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Friday, October 22, 2010

Dutch ferry hit by freighter near Amsterdam

Today I've noticed a similarity in reports about disasters. It seems the first aspect is the nature of the accident, then a check on whether any Brits are involved, then a rush to check facts and discard speculative comments. An accident has happened on a canal in the Netherlands that joins the Rhine. A foot ferry was hit by freighter and the ferrymaster is thought to be missing. Maybe it's just one of those things. But I get a sense that, with rolling news, these items are filtered through to find the "Brit angle". Amsterdam is very popular with British tourists all year round, so it is perfectly possible that a British person may have been on the ferry. But in this case it seems not.

I suspect the story will fade from the screens of British TV when the interest angle subsides. But how many foot ferries around the world get hit each day that we never hear of? Just a thought.


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