London’s ‘new Routemaster’ design unveiled – BBC News Apparently Boris thinks it's "iconic" and "beautiful". I think it looks like a bizarre red curvy box. It's certainly not a Routemaster. Given how much the thing is costing London, perhaps it should be really called "Boris's Folly" instead… Photo of a Bristol VR And to show you my inner bus geekiness (a mis-spent youth spent riding the wheels around Tameside), the so called "New Bus for London" has a body quite clearly based on the 1960s Bristol VR… Wimbledon estate agent’s porn site prank ‘went wrong’ – Wimbledon Guardian In the dark world of estate agents, one company bought a domain name with the name of another company and set it to redirect to hardcore porn. Given the very poor image many people have of estate agents, it's perhaps not the best way to represent your profession… BBC 6 Music’s audience rises 50% – The Guardian One of those "Well who would have thought it? Oh yes, I am being sarcastic…" moments. 6music has some proper publicity, LOTS of people find out what it does, and ratings increase. Shame BBC management couldn't be bothered to promote it properly BEFORE trying to... View Article
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Which is the oldest political party still standing? – BBC News Ever wanted to know? Well BBC News reveals. Not surprisingly it neatly sidesteps the fun of the original Tory and Whig parties which, ultimately, are the ultimate are the root of the modern Conservative party and indeed the Liberal Democrats. The Joy of 6 " The Joy of 6 is a platform for the entire UK music community to come together to publicly demonstrate its support for BBC Radio 6 Music. The website showcases strong messages and pleas from a range of artists, songwriters, managers and performers. Our aim is to persuade the BBC Trust not to approve the BBC’s proposal to close a wonderfully unique and eclectic station that contributes so much to British music culture and the diversity of the UK music industry. Supporters are invited to post links to the videos and messages contained on this website to personal pages on social networking and other websites. " Election 2010: What influence do newspapers have over voters? – The Guardian Interesting piece from Roy Greenslade which contains a table of the way which newpaper encouraged its readers to vote, and who, of course, won it. Who on... View Article
BBC debate was a cross between Songs of Praise and Over the Rainbow – The Guardian Charlie Brooker's hysterical take on the final leadership debate. Controversial plan to move officers out of Mitcham police station – Wimbledon Guardian I love the fact that there may be a real police station (well I guess more of an office really) opening up not far from the fictional Sun Hill station. In fact they could just buy the Bill studios and save themselves some money! Absolute Radio settles trademark fight with Absolut vodka – guardian.co.uk Yes, cos I'm always getting vodka and a radio station confused. Just last night I popped into my local and was amazed to be given a small radio set with my cola… Hulu ‘abandons UK plans’ after broadcaster talks collapse – Telegraph After the demise of Project Kangaroo, the worry was that we'd simply written away the hope that the UK would offer any major catch up TV service, and had basically handed everything other to the Americans. It seems that day is slightly further away than it was before. Although we shouldn't count our chickens before they've hatched… BBC’s 530 days of repeats in a year –... View Article
I keep forgetting to post these, so I hope you’re not forgetting to read them! First off… the Doctor… Doctor Who fans angered by trailer for Over the Rainbow – BBC News Frankly an example of EVERYTHING that is wrong with modern broadcasting, and a prime example of EXACTLY the kind of thing the BBC SHOULD NOT be doing. EVER. This incident made me embarrassed and sad to be a BBC employee. BBC Complaints On an unrelated note, if you’ve ever wondered how to lodge a complaint to the BBC… Doctor Who: The Adventure Games: first episode, The City of the Daleks, revealed – guardian.co.uk And now a happier Doctor Who story. A fascinating insight into how the Doctor Who adventure games were built, showing how involved the TV team got in putting the games together. Elsewhere, trains seem to be a bit of a feature… Aslef to bid to run East Coast mainline for no profit – BBC News Apparently the train union Aslef wants to run the East Coast Mainline, which has not exactly had a good time of it of late thanks to GNER and National Express bidding too high and not being able to make it... View Article
