How bad has tv become?

How bad has British tv become … quite bad by any standards.

I’m in my sixth decade and fab shows were Blue Peter, Avengers, Danger Man; World in Action, Play for Today (anyone got a vid for ‘The Bevellers’) etc.  In fact if you want to learn about camera angles, staging a shot etc watch early Danger Man on youtube, its a textbook photography course.

I never see tv, don’t have the time nor the desire but last night ie Christmas Day evening whilst out visiting I found myself half watching some absolute tripe scheduled as prime time tv, goodness me what a travesty of common sense, insulting to common taste, ie ‘Call the Midwife’.

I cannot believe such unbelievably staged garbage is peddled as prime time tv. Error upon error unfolded, I’ve seen better scripts from the pages of ‘The Bunty’, actually to be honest I have never read the latter, but I use this for effect! Every other shot was phoney in the extreme, was quite make-believe. Actor Stephen McGann did okay; stout workaholic everywhere fill-in Margolyes as ever fulfilled a role, the rest … hard to determine. Oh dear and this was supposed to be the Outer Hebrides, blimey! Maybe the star was the little newborn, quite well portrayed, the best bit, accurate too. The rest, oh dear quite infantile verging on charade, tissue thin characterisation, no relevance to a reality mostly now gone. Far too many (all) freshly laundered garments, far too clean and crisp and white. Dialogue pretty crummy too. So many shots if not nearly all were jarring to my sensibility, for instance YIKES …. those Christmas trees would not be growing on a cliff top, evenly spaced the three or four of them as if placed out by an infant (actually by the props people most very obviously), even to location I was baffled, accents whizzing around all over the place, Irish, Scots, Welsh? I could also see ‘placing’ of ethnic types to even out or to pander to the present day PC agenda (all quite laudable)  but lets get real, this was supposed to be early sixties Outer Hebrides. I’m sure there was a fraction of a second footage manipulation when the mixed race couple got off the boat. Tut-tut. I could also see wilful manipulation in this which in other areas of media and say news would actually be tantamount to fakery or propaganda. Perhaps this shoddy over-zealous make-believe (and over zealous make-up for all the young girls) is the responsibility of some deeply unattractive lesbian collective, all pasty white rounded and shaven, lacking fresh air and exercise, overweight in their dungarees and funny jewellery, being oh so original (not)  … or at least the product of someone v distant from reality? Yes, I too can be quite unreal, just like the effort of  ‘Call the Midwife’. Other instances, watching some bloody useless women attempting to peel potatos, mostly anytime anyone did anything ‘manual’ it was cringeworthy.  Remember, this was supposed to be from a time when ppl were ‘grounded’ would be far better at practical tasks I assume than we are now. Again errors, huge interiors when inner spaces would be cramped (perhaps an idea borrowed from the Tardis) … one fire only enterprises and peat at that, not the roaring generous hearths witnessed on the fantasy bubble of ‘Call the Midwife’.  One could surmise Enid Blyton as serious study material, a companion for life compared to this crap. I could go on for dozens of glaring errors, are these productions the result of a barely twenty something?   Heidi ??

This is insulting to peoples intelligence, we deserve better.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Call_the_Midwife

 

 

bbc r4 screws up again …

Tonights broadcast presented at the close of ‘PM’ at near 6pm by Evan Davies of ‘a curlew’ intended Evan tells us to add relief to the turmoil of present day political fractions and splinters but instead WAS NOT in any way the otherwise delightful memory of springtime upland and moorland curlew birdsong; it was an otherwise unheard screech or distress and quite difficult to pin down as in any way ‘curlew’ and in heavens above any way ‘delightful’.   Oh dear error upon error Evan.

Evan Davis and his patchy 5pm bbc r4 news prog cannot help but drop clangers, bbc r4 itself is full of error, witness the continuing inability to match mic levels, it is oh so irritating to have to lean back from my machine work and turn up the audio to hear the other side of a conversation. Who do they employ for sound engineers?  Theres a particularly irritating female presenter often Sat pm that is so difficult to hear, a voice definitely NOT made for radio.

Another instance… Laurie Taylor in his otherwise useful ‘Thinking Allowed’ insists on utterly irritating music links or fillers, a really unwanted over-loud blast into my otherwise controlled environment.

Whilst I’m busy wingeing re bbc r4 … please would r4 output realise much of its so-called comedy output is utterly cringe-making, a turn off in all senses.

Okay, rant over.

Middle class nonsense from bbc r4 John Humphries; foster care.

bbc r4 this morning around 08:50 we hear of the predicament of foster children and how they suffer from multiple homes during childhood and how at age eighteen all professional support stops. I knew of this already, the reason being we are told that ‘insurance’ by which I think they mean professional liability insurance stops when the subject / service user reaches eighteen. Imagine, just at the point when perhaps need is greatest, the need to be mentored and help with the many transitions unfolding, finding a place to live, a job etc etc.

