs from the present perfect to the simple past tense ("The steeplejack carved out...", "...and starred...", etc.). Or maybe they're of the opinion that Fred Dibnah's career can only be aided by his death. Could also be.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday December 7th 2004, at 5:35 AM[Edit]
These people appear to have more than just mental problems...

Seen by James on Saturday December 4th 2004, at 12:01 AM[Edit]
Front page, headline:

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld accepts a request from President Bush to say in his job, a senior official said.
Say what? That's what I'm wondering.. Oh, the suspense!

Seen by James on Friday November 26th 2004, at 3:13 PM[Edit]
That exchange rate really turned around fast! Impressive!

Seen by Jon on Friday November 26th 2004, at 7:03 AM[Edit]
The car was left impaled on the barrier, killing the driver, from Fareham.
Kind of seems like "killing the driver" isn't the sort of thing that should be parenthesised, even if only with commas.

Seen by Jon on Friday November 26th 2004, at 6:56 AM[Edit]
The coach was heading north on the A34 at Tot Hill, north of Winchester, Hants when it struck the tractor's rear, sending it flying into the air at 11am.
The flying tractor then swooped down from the coach's six o' clock and strafed the injured passengers.

Seen by Jon on Friday November 26th 2004, at 6:52 AM[Edit]
Iter will consolidate all that has been learnt over many decades of study.
*Many* decades? Let's say, for the sake of argument, that 15 is "many". This would mean fusion research began 150 years ago. At around the height of the steam engine.

Seen by Jon on Thursday November 25th 2004, at 2:10 AM[Edit]
[Headline] Drugs peddlers facing crackdown
*Drug* peddlers. Take your pills.

Seen by Jon on Wednesday November 24th 2004, at 2:35 AM[Edit]
Inside a windowless hall in a newly-built, fantasy castle, there are 1,750 slot machines which flash and chirrup.

In the past year, nearly two million gamblers have fed more than $100m into their ever open maws.
There, are, are, there?


Seen by Jon on Tuesday November 23rd 2004, at 5:21 AM[Edit]
The defendant also denies possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and possessing 200 9mm bullet pistol cartridges.

He has admitted possessing 298 300 9mm bullet cartridges without a firearms certificate.
If he's admitted posessing the first 298,300 cartridges, it hardly seems worth having a dispute over the remaining 200.

Seen by Jon on Thursday November 18th 2004, at 6:38 AM[Edit]
Few Somalis have probably heard of Hobbes but most would agree with his description - except for "solitary", as family and clan ties remain extremely strong.
The rest of the Somalis have definitely heard of Hobbes?

Seen by James on Tuesday November 16th 2004, at 4:45 PM[Edit]
Engineers followed the X-43A as it travelled in excess of 1,000km (620 miles), losing speed before and plunging into the Pacific.
Hm, maybe "before" was supposed to come prior to "losing speed", but in that case, it's not clear if the X-43A or the "Engineers" lost speed and plunged into the Pacific. While I imagine the latter was also a possibility, it probably would have made bigger news.

Seen by Jon on Monday November 15th 2004, at 1:20 AM[Edit]
Courts were also present when British nanny Louise Woodward was convicted of the murder of baby Matthew Eappen in Boston in 1997.
It's to be hoped that courts are always present when someone's convicted of something. The writer meant to say "Cameras were also present...".

Seen by Jon on Thursday November 11th 2004, at 3:50 AM[Edit]
Seven police officers suspended after an inquest returned a verdict of unlawful killing in the case of a mentally ill man have been reinstated.
Turns out the grammar here is in fact ok. But the news ticker which linked to this said "Seven policemen suspended from duty after Sylvester verdict reinstated". Which sounds like the verdict was reinstated. Reading the above with the idea that a verdict's been reinstated causes it to appear to be utter gibberish.
[James] It's still a hell of a run on sentence. Putting a comma after 'officers' and another after 'man' would make it far better.

Seen by Jon on Friday November 5th 2004, at 1:29 PM[Edit]
"The pre-buzz (around The Incredibles) is very good," said analyst William Blair analyst."
Analyst William Blair analyst? Analyst? Analyst? And what's that extra quote doing? Analyst?
[James] Analyst!
[Lee] Malkovich?

Seen by James on Friday October 29th 2004, at 9:33 AM[Edit]
Jez Sans, the man behind the Argonaut games group which went into administration a week ago, has bought back most of the company.

He founded Argonaut in 1982 and has been behind titles such as 1993 Starfox game.

More recently it was behind the Harry Potter games for the PlayStation.
His name is 'Jez San'. Not 'Sans'. [Update] - they went back and corrected this, but only managed to pick up 3 of the 4 times where they got it wrong. Nice work, muppets.

The 1993 game "Starfox"

The subject in the first sentence was 'He'. In the second sentence, the subject is 'it'.

Seen by James on Wednesday October 27th 2004, at 12:29 AM[Edit]
The 1st Battalion The Black Watch is to take over operations previously carried out by US troops in the area south of Baghdad dubbed the "triangle of death".
"The Black Watch" should be quoted. Maybe they used up their quote quota when quoting "triangle of death".

Seen by Jon on Monday October 25th 2004, at 3:36 AM[Edit]
If costs were cut, the teams could run 19 races with the threatened French and British Grands Prix as the 18th and 19th respectively.
An actual, non-sarcastic grammatical triumph for BBC News as they get the plural of "Grand Prix" right. I felt it only fair to add this :-)

Seen by Jon on Monday October 25th 2004, at 12:52 AM[Edit]
Hundreds of UK funeral workers across the country will stage a one day strike on Monday over low pay and long hours.
Derek Ormston, regional industrial organiser for the T&G, said workers have been trying to get a professional salary for the past for years.
As opposed to hundreds of UK funeral workers across Tipton?