Haven’t done one of these for a while, so some of this is a tad old… In the 6music news… If you've ever wondered what a Lego version of David Bowie would look like (and lets be honest here, who hasn't?) then this is the video to watch. Oh and it protests about the closure of 6music too. Meanwhile in the Guardian, they’re interviewing Andy Parfit and leading it with the headline, ‘I wish it hadn’t happened’. Sadly he's not talking about the proposed closure of 6music in that headline but an expenses scandal. However conspiracy theorists who have been wondering why 6music gets the chop but not the more expensive, less listened to 1xtra will have a field day with this interview which reveals that Radio 1 and 1xtra head Andy Parfaitt was one of those who wrote the review and proposed the closure. What I make of that… well I couldn't possibly comment. But one thing is sure – the constant trotting out of the argument that 6music is competing with commercial radio really is tiring when even commercial radio chiefs have proclaimed they wouldn't run a station like 6music…. Such things are why the music industry has... View Article
Election already over in nearly 400 seats – Electoral Reform Society The Electoral Reform Society believe that there's 382 safe seats – that's over half the seats in parliament – that just won't change hands in this forthcoming election. One of them is Mitcham and Morden where the current Labour MP's 60,000 odd majority seems unlikely to be toppled. (Siobhain McDonagh seems to be noted mainly for spending more on stationary than every other MP and the fact she tried and failed to topple Gordon Brown.) The Tories were out campaigning at the tube station the other night but, bless their little cotton socks, they don't stand a chance. Personally I will be voting as I do in almost all elections – for the candidate I believe in most. It's unlikely it will make a difference either way, but no vote is a wasted vote. Nick Ferrari earns record five Sony nods as 6 Music makes strong showing – guardian.co.uk Someone notices quality when they see it then… (I'm talking 6music, not Nick Ferrari…) Campaign to save 6 Music takes the Biscuit – The Guardian Get your Joy Division Oven Gloves! 6 Music: Adam Buxton and Liz Kershaw join protest... View Article
Oven Bottom Muffins And if you don't actually know what oven bottoms are… they are the bread products of the gods. Muffin maker goes into administration – Tameside Advertiser Sad news that the world's largest producer of oven bottom muffins has gone into administration. Brief Overview series Ep. 8: Bohnanza – TimothyP on Vimeo Bohnanza is one of the most brilliant and addictive card games I've ever come across – it's sheer brilliance in a can. I'm not sure this video really gives the true impact of the game as well as playing it but it will certainly give you an idea of why we play this game in the pub a LOT. (Plus I love the fact he's clearly using a chopstick as a pointer) BBC News – Channel M cuts sharpen focus on future of local TV news Channel M was hailed by the Conservatives as an example of a bold new future of local TV news. And now it's cutting back… Mark Thompson prepares for his Paxman interview – Westonenunker on YouTUbe With the help of a certain war film… I think someone had an agenda with this one 😉 [Caution – very STRONG language in subtitle... View Article
Saboteurs? Us? BBC 6 Music denies hijack claim as Archers take a punk hit – guardian.co.uk "Twitter was abuzz with suggestions it was a hijack by disgruntled BBC 6 Music employees who have so far seen their appeals for the station to be saved rebuffed by BBC director general Mark Thompson." Can't deny it. I said the same. Not on Twitter, but I said it. Mind you, I said it as a joke… Red Button and widescreen – BBC Press Red Blog My latest post on the Press Red blog BBC Internet Blog: BBC iPlayer stats for February 2010 For the first time, includes stats for Virgin Media which accounts for over 20% of all iPlayer viewing. No stats for Freesat yet – we've only just built the reporting system! The rise of lazy foods – BBC News Magazine "It's not like chopping an onion requires any great skill, but people tell themselves they are too busy." Always wonder what people think they could be doing with the time they're not spending grating cheese or cutting veg themselves. It must result in a whopping three minutes spare every day!
In the BBC Radio 6music news…. Spare 6 Music for us indie dads – The Guardian "The BBC says it has to show that the era of expansion is over. But closing 6 Music is hardly going to stop Sky and ITV from complaining." James Purnell MP, former Culture Secretary and (soon to be former) MP for Stalybridge and Hyde (up the Tameside Massive!) wades in to the debate. An open letter to BBC Director General Mark Thompson from MW editor Paul Williams – Music Week "Although we would agree the commercial sector is not in the fortunate position to finance a station like 6 in the way the BBC can do presently, it is also true the musical make-up of 6, in championing a range of acts that at least initially do not have mass-market appeal, does not make such a station commercially attractive to launch. But that is why we have public service broadcasting and why only the BBC can make a station like 6 properly work." Music Week wades in. Some Thoughts On The Demise Of BBC 6 Music – Carnival Saloon "The BBC are unwilling to try to increase 6 Music's reach because they believe commercial... View Article