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A strange thing happened on the way to the keyboard…

Like most bloggers I have a need to check the numbers of viewers/visitors more than once a day. It’s a needy thing. Like I need to know at least some people read my drivel and have signed up to read my blog on a fairly regular basis. When I first started the numbers were low as you would expect, but now they are a lot higher even although I had almost a year off in between the start three years ago and now.

I also tend to comment on other blogs, which can be fairly amusing and sometimes a bit fraught. If you’ve looked at my blog, and you must have to get this far, then you’ll see I don’t get many comments. Blogs are like mini communities and commenting works for some and not for others. I’ve had the odd troll also, although not on toast, which can be a real pain. Generally, though, it’s been an enjoyable journey.

A wee bit earlier I was about to sit down and write a blog. I opened up the blog and checked the numbers and then noticed the comment icon was indicating that I had a comment. I opened the comment and lo and behold the senders name was Judith Ralston. If you give the comments a wee look you’ll see it for yourself.

Now I would imagine that’s fairly easy to set up a profile, which may be, shall we say, a little less than accurate. Maybe there is more than one Judith Ralston within Scotland? Maybe there are several? Yes I know that there will be many versions of Judith Ralston in different quantum dimensions.

There maybe a version of Judith that didn’t have problems with her voice and has gone on to be a much loved entertainer. Since quantum dimension are infinite there will definitely be a Judith Ralston who is Head of the BBC weather department for the whole of the UK.

Dare I also say that there will be dimensions where this blog does not exist! I know pretty fat fetched but there you go.

Judith, in her comment, has said that she has been ill. I, and I would imagine a number of other chaps would want to wish Judith a speedy return to the Scottish evening weather forecast. I think for the first reappearance Judith should push the boat out, just to remind us all of what we have been missing.

I’m not a big fan of the BBC since they are the voice of the UK establishment and are perhaps far too entwined with the Glasgow Labour set, which is probably not a healthy position, to be in. I think the BBC should buy the old Scotsman building which is right beside the Scottish Parliament. This would mean that the parliament would receive better coverage and Edinburgh would gain much improved reporting. I can see Sally Magnusson being the Edinburgh anchor with Brian Taylor ranting on a bit longer than currently each night.

The thing is, who would present the weather? Can you think of anyone with the correct credentials?

 

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Bits and pieces…

Stuff happens and sometimes it’s worth a comment. On that basis I shall rant and ramble along on this fine December day.

I’ve been particularly recalcitrant with regards to Judith Ralston, the Scottish weather presenter who has been referred to as “Miss Whiplash” by others but certainly not by me. On the run up to the Scottish Independence Referendum BBC presenters of all shapes and sizes of a Scottish nature were usurped by an influx of people from south of the border as was the BBCs want.

This seems to have led to JR presenting the weather on BBC radio and since then she has made a few fleeting weather appearances and a singing gig on BBC Scotland Children in Need. Not solo obviously, but as a backing singer with Jackie Bird.

We need more of JR on our screens. As I may have mentioned in the past, her weather forecasting is probably pretty fine but many a chap in Scotland may have no recollections of what she was saying at all. We may have to start a campaign? Bring back JR!

Wait a minute that may have been used before?

Were you heading southeast down the A1 last weekend? Well obviously you weren’t but you may well have wanted to be since it was closed. A large bang was heard at or near the Catterick Army Base not far from Scotch Corner, which is a significant misnomer since it’s not in Scotland, Scotch is a drink only and there is no corner.

The loud bang was heard by locals and by people in Glasgow and other places. I, myself didn’t hear a thing. The Polis shut the road for a short time of some 16 hours. Well you can’t be too careful now can you?

Anyway, it’s a mystery and we’ll never know. Probably, it was down to the military since there is the Army base and an RAF base also close by. Since loud bangs were heard all over the place some say it might have been meteors whilst others think it must have been a secret aircraft creating a sonic boom or three.

Maybe it flew in from the USA with a flight time of 45 minutes? Pity BA, Virgin etc. can’t buy the technology so we could get longer holidays on the beach rather than spending hours on slow drones? 15 minutes to Ibiza anyone?

The new Drink Drive limits in Scotland come onto force on the 5th I believe. This is a good thing, well almost a good thing, Firstly, the limit is now so low that it may catch people who have not actually been drinking. Secondly, should they not have gone for a no limit (see first point) and does that mean the Polis will stop breathalysing anyone stopped for any reason in a car?

