Tuesday 31 July 2007
Sunday 29 July 2007
Tommy Cooper ?
Saturday 28 July 2007
Friday 27 July 2007
Thursday 26 July 2007
Floods to start, we saw Linda Kitchin (one in every house), crying after revisiting her flood ravaged property. We heard of al-Quaeda, "an enemy that is far from beaten", their previous leader who was just apparently been killed has been "replaced by his own brother". Could you have a brother who was not your own? An al-Q member was pictured, his words helpfully translated for us - "we will use children to behead infadels".
Gordon Brown and Terror, we saw the conservative party member Nick Clegg, who talked of "smoke and mirrors". We heard of David Cameron whos popularity is waning. 21% down since GB took over, whilst, coincidentally, Gordon's has risen 21%. We saw a long interview with David Cameron as he lectured on "family is at the heart of everything".
Feature on Cannabis and the new "ultra strong" skunk. We saw a clip from the flower power era with hippies dancing and heard that the drugs now are much stronger. Apparently, skunk has 14% THC (a physcoactive chemical compound), normal cannabis only 4%. Anyway, skunk caused suicides and we saw images of an commercial sized indoor garden. It seems "easy to find" as well, as dealers "roam the streets", offering their wares. However, it appeared ITN couldnt find one as we then saw a man approach a front door and then leave. He then showed us a small bag of weed which he had "scored". Features like this tell me the truth about our news, it contained dozens of factual inaccuracies including the supposed "mellow strength" cannabis of the sixties. The stuff brought back from the mountains of Nepal by early travellers could in no way be described as weak and the THC/CBD content would easily surpass that of skunk.
Facebook next - court proceedings - another black and white issue we were told.
We closed with the headlines. Our presenter went through the majority of the papers, and the actual front page flashes up for one to view. However, at the end, he claimed to have lost his headlines, then fumbled his paperwork, and found them. He then read out the two newspapers involved, the Sun and the Daily Mail, but nothing appeared on the "big screen".
More to that than meets the eye.
If only everything in life was black or white
Wednesday 25 July 2007
Stay on the path, dont stray on the hills
Tuesday 24 July 2007
Dressed in the reporter's prerequisite Berghaus storm proof jacket and stood in front of swollen waters, Hugh told how ten thousand homes had been affected. We saw an arial map of the flood zone along with helicopter views of the flooded areas. 100 sailors were shown, marching to assistance. An eye witness was interviewed telling how the water rose three feet in an hour. Furthermore, "People are clinging on - relying on bottled water" and we saw images of ladies panic buying in the supermarket. One advised she was "getting water to survive" and had filled numerous pots and pans at home.
We moved on round the country, our first stop was the Sweet family (phonetic spelling?). This couple and their sugar coated adorable children were pictured preparing for the worst. All their furniture, including settee, had been piled up and they were ready to head upstairs to safety. In Tewkesbury we saw an elderly lady, Edith Nation, getting a meal delivered to her home. No breaking this Nation. Anyway, we were warned that "much water from the hills is still to arrive" but there is a government Cobra meeting being held.
Cue Nick Robinson, the BBC's chief political editor. Nick looked grave as he stood in his immaculate cream raincoat and told of Walham power station and the fears it may need to be closed down, resulting in loss of electricity and water to further homes. Nick seemed to think the contingency plans would be to send in water by the lorry load but, and he grimaced at the camera, "no power for five days at least.
Over to Upton on Severn we sailed, to "catch up" with Dot Jones and her family. Dot was apparently featured a few nights ago after the familys caravan holiday was ruined due to flooding. As such, they are living in a hotel, free gratis, although Dot is helping out the staff by opening packets of biscuits and similar other minor duties. The rest of her family seemed happy to be playing Monopoly in the hotel dining room. We closed with the board game as Dot told how "there was too much take and not enough give" - in this country.