The dead past is dead and buried, no point trying to get better pay for it. Also (look at the URL), why is this story in the Scotland section? I realise the Scots are often regarded as a dour bunch, but does this mean they now get all stories about funeral workers lumped into their section? There's no mention of Scotland, any Scottish town, Scottish people or any other link that I can see.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday October 19th 2004, at 5:17 AM[Edit]
Mr Bown saluted Mr Knapman's record, saying he had increased the party's membership from 8,000 to 26,5000 and led the party to a historic third place in June's European elections.
26,5000 or 265,000? Important difference. Especially since we're dealing with UKIP - I wouldn't otherwise believe there were 265,000 people in England who were that stupid...

Seen by Lee on Thursday October 14th 2004, at 1:01 PM[Edit]
Both the Blairs and the Browns took the traditional route of naming their children after their grandfathers.

On that basis, little Kennedy will be either Ian or Mary.
Well either the Kennedy's family history is more baroque than most or Nick Assinder should be more assiduous in his proof-reading.
[James] Maybe his name was 'Mary' on weekends.
[Jon] Turns out the little Kennedy is 'Donald James'. No mention of his weekend name.

Seen by James on Wednesday September 29th 2004, at 5:11 PM[Edit]
In addition, as of 26 October 2004, the passport carried by VWP country residents must be machine-readable, with personal the information about you is typed with encoded marks and numbers, rather than being hand-written.
Proof reading, people! Have you heard of it?

Seen by James on Tuesday September 28th 2004, at 8:17 PM[Edit]
The X-Prize will be give to the first team to send a three-person craft over 100km, and repeat the feat in the same ship within two weeks.

Seen by James on Monday September 27th 2004, at 9:43 PM[Edit]
Headline: Spain Church blasts gay marriage
Spanish? HELLO?

Seen by Jon on Monday September 27th 2004, at 3:26 AM[Edit]
Dubai is one of the world's busiest and fastest growing airports, currently undergoing a $4.1 expansion programme.
If it's costing a whole $4.10, I have an idea why they're having safety problems.

Seen by James on Sunday September 26th 2004, at 3:43 PM[Edit]
Around Kiffa in the south-east of Mauritania, the worst hit area so far, the sky buzzes, not only with locusts but with low-flying crop duster plains.
The image of a giant plain flying over the fields killing locusts is highly amusing to me.

Seen by Lee on Sunday September 26th 2004, at 3:28 PM[Edit]
The vote overshadowed new plans to Plans to build 10,000 low cost homes for first time buyers by using surplus government land.

Seen by Jon on Thursday September 23rd 2004, at 2:29 AM[Edit]
[picture slogan] Islam, with Home Secretary David Blunkett, is now a public figure
When someone has a potentially-confusing surname, it would be be clearer to use the full name. Yusuf Islam is not only a public figure when with Home Secretary David Blunkett. Since he was a public figure even when still known as Cat Stevens, "now" is also inaccurate. A better caption would have been "Yusuf Islam, pictured here with Home Secretary David Blunkett, is now a prominent member of the British Islamic community." If that's too long, one could assume that everyone knows what David Blunkett looks like and go with "Yusuf Islam is now a prominent member of the British Islamic community."

Seen by Jon on Monday September 13th 2004, at 11:05 PM[Edit]
The latest broaching of palace security follows other incidents, including one in which a reporter got a job as a royal servant.
I'd like to broach the latest BBC News breach of grammar.

Seen by Jon on Monday September 13th 2004, at 5:42 AM[Edit]
Sir Mark will be freed from house arrest but cannot leave the Cape Peninsula and contact police every day.
On which days is he allowed to both leave the Cape Peninsula and contact police?

Seen by James on Saturday September 4th 2004, at 1:32 PM[Edit]
He was able to show the breath and width of his experience in office.

Every image and every speaker were carefully choreographed to reinforce in the voters' minds the idea of George Bush as a steadfast, principled, say-what-you-mean-and-mean-what-you-say kind of leader.

John Kerry is going to work very hard if he is going to push back the Republican momentum of the last month.

"every speaker were"? Should also probably be written as "say what you mean and mean what you say" rather than being hyphenated.

He's going to work hard? Do you know that for a fact? Or did you mean he's going to have to work very hard?

Seen by James on Thursday September 2nd 2004, at 5:24 PM[Edit]
Negotiations continue to end the siege in the town of Beslan, North Ossetia.
Those negotations just keep on ending the siege. Or, did you mean "Negotiations to end the siege continue"? You.. you dolts.

Seen by Lee on Thursday September 2nd 2004, at 4:33 PM[Edit]
Police moved to remove the protesters.
Sigh. Perhaps the New York police normally remain stationary and remove people using telekinesis?

Seen by James on Wednesday September 1st 2004, at 5:34 PM[Edit]
(Headline on the top story on the front page of BBC News):

Hours pass in Russia school siege

Because, due to an anomoly in the fabric of space-time, outside the siege, only minutes have passed. Oh, and "Russian".

Seen by James on Thursday July 22nd 2004, at 4:30 PM[Edit]
Outside the US Amazon saw sales grow 50% to $595m, an increase of 38%.
Which is it? 50% or 38%?
[Jon] There's a comma missing after "US", too.

Seen by James on Thursday July 22nd 2004, at 4:28 PM[Edit]
Inspite eh? Making up new words are we now? What alot of nonsense.

Seen by James on Thursday July 22nd 2004, at 10:53 AM[Edit]
Spirit and Opportunity were supposed to be on the planet for 90 Martian days.
Not a grammar mistake, but seriously.. what was supposed to happen to them after 90 days? Airlift? Self destruct sequence?
[Jon] Destruction via crash landing of other NASA probes

Seen by James on Tuesday July 20th 2004, at 12:25 PM[Edit]
Lance Armstrong's ride into yellow at the Tour de France was not supposed to be easy in 2004, but it is ever thus.

Seen by James on Friday July 16th 2004, at 8:45 PM[Edit]
Earlier on Thursday the US ambassador to Japan, Howard Baker, said his government was "sympathetic" to Mr Jenkins' health problems, while Japanese government officials said they did not expect Washington to press for custody which he was being treated.
Which to the what now?

