Thumbs up to Ousama Abushagur
The chaps behind rough telephone network Free Libyana are now up and running in recently-retaken Misurata, bringing much-needed mobile connectivity to Libya's third-largest city. The engineers arrived by fishing boat, having endured a 30-hour ride from Malta. Ousama Abushagur was again behind the operation, though this time …
Damn fine work.
Actually, Malta lies (thank God) more like 180 miles north of the Libyan coast, rather than the disturbingly close 30 miles which you mention (I think you meant a 30 HOUR boat distance)
BBC version, and all papers I've seen, is "Misrata". Of course this is an Anglicised transcription of a word from another language, but the rest of the media seem pretty consistent about it. Do El Reg have someone who knows more about this, then?
I've seen Misurata in several papaers including the Telegraphy.
don't really seem to be standardised. But 'Misurata' gives a better impression of the pronounciation, as anglophones would seem to be likely to pronounce 'Misrata' as 'miz-rata' rather than 'mizur-ata'. Your local accent might not have that particular distinction, of course.
famously insisted on the British 'Angora', rather than the 'official' Ankara.
Lots of other Anglicized names: 'Calcutta', 'Bombay', 'Vienna', and so on.