We went back to Hugh who told how he had spent his day "watching people wading through water". I saw his lip curl slightly at this statement, whether in amusement or perhaps boredom and resentment. I certainly was getting bored but it went on and on. More cows in a flooded field; we saw a flooded office, curiously, the monitor was on the floor. Part time fire brigade officer were observed, fortifying an old peoples home with sandbags. Some of the pensioners were frightened we were advised, but "staying calm". We later saw some of them being bussed off to safety.
We then had a rundown from three potentially "at risk" areas. All the location reporters stood in front of raging rivers. One, Rajesh Mirchenandi, told how he had "seen a new kitchen, not even installed, ruined". That is how much was actually happening.
Back to Nick Robinson where he told how Gordon Brown had met with our flood defence team ealier in the day. We saw Gordon with military personnel; I assume they are the team. Nick told of his further worries; by now he had moved to the Thames, and the camera was positioned at a severe downward angle in order to make him look like the Man from Atlantis with an umbrella. The angle mellowed slightly and we saw the backdrop of an arched bridge and the Houses of Parliament. Staying with politics and flooding, it was time for Menzies Campbell, who, speaking from a temporary refugee camp in a school gymnasium, told how the "horse has gone" and mumbled about a "door". He appeared to have forgotten the saying, one can only wonder why.
If only everything in life was black or white
Hugh said he would be back later with some more dramatic pictures and we berthed with Natasha in the studio for the "rest of the days other news".
It was still politics though and a potential storm brewing about David Cameron's visit to Rwanda despite the flood damage back home. This was discussed and we saw Cameron meeting officials over there. He told how this visit would tackle some of our home issues - at source. He ran through our home issues - immigration, floods, terrorism, global warming and crime. One wonders which of these Mr Cameron believes is sourced from Rwanda. Anyway, this was not discussed and we saw dozens of natives, tribal chanting and beating the earth with hand held digging implements. They are basically attempting to create a soil which will grow crops. Cameron was then pictured, laying a gigantic bag of flowers at a memorial site.
George Galloway next - thrown out the Commons. We saw a short clip of George but very few words were heard.
Elections in Turkey - images of street celebrations were shown.
Tony Blair next. We saw him striding through the arched doorway of the King David Hotel in Israel as part of his new Middle Eastern job. Yesterday he was in Jordan and tomorrow he will meet with the Palestinian President. However, he will not meet with Hamas and so we got to meet them instead. Our reporter travelled under protection to their headquarters where we saw their leader, Ismail Hanegen, interviewed. Images of shanty town slums were shown and we heard of terrible poverty and mass unemployment. Most Palestinians don't believe Blair can deliver we were advised.
The Hindu's bullock, Shambo was back in the news. The appeal over it's death sentence has been reversed and now it is to be destroyed. However, back in May when it was first reported, the Hindus vowed to create a human shield to prevent this happening - so we shall see.
That was the rest of the days news and we went back to Hugh for a discussion into the cause of this "Summer of Floods". A few potential reasons were mulled over before it was time for the promised dramatic pictures. We flew with RAF rescue 128 where a family of travellers were saved. The family was comprised of numerous women and children and as the helicopter landed, the children huddled together, sobbing and weeping. An old lady in a wheelchair was then shown, being carried to the helicopter. A young girl was pictured holding another's hand as - "a child helps bring another to safety". We closed inside the helicoper, an adorable little gypsy boy-child, waving at the camera.
Always a seller
ITN called it the Great Flood and I saw a Mr Binns carried out his house. I couldnt take any more, sorry.
Monday 23 July 2007
Over to Iraq - another soldier killed.
David Cameron re-appeared; this time to insist the Tories can win the next election.
26 Pilgrims die in a coah crash, images of the aftermath were shown.
Sport was next, always a good selection on a Sunday - Golf, Formula 1 and Cricket.
That was about it really, we closed with the weather. To illustrate this, ITN showed a man and his infant child, snorkeling together in a swimming pool before more doom and gloom was forecast.
