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POSTED BY Freya Dasgupta ON Jul 10, 2013 AT 16:40 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 10, 2013 16:40 IST

Shortly after the Wimbledon women's final match on Saturday, BBC presenter John Inverdale demonstrated how the world of sports isn't free from sexism. As Marion Bartoli of France defeated Germany's Sabine Lisicki to become the Wimbledon Champion on what she termed as the greatest day of her life, Inverdale suggested on Radio 5 Live that the French player was "never going to be a looker".

Upon clinching the title, Bartoli made a dash to the players' box where she hugged her father, with whom she shares a very intimate relationship, him being her first coach who gave up his medical profession to start training her as a tennis player when she was only 6. This is when Inverdale decided to enlighten his listeners with a little insight on Bartoli's childhood as imagined by him: "Do you think Bartoli's dad told her when she was little: 'You're never going to be a looker, you'll never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight'?

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POSTED BY Freya Dasgupta ON Jul 10, 2013 AT 16:40 IST, Edited At: Jul 10, 2013 16:40 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 08, 2013 AT 23:23 IST ,  Edited At: Apr 08, 2013 23:23 IST

The Iron Lady managed to remain divisive in her death as well, just as she was in her prime during her primeministership when her privatisation policy, leading to confrontation with striking miners, and free-market politics transformed Britain in the 1980s. While tributes poured in from various quarters, including from heads of states and even British Labour party members, there were enough voices of dissent too on Twitter:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Apr 08, 2013 AT 23:23 IST, Edited At: Apr 08, 2013 23:23 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Dec 03, 2011 AT 02:07 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 03, 2011 02:07 IST

via @tunkuv on Twitter

Rare footage and audio of King George VI speaking in public. His stammer becomes quite pronounced midway through.

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Dec 03, 2011 AT 02:07 IST, Edited At: Dec 03, 2011 02:07 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Aug 09, 2011 AT 23:41 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 09, 2011 23:41 IST

Amitava Kumar points to a youtube that has been doing the rounds since yesterday on Facebook, a video they say "the BBC will never replay":

Quickly, the question is asked "Do you condone the violence?" 

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Aug 09, 2011 AT 23:41 IST, Edited At: Aug 09, 2011 23:41 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Mar 26, 2009 AT 06:23 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 27, 2009 06:24 IST

What blew me about this speech was not the words but the silence with which the European Parliament heard Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan out, as he went about roasting Gordon Brown. Imagine our netas keeping so quiet.

And the fact that the press ignored it entirely.

But then there is the internet, youtube and the US media.

On the other hand, the likes of Varun Gandhi (or even MMS and LKA, going by recent evidence) might wonder what's all this fuss about tame stuff like a prime minister being described 'the devalued Prime Minister of a devalued Government.' or 'Brezhnev era apparatchik'

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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Mar 26, 2009 AT 06:23 IST, Edited At: Mar 27, 2009 06:24 IST
     
 
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