Back to the Fuchsia…

Fuchsia leaves our programme today, to re-join her chums on Newshour. Her love of Chinese food, heavy metal, gothic novels, Morris dancing and the Austin Powers films means she’s been an entertaining part of our team, and we’ll miss her.

Priya has put some ideas for today’s programme on the Talking Points page… have look at them.

Here’s some of my thoughts…

The right to bear arms seems to have grabbed you  ( read here for how it works in other countries ) as does the North Korea decision and the possibility of the same rules applying to Iran….Tom, at our meeting yesterday, suggested we should talk about how countries can bargain their way out of difficulties providing they put their nukes on the table. He put it better than that, but it might be a good area…

I was struck by something Edward, our young Kenyan, on last night’s programme who asked “why does criticising bad governance (in Africa) mean your are lining up with the colonial past ? ” – again, he put it better than that, but it’s a good point. We’ve often been asked to talk about when will some of Africa’s leaders stop blaming colonialism for their ills ?

We also talked yesterday about whether – again in Tom’s words – “the age of innocence” is over, due to new child protection rules here. There’s a debate going about whether we are too protective of our children too…

and you seem to like the swearing debate below too…which is ****ing typical if you ask me…




12 Responses to “Back to the Fuchsia…”

  1. 1 Virginia Davis
    June 27, 2008 at 09:52

    Well, I’ll try again. Bon Voyage! Fuchsia. It is clear you will be missed. Virginia

  2. 2 Lubna
    June 27, 2008 at 10:43

    Good morning my Precious Mark, and Good Bye Fuchsia my love… We’ll all miss you loads sweetie… With my love… Yours forever, Lubna…

  3. 3 Mohammed Ali
    June 27, 2008 at 12:17

    Bye Fuchsia, I wish you all the best and we will miss you a whole lot.

  4. 4 selena
    June 27, 2008 at 12:31

    You are wished all the best in your new job, Fuchsia.

    Have fun!

  5. 5 Fuchsia
    June 27, 2008 at 13:34

    Thanks for your kind comments! It’s been completely fascinating and great fun working on this programme, as you can imagine, and I’ll miss it. My colleagues will have to live without the spiced duck tongues, chilli beef and other Chinese treats I’ve brought back from my travels. How on earth will they manage?

  6. 6 selena
    June 27, 2008 at 14:25

    Oh Fuchsia,

    You remind me of a wonderful restaurant in Beijing where we were served food such as I have never tasted before. There is no way to explain the taste of the Peking Duck… and other recipes.

    I am not a lover of food but I was absolutely impressed with the food at this restaurant.

    Too bad the tourists don’t find their way to such delicacies.

  7. 7 steve b - uk
    June 27, 2008 at 14:57

    Thanks, Fuchsia

    But why would you want to go from WHYS? News events may be important, but WHYS is fascinating and unique as far as I am aware.

    Only ( half ) joking. Good luck in your career!

  8. June 27, 2008 at 15:09

    Hi Fuchsia,
    It was wonderful to have you among the WHYS team. I saw you last weekend on BBC World TV presenting the weekly programme, “This Week”.

    I wish you success in your new job. Of course you are always welcome to suggest debates for WHYS. I will be one of those who will be delighted to respond to them.

  9. 9 Justin from Iowa
    June 27, 2008 at 16:44

    Fuchsia!! You never told us you were into heavy metal, what are your favorite groups?

    Much luck on your journalistic journey! Knock em dead!

  10. 10 Mark Sandell
    June 27, 2008 at 17:30

    Speaking as her colleague Justin, she started off a bit old school (Rush, AC/DC, Whitesnake etc), dabbled with a bit of Metallica and her latest obsession seems to be Slipknot. I hope her colleagues at Newshour are looking forward to her musical tastes ! It’s about the only thing i won’t miss about her..

  11. 11 Dennis
    June 27, 2008 at 17:59

    Good Bye, Fuchsia:

    I Hope you enjoy your time at WORLD HAVE YOUR SAY….

    We will all miss you….

    It is time, that you go back to NEWSHOUR programme…

    Stop by and post on our blogs….

    Onondaga Community College
    Syracuse, New York
    United States of America

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  12. 12 Justin from Iowa
    June 27, 2008 at 23:52

    Please pass along to Fuchsia that she should try Blackstone Cherry, and Airbourne are like ACDC reborn.


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