Seen by Jon on Tuesday July 13th 2004, at 5:59 AM[Edit]
Prince Charles stopped for tea and Welsh cakes when he visited the Conwy village of Trefriw which were flooded in February.
He also taled to some of the emergency teams who ferry people and animals in canoes around the stricken community.
They showed his some of the damage caused by February's two foot high floods and chattted with the royal visitor over tea and traditional Welsh cakes.
Inside the school met emergency workers who helped the residents...
A couple who have only been able to return to their homes two weeks ago - five months after it was flooded - also met the prince.
The village were flooded, were it?
I imagine he talked to emergency teams, unless taling is some ancient feudal rite that I've not heard of. I similarly imagine that the emergency teams *ferried* people around. Unless the floods have been going on for 5 months. Finally, were only the animals in canoes?
Was it his own personal some of the damage? Chattted, did they? More feudal rituals, evidently.
How does a school meet emergency workers?
The couple's homes was flooded, was it?

Found while researching the last Triumph. For the interested observer, there are plenty more errors in the story - but life's too short. Congrats, BBC Wales. Maybe stick to Welsh in future?

Seen by Jon on Tuesday July 13th 2004, at 5:54 AM[Edit]
It follows a visit to a Conwy Valley village which suffered severe flooding in north Wales on Monday.
He also met more flood victims during his tea room visit in Llanrwst, which was also affected by the floods five months ago.
It's completely unclear whether there were two floods, one five months ago and one just now, or only one flood, five months ago. (Further research reveals that there was only one.) Sentence probably best as "It follows a visit on Monday to a village in Conwy Valley, North Wales, which suffered severe flooding five months ago".

Seen by Jon on Sunday July 11th 2004, at 8:47 AM[Edit]
They also face massive cuts on how many tyres they can use from next season onwards - down to just two for the entire race weekend - and will have a new aerodynamic package thrust upon them.
Watch out next year for the all-new Formula 1 Bicycles!

Seen by Jon on Tuesday July 6th 2004, at 3:29 AM[Edit]
Police say there is no guaranteed way of knowing how much alcohol is in the body, and advise motorists to have only soft drinks.

But officers also recommend that people going out in groups should nominate a designated driver who will stick to soft drinks.
a) That's not a "But". It's a further strategy of the officers, complementary to the first .
b) Don't begin a paragraph with "But". Resist even beginning a sentence with a conjunction.
c) This shouldn't be a separate paragraph at all. Drop "But", merge to one paragraph, optionally change the stop at the end of the first to a semicolon.

Seen by James on Saturday July 3rd 2004, at 12:14 PM[Edit]
And they, clearly, have to be mindful of how much office space and shops there are.
New paragraph starting with 'And', but what are those commas doing there? They unnecessarily break up the sentence. Finally, 'how much office space' and 'how much shops'? Really ought to be.. 'how much office space and how many shops'.

Seen by James on Monday June 28th 2004, at 9:40 PM[Edit]
The administration had contended is not sovereign US soil, and therefore not within the jurisdiction of US courts.
What isn't sovereign soil?

Seen by Jon on Monday June 28th 2004, at 2:28 AM[Edit]
On getting elected to the European Parliament earlier this month, Robert Kilroy-Silk vowed to "wreck" the institution he had just been chosen to represent.
Not so much a grammatical error, but my understanding of representative democracy is that it's the *people* who are being represented, not the parliament. Maybe this is where we're going wrong...

Seen by Abubica on Friday June 25th 2004, at 2:52 PM[Edit]
Mr Bemer was along the first to warn about the Y2K bug
along, among, around, inbetween, something like that

Seen by Abubica on Friday June 25th 2004, at 2:50 PM[Edit]
Fighting online crime and are e-mail and texts killing the art of conversation
FIghting online crime and ?

Seen by Jon on Friday June 25th 2004, at 3:16 AM[Edit]
In 1998, he was fined more than 40,000 euros for breaking the nose of a TV cameraman outside his Hanover home.

And three years later he was fined a much larger sum for several incidents against journalists, after he was photographed urinating - supposedly on the Turkish pavilion - at the Hanover Expo 2000 exhibition.
1998+3 != 2000

Seen by Jon on Friday June 25th 2004, at 12:31 AM[Edit]
The UK is currently pretty much self sufficient, exporting roughly the same amount of gas as it exports, but this is about to change fast, in part due to dwindling UK North Sea reserves.
And there was me expecting that we'd export a different amount to the amount that we export...

Seen by Jon on Wednesday June 23rd 2004, at 1:29 AM[Edit]
Central London's Marble Arch is back in the public eye after a three-month operation to clean off centuries of city grime and repair damage.
From the photo caption: "Designed by John Nash, Marble Arch was completed in 1832-33". Since it's not 2032 yet, "centuries" have not passed since its completion and centuries of city grime were therefore not present on the monument.

Seen by Jon on Thursday June 17th 2004, at 11:13 PM[Edit]
Watching the match from the stands was Beckham's biggest fans - his wife Victoria and son Brooklyn.
<bangs head against desk>

Seen by Jon on Thursday June 17th 2004, at 8:48 AM[Edit]
Temperatures pitchside soared past the 100C degrees mark as they prepared to try and bounce back from the opening defeat against France in Lisbon.
Their preparations presumably involved a lot of boiling and subsequent overpressurisation and explosion.

Seen by Jon on Sunday June 13th 2004, at 2:13 PM[Edit]
The alarm can be triggered by a member of the public on the beach or by simply phoning-in.
"Phoning in" is two words, unhyphenated.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday June 8th 2004, at 1:57 AM[Edit]
And because Venus rotates so slowly on its axis, its year (225 Earth days) is actually longer than its day.
As opposed to Earth years, which are of course shorter than Earth days... this sentence should, I'm pretty sure, be the other way round.

Seen by James on Saturday June 5th 2004, at 6:04 PM[Edit]
His father, former vice-president George Bush senior, said he and his wife Barbara mourned "a great president and a great friend".
Not so much a grammatical triumph. While Bush was indeed Reagan's VP, he was also the president, and presumably, should be referred to by his highest title.