Saturday 21 July 2007
Tony Blair however, is "very pleased" at the moment. This is nothing to do with the war; obviously, but rather that he and his chums will escape any prosecution over the cash for honours fiasco. Nick Robinson was on hand to enlighten us further, it appears that these scurrilous allegations "haunted Tony" in his end days.
We heard of the enquiry and we saw Lord Levy who complained of constant leaks to the media. It was implied that the police were the source. Nick then interviewed another suspect, Sir Christopher Evans over a statement regarding a "wish for a K or a big P." (a knighthood or a peerage) Sir Evans was extremely candid and more or less stated exactly how it all worked, although he couldnt quite remember the actual circumstances of the KP statement. He could however remember that there was someone he would like to throw a punch at. I got the feeling it was maybe Nick who would be the target, after all, it was the BBC who started all this.
The K.P. Crisps Monks - Promotional 1983 advertising produced by Wade. Enough to drive you nuts.
Terror-ential rain next. We saw all the usual flood images. Helicopter views of flooded fields, livestock, homes, cars and the ubiquitous school children, singing in a boat. Again, it seemed to be the new build houses which have suffered worse.
The cargo ship Napoli next as featured on Wednesdays news. It is now in half and should be removed over the weekend.
Politics again followed. We were told of the results in the English by elections. Focus was on Ealing where David Cameron has made five visits, in order to bolster support. This didnt work though and Labour held on to their seat. We went to Sedgefield where again Labour had held onto their seat. Menzies Campbell seemed quite happy about the increased vote to the Liberal Democrats in both seats and we saw him hugging an Asian gentleman. The BBC made no comment as to the increased support of the BNP, the far right party, who received nearly 9% of the votes in Sedgefield, that would be too blatent.
A father who murdered his own daughter in a honour-killing was jailed for life. Mahmod Mahmod, an Iraqi Kurd, was given 20 years. Honour killings and this particular case were both highlighted in some detail about a month ago when we witnessed some horrific home videos from Mr Mahmod's native land on the BBC news
We went back there for the next feature - although it did not involve Mr M. Rather the topic was ongoing tension in the Bad-lands ( phonetic) near to Kabur on the Iraq-Turkey border. Apparently this is the boundary of the proposed new European Union. We heard of Kurds and a possible Third World War between Turkey and Iraq.
Harry Potter - only an hour and a half to go. We saw queues of patient Potter fans in London.
Friday 20 July 2007
According to Nick, there were three main players who potentially faced criminal charges in this instance. These were Lord Levy, Ruth Turner and Sir Christopher Evans. However there is not enough evidence to bring any of these characters to trial and so that seems about that. However Nick advised us that this whole furore was one of the reasons that Tony Blair resigned his position and therefore Tony and his supporters are likely to feel hard done by. Furthermore, this could be considered a trial by media.
Crime next and we are told that this is at a historically low level. Consideration was given to gun crime and we saw some coloured locals from Soho who were organising a hip-hop opera, to keep the youth off the streets. We saw an old lady, Isobel Kelly, who told us how scared she was of going out and then we saw a black - both in skin colouring and clothing - rapper style gentleman, who attempted to explain his circumstances in a ghetto-street language. I am not sure what his point was; if he indeed had one.
The BBC's point seemed to be that gun crimes etc were more or less confined to various sections of London and the Liverpool-Manchester corridor. It was almost implied that these could be considered black people crimes. We saw some white lawbreakers who were involved in a drunken, street-fight outside a tube station and we heard of a new Crime Reduction Board which is to be set up by our authorities. It seems that the media can again be held responsible for our perceived fear of crime and actually things are better than we imagine.
Jacqui Smith, our Home Secretary followed, and she has admitted smoking cannabis at University. Nick Robinson was back again for this feature and he told how another 6 of the Cabinet swiftly put their hands up to the same offence. An interview with Jacqui was shown and she advised that she "was telling the truth to a question she had been asked". We were reminded of David Cameron's evasive answers when he was asked a similar question.
