Watched extras last night as it was on before Mitchell and Webb. Very funny but like the office I couldn’t sit through a full episode because I was cringing too much. During the episode was a spoof sequence from “The Wright Stuff”, where he gave an ignorant interpretation of some tabloid hacks hatchett job.
But today I have the misfortune of having to wait in for a technician to fix my washing machine (hence blogging during work hours). And Wright is as ignorant as his characature. He makes Jeremy Vine seem incisive.
Still I don’t think Daniel Radcliffe is like that.
Oh he’s done, surprise surprise the part isn’t carried on the van.
Today I made the fatal mistake of going out in my car at lunchtime. Why? Well for the moment I have forgone the Today programme in favour of the Togmeister on Radio 2.
However at lunchtime its the Jeremy Vine show, or as some call it the Daily Mail of radio. (Not to be confused with Tonight with Trevor McDonald).
The item under discussion was the two judges who were embroiled in charges of employing an illegal immigrant. Now the term “illegal immigrant” is a red rag to certain sectors of society, meaning they lose all sense of, well sense.
OK so the Judges have done something embarrassing in their private life, that is more than a little ironic given their day jobs. But some of the responses were frankly silly. Lots of mentions were made of how the judges paid the woman’s national insurance, but surely cleaners either work for agencies or are self employed. When my window cleaner comes round I don’t pay him what I owe less tax and national insurance, and send the rest to the inland revenue. Similarly the electrician who will be round next week will be sending me an invoice for the whole job and he will fill in his own tax return. Why is a cleaner any different in people’s minds? Of course the judges have been very silly and deserve the consequences, but if we can’t even comprehend the simpler aspects of the story what validity do our views have?
“You don’t need a degree in rocket science” said one caller before demonstrating his complete lack of understanding of the situation. Well if Jeremy Vine and his callers are any indication of the state of the UK, no wonder Beagle 2 failed.
Vine’s style doesn’t help. He has a very urgent style of a hard hitting reporter which cracks to pices with some of his questions which betray a poor understanding of the stiuation. Jimmy Young used to ask similar questions, only with his more gentle avuncular style he came across as someone who wanted to be enlightened, or indeed dispel misconceptions, rather than a dim person refusing to listen.
Meanwhile a friend of a friend who has been here since before I was born is being deported because it’s no longer dangerous in her country of origin. A pillar of the community is being sent back so NAS can show the baying mob it’s doing what they want. Sick.
Must get back to work.
Simon, an old aquaintance from when I lived within going out in the evening distance of London, has highlighted the new BBC1 identity. Out go the “Dancing” idents, which I thought were a little twee for their PC content. And in come a series of images based on the idea of a circle.
I just love the Hippos one.
A fantastical exploration of what it would look like if adult hippos could swim. The action climaxes with synchronised swimming in a circle. The 3D hippos were created by Framestore CFC, the team behind the famous Walking With series led by Mike McGee.
So entertainingly barking!
An acquaintance did a round of various websites looking for information on meetings and conferences. I think Simon’s original point was well made, and even though the article was deliberately provocative, there is too much shooting the messenger. People don’t like to think of themselves as lacking in skills, and sometimes define common abilities as obscure, bullying and abusing those who assume a level of general knowledge.
The article raised some interesting points. I think non-it literate people tend
to normalise their relative lack of use of the web, to assume the large group who go to the web first for info are actually a small group of propeller heads. Officers of any organisation (be it political party, or scout district) are there to make sure stuff gets done, not necessarily to do it.
Many people who have the skills to support a website don’t have the time to be the actual webmaster, or do the one man band IT role, many committees would hope for. There may be three people who could between them support a valuable web presence
There are people who are great graphic designers but poor coders, or great coders who couldn’t knock up a website that was navigable by anyone who didn’t already know what they were looking for. But but two or three of them together and you could get something special.
I don’t have the glib veneer of confidence that many mistake for capability. But put in the right team and I could do wonders.
Life is going well and I have a great deal to be happy about.
I joined the local leisure centre yesterday which entitles me to use the facilities for one fixed monthly fee. I could have joined a gym for cheaper, however I enjoy swimming more than working out and the leisure centre covers both bases.
Slight problems on some fronts, and I have a lot to say about my philosophy on the issues raised, but I don’t know how to do it without it looking like a veiled attack.
Perhaps I was bullied too many times at School, and was but I tend to think intelligent people are intrinsically better than people who aren’t. That people who are good at Maths English and Science are better than those who are simply confident and popular, and presentation is simply a non-skill.
I have a confession- I have a guilty pleasure. I frequent the eBay postage and packaging forum. Many people come in with sensible questions, and get sensible answers. Yet there are people who make silly errors, and come in ranting and raving about how bad it is that the system doesn’t protect them from themselves. More often that not they are told what they need to know, however people don’t like being told that their own misfortunes are their own silly fault, and they shoot the messenger. This is a bad move. There’s a knowledgeable crowd there who don’t suffer fools, as well they shouldn’t. Once a person starts having a go at someone simply for explaining basic information about how the world works, the safety catches comes off on the sarcasm is turned on full blast.
I believe people should take responsibility for their actions, and carelessness is an action. People who don’t, for example, read the postage rate before buying should accept the consequences as their due comeuppance.
However programmes like watchdog feature people who’ve been caught out by being incapable of understanding the very large print, so do I over estimate average human intelligence?
Number 6: What Do You Want?
Number 2: Information
Number 6: You won’t get it.
Number 2: By Hook or by crook, we will.
Latest search on this site was for “SAGGA Alcoholism”. I may have been worried had it not come from google Taiwan.
2. A punk actress ponders Agatha Christie’s works.
6. Chesey, jolly song by a manufactured band that was more of a franchise.
9. Most often heard when a ginger bloke walks off stage.
10. Never commercially released, but may be unfamiliar to Mr Singh Ghill’s more dedicated deliverers.
14. From a fan of dodgy statistics
16. The only top ten hit featuring a member of my family.
25. The guess Eurojam Song is as much info as you need. The tile is only sung twice in the song and the band are what Scouts and Guides make.