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Quality programming on the BBC…

The BBC are proud of the quality of their programmes. Over the years they’ve had loads of successes and more recently they’ve been able to exploit their most successful shows, selling them overseas and also selling them on DVDs, etc. etc.. The BBC is a huge player on the world broadcasting stage.

In the UK we get to pay for the BBC. It’s called the License Fee although extortion is more apt. The BBC gets billions and makes billions more and has turned into a vast, out of control, political, arrogant bully of an organisation. At least in year’s gone bye there were some great programmes and there is still the odd one that comes along.

So where are these incredible quality programmes? Apart from Top Gear? Few and far between and I can’t even think of anymore at all.

There is so much environmental, cuddly animals and such like on the BBC. It’s just dull although I’m sure there are people out there who like that sort of thing. Countryfile has become one long rant about “saving the environment” with the only saving grace being Adam Henson the farmer.

So what are the best quality programmes on the BBC –

Not too bad.

Dr Who – If you like Sci-fi it’s okay but patchy and at time just plain confusing.

Top Gear – large audiences and sold worldwide. It’s not on often enough.

Later with Jools – The only music TV show left. The last series was pretty dire.

Over rated.

Strictly Come Dancing – lots of people like it but it’s hardly a great programme.

The Great British Bake Off – lots of baking, tears and genuinely nice Mary.

Sherlock – Doctor Who without the Daleks etc.

Tedious public service broadcasting –

Eastenders

River City

The One Show

Blue Peter

Biased news coverage

All BBC News programmes

All documentaries.

All political shows

Question Time

So why no more good shows like –

Little Britain

The Young Ones

Blackadder

Fawlty Towers

The Office

Monty Python

The BBC is bloated, spends money like an organisation, which gets money given to it by the skip load.

The BBC is biased politically. Consider the support it gives to Labour, the negativity it displays for the Tories, the elevation of the Greens, ignoring UKIP, being biased particularly against the SNP and the whole Scottish Independence thing.

The BBC is far too big. It is far too London centric although it has regional branches but they are satellites far too far away and starved of everything needed to create their own output.

The SNPs plans for broadcasting in Scotland following a YES vote don’t make any sense. They model is like the current BBC but with a Scottish Broadcasting Service partnering it with licenses need by everyone with a TV.

The license fee should be abolished in Scotland and people can then decide on what shows they want to watch and pay for the privilege. Simple.

The BBC has to go. It won’t though. It’s far too an important part of the London establishment.

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Posted by on February 12, 2014 in BBC, Politics, SNP

 

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Time travel.

This is a blog about time travel, but not time travel as you may have considered it before. The best-known proponent of time travel is of course Dr Who, a time lord by all accounts, who can zip about all over time and space in a spinning wooden 1950’s police box. I’m not a big fan of books films or sci-fi serials when the characters can travel in time going back and forwards sorting stuff out which happen to get in their way or in the way of a creaking plot.

No.

This is about time travel all right but, as I said, not as you may have realised.

What is your most important asset? Which is the most important asset that you can’t add too? Not money or stuff like that because you can always make more of it.

It’s time.

You can never create more time, you can’t decide that you’ll add an extra hour to the day because it suits you. You can stay up past midnight for an hour certainly, but that will just mean you use an hour from the next day.

Now there is a simple demonstration of time that you can try. It’s the nearest you can get to slowing down time and then feel it speed up again. The first day or so that you are in a new place or your first day on holiday pass pretty slowly. Not because you are bored but because you are in a strange place, you don’t have a routine, you don’t know the area and you have to get used to it. As the days pass they pass more quickly because you are familiar with where you are. Hardly scientific but there is a truth in it.

Now here we are at the interesting bit, which requires a bit of a leap.

In the second half of the 18th century it took 1.5 days, including an overnight stop, to travel between Edinburgh and Glasgow, roughly 50 miles. Doing the trip today would take you between 1.5 and 2 hours depending on when, during a working day, you go.

The vast improvement in vehicle and road technology has reduced the time it takes. The quicker the journey the more of our time we can use doing the things that we want or need to do when we get there. We haven’t found any additional time we have just made the best use of time.

You car, has become a time machine. Very simple. Leap complete.

The train and planes and stuff like that all do the same thing. Of course you are quite at liberty to enjoy the journey and do it at your own pace also. Take your time.

