O Tempora, O Mores….The Telegraph used to know things about colonies, Darkest Africa and that sort of stuff

Army foils coup attempt on tiny island of Guinea-Bissau

Err, Guinea-Bissau ain\’t an island folks.

Given recent history a failed coup there is hardly news (umm, well, maybe it\’s the failure that makes it so?) but to call it an island is pure ignorance.

Sure, it has islands as part of it, true, but then so do both France and Italy and we don\’t call them islands.

The actual article is OK, it\’s a wire report. Pretty much only the headline came from the Telegraph and that\’s the only part that is wrong.

Ho hum. The reactionary conservatives of the Telegraph of old may not have held particularly appealing attitudes towards the various flavours of BongoBongo land but they did at least know about them.

You know, Sao Tome and Principe, Africa, islands, used to be Portuguese, Cape Verde, Africa, islands, used to be P, Guinea Bissau, Africa, mainland, used to be P?

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