Seen by James on Sunday May 30th 2004, at 11:33 PM[Edit]
For example, in Kenya it an average of two hours and 40 minutes to earn enough to buy a packet for imported cigarettes, while in the United Kingdom it takes just 40 minutes.
it an average?

Seen by Jon on Saturday May 29th 2004, at 7:34 AM[Edit]
In the event of a blaze, the fire control system is supposed to swing into action with at the push of a button, Mr Dam told BBC News Online.
"...with at..."? Preposition overload.

Seen by James on Tuesday May 25th 2004, at 1:42 PM[Edit]
The US Can-Spam Act, which can into force at the beginning of the year, has been dismissed by experts as ineffectual.

"The law hasn't had as much of an impact as we hoped. I imagine it will have to be revised as there are wide gapping holes," said Ms Staley.

It is estimated that spam costs US businesses $10 billion in 2003.
"can into force"? "gapping holes"? "cost", not "costs", you morons.

Seen by Jon on Monday May 17th 2004, at 11:20 PM[Edit]
A single said to be a response from the former lover of soul singer Eamon's expletive-laden chart-topper has become the UK singles number one.
The former lover of a chart-topper? Kinky. It's a "response *to* soul singer Eamon's expletive-laden chart-topper *from* his former lover".

Seen by James on Friday May 14th 2004, at 1:35 AM[Edit]
To win, that altitude - 329,000ft (100km), the official boundary of space - has to be reached twice in three-weeks by a three-man spacecraft.
To construct, a sentence - as poor - as this, one, has - to take some - serious, effort.

Seen by Lee on Thursday May 13th 2004, at 4:18 AM[Edit]
"Officials say some have been send abroad."


And also:

"But this week, Amnesty instead said they had send a dossier of alleged abuses to Mr Ingram in November." (

Someone needs to send News Online a basic guide to grammar.

Seen by Jon on Tuesday May 11th 2004, at 11:52 PM[Edit]
The calls are in response to legal disputes over Able UK's plan to dismantle a fleet of US Navy ships said to contain toxic materials in Teesside.
The ships only contain toxic materials when in Teesside?

Seen by James on Sunday May 9th 2004, at 11:49 AM[Edit]
The US and the Mr Kadyrov's assassination has drawn broad international condemnation.
The US was assassinated? As well as "the Mr Kadyrov"? Hmm..

Seen by James on Sunday May 2nd 2004, at 9:55 PM[Edit]
The allegations are made by two soldiers who gave the Daily Mirror torturing an Iraqi prisoner.
Who.. gave.. what?

Seen by Jon on Thursday April 29th 2004, at 11:39 PM[Edit]
About 13,000 chess fans gathered in the central Cuba city of Santa Clara for the mass game.
Central Cuba*n* city.

Seen by James on Wednesday April 21st 2004, at 4:47 PM[Edit]
The conversation, about a proposed holiday and planning a surprise party for a friend, was conducted both at usually speaking level and exaggeratedly loud.
Participants were asked to rate the annoyance value of the conversation they heard on scale of one to five, as well as how much they noticed it.

Those conducted on a mobile phone in both categories were significantly more annoying and noticeable to the group than face to face ones.
usually speaking level? Those *what* conducted on a mobile phone? conversations? Omitting this would work if the sentence wasn't.

A new paragraph.


Seen by Jon on Wednesday April 21st 2004, at 6:47 AM[Edit]
It emerges because of the way that the net passes data around the net.
It passes data around itself?

Seen by James on Monday April 19th 2004, at 10:49 AM[Edit]
Not to forget also against the backdrop of the mad-cow disease scare in the US, which put many consumers off eating beef.
Not to forget what? The rest of the sentence? BBC news needs to hire some primary school kids to check their grammar.

Seen by James on Saturday April 17th 2004, at 11:58 PM[Edit]
But in a speech to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco said that until the US resolves the situation in Iraq and makes progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, no-one will ever be safe.
Let's ignore for a moment the fact that yet another new paragraph begins with the word "But" as this is becoming such a common occurence, it's hardly worth commenting on any more. The problem with this sentence is; there's no subject. If it had been a continuation of the previous sentence it would have barely made sense, but could still have done with a 'he' before 'said'. As it stands, the sentence makes no sense.

Seen by James on Thursday April 15th 2004, at 9:08 PM[Edit]
"Journalist" in "No idea how to begin a new paragraph - resorts to using 'But' repeatedly" shocker. How did this appalling trend start? Why won't it stop? 3 times in the same article!

Seen by Lee on Saturday April 3rd 2004, at 2:04 PM[Edit]
In the area where the blast happened, helicopters with search beams have been circling overhead.
I have no idea what a search beam could be in the context of a helicopter and neither does Google. Mind you the mental image of helicopters tentatively prodding the area with large lengths of steel girder amuses me. I imagine the journalist meant a searchlight. The comma is redundant as well.

Seen by Lee on Saturday April 3rd 2004, at 9:10 AM[Edit]
[Stephen Kaufman, attorney for Mr Kozlowski said he was disappointed at the mistrial decision.]

Mr Kaufman added that he believed a retail date would be determined on May 7.
The subject, the collapse of the Tyco trial due to alleged juror tampering, makes this a simple yet mildly amusing spelling mistake.

Seen by James on Friday April 2nd 2004, at 11:03 AM[Edit]
The move will affect visitors 27 countries - including the UK, Japan and Australia - whose nationals had been able to visit the US without a visa.

Seen by Lee on Tuesday March 30th 2004, at 5:07 AM[Edit]
Countries such as the UK, which currently do not require a visa for citizens to travel to the US, have until October of this year to ensure all passports have the capacity for biometric information by October of this year.

Seen by James on Thursday March 25th 2004, at 11:57 AM[Edit]
The sea water was coloured with the same dye used to highlight meet, the artist said.
"meat" maybe?