Nick ran down the drug classification order for us again, Class A - eg. heroin, Class B - eg. amphetamine, Class C - eg. steroids and told us again for the plans to reclassify cannabis up to a B. No mention was made of alcohol or the real reasons for drug abuse.
Alcohol - different class
Dr Asher, one of the suspects in the recent terrorist bombings, has been charged. Images of the doctor and the burning car were shown.
Over to Russia where four of our diplomats have been expelled in the ongoing saga over Litvanenko. They were declared "persona non grata" by the Russians. We saw Mr L in his deathbed again before a brief clip of Putin was shown. David Milliband has gone through a "baptism of fire" given his new role as foreign secretary in this affair; as such we saw him going through some sort of online question and answer session although the questions on varied topics, including Iraq.
Coming up - Viking hoard found by two metal detectorists.
First, weather, and only twelve months ago it was the hottest day of the year. How things have changed, and we were told of a severe weather warning being issued from midnight over the whole of England and Wales. We saw Cardiff where "it has already started raining". Images of some light rain were shown. Mention was made of record temperatures overseas and then we returned to Filey where we saw a basement flat which had been flooded and the caravan park again, as yesterday.
The BBC themselves next and some high level staff have been suspended over their "integrity". They are "to be grilled" over this.
We finished with the story of two metal detectorists finding a hoard of old silver and we had a bit history as to the Vikings, the source of this trove, with all the raping and plundering etc.
A bit like what all this news does to your mind.
Thursday 19 July 2007
We saw a senior member of the BBC interviewed who advised that "there is never an excuse for deceiving the public". The upshot seems to be that "staff are to be trained in integrity" and this should rectify the dishonesty. Again, I will make the suggestion that this could all be a very clever exercise in manipulation. Simply put your hands up to small acts of dishonesty which will deceive the public into believing your integrity. Then continue with your long term, anti-humanistic, mnd-altering programme which we have welcomed into our lives like a psychological wooden horse of Troy.
A plot to kill another Russian currently residing in the UK was the next topic. Mr Boris Berezovsky has told how our intelligence agencies warned him there was trouble afoot and he should perhaps lie low. It appears that the hitman who was sent to do the job was apprehended, questioned and then sent back to Russia and told not to come back. We saw Boris who told of the plot and his obvious worries over his safety.
Politics next. Nick Robinson was on hand to illuminate us as to current developments. There are two by-elections coming up so this may give us an indication of Gordon Browns popularity. We were told that Gordon is thinking about upgrading the classification of the drug cannabis and that he is targeting middle England who appear to be readers of the Daily Mail. I am unsure as to whether Mr Brown is aware of the true level of illicit drug consumption in the UK and question as to whether a reclassification of anything actually has any effect whatsoever. The real reasons for drug abuse are to do with our society and this is glaringly obvious if one simply looks for oneself.
Drive you to drugs ?
Coming up - Cars that drive themselves.
First, the plane crash in Brazil, we saw images of the aftermath.
Afghanistan next and we were told of the ongoing difficulties in the twisted paradox of imposing democracy on a country. Basically, the rebels consist of a "rag tag" army who wont give up. The way forward is apparently to give more aid to Afghanistan and example was given as to the current lack of sewage system. It was implied that if we (the western world) upgrade the sewage and sanitation system then the locals will give up their freedom. Sell their soul for a flushing toilet ?
More terror. Terror-ential rain has fallen and there have been more flash floods in Filey, on the east coast of England. We saw holidaymakers being taken back to their caravans, by tractor, to collect their belongings. There are a lot of caravan parks on flood plains though; because its nice beside rivers.
Then as promised - the cars that drive themselves. A race is being held for several of these prototype vehicles which are operated by a computer. When I was quite young, there used to have a whole programme devoted to new, innovative, cutting edge technology. It was called Tomorrows World and it was on the BBC. They never told us it would be like this, then, either.
Wednesday 18 July 2007
Tom Hunter - Good Guy ?
