Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Be bad ~ boost your ratings

Ironic, innit? 'Shock radio' was started some years back to attract audiences. Now, thanks to worthy journalists and reporters, serious radio and tv actively promote dangerous choices.

Yesterday's Top Story ~ the man jailed for being "the fastest driver ever caught in a routine speed check". (Sounds like a Guinness Book of Records challenge if ever there was one.) One BBC reporter went to a race track and did reports to camera from inside a car travelling at the same speed; another reporter used speeded up footage to give an impression of what it was like. They were obviously having great fun - demonstrating what dangerous driving looks and feels like - and encouraging us all to share in the thrill of speed in the process.

Could it have been nearer the point to attempt an interview with someone in a semi-vegetative state following a high-speed crash and tell us what the NHS bill is? Or (more tastefully) show images of dummies in safety lab simulations as they crash at high speed? Or something soft being thrown at a car?

Today there are news reports of a judge's comment on the "trash" tv programme that exists to "titillate bored members of the public with nothing better to do". Reporting on his comments is obviously intended to stop people watching ...

Sex programmes aren't so pervasive on tv at the moment, but there are plenty of documentary type programmes around giving lots of good ideas on how to get your thrills by damaging something or someone.

STOP PRESS: just spotted the feature on the BBC news website detailing all the speeders of recent years and giving details of the website where a motorcyclist offender (still at large) posted video of himself in action.

And if anyone actually reads this blog, then I've probably contributed to the whole problem myself.

Thursday, 20 September 2007

recent quotes

from a property website:

The village is situated in southern Perthshire,
approx 10 minds drive from the M90 Motorway

introduction to a conference session:
And we'll have some vinaigrettes of people's experiences
college Information Officer vacancy:
requiring ... a striong eye for detail

Saturday, 8 September 2007

Acholi evening

I went to Gulu this evening. Or rather Bishop Nelson (Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Uganda) and Mrs Brenda Onono Onweng, with Rev’d Willy Akena (Diocesan Information Officer/Bishop’s Chaplain), were welcomed in East Oxford by the Acholi community here. The company was radiant and it was good to be with them. Among the hosts were members of churches in Marston (St Michael's, the URC, and St Nicholas) who have formed a relationship with Dongpacu, the self-help women's group in Adyaka.

[Elaine Parry, Martin Carr (Liaison Officer for the Diocese of Northern Uganda), Bishop Nelson Onono Onweng,
Rev Willy Akena, Mrs Brenda Onono Oneng, Filda Abelkec - click on the picture for other pictures]

Bishop Nelson brought news from Northern Uganda. He's saying that after the twenty-one years of the nightmare atrocities visited on them by Joseph Kony and the LRA, modest signs of peace are coming upon the people. Things are still difficult and education still suffers in a big way. All in all Bishop Nelson suggests that it will be more like 42 years before people all return and they can say order is fully restored.

An Acholi choir came over to Oxford from London to join in the evening and Michael Ochem had quite a job persuading his energetic daughter Tadeas Lamar, that she isn't quite old enough to play the odungu.

Michael Ochem and daughter Tadeas Lamar Tadeas Lamar and her daddy