Friends of Essington quiz + beer festival. Willenhall Rugby Club.3rd Place. Lots of beer. Home at 1.30 am. Great night. Enough said.
I’m responding to a number of your appeals on various programmes for feedback about the BBC and how it’s run so here’s my comments:
I have to say that I find the BBC isn’t as transparent as I think it should be. For example, myself and my MP have found it difficult to find out the costs of how much was spent on sending news teams to the United States to cover the last Obama election. Considering this is public money I find this rebuff out of order and smacks of arrogance.
Equally dissatisfactory is the complaints procedure which is more setup to deflect criticism rather than take the comments on board. There seems to be a certain smugness about this procedure that attempts to treat the license fee payer with disdain. I have tried this route a number of times and I find it reflects a rather monolithic experience. This isn’t good enough and the complaints staff should show due respect to the customer. This aspect of the BBC should be reviewed immediatley.
Pushing the BBC’s Viewpoint
The BBC appears, to those receiving the broadcasts, that it pushes its own agenda. Whilst it may want to be apolitical, it does not always come over as this and its attempts at neutrality seem to have a bias towards a certain political viewpoint. The Jeremy Vine show is a case in point. It’s so “Liberal” it only attracts a certain type of listener. We have to respect that not everybody has a mainstream viewpoint and I believe by ignoring some of the more radical elements in British society today, the BBC is failing to engage with those who need challenging, and if they are right, should we not discuss this as a nation by the nations broadcaster?
Communication, culture and social media
The BBC seems to have abandoned the idea of celebrating Britain and British culture. It is awash with creeping Americanisms and seems unable to stand up for British values and culture. For example, if you listen to the news, the only attention being paid is by people who use “Twitter”. This is singularly wrong as not everybody uses this or other “Social media”, it’s just a journalists tool for broadcasting. You have to remember that some people do work and aren’t in front of a phone or computer all day or simply choose not to use social media. Thus the BBC is deliberately choosing not to engage with a large part of the population – what kind of biased picture are your trendy news people getting as a result? This is simply unacceptable. The Steve Wright Show on Radio 2 and all your news output is so affected by this that I feel as if I live in a digitally divided society – and I’m an IT Consultant!
Another dimension to this is that the British opinion doesn’t count unless it agrees with American policy – your news teams are biased towards American opinion rather than recognising we are an independent nation with a longer tradition and history than the USA and we have as much if not more to offer the planet, especially in terms of education, creative thinking and leadership. We should not be cowed by the Americans and we should be proud of what we do and how we do it – and that includes the premier broadcasting institution, The BBC. The British Broadcasting Corporation.
I would be interested in your comments but it is a point of regret that whilst I may have wasted 30 minutes of my life writing this for the greater good of the nation, I strongly suspect it will fall on stony ground, but at least I have had my say. And the power of the Internet means at least it can be read by more than the BBC management as the Internet is the greatest liberating social tool since Caxton’s printing press.
I remain respectfully yours,
This weekend (I’m just recovering) was rather busy as my old friend Robynne (a girl) came up to the Midlands for the first time in 25 years. So after picking her up from the railway station, we set about booking a holiday in Italy which we duly accomplished thanks to the efforts of The Duchess of Wyrley at Spear Travels.
The rest of the weekend rather revolved around food, mainly preparing and cooking the brace of pheasants Wayne the neighbour gave me last week. I managed to get my head around the cutting thing now, just a question of practise now I reckon. I haven’t cooked roast pheasant before but it was rather good, especially with a good wine and the right vegetables. I think Easter Sunday is going to be a good event!
We did manage to get out to Cosford as well which has got some great attractions now, with a Nimrod, A Harrier GR9 and the test Typhoon. I’ll be posting the photo’s in the gallery in due course.
Last night Mr Five Pints came to stay (almost hot-bedding!) and we had a great night with the Duffer down The Min after diner in The Zoo.
I’m tired now after the weekend and looking forward to doing some less energetic things. But a holiday in the near future is just what I want!
Over the past few weeks the Brother – in -Law has been stressed out with a series of problems with his Windows 7 computer and today I feel his pain. My main PC crashed with a real Blue Screen of death and it’s took me a good hour to recover and even then I’m not confident how I managed it.