Why is it we are chok-a-blok with BS, that common sense seems in such short supply?

I too was homeless at eighteen, dad was dead six months and my dreadful so-called ‘mother’ couldn’t wait to get rid of me. After suffering the loss of my wife I can say that it takes a full three years to walk on upright again from such a shock to the system, a heavy blow to the head. Never mind, after eleven months in digs and a fortnight to get out, my wife to be fell from heaven and looked after me. Luckily I had an apprenticeship and my boss arranged / twisted an arm to get my dads lifetimes collections of tools and apparatus housed meanwhile. God indeed does look after us.

The reason I write this post is the bumptious middle class and blinkered twaddle from bbc r4 John Humphries for immediately responding to the contributing expert with something like “Oh well they’ll soon be off to University” !!!

I don’t think so !!! …  for the ordinary child from ordinary often quite stressed and basic housing University is something from another kingdom, another world. They will never have met or spoken with anyone from University apart from perhaps a teacher. For many kids even a job, any job is near unattainable. Where the heck do these woolly over-comforted presenters come from? Oh I know … from comfortable middle-class homes that have that weird ingredient called ‘possibilities’. How so different from the vast majority of the ‘forgotten’.

We seem to be in a near euphoric over-estimation of both the value and the attainability of a University Education. Many courses are nonsense near garbage time-fillers. Yet how often does one hear or encounter anyone that has sufficient interest in a subject to pursue it in their own free time, of self-study and reading at home? This is extremely rare; but curiously so many are falling over themselves to be part of a Uni experience.  Seems to me too many have fallen in love with the idea and have dispensed with a pragmatic reality.

It is said ‘we become our fathers’ and indeed in my case the extra two years fourteen to sixteen did me little good, the old apprentice idea at fourteen was not as bad as supposed. If it was an idea from Japan oh my goodness it would become soooo trendy.  To be cloistered (or hindered) to sixteen plus with a gaggle of kids is not the best path to becoming an adult, or skilled.

Scientists warning.

A month ago (June 21st 2019) I blogged and drew attention to how nonsensical, silly and downright intentionally misleading was a Yale presentation on youtube telling us how insignificant and quite benign was the impending release of methane (in three forms ie frozen hydrate, microbial and geological) as the permafrost melts, as it is in fact doing right now quite happily in all shallow Arctic sea including the East Siberian Ice Shelf.

My post re Yale Climate Connections nonsense … https://climate-change-briefing.com/2019/06/21/i-am-baffled/

A motley crew indeed … its called ‘funding’ …  pure and simple.

I’ve written this post energised by viewing today the vid below saying exactly as I do that basically the Yale presentation is garbage, staggering in its complacency and lack of knowledge; just a total and tragic disconnect from where we are at present.

The vid below is an embed on this page … http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/2019/07/most-important-message-ever.html

 

 

I think I’m correct in saying that last years folly of the 2018 IPCC Report did not include Dr Peter Wadhams Arctic Ice material (world expert) and ignored impending methane release.

In the above attention is drawn to the misleading nature of the Yale Climate Connections presentation (02:00), the importance of the Russian work on methane release (14:00) and how Natalia Shakhova cannot get her work peer reviewed or published as her data indicates methane levels her reviewers do not want to read of !! Basically this is censorship.

Below is a good intro to the subject … Natalia Shakhova, Univ Alaska, Fairbanks.

 

 

Another, easy read intro … https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/06/20/the-dangerous-methane-mystery/

Whilst we are here, a link below to a worthwhile read, climate change and the microbial aspect …

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41579-019-0222-5

The marine fossil record.

Quite by chance whilst viewing NASA worldview I find Anticosti Island, a big place and holding a marine fossil record of world importance.

https://media.uottawa.ca/news/secrets-anticosti-island-new-discovery-sheds-light-mass-extinction

I don’t travel bodily, but certainly enjoy using the an old school atlas and the web to get acquainted to locations all over the world; more of us need to do the same and maybe do as i do and wash by hand, no washing machine, no spinner, no tumble drier. A washing line and a light breeze do all that is required, a bamboo pole across the kitchen ceiling to finish off. In winter anyway theres less perspiration and my job is light duty, a clean one so apart from boxers and t-shirts you can wear an item for an extra day and or a quick rinse will suffice. Whilst coping with hernias for a couple of years I found  diabetics thin cotton socks under your main socks means they stay comfortable for at least two days.

Here below is the pic that started my Anticosti Island hour of curiosity.

Anticosti Island 23 July 2019  https://go.nasa.gov/2y5dH8k ... and I would think a generally modified chemtrail / geoengineering sky.
Anticosti Island 23 July 2019 https://go.nasa.gov/2y5dH8k … and I would think a generally modified chemtrail / geoengineering sky.