Russia followed and we saw clips of their state television which is apparently "asking the same question as us." That being - how will Russia retaliate in response to the expulsion of four of their diplomats following the Litvinenko "crisis". We are still waiting for the details to be advised and as such we saw various theories put forward as to what might happen and what the possible ramifications might be; especially in terms of Western business who have interests in Russia. Particular focus was given to Top Shop and B.P. Again as yesterday, we saw a reporter, Bridget, at the Foreign Office, again the camera persepective seems to blend her in as part of the building, although they used the right hand arch tonight.
We moved on to George Galloway. He is in more trouble and faces temporary suspension from Parliament over his behaviour when being questioned over his integrity over an Iraq based charity which he was involved with. This photo of an extreme Mr. G. is the one featured on the BBC news website as is the one of Mr. H.
George Galloway - Bad Guy ?
Health was next and again we were told of a shortgage of organs for sick people who require transplants. At present, a donor card is carried which gives permission for one's organs to be removed if one suffers an untimely death - however the plan is to reverse this and make the process on an opt out basis. We were told that only 1 in 4 of us currently have given permission for body parts to be removed and this is simply not enough.
Images of a young girl who has received a heart transplant were shown; she was playing on a trampoline. We saw a baby who has just received a new heart; if my memory serves me correctly, we saw the same baby fairly recently on the news, whilst she was still waiting for a suitable donor to be found. Could there be plans afoot to link organ donation with the new ID card - perhaps another selling point for it?
Coming up - Maths questions for 8 year olds - An eighth of 32.
First though, "a maritime tug of war." This referred to the cargo ship, MSC Napoli, which became stranded off Branscombe in January. At the time, there was high media exposure to this story, as thousands of scavengers headed for the beaches in search of rich pickings which were being washed ashore as the boat slowly shed its load of cargo containers. Attempts are now being made to remove the ship and a controlled explosion is being detonated to try to split the craft in two before each half is removed separately.
This seems to be a big story and therefore we saw the very small explosion from three different angles, including a helicopter view. The BBC had also engineered a computer graphic reconstruction to show us how it would all work. We ran through this before being told the ship would be "ripped apart, like a Christmas cracker." We saw images of the January scavenging and heard from enviro-mentalists, about concerns over oil leakage from the stricken vessel.
Pierre Williams next, charged with killing a lady and her two children, in Manchester
Torrential rain has hit England again, we saw brief images of flooding.
A special report on al-Quaeda in America - We are told that a report has been published which states that al-Q have "regenerated" and are "no longer on the run". This has lead to further fear of another attack "here, in the Homeland"
Over in the Palestinian homelands, it looks like some terrorists have accepted an amnesty. In a place where "poverty peels off the walls," we saw some individuals who have taken up an offer from Israel and accepted temporary detention in a police station. We then saw some other Palestinians; however, these ones were armed and did not seem as keen on the idea.
Back to Blighty where it was time for the promised educational feature. It seems that the generation aged between 18 - 25 were not taught to perform simple arithmetical calculations and so we went out into the street with the camera to question some young passers by on what a eighth of 32 was. Some had no idea, some did. We then went into a classroom of adorable youngsters who were collectively asked the same question. 4 ; they collectively shouted; all dressed identically in pristine uniforms.
The answer we were given as to the reason for this ignorance of basic arithmetic in an entire generation was simple. They had relied on calculators. I was at a slight loss to understand this rationale, given that calculators dont in fact have fraction buttons but I do accept that our educational system is somewhat flawed.
ITN followed at half ten. Again we had Russia and Galloway followed by, coming up - a homemade recording of a suicide bombing on a rally in Pakistan. We moved on to the Napoli, we were told of the "last rights " being given and that "desperate times call for desperate measures." We saw images of the human scavengers from January to illustrate this last comment. This is "the ship that refuses to break up".
On to Organ transplants and then we popped over to Pakistan for the promised footage. We saw a march and heard a bang. Gordon Brown was briefly on and we heard of the Stars in Your Eyes connection to one of the children killed by Mr. Williams - as mentioned above.
