Posts Tagged ‘BBC’

Sometimes our media hacks are just plain ignorant buffoons!

October 11, 2009 Leave a comment

The latest idiotic frenzy running new rooms is the story regarding Prime minister, Gordon Brown’s remaining good eye, he clearly does a great deal of reading. He has apparently two tiny tears in his retina, I had something similar a few years ago, it is quite common for people over fifty to experience this. Moorfields Eye Hospital treated me very quickly at the time with laser surgery, quick and easy. Yet inches of column prinitng ink and volumes of excited BBC, ITN and Sky News jouranlists with nothing better to do weigh into this story as if this is equivalent to an earthquake.

Such tiny, stupid minds do our journalists have!!!

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Who Do You Think You Are?

August 27, 2009 Leave a comment
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The production team behind the BBC popular programme “Who Do You Think You Are? have without doubt struck a cord amongst many British families. I am a little puzzled at the use of “celebrities” and it might appear that the production team is scraping the barrel looking for suitable “celebrities” – certainly with the current series I fail to recognize any of these “celebrities”, they seem to me unknowns and not “celebrities”. That’s not to say their family histories are not interesting – in some cases they are. Most people do not have remarkable people in their family trees and the disappointment in not airing Michael Parkinson‘s family history because it was “boring” might serve to put people off.

The other remarkable thing about these programmes is how local officialdom in all its forms falls over backwards in assisting these “celebrities” . In reality this is misleading, too many people this just doesn’t happen. I have met very helpful archivists and staff: I have also seem lazy staff and appalling record keeping and dumb staff who have just no idea about what resources they have.

Overall, the series so far has helped many to think about researching their family tree and there is no doubt it can be a very rewarding experience. But I think those in the production team should get a little more real – their task is to encourage people to research their family tree whether or not they might have heroes or anti-heroes. In the end we have our own idea of who are our heroes in our family history.

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General Sir Mike Jackson loses battle with his mobile on live

August 3, 2009 Leave a comment

Mobile ‘phones can be a problem as General Sir Mike Jackson experienced:

THE GUARDIAN : “General Sir Mike Jackson loses battle with his mobile on live televisionAs the former head of the British army, General Sir Mike Jackson oversaw a range of regiments armed with some of the most complex weapons and technology ever invented.But yesterday, the general was left embarrassed live on television after he was defeated by a ringing mobile phone.His phone went off twice during an interview with the BBC’s economics editor Stephanie Flanders, who was standing in for Andrew Marr.,,”

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Children involved in riots – PSNI

July 14, 2009 Leave a comment

Criminals active in causing riots in Northern Ireland have sunk so low that they get children to do their fighting. The dissident republicans are complete and utter cowards:

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BBC NEWS: “A senior policeman has said young children were involved in rioting in north Belfast on Monday which he said was orchestrated by criminals

Assistant Chief Constable Alistair Finlay said his officers faced an “extraordinarily dangerous situation”.

Twenty-one police officers were injured in the Ardoyne area and two blast bombs were thrown in violence after the passing of an Orange parade.

Mr Finlay said at least one gunman fired at police to try to murder them.

A BBC reporter saw a masked rioter fire a single shot from a handgun towards the police.

A loaded rifle was also handed into police after a group of children were seen playing with it.

Police said they fired 18 baton rounds during the trouble.

“It was dangerous, particularly from the sinister element of people amongst that crowd wanting to shoot police officers, wanting to kill police officers,” Mr Finlay said.

“Wanting to derail whole processes through that, so it was an extraordinarily dangerous situation.”

The Real IRA has been blamed by Sinn Fein for the trouble…”more

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Iran ‘to hold election recount’

June 16, 2009 Leave a comment
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It looks as if people power has begun to hit the Theocracy that rules Iran and some kind of a sop is being offered to the opposition, it’s a sop designed to get people off the streets it is not a genuine total and open recount:

BBC NEWS: “Iran’s powerful Guardian Council says it is ready to recount disputed votes from Friday’s presidential poll.

Moderate candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi has contested President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‘s re-election, alleging widespread fraud.

The BBC’s Jon Leyne in Tehran says the council’s announcement is a complete U-turn. The official results sparked three days of huge protests.

Iranian radio says seven people were killed during demonstrations on Monday.

The Guardian Council – Iran’s supreme legislative body – said votes would be recounted in areas contested by the losing candidates…”more

via BBC NEWS | World | Iran ‘to hold election recount’.

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George Orwell at the BBC: BBC ARCHIVES.

June 11, 2009 Leave a comment
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I was intrigued by the material concerning George Orwell/Eric Blair published by BBC Archives, in particular the internal memo written (21 June 1941) by R. A. Rendall regarding Orwell’s appointment to the BBC. Take a look at the collection, it’s fascinating:

BBC ARCHIVES: “For two years, between 1941 and 1943, George Orwell – real name Eric Blair – was BBC staff member 9889, hired as a Talks Producer for the Eastern Service to write what was essentially propaganda for broadcast to India.
From recruitment to resignation, this collection of documents reveals the high regard in which Orwell was held by his colleagues and superiors and his own uncompromising integrity and honesty. Internal memos explore working relationships with literary contributors, while letters written from the Hebridean island of Jura colour the background to the creation of ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four‘.”

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Nazi BNP leader pelted in egg protest.

BBC NEWS: “BNP leader Nick Griffin has been pelted with eggs and forced to abandon a press conference outside Parliament.Dozens of protesters disrupted the event, which follows the British National Party winning its first two seats in the European Parliament.Chanting anti-Nazi slogans and holding placards they surrounded Mr Griffin as he was bundled into a car…”more

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