Seen by James on Wednesday March 24th 2004, at 6:42 PM[Edit]
SNCF on Wednesday ordered another search of the country's 32,000km (19,800 miles) network, but did not when it might take place.
did not what?

Seen by James on Tuesday March 23rd 2004, at 2:14 PM[Edit]
"Rooting out and dealing with terrorist enemies is tough. It will require that we think very differently" to previously, he said.

Seen by Jon on Thursday March 18th 2004, at 12:57 AM[Edit]
He still faces 14 charges of child pornography in the state of Illinois, stemming from an video of him allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
How does one have alleged sex? Sounds kinky.... This should be " alleged video..."

Seen by Jon on Monday March 15th 2004, at 3:25 AM[Edit]
Statistics published by consultants SQW indicate the event yielded double the expected windfall for the event on 6 November last year.
The awards ceremony, hosted by Christine Aguilera, was beamed to an estimated audience of one billion people in 28 countries.

Seen by James on Monday March 15th 2004, at 1:49 AM[Edit]
Spain, with more than 1,300 troops in Iraq, was supported the US-led war on Iraq despite much domestic opposition.
Mr Zapatero told Spanish radio that no decision would be taken until he was in power or without wide political consultation.
But the soldiers would be pulled out if there was no change in Iraq by the 30 June deadline for transfer of sovereignty.
"was supported"
No decision will be taken until either he's in power, or he's without wide political consultation? Eh?
But.. has no reason to be the start of a new sentence, or indeed, a new paragraph. Again.

Seen by James on Saturday March 13th 2004, at 2:25 AM[Edit]
Grohl went on to form the Foo Fighters, while Novoselic have worked on a number of different musical projects.
Worked on a lot of projects, have he?

Seen by Jon on Tuesday March 9th 2004, at 7:29 AM[Edit]
But he is using the contests in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas to try to break Republican's stranglehold on the south
Poor Republican. Missing full stop, too. Oh, and this doesn't need to be a separate sentence, nor a separate paragraph.

Seen by Jon on Monday March 1st 2004, at 2:45 AM[Edit]
Small independent firm the Welsh Whisky Company...

The last commercial distillery, at Bala, north Wales, closed at the end of the 1800s.

But the tradition is being revived with the launch of the malt on Wales' national day - 1 March.
The Welsh Whisky Company employs 15 people who will produce 75,000 bottles of the whisky a year
Other events to mark St David's Day across Wales include the firstr St David's Day Parade in Cardiff and a visit by Prince Charles to south Wales.

The Cardiff march will begin at Sophia Gardens before ending at the National Museum of Wales in the city centre.

A parade was also being held in Colwyn Bay, setting off at 0930 GMT from Lansdowne Road for a service at St Paul's Church.

In New York the assembly government was opening its Wales International Centre - dubbed an economic "embassy" - in the Chrysler Building.
In Colwyn Bay, Presiding Officer Dafydd Elis-Thomas was hosting a celebration at the assembly's new north Wales exhibition and visitor centre.
"The Welsh Whisky Company" - capitalise The, it's part of the name.

"North Wales" - capitalise North. The paragraph beginning "But the tradition" shouldn't even be in a new sentence, let alone in a new paragraph.

15 people producing a dark brown liquid.... hmmmm. And in bottles? Will they be laying bottles, like chickens do eggs? Should be "...Company, employing 15 people, will produce....whisky *each* year".

"...include the first...".

"A parade was also being held..."... but was cancelled in a protest over grammatical nonsense in online journalism?

There should be a comma after "New York", although reporting an event that's evidently also been cancelled seems a little pointless. The quotes around "embassy" should probably be extended to "economic embassy".

Got the comma right after Colwyn Bay, but North Wales should (again!) receive title case. Again with the past tense - he was hosting a celebration, but suddenly exploded on hearing this report? Finally, this is the second mention of Colwyn Bay, an "also" wouldn't be out of place somewhere here.

Sometimes, I just despair.

Seen by James on Monday February 23rd 2004, at 10:31 PM[Edit]
The head of the foundation, Michael Weinstein, said, "in a funding process marked by continuous delays, today's results are leaving many experts in the field of Aids treatment how decisions are made."
I'm going to wager that's not what he said, unless he makes a habit of speaking sentences that make no sense.

Seen by James on Monday February 23rd 2004, at 7:52 PM[Edit]
One recent poll suggested that if the election were held now, he would lose to either to John Kerry, or Senator Kerry's closest rival for the Democratic nomination, John Edwards.

Seen by Jon on Sunday February 22nd 2004, at 11:51 PM[Edit]
"President Robert Mugabe will not be attending, he is suffering from chest pains after visiting a tobacco farm" in the Bindura area on Thursday, the TV said.
Misplaced quote.

Seen by Jon on Friday February 20th 2004, at 12:23 AM[Edit]
In addition to the technical difficulties preparing the shuttle's Nasa's options for future flights are restricted to daylight launches to enable ground cameras have a clear view of the ascent.
Shuttle is Nasa is options? Shuttle's Nasa is options? Shuttle is Nasa's options? Should be "...preparing the shuttles, Nasa's options for...". Also, "to enable ground cameras have"? Should probably be "to ensure ground cameras have".

Seen by Jon on Thursday February 19th 2004, at 1:21 AM[Edit]
The 17.5% rate is already charged on some high-fat foods including
Apparently, the 17.5% rate isn't already charged on anything. Yes, the sentence (and paragraph) ended there.

Seen by James on Wednesday February 18th 2004, at 10:30 PM[Edit]
Dr Julie Sharp, senior science information officer at Cancer Research UK, said: "Cancer cells put pressure on the local blood vessels, making it harder for ant-icancer drugs to reach their target.
Apple are entering the lucrative ant cancer treatment market?

Seen by Jon on Wednesday February 18th 2004, at 3:11 AM[Edit]
Officials say a faulty test kit may to blame.
Ignoring the fact that the lack of an object in the sentence is jarring, this should be "...may *be* to blame".