Another thing I don’t like about 7 is the poor disk tools – you can’t easily manage the disks and volumes. It’s like the whole thing is dumbed down and I think that’s an insult to the Computing profession.
Life is full of surprises at times. Take for example this Friday night. Nothing doing much so off to Amblecote an encounter with Major Orton and von Mike for an evenings American Civil War using the hated Principles of War. But what’s this? A woman at the Club? A blonde, good looking woman? At Amblecote? With all these misfits, geeks and sweaty blokes? Rolling dice? I must be dreaming…
But I’m not. Major Orton is still arguing as if his life depends upon every roll of the dice being 6 (or 1 if you win with a low score). But there she is. Still there at 2300 hrs. I almost wet my pants along with the other sad types who still enjoy leaving reality behind for a few hours once a week being saved from more lost time in the pub.
Yes, life is strange – as is Amblecote.
The Godson has decided to take the plunge and got engaged to the lovely Ashleigh so to celebrate, we met up with the rest of the Orton Clan (minus Dan) at The Fox at Shipley which does a range of different and exotic meats. So me and The Major plumped for the Bison which was very good although a little pricey at £16 , but not bad if you share between two of you.
This broke up a weekend of recovery for me as I’ve been quite tired this weekend with all the excitement of the past few weeks. I feel quite knackered writing this actually but that’s becauase I gave the newly repaired racer a run out for 20 minutes and then dug the garden and spiked the lawn to try and dry it out after the recent heavy rain.
Saturday was a good day too as not only did the councillor play ball with the draining and I repaired the bike but my Dad got discharged from the hospital after his 9 months of struggling with his leg since being bitten back last summer. I’ll be posting more about that in due course when I’ve thought more about the words I want to write.
Anyway, Saturday also saw me out around Wednesfield again with the Duffer and his other half and Jama which was rather good even if the bus was 20 minutes late. What stuck me was the excuse of the bus driver: I was late out of the garage. Doing what I asked?
Those of you reading this that are not in the UK at the moment might be reading about the exceptional rainfall we’re experiencing at the moment thanks to the jetstream funnelling moisture from the northern hemisphere over us.
Which leads me to our local problem regarding a long continuing issue of drainage in Essington. Whilst this is no where near as bad as my mates in Somerset it is rather something I’d rather obviate than suffer again after being flooded in 2012. So a call to the County Councillor which didn’t go well as he tried all the politician tactics of we haven’t got any money etc. which didn’t wear well with me. It ended up with him coming along on Saturday so I’m trying to mobilise the neighbours into action. Lets forget about the threat of legal action for the minute unless it comes to that.
Simple? Well let’s see what transpires otherwise I’ll be out with the digger.
So describe my good friend JC at his wedding. And this weekend was one of those markers as we said farewell to Gavo who is off to Australia later this month. It was rather a throw back to 25 years ago when we all met in the Milestone and we’ve seen a lot of life since then – most of it surrounding the partners of mates and spouses in the form of the offspring they have produced over the intervening time. Good to catch up though and I wonder when I’ll see Gavo again? I hope to get out to Oz and see him there – just need the money.
And Saturday night saw my cabler Charlie Cardboard reach 50. Another milestone.
But it’s strange the effect that The Min has on time. I popped into see the last of Duffers show and ended up in the pub until 00.45, mainly talking Ezzfest and cricket. But more of that in some other posts…..
I went with Major Orton and the Godson last night for the annual sojourn to see The Strawbs.
This was a repeat of the set they did two years ago and I was a bit bored by some of it as I’ve heard it so often now. It’s not my favourite album of their either. But the opening was good and the band did put a lot of effort into it even if Dave Lambert gulped two pints of Guinness on set!
The sound was all over the place again – The Robin seems to have this problem a lot lately. They should turn the sound down so they can get the balance right. At one stage you couldn’t hear Dave Cousins singing because he was drowned out by his acoustic guitar!
I like The Strawbs a lot, but I think I want to see the acoustic set again – as in Lichfield Guild Hall which was tremendous although some year ago now.