From The Guardian, just for a change:-
The government today made public its official assessment of the threat of a terrorist attack, warning that it is “severe” – meaning an attack is highly likely.
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Here’s something interesting: the top 10 TV programmes for every year since 1981, courtesy of BARB, the UK TV ratings-measuring people.
Of course, the advent of digital TV has changed viewing habits dramatically. For example, on 26th February 1990 Neighbours got 21 million viewers. Barring some catastrophe knocking the Sky satellites out of orbit, it’s hard to imagine that happening again.
It seems as though Wikipedia is being mentioned in the media a lot recently; unfortunately a lot of the publicity has been negative.
On his US talk show Monday night, Stephen Colbert waxed lyrical on the concept of Wikiality — the idea that a false statement will become accepted as truth if it’s placed on a Wiki — and the Wikipedia entry on Elephants has been under siege ever since.
It’s quite amusing really. I like Wikipedia — I have even contributed a couple of edits — but surely the site’s founders recognised that an “encyclopedia” that is editable anonymously by anyone is a disaster waiting to happen.
Hidden away at the end of this Guardian report is a short paragraph exposing the true victims of today’s reported terror threat.
“Due to the nature of the threat revealed by this investigation, we are prohibiting any liquids, including beverages, hair gels, and lotions from being carried on the airplane.”
No hair gels and lotions?! What will the metrosexuals do? How can the government say that terrorists won’t change our way of life, when people are walking around with non-spiky hair?
Caught a bit of the BBC’s new
schedule-filler magazine programme The ONE Show last night. I switched off after 10 minutes, but not before I saw their super “hidden camera” feature.
The basic principle of this feature was that they sent people out on trains to behave in the most annoying way possible and find out why the people around them didn’t complain. I would have thought it was obvious – people are understandably afraid of getting their heads kicked in, but Nadia Sawalahahaha treated this finding as some earth-shattering revelation.
“Do you think they’d react differently in a tough northern town like Newcastle?” was the next question posed. “I don’t know,” came the reporter’s reply, “but it would be interesting to find out.”
Yes, it would have been interesting. WHY DIDN’T YOU TAKE YOUR CAMERA TO NEWCASTLE THEN, INSTEAD OF PISSING ABOUT ON THE SILVERLINK METRO?!
Ahem. This could be a whole new genre of factual programming: “Presenters describing features which would be interesting”. It would be much cheaper than the current offerings, so expect to see ITV trying it out in the Tonight with Trevor McDonald slot soon.
Am I the only person who is seriously disturbed by the giant germ-monster thing in the Domestos ads?
If something like this had been on telly when I was a little kid, I would have wet the bed a lot more often.
Ten organisations are bidding to run Liverpool’s new FM station, and Ofcom have posted the applications online for examination.
I hope one of the talk-based formats wins; an intelligent speech station would be a boon to Merseyside.
Jack FM, on the other hand, sounds like the worst radio station format ever.
Over the course of my life, I’ve occasionally had to write the number 40 down in its full written form. These occasions have included: on cheques, in a formal letter to my bank manager, and on birthday cards when the recipent has indeed been 40 years old and writing the number on its own seemed too informal.
Each and every time I’ve had to do it, I’ve spelt it fourty.
Well, I looked it up last night, and found out that it it isn’t spelt that way at all: it’s forty.
I feel like such a fool.
I’m firming up plans to take a week off at the end of September, which involves buying a North West 7-day Rail Rover and going exploring.
On the “to-do” list so far: the Cumbrian Coast, a return visit to the Settle & Carlisle line, some jaunts up and down the West Coast Main Line and a ride on the Stalybridge and Ellesmere Port “parly” services.
No doubt Network Rail, the RMT and leaves on the line will conspire to mess up my plans, but at £39.60 for a week’s worth of (almost) unlimited travel, I can’t complain. Much as I’d like to.
Yesterday I renewed one of my spare domains for another year. One of these days I might get around to actually doing something with it.
Well that’s just not fair. The BBC are recording an edition of I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue in Southport on 22nd October. I’ve only just found out about it, and of course it’s already sold out.
Looks like I’ve missed out on my chance to see the delightful Samantha. 🙁