Seen by Jon on Wednesday February 18th 2004, at 12:57 AM[Edit]
Under the terms of the road map peace plan Israel is obliged to freeze all settlement activity in the West Bank in Gaza, which were occupied by Israel after the 1967 war.
"roadmap", "West Bank *and* Gaza".

Seen by James on Tuesday February 17th 2004, at 4:58 PM[Edit]
It company now has more than 70% of the global market, meaning that seven out of 10 people will click onto Google's webpage when they are looking for information on the internet.
The company maybe? Oh, and while I'm at it: seven out of 10? Or maybe seven out of ten? Or 7 out of 10? Hello? McFly?

Seen by Jon on Monday February 16th 2004, at 6:17 AM[Edit]
The robot Asimo could, given current naming, trends in the music industry, almost be a pop star.
The, sentence, could, given, current, grammatical, trends, in, the, news, industry, almost, be, considered, normal. Clearly the BBC have been reading too many of James' comments regarding their lack of commas.

Seen by James on Friday February 13th 2004, at 11:05 PM[Edit]
The White House acknowledges the president was absent for months but insists the president did fulfil his duties pointing to his honourable discharge in 1973.
The ABC poll found that 54% of those polled believe administration exaggerated claims of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
The BBC seems to be suffering from a distinct lack of commas, er, itis. His duty was to point to his honourable discharge? Sounds like an odd duty. Oh, and +"the" in the second sentence.

Seen by James on Thursday February 12th 2004, at 11:37 PM[Edit]
Why the length of these sections are not the only factor governing longevity, other studies have found good reason to suggest a link between the two.
While, perhaps?

Seen by James on Wednesday February 11th 2004, at 8:49 PM[Edit]
An Australian man attacked by a shark swam and drove for help with the creature still clinging to his leg.
If ever there was a sentence screaming out for a comma, this is it. "A shark swam"? "A shark swam and drove"? A who to the what now? [Jon disagrees; there's nowhere a comma would fit here.] [After 'Shark' - James]

Seen by Jon on Monday February 9th 2004, at 7:44 AM[Edit]
Mr Greenhouse works at the city's Milne Centre for Sexual Health turns away 550 people a week.
"...which turns away...", perhaps?

Seen by Jon on Monday February 9th 2004, at 2:41 AM[Edit]
The trip marks the first visit to Iran by a British royal since Prince Philip and Princess Anne were there 33 years.
Prince Philip and Princess Anne were in Iran for 33 years? Couldn't they have stayed?

Seen by James on Friday February 6th 2004, at 12:32 AM[Edit]
She said a meeting had been planned later in February, between various local firms and authorities, to discuss the issue.
The planning of the meeting took place in the future? Clever. Oh, and "between" implies 2 parties. You needed "among". F-

Seen by James on Friday February 6th 2004, at 12:28 AM[Edit]
In February 2001 bomb was planted under a bench at Moscow's Belorusskaya station, injuring a number of people.
Which bomb?

Seen by James on Friday February 6th 2004, at 12:25 AM[Edit]
Mr Wolfowitz said in a memo the Pentagon "will not be using the Serve internet project in view of the inability to assure legitimacy of votes that would be cast using the system, which thereby brings into doubt the integrity of election results," according to an anonymous defence official.
a memo the Pentagon?

Seen by James on Friday February 6th 2004, at 12:23 AM[Edit]
It was thought the $22m Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment (Serve) could allow US troops and civilians living overseas to votes through the internet for November's presidential election.
"to votes"? Hello?

Seen by James on Friday February 6th 2004, at 12:16 AM[Edit]
And 60% of children do not know that people they chat to online might not be who they say they are, a study shows.
While we've agreed that starting sentences with conjunctions isn't a stoning offense, this one is entirely superfluous, and occurs at the start of a new paragraph, for which I'm prepared to re-instate stoning as a punishment.

Seen by Jon on Thursday February 5th 2004, at 2:03 PM[Edit]
The Democrats's dearest wish is to expel President Bush from the White House and at the moment they think Senator Kerry is the person most likely to do that.
"Democrats's"? Additionally, "and" here is jarring. A dash or semicolon would probably be better.

Seen by Jon on Wednesday February 4th 2004, at 12:23 AM[Edit]
Almost 9% said they had sex from someone who was not from the UK.
What were they doing with someone else's sex? Was it a present?

Seen by Jon on Monday February 2nd 2004, at 11:58 PM[Edit]
When government communications director Alastair Campbell complained about Mr Gilligan's Iraq weapons dossier report, BBC's director of news Richard Sambrook accused the Downing Street press chief of waging a "personal vendetta" against the report, "whose reports on a number of occasions have caused you discomfort".
"...[the] BBC's director of news...", should be "against the reporter". Reports don't make reports.

Seen by Jon on Monday February 2nd 2004, at 1:10 AM[Edit]
NAB's shares bounced by 2% on the news, as investors cheered the departure of Mr Cicutto, whom many saw as unispired.
"Uninspired". The shares didn't bounce, they climbed by 2% or jumped 2%. Bounce implies that they went back down afterward.

Seen by Jon on Friday January 30th 2004, at 8:30 AM[Edit]
Following Mr O'Keefe's decision Senator Barbara Mikulski, whose home state of Maryland hosts the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute, sent a letter asking him to reconsider his decision.
In a statement Mr Mikulski said: "When someone is told they need major surgery, any prudent person would get a second opinion.
Delete "his decision". Senator *Barbara* Mikulski is either *Mrs* Mikulski or, preferably, Senator Mikulski. Or maybe s/he had a sex change halfway through the article.

Seen by Jon on Monday January 26th 2004, at 5:58 AM[Edit]
Our correspondent says that Moscow will be seeking concrete reassurances from Mr Powell that the US is not trying to supplant Russian influence in Georgia gas a Western oil pipeline is laid through the Caucasus state.
It's difficult to work out exactly what was meant here - maybe "...influence in Georgia*n* gas; a Western oil pipeline..."?

