Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Iran's Hit Parade

This intriguing little AFP dispatch showed up in Beirut's Daily Star, London's Guardian and lots of other places:

TEHRAN: Nuclear science may not be considered ideal subject matter for a popular song, but the musical boffins in Iran's state media apparatus think differently. In recent days, Iran's airwaves have been buzzing with two new tunes apparently designed to rally public support for the clerical regime's increasingly tense stand-off with the West over its nuclear ambitions.
The first song is entitled "Oriental Sun, Nuclear Science," and sung to a backdrop of military-style marching music by Ali Tafreshi. The second similarly catchy tune is "Nuclear Know-How" by Reza Shirazi. ...

My question: what's a "boffin"? - CD
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