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BBC Legend

I have never spoken to the legendary BBC foreign correspondent John Simpson. I'm not sure if he will ever live down his over-excited claim to be the first journalist in Kabul after the fall of the Taliban. Funnily enough, it was in Kabul that I encountered him. It was a couple of days before the first Afghan presidential election in 2004. Most of the western aid workers, etc, in Kabul had been told to make themselves scarce just in case the election got out of hand. The main tourist shopping area, Chicken Street, was almost deserted. What better place for Simpson to do a piece to camera about being the only westerner brave enough to venture onto Chicken Street. At least that's what he seemed to be implying to his audience back home as myself and legendary Canadian foreign correspondent Matthew Fisher got out of an SUV behind him. From Simpson's point of view, or so it appeared from where we were standing, there couldn't have been a worse time for Fisher buy some blankets. I have a feeling the folks back in the UK saw a second version which did not include two obvious westerners giving lie to claims that only the BBC was brave enough to visit Chicken Street. 


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