Cars are incredibly safe nowadays. There are still accidents but fatalities are down year on year. So why do governments fail to increase speed limits? Cars go faster now and they stop very quickly too.

In Edinburgh we are getting 20 MPH limits. Why? To save lives? There is no evidence of accidents suddenly increasing and things needing to be done. We all know that it can’t be due to pollution because it’s buses, taxis and lorries and the odd diesel car, which pollute. To protect cyclists? Possibly, but they need to learn to cycle properly and also to adhere to the Highway Code.

It’s simple. Until we unseat the car hater environmentalists they will steal our ability to make the most of our time and we can’t get it back.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2014 in Cycling, Edinburgh, Schools

 

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Dr Who at Christmas.

There are some TV programmes that end up with a sort of “National Treasure” status. Some even take on cult status. “The Good Life, Monty Python, Blue Peter, Coronation Street, The Office, The Royle Family, Morecambe and Wise, Only Fools and Horses, Dr Who etc. etc.

Why do they become so popular? They can be funny, serious, weird, educational or anything else for that matter. There is no recipe, if there was there would be loads and loads of popular programmes with millions of people watching them. Maybe they just appear at the right time? Maybe there are based on something which is happening in the background of the real world or maybe the talents of the people involved come together in a special way.

Dr Who is just such a programme.  It’s not every ones cup of tea which is just fine really. Dr Who is higher on the scale because it was brought back after having reached a point where it had become a parody of it’s self. Back it came though, pushed through by people who had watched it in its hay day and liked Dr Who at it’s best, they were Dr Who enthusiasts.  It’s worked out pretty well although it’s changed again recently with plots becoming very convoluted, very convoluted indeed.

Not to worry though because this years Christmas episode was billed as being the best Christmas Dr Who “eva”! All I can say if that was the best, the rest much have been woeful, although this isn’t the case since I’ve seen the others and they were so much better than this one that you couldn’t compare them.

Let me explain. This years Christmas special was set during the Second World War. Dr Who ends up helping a Mother of two children go off on a break after which the said Mother has then to tell the two children that their father has been killed in action whilst flying a Lancaster bomber.

Since the Mother helped Dr Who previously, he has augmented the place they are staying so it’s pretty whoosh, bang, oooh etc. A big Christmas present is sitting in the lounge and no one has to open it. Young child, a boy does just that and ends up wandering about a parallel world, which looks like a snowy pine forest.

Anyway the trees are alive or they have a life source within them. Nasty people come in a big walking robot ship thing. They are very bad because the forest is going to be reduced to a pulp by an acid rain storm created by the bosses of bad people in robot. The Mother of the boy ends up inside robot with the crew. She overcomes the crew because the female crewmember won’t treat her as a prisoner and uses a space version of political rhetoric to talk the other two male members of the crew into to giving up their weapons. She also  has a revolver in her pocket just to make sure that the rhetoric is backed up.

The Mother eventually gets to a sort of giant lighthouse with a gianter golf ball at the top. A tree king and queen have captured the boy and the life forms within the trees, which look like sparkling stars, have made their way to the lighthouse too. Dr Who is there also. The King and Queen turn the boy into a storage receptacle for the “stars” but he is too weak. No problem Dr Who will do it but he can’t because he too is weak. The Mother can do it then because she is strong. She is strong because she is a “mother” She does. The stars go into space and hubby makes it out alive by following giant lighthouse to holiday spot, landing it on a lawn that you’d struggle to land a decent sized remote control plane.

Dr Who goes back to London to visit with tall Scottish girl assistant although they have fallen out. She has s et a place at the table for him just is case he visits. Dr Who cries.

Roll credits.

What a complete load of left wing, feminist, environmentalist guff. Of course it wasn’t a rip of avatar either. Dr Who crying? Just don’t go there.

If this is what the best that the Dr Who team can do then it’s all over including the shouting for the programme again. The scenery might not be wobbly now but the plots certainly are.

If every programme made buy the BBC is becoming a vehicle for activism of some sort then it re-enforces the need for the license to be scrapped and/or something more drastic to reel in the BBC.

Later tonight they will bask in their glory, which will be a costume drama of Great Expectations. They’ve done it before, more than once. I wonder how they’ll build in activism?

I’ll let you know.

 

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