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 Colin McAdie - “It's better not to nail it down too precisely. Over the next day or so we'll have a better idea.”
 Kate Adie - “No two wars are identical.”
 Kate Adie - “My job is to get to the heart of a story, to find out what's really going on to get it verified and, then, to get it out to as many people as possible as fast as.”
 Kate Adie - “In Sierra Leone last year there was just the two of us hanging out of a helicopter and, when we were in Bosnia, I drove an armoured vehicle, thousands of miles.”
 Kate Adie - “I've never been one to sit around and eat my heart out. Life's too short.”
 Kate Adie - “I will never retire.”
 Kate Adie - “I have nothing to do with the selection of stories. I'm the reporter.”
 Kate Adie - “But in the first Gulf war the United Kingdom was not under any threat from Iraq, and is still less so in the second one. Then there is no justification for obstructing freedom of information, particularly as nations have a right to know what their soldiers are being used for.”
 Kate Adie - “I don't sit there and speculate. I'm not that sort of person. It wastes time, actually.”
 Colin McAdie - “We can't rule it out, but it's not what we're forecasting at this time.”
 Kate Adie - “I have never been attracted to any kind of violence.”
 Kate Adie - “Up until about 12 years ago we never, ever, wore flak jacket or helmets but now the nastiness has got worse.”
 Kate Adie - “Not so much deliberate as, I think, instinctive. There is a right time to go looking. Some do it when they are very young, others take a few years. That's why you should never be pressurised by other people. There's a time for everyone. A lot of things probably come together subconsciously, and we say, 'I'm going to do it now.'”
 Kate Adie - “Only the Brits do this as for the military from the rest of Europe and NATO - you could die in front of them and they would take no notice.”
 Kate Adie - “I was timid and frightened as a child. Yours truly did not shin up mountains or do any other kind of adventurous stuff.”
 Kate Adie - “I also read modern novels - I have just had to read 60 as I am one of the judges for the Orange Fiction Prize.”
 Kate Adie - “The superstition was that disability of any sort was the mark of the devil. The phrases are in languages throughout Europe the devil's hoof, the devil's horn mark. It reaches back to early Christianity and the middle ages. Where a child was born out of wedlock, the church cooked up the impression that you'd done something sinful, and something dreadful would result. You will still find, particularly in Greece, people doing a little sign when they see a very badly disabled child it needs warding off.”
 Kate Adie - “I remember she had these long, lovely nails with red varnish, in the middle of this shitty place we were in”
 Kate Adie - “It wasn't glamorous in my day. In the regions, reporters were seen as such low life that they didn't merit their name in the Radio Times. Now people are interested in being famous. I never gave it a thought.”
 Kate Adie - “I don't want to be involved in endless media gossip.”
 Kate Adie - “Beslan, where the Russian authorities stopped live coverage of the school being stormed, was an illustration of the progress we still have to make.”
 Kate Adie - “I sailed through my childhood with a complete lack of any drama.”
 Kate Adie - “The better the information it has, the better democracy works. Silence and secrecy are never good for it.”
 Kate Adie - “Maybe she simply cared in a self-protective way. Doing something on impulse, ... well, it can work, but there are a lot of examples that say, 'Better to leave well alone and do what you can as a reporter.' You do get into situations where you think, 'What should I do Shouldn't I intervene Shouldn't I do something' I think if you get to that point you have to make a decision. I've said to people, if you feel it's wrong just being a reporter and you can't do enough, well it's time to become an aid worker and train to be someone who really knows what to do. No good standing around snapping a notebook.”
 Kate Adie - “If I'm in danger then it's usually my fault and it's up to me to get myself out of it. I am not in it just to get an adrenalin rush. No way”

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