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Friday, 19 August 2011

Today's show 19/08/11

Even though he is on holiday, Jeremy is still taking the time to update his Twitter page. The man is obssessed with it! I had to laugh at one of his retweets this morning which said:

Very clever, and very true. Assuming that "radio programme" can be substituted for "business", let's look at these recent examples from this programme's web page:

9th June: SANDWICH BOARDS - Finally, as Dominoes Pizza's are attacked for making their staff wear sandwich boards
5th April: MY HUSBAND TRIED TO KILL ME - We talk to Victoria Fabian, who's husband tried to murder her by blowing up her car.

I will leave it up to you and my blog readers to decide how Jeremy's tweet should be interpreted, but you can probably guess my opinion.
As I mentioned yesterday, I will try and give an issue that affects me every day from now on. Here is today's:
Today's issue that affects me: What are the BBC's plans for television channel BBC4?
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In your final day of the radio equivalent of dragging finger nails down a blackboard, let's look at what News Entertainment is up for discussion today...

1) DEGREES - With thousands of children desperate to get into university this year, did you regret not going to university and getting a degree? : Degrees were not as important when I left college and started work in 1975, and far less people went to university. My full-time employment lasted for 29 years, with only two employers, so I must have been doing something right. On that basis, the answer to your question has to be "No" and this item is consequently of no interest to me. After all, what could I do about it now? Next...

2) ROAD RAGE AT TRACTORS - A tractor driver is installing a CCTV camera on his tractor to highlight the road rage and abuse he receives on country lanes : Good for him, but I'm not sure who his audience will be or what this will achieve. There are two sides to every story, despite what this programme tries to tell us most days. Living in a rural area I know only too well the problems that slow-moving tractors can cause, and my wife got stuck behind one earlier this morning. Those of us that live here tend to understand that these guys are simply working hard doing a difficult job and our tolerance amounts to nothing more than frustration rather than rage. However, there are also tractor drivers around who are their own worst enemies simply because they fail to acknowledge the queue of traffic behind them and ignore opportunities to pull off the road to allow the queue to overtake. I'll take a chance that your discussion today will degenerate in to the usual slanging match (good radio, eh?) and that I won't learn anything new. Caravans, on the other hand, are a different matter. Next...

3) RIGHT TO DIE - A man in his forties who suffered a terrible stroke and is totally paralysed from the neck downwards wants the right to die in Switzerland. The only trouble is his wife can’t bear the thought of going along with it : Freedom of choice is a wonderful thing. Next...
4) SHARK ATTACK - Finally, the wife of the man who died from a shark attack says she is haunted by his cries but was able to comfort him in his last moments : Tragic, but not the kind of thing I want to listen to today, thanks.
The Jeremy Vine Show - putting the apostrophe back in bollock's


gill kerry said...

VF got a degree and much good it did her. Also ar not most people who go to Uni at least 18? That makes them adults, even if some don't act it! I too was employed for 32 years at the one employer and I didn't have, or want, a degree. Too much empathis on degrees and not enough on skills such as plumbing etc

Stonyground said...

I find the abuse of apostrophes mildly annoying, after all, using them correctly is hardly rocket science. For some reason I am infuriated by the misuse of words that sound the same but are spelt differently. The different spellings are there so that we can tell them apart in the written form where inflection is absent.

Surely it does not take too long to learn the difference between there, their and they're. Or the difference between site, sight and cite. Or the difference between to, two and too.


Radio2LunchtimeLoather said...

The word "lose" seems to be disappearing from written English, with it often now spelt "loose", much to my annoyance.

gill kerry said...

I saw somewhere that Jimmy Young is to make a (small) comeback on radio 2. Perhaps he could sit in for JV