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hutch0
Date: 2008-02-27 22:03
Subject: bits `n' bobs
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Mood:calmcalm
Music:the waterboys
A couple of bits of media stuff. Firstly, the headline in tonight's Evening Standard was `London Hit By Earthquake.' Sorry. Wrong. London was not hit by an earthquake. Lincolnshire was hit by an earthquake. London got to join in.

Secondly, those of you who've been hanging around here long enough will know I'm not slow to defend the BBC, often to the limits of coherence and good sense. But not today. On Saturday, the BBC showed almost twelve hours of continuous sport, the greater proportion of it the Six Nations rugby. Not that I was too bothered; I didn't see any of it because I was writing most of the time (yes, pds_lit, I took the covers off Europe In Autumn and gave it a bit of a spin round the block to burn the dust off. I think I'm about ready to get it finished now.) But a lot of people did see it and were not too happy and have complained. And now the BBC has said sorry.
Except it hasn't. If you read the first sentence of their statement quoted in the Guardian, you'll see that what they actually say is `We are sorry that some viewers felt the BBC1 schedule...contained too much sport.' That's not an apology. They don't say sorry for packing a whole day's programming with sport; they express regret that it didn't please some viewers. Not the same thing at all, and shame on you, Beeb, for doing that.

I wanted to show you Nick Garland's Telegraph cartoon today, because it made me smile and summed up what the Democratic campaign looks like to me.

Last year, in the runup to the Scottish Elections, Ken MacLeod, whose blog I'm afraid I don't read often enough, posted this. It's amusing enough, if you know anything at all about Scottish politics, but I found myself rather taken with the accompanying music. It turned out to be `Old England' by The Waterboys, a band I'd previously only known for `The Whole Of The Moon.'
So I went out and found a copy of This Is The Sea, the album on which `Old England' can be found, loaded it onto my Walkman, and listened to the track a few times and the album once, kind of, while I was doing something else, and then forgot about it.
Which is a shame because I listened to it properly for the first time over the weekend, and it's an utterly mighty thing. `Trumpets,' `Medicine Bow' and `Don't Bang The Drum' are wonderful songs. But the best thing of all, the CD I bought was an enhanced reissue with bonus tracks - more bonus tracks, actually, than original tracks - and the very last bonus track is a song called `The Waves,' which I think is quite remarkable. I don't know if it's floating about on the internet, but if you ever get a chance to hear it, you should.

I promise I'll catch up on my emails either tomorrow or friday. Cross my heart.
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2008-02-27 22:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The word you want is "Notpology". Its what Creationists do when they're caught stealing cpyrighted animations, or insulting people.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-27 23:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Notpology! Brilliant! So Creationists are good for something after all. Thanks for that.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-02-28 01:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What a wonderful term! One of my daughters once received a student-corrected test back with incredibly rude comments on it. The administration requested that the perp, who was president of the Student Body AND the Gay/Lesbian Rights Club, write her an apology. The notpology -- thanks, calcinations, for the new word -- consisted of him being sorry that she didn't understand the motivating aspect of his inappropriate language. When she pointed out to the teacher that it was not, in fact, a letter of apology, the teacher told her that she'd have to let it go or they'd both get in trouble for persecuting him for his sexual orientation. How's that for a ain't-life-getting-weirder-all-the-time story?

Best of luck finishing up "April in Paris" or whatever it is.

-the other jean-marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-29 22:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You've never been able to remember the title of this bloody book, have you?

Edited at 2008-03-01 12:09 am (UTC)
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RealThog: Jim's bear pic
User: realthog
Date: 2008-02-28 03:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Jim's bear pic

Meanwhile, on the BBC website us expats were treated to the opposite sin: wall-to-wall coverage of the England game and you were bloody lucky if you discovered that there'd been another two matches. (I noticed something about the Scotland match out of the corner of my eye and followed the minuscule link; otherwise I'd have been completely ignorant of the other two matches.) I was reminded of how often, when I was living in the UK, the Beeb would treat us to some tedious mud-wrestling contest between England and Wales simply because it was an England match, while the day's exciting encounter -- any two of France, Ireland and Scotland, teams that tend to pass the ball around and things -- would be relegated to a grudging 15 minutes of highlights afterwards.

So, in a way, I sympathize with the Beeb on this occasion for showing so much sport on a single channel on a single day. When they do it during the football World Cup I imagine the mass UK public ignores the complaints of those who don't like soccer much (e.g., me); this time it was Rugby Union's turn, and at least arguably the Beeb did the right thing.

And, if you believe you've done the right thing, why should you be expected to apologize for it?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-29 22:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I didn't say the Beeb did wrong; I'm as partial as the next man to a good Six Nations match. I just thought the apology - notpology, as calcinations has taught us - was pretty piss-poor. If you're going to apologise for something, do it properly, don't word it like that. Blair used to apologise for stuff like that.
Anyway, they're going to do it all over again tomorrow. All the Six Nations matches, plus some FA Cup quarter finals.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-02-29 23:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

"Anyway, they're going to do it all over again tomorrow. All the Six Nations matches"

And exactly zero of this will be shown in the US. Bastards. I mean, I wouldn't have time to watch it, but it'd be nice to know it was there.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-29 23:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hm. Well, I can't comment on the BBC's US policy, but if you have a moderately fast connection and no bandwidth limits, the BBC iPlayer should be showing the games for a week or so after they've finished - you still have about ninteen hours to watch last weekend's Scotland v Ireland match, for instance. You can even download them, which gives you, I think, about sixteen days to watch at your leisure before the files self-destruct.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-03-01 00:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Unfortunately the iPlayer facility, for either streaming or download, isn't available to people outside the UK.

I've just been checking to see if the Beeb has yet effected its longstanding promise to produce an international version, but as yet no such luck.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-03-01 00:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah, crap. I forgot about that.
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