Seen by Unknown on Sunday January 25th 2004, at 6:00 AM[Edit]
"This policy is wrong, I think it's damaging, I think it would lead to greater social equality in this country and I didn't join the Labour Party and I didn't become a Labour MP to widen social inequality,"
Labour MP in "protesting against greater social equality" shocker!

Seen by Unknown on Tuesday January 20th 2004, at 2:29 AM[Edit]
He was denied allegations of financial wrongdoing and faces a series of legal battles in America.

Seen by Unknown on Monday January 19th 2004, at 1:54 PM[Edit]
The 100-metre (320 yards) long freighter MS Rocknes sent out a distress call before it capsized about 200 metres from the western island of Bjoroey at about 1630 (1530 GMT).

Seen by Unknown on Thursday January 15th 2004, at 6:52 AM[Edit]
The BBC documentary Notorious: The Devil's Advocate, being screened on BBC Two Scotland at 2150 GMT, details the lawyer's work for clients such as M25 killer Kenneth Noye and seriel killer Harold Shipman.

Seen by Unknown on Wednesday January 14th 2004, at 1:07 PM[Edit]
And unlike Saddam Hussein, Bin Laden does not have to answer for years in power. The latter was a deposed dictator with many enemies.

Seen by Unknown on Friday January 9th 2004, at 5:24 AM[Edit]
As President Bush's father demonstrated, when standing on the steps of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington in 1969 - at a ceremony to mark 20 years since the first moonlanding - fine speeches do not a space programme make.

Seen by Unknown on Wednesday January 7th 2004, at 6:23 AM[Edit]
"We have gone out to public consultation for 12 weeks. As a result we have tightened and strengthened the security people can feel in this country, but at the same time listen Ned to their concerns about securing civil liberties.

Seen by Unknown on Monday January 5th 2004, at 6:59 AM[Edit]
Drew Barrymore's movie success far has been followed by an erratic love life

Seen by Unknown on Monday December 29th 2003, at 8:22 AM[Edit]

Seen by Unknown on Monday December 29th 2003, at 1:51 AM[Edit]

Seen by Unknown on Friday December 19th 2003, at 12:15 PM[Edit]
He has 48 hours to request a written summary of the verdict, and then anothr 14 days to decide whether to launch his appeal.

Seen by Unknown on Tuesday December 16th 2003, at 6:25 AM[Edit]
In early, December the firm warned that expansion of Stansted alone would be "disastrous" for the industry.

Seen by Unknown on Monday December 15th 2003, at 6:55 AM[Edit]
To those formally in Saddam's Party, there by force and not by conviction, I say we can put the past behind us.

Seen by Unknown on Saturday December 13th 2003, at 8:55 PM[Edit]
Within days the Japanese officially surrendered and World War II end, although debate has raged ever since over whether the act hastened the war's end and saved thousands of lives or was one of the world's worst war crimes.

Seen by Unknown on Thursday December 11th 2003, at 4:49 PM[Edit]
Any application for a fancy dress must be approved their employees, and photographs in and out of costume must be posted inside cabs.

Seen by Unknown on Thursday December 11th 2003, at 10:42 AM[Edit]
Parfitt was at the wheel of a stolen taxi as Pc Ged Walker was dragged more than 100 yards at a speed of 30mph along a street in Bulwell, Nottingham, on 7 January, and suffered severe head injuries.

Seen by Unknown on Thursday December 11th 2003, at 10:41 AM[Edit]
During the trial at Birmingham Crown Court, it was revealed heard Parfitt, 26, of Wareham Close, Aspley, Nottingham, ignored the police dog handler's calls to stop and that the 42-year-old father-of-two was thrown to the roadside and died two days later in hospital.

Seen by Unknown on Tuesday December 9th 2003, at 12:15 PM[Edit]

Seen by Unknown on Wednesday December 3rd 2003, at 4:35 AM[Edit]
A spokesman this was not possible.

Seen by Unknown on Monday November 17th 2003, at 3:02 AM[Edit]
Spam now accounts for more than half of all e-mail traffic, and legalisation banning unsolicted e-mails sent from within the UK to personal addresses seeks to curb that.

Seen by Unknown on Wednesday November 12th 2003, at 2:01 PM[Edit]
The residents of a Fiji village are preparing to apologise to the family of a English Christian missionary who was eaten by tribes people 136 years ago.

Seen by Unknown on Wednesday November 12th 2003, at 1:45 AM[Edit]
He has slashed the size of the shadow cabinet by more than half to 12 - although in total he was given jobs to more than 100 MPs.

Seen by Unknown on Wednesday November 12th 2003, at 1:42 AM[Edit]
It was when he was Mr Howard's opposite number that he coined Labour's "tough on crime, tough on the causes" of crime slogan.

Seen by Unknown on Wednesday November 12th 2003, at 12:10 AM[Edit]

Seen by Unknown on Wednesday November 5th 2003, at 5:51 AM[Edit]
Mr Duncan Smith went on to call - for what he said was he 19th time - for a referendum on the proposed EU constitution.

Seen by Unknown on Friday October 31st 2003, at 4:56 AM[Edit]
Peter Hampson, airfield general manager, said it was a "major coup" to have secured one of the aircrafts.

Seen by Unknown on Friday October 31st 2003, at 4:55 AM[Edit]
Managers said they had undertaken a six-month campaign to secure one of the aircrafts for the North West.

Seen by Unknown on Thursday October 30th 2003, at 2:59 AM[Edit]
[Photo caption] Howard is likely to announce his intensions later on Thursday

Seen by Unknown on Wednesday October 29th 2003, at 1:48 PM[Edit]
It also ended an as yet untold ordeal for the miners themselves, having been trapped a kilometre underground with no food and no way of communicating for the outside world.

Seen by Unknown on Monday October 27th 2003, at 2:19 PM[Edit]
Degussa has admitted its Nazi connections and was one of 16 companies that initiated to a compensation fund for victims of the regime.