Interestingly, it seems that the makers of Harris Tweed have recently produced a tweed jacket, which has an aroma of whisky. You can just see it now. Old guy gets pulled over and winds his window down. Polis stick their head in his window and get a wiff of whisky. Polis ask man to get out of the car as they suspect he has been drinking alcohol. Old man says he has not been drinking and it’s his jackets fault…

 
 

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Who has been busy? Judith has.

The weather has been fairly interesting over the past few weeks and over the Xmas/New Year holidays in particular.  When that’s the case someone has to stand up in front of the cameras and tell us about what is to come hopefully with something approaching some sort of accuracy.

In Scotland we have just the person. Judith Ralston. Her job is indeed to provide an idea of how the weather may behave over a 2-3 day period and of course to highlight unpleasant weather which may be a bit testing.

Judith wasn’t always a weather presenter; she was originally a singer (maybe a singer in a rock and roll band) who trod the boards around Scotland. She admitted as much just the other day when a news item covered the temporary closure of a theatre in Perth. She had at one time or another sang there although it was apparently a different life away.

I’ve written hundreds of blogs and I’ve been lucky enough to attract thousands of visitors. The most popular blogs on my site are the Judith Ralston Blogs. There is rarely a day goes by that someone or someones haven’t looked at one of the Judith Ralston’s blogs.

Things have changed for Judith. She’s now had twins and she’s also lost a bit of weight and her wardrobe has perhaps altered a bit also. She used to be known to some “wags” as Miss Whiplash! Goodness…

When she is the chosen one for doing the weather she can be a vision in blue, red, black, black and white although not all at the same time thank goodness. Her shoes can sometimes be making a point. They are flamboyant.

Her shoes state that she is not just a weather presenter. They shout that there is more to Judith than just the weather. They hint that there is more. Sophistication. Fun. Daring.

Perhaps BBC Scotland should make a few suggestions for Judith to consider? Perhaps they might suggest that as the weather she is informing the audience about gets wilder perhaps her hairstyle should reflect this and become increasingly wild!

Perhaps they should also suggest that as the temperature rises so do the height of her heels? Perhaps if there are a number of weather warnings she should appear more severe and strict teacher looking? Just so we pay attention of course.

I could go on but I shan’t.

For the weather in Scotland there is no alternative to Judith.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2014 in BBC, weather

 

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Weather without you JR?

How can I say this in a delicate manner? Here goes…

Ladies, if you are having problems with conception why not apply to BBC Scotland as a weather presenter? One lady, from the two who started recently is now “expecting” and recent history shows three more babies of which one lady went on “to be with child“ twice.

Judith Ralston has been blossoming. No more “expecting” but lots of new outfits and, and, and… she was let out side this week!

The rugby sevens were on in Melrose. Lots of posh boy, swarthy rugby players with six packs and thundering thighs. I’m sure none of that would have been of any interest to Judith. She is only interested in her viewing public.

Recently she has been a vision in white, black, green and more. She even wore trousers the other evening although she maintained footwear designed to appeal to fellows who take a particular message from such items.

Now that JR has been out and about she may well be given a summer brief to travel the length and breadth of this fine country of ours. She could present the weather from a differing location every evening, sharing her talents countrywide.

Perhaps she could be given an opportunity to add a bit of local colour to the weather? Telling us of the benefits of visiting the place she is at as it were and how the local area weather manifests itself.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in BBC, weather

 

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Judith Ralston slipped apparently…

The TV weather forecast on BBC Scotland is delivered, on occasions, by none other than Judith Ralston or Miss Whiplash as her fans call her, or just plain old JR.  A couple of weeks ago when it was much colder and a bit icy Judith regaled us all with a tale that she “had herself, slipped in an unlady like manner earlier that day”. (I suggest a good old Scottish dialect  version is a tad more colourful – “Judith skited oan the pavemint”.

Anyone manage to video that? I’d suggest if they did, get it on You Tube and you’ll beat the number of views managed by that white suited singing chap from the far east very, very, very significantly.

However, the other night poor JR had a coughing fit during her weather forecast. Not to worry though because she had a way of managing the situation. She spoke at 200 words per second. I’d no idea what the weather was going to do, not that that matters of course.

Anyone manage to video that? I’d suggest if they did, get it on You Tube and you’ll beat the number of views managed by that white suited chap from the far east very, very, very significantly.

She handed back to the wooden top male anchor we sometime get on the BBC Scotland news of an evening. “What a trouper” he said and no doubt he was fed the comment via his earpiece. I’m sure he’s a nice guy and his mother loves him but he’ll never make a TV news presenter if he does the job every night for one hundred years. That won’t stop the BBC putting him in front of camera though.

Yawn.

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2013 in BBC, weather

 

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JR is back… okay she has been for a while.