Seen by Unknown on Thursday October 23rd 2003, at 3:52 PM[Edit]
About 160,00 Americans visited Cuba legally last year, as members of groups with special dispensation or travelling via Canada and Mexico.

Seen by Unknown on Thursday October 23rd 2003, at 12:09 AM[Edit]
A notice issued by the registrar of the High Court, who is also one the Commission's joint secretaries, William Ouko, said that the inquiry would "stand adjourned until otherwise advised".

Seen by Unknown on Tuesday October 21st 2003, at 3:15 AM[Edit]
The ceremony - called a consistory - takes places about every three years in the Vatican.

Seen by Unknown on Tuesday October 21st 2003, at 1:16 AM[Edit]
On Monday, GMP confirmed it had suspended three officers after senior officers viewed footage from The Secret Policeman programme.

Seen by Unknown on Saturday October 18th 2003, at 1:08 PM[Edit]
ASTON VILLA last won a League game at St Andrews just under six years ago, when they were 2-1 victors in the old Second Division on 12 December 1987.

Seen by Unknown on Friday October 17th 2003, at 2:00 AM[Edit]
Experts recommend data be backed up daily or weekly and regular checks are made on back up systems to endure they are working.

Seen by Unknown on Thursday October 16th 2003, at 11:29 AM[Edit]
The two non-footballers who were arrested were a 27-year-old, who is not a footballer, and 29-year-old party organiser Nicholas Meikle.

Seen by Unknown on Thursday October 16th 2003, at 10:14 AM[Edit]
As many as six MPs are believed to been given "career development interviews" by Tory chief whip David Maclean about public statements around the time of last week's Tory conference.

Seen by Unknown on Thursday October 16th 2003, at 10:13 AM[Edit]
He his party was united on wanting his leadership and election victory.

Seen by Unknown on Wednesday October 15th 2003, at 11:52 PM[Edit]
Eliasson put 300 mirrors on the ceiling, and placed more than 200 lamps behind a semi-circler screen.

Seen by Unknown on Wednesday October 15th 2003, at 7:48 AM[Edit]
She cried in the witness box as she admitted to then jury that she had "whacked her back".

Seen by Unknown on Tuesday October 14th 2003, at 8:24 AM[Edit]
In 2000, the case of twins Jodie and Mary, from the Maltese island of Gozo, highlighted the ethnical dilemmas involved in the separation of conjoined bodies.

Seen by Unknown on Tuesday October 14th 2003, at 5:47 AM[Edit]
While many music sites boost between 200,000 and 500,000 songs they are by no means complete.

Seen by Unknown on Tuesday October 14th 2003, at 12:28 AM[Edit]
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo warned him on Monday not to use his telephone to communicate outside the conditions of his asylum.

Seen by Unknown on Monday October 13th 2003, at 12:29 PM[Edit]
But the net is now so much an machine with all the answers instantly, it has mutated into a "procrastination apparatus", which spews information without much prioritisation Dr Nielsen argues.

Seen by Unknown on Sunday October 12th 2003, at 3:06 PM[Edit]
He saw flames coming from the aircraft which a few moments later it flew into overhead power-cables.

Seen by Unknown on Thursday October 9th 2003, at 1:35 AM[Edit]
Owen was injured in Liverpool's 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Saturday.

Seen by Unknown on Tuesday October 7th 2003, at 2:36 PM[Edit]
A Leeds United footballer has been arrested by police investigating an alleged serious sexual assault in the city.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the alleged attack on the 20-year-old on Monday night, but it is not believed the second man is connected with the club.

Seen by Unknown on Saturday September 27th 2003, at 2:43 PM[Edit]
Only now have Eurostar trains in the UK been able to go at a top speed of 186mph - but this was possible in France as soon as the Channel Tunnel opened in 1994 as the French had their link reading a decade earlier.
Those wily French and their early reading ages.

Seen by Unknown on Monday September 22nd 2003, at 1:27 AM[Edit]
Paris had earlier criticised Washington's efforts to get United Nations backing for an multinational occupation force

Seen by Unknown on Friday September 19th 2003, at 3:17 PM[Edit]
Isabel is heading in a north-westerly direction at about 30 km/h (20mph), the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported and is expected to peter out over Canada some time in Sunday.

Seen by Unknown on Friday September 19th 2003, at 3:15 PM[Edit]
Rocio Wanninkhof, 19, disappeared from her home in on 9 October, 1999.
Delete "in".

Seen by Jon on Thursday September 18th 2003, at 10:47 PM[Edit]
Mr Bezos and Mr Filo both shot up the league table as a result, occupying the 32nd ad 162nd spots respectively.
"ad" is Latin.

Seen by Unknown on Thursday September 18th 2003, at 8:57 PM[Edit]
But it was exacerbated over the next two years by the 11 September attacks and a wave of corporate scandals, including the Enron and Worldcom affairs.
How many attacks in September? 11th September attacks, or September 11 attacks.

Seen by Unknown on Thursday September 18th 2003, at 3:10 AM[Edit]
McGee's Creation became home to hip bands such as Primal Scream, Teenage Fanclub and My Bloody Valentine, and in 1993, of Manchester upstarts Oasis.

Seen by Jon on Thursday September 18th 2003, at 12:09 AM[Edit]
Mr Blix criticised the culture of spin and told the BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he hoped governments would be more cautious in the future use of special intelligence.
Either "the BBC's Today programme", "Radio 4's Today programme" or "BBC Radio 4's Today programme". Not "The BBC Radio 4"...

Seen by Unknown on Wednesday September 17th 2003, at 11:12 PM[Edit]
The two reels of film, shot by a student who met the former Beatle on a New York street, was sold to an anonymous bidder.
The two reels....was sold.

Seen by Unknown on Wednesday September 17th 2003, at 8:07 PM[Edit]
Tens of thousands of people have been leaving their homes along a large expanse of the US east coast in preparation for the arrival of the hurricane, which is expected to make landfall in the next hours.
Next few hours? Next 2 hours? Next several hours? Next 24 hours? Oh, and a coast can't be an expanse. A plain is an expanse.