The weather has been interesting. Rain, rain and more rain. It wouldn’t be Scotland if it didn’t rain but there are limits and they were passed quite some time ago. It makes predicting the weather a bit of a test though just ask the BBC Scotland weather team.

But is all well with the team? The big question is where is “thon wee Cubie lassie”? Did she actually run away to the circus? Is she, at this very moment, donning a spangled costume before climbing up a rope and swinging about fairly high up in very large tent which smells continuously of wet grass? Is that more exciting than predicting the weather 0n TV? Sadly, she’s actually presenting on Landward, which is the Scottish version of Countryfile that is all about coos and plants and stuff so no need for spangled outfits mind you…

JR is back doing the weather. Whilst Judith is back there is less of her than before. Is this a good thing? Her frocks are more sensible although she is still rebellious with her shoes. One of the other weather ladies Gillian Smart, who went off to have a baby at the same time as Judith is showing signs of needing to take time off again for the same reason. Goodness.

Anyway JR seems to be on mostly during the day and only rarely on at peak times. The weather has been going down hill in more ways than one. JRs main job was to distract, mainly chaps but not exclusively chaps, from the weather forecast, which is always secondary anyway

The main forecasting roll has been taken over by Mr Chris Blanchett who is well turned out and is probably a nice boy. He has a bit of banter with the news anchor person but, well, he isn’t JR.

The effect of the continuing absence of JR on our screens could have a major effect on the morale of the Scottish population or at least a fairly significant part. This then is serious.  This could threaten the very fabric of the Scottish nation. Independence potentially looming and possible pro voters completely distracted, seriously worried about the weather which they now know all about and wondering if they could alter their working hours so they could be around more during the day.

The loss of Gillian Smart may provide a chance of change once again. Whilst it may be the case that JR has requested that she work earlier so she can get home at a reasonable time to see her barns in the bath and off to bed. I know that’s a ridiculous suggestion. She would never, never, never turn her back on her fans. No rude comments from anyone reading this. You are a bad man if you do!

Perhaps “thon wee Cubie lassie” might make a reappearance? I know it won’t be the same as JR but it would be a start.

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in BBC, weather

 

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Snow shovels and au couture.

The weather has taken a turn for the worse. Snow apparently, although we haven’t see any in Edinburgh just yet. After the snow last winter, we thought it might be sensible to buy a snow shovel. Snow shovels have become the very latest must have. You may have partaken of one for yourself? Ours is red with a very clean looking pine handle and a metal strip along the leading edge where it may well hit the pavement or drive etc.

Whilst we are now in February there is still plenty of time for snow to make an entrance although a less dramatic entrance than the one we had in November/December 2010 would be good. Scottish Granny used to say “as the days lighten, the cold strengthens.” Seems like never a truer word was said.

The snow shovel has to be used otherwise I’ll turn slip into mean git mode. I paid for it so it’s getting used! In previous years I’ve used a big square bit of plywood with a length of 2” x 2” wooden attached to it for a long handle. Artistic and stylish it wasn’t but it did the job, The edge that came into contact with the pavements got a bit frayed but that was just a part of the character of it. This solution nowadays however, may be somewhat uncouth. Hence new spanking, shiny snow shovel this year although I have a proper well worn ancient shovel for those difficult icy bits where people have walked on when the snow was wet.

The weather, the Scottish Weather. Hmmm. Last week in London it was as cold as I’ve ever felt it down there, lots of complaints about the cold. In the office I was working in the ladies all had hot water bottles, which they carried about with them, that’s how cold they felt it was. Of course they are lacking our special connection to the weather. Our secret weapons.

After the Scottish News we have the Scottish Weather. If we’ve been really good and behaved ourselves during the previous few days and had no bad reports from Scottish Granny we may expect Judith Ralston or thon wee (Kat) Cubie lassie to tell us what the weather will be like in the next few hours and days. (Search Google for either ladies if you are not already familiar with them).

They are our secret weapons. How so you ask. Well basically we don’t take much in. We are considering what they are wearing and watching their extravagant gestures and button pressing. Their wardrobe has changed of late. It looks like they’ve been spoken to, “encouraged” to procure their weather presenting outfits from an outlet which provides “au couture” garments. These garments are solid in colour and generous in fit although thon wee Cubie lassie managed to get hers a bit more fitting.

By the time we’ve taken all this in they’ve imparted their weather prediction/forecast. We never know what the weather will be like unless it’s one of their shiny ill-fitting suit wearing male chums who drearily drone their way through the forecast. Yawn.

Ignorance is bliss.

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2012 in General

 

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