Then an advertising graffiti artist. It speaks for itself and I have copied the photgraph and the link. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/dorset/6901543.stm.
We closed with Harry Potter and the Imminent Book Launch.
Tuesday 17 July 2007
The position seems to be that Russia are refusing to hand over the chief suspect Andrei Lugovoi therefore Britain has expelled four of their diplomats from the UK. We saw images of Mr Lugovoi at target practice and were told of our position - "we had to do something - after all, radioactive material was brought to the heart of London." We were asked to consider if the Russians response "would be symmetrical or do they wish to draw a line under it ?"
Over to the Foreign Office for more discussion, our lady reporter stood with a backdrop of three very large arched windows. The camera was positioned and angled so that the journalist took up the entire middle window. In other words, the perspective was that you could then only see one arched window on each side of the lady which made her look almost like part of the building. There didnt seem to be much more really to discuss. Again, we saw images of Mr Litvinenko on his death bed.
Dr Wakefield next. He is in court to answer charges of professional misconduct. There were placard waving supporters outside the courtroom. We heard how the Doctor was the first to link autism with the MMR vaccine however it seems that his methods of research were perhaps slightly dubious. He apparently paid children who attended his sons birthday party, £5 each, for a blood sample. Images of him at a medical conference were shown where he joked about having to double the fee next year.
"Is it a bird ?, is it a plane ? - No, its superBoris". Jolly Nick Robinson jested his way into the next feature, concerning Boris Johnson standing as Conservative candidate for election as Mayor of London. We saw BJ cycling and were told he was a friend of David Cameron. A clip of Have I got News for You was shown as was a spoof multiple choice question on BJ's personal life. Answers included Liverpool FC, Jamie Oliver, New Guinea cannibalism or a lady who alleged an affair. Nick told of "faith in celebrity" and we saw Ken Livingston, the current Mayor.
Our relationship with our children next and we saw some lovely toddlers being packed off to nursery school. One in particular held a replica toy London double decker bus. We were told of how the nursery industry now "takes on the responsibility for a childs education." Ed Balls spoke of "juggling life and family". We were told of "21st century 3 year olds". The upshot seemed to be that this was the way of the family now, both parents work and the baby goes to nursery for social indoctrination lessons. Supernanny has showed us the basis of this education. A child who does not conform with the requested behaviour patterns is excluded from the group until they do. In this way, individuality is compromised, however this is not considered an issue. If this technique does not work, Ritalin is usually the next approach. This chemically speeds up the brain and, paradoxically, slows down the child. What a wonderful world.
Coming up - rubbish - images of piles of black bin bags in the street
Football and potential fraud. Police have raided three football clubs premises in some sort of fraud investigation although there is no definate story as yet. We saw a police station at No. 37 somewhere and then we saw the chief sports reporter, Mihir Bose outside the stadium of Newcastle United. He confirmed the lack of actual story however we were advised that the "arm of the law has reached football".
Kerry Katona next. A celebrity for being a celebrity - if you follow that - Miss Katona has unfortunately been the victim of an armed robbery in her own home. Three robbers, armed with a knife, crowbar and sledgehammer, burst in and forced her husband to hand over the valuables, whilst KK was locked downstairs with her young child. We saw interviews with neighbours etc and Max Clifford, the public relations genius, spoke of his shock.
A young girl who challenged her schools right to ban her from wearing a purity ring, has lossed her case in court. The ring symbolises chastity, however the school have a no jewellery policy.
The Hindus in Wales and their holy cow next. I covered this story maybe two months ago, it concerned a culling order being placed upon a sacred cow which has TB. The Welsh Assembly has overturned the death sentence and everyone seems happy. We saw the Hindus, chanting round their alter.
Food waste now and we headed to the streets of Oxford to see piles of bin bags. We were told of rotting waste attracting vermin and that the problem seems to be what to do with all our "kitchen scraps". Various suggestions were put forward, feeding the scraps to pigs etc. etc.,
Monday 16 July 2007
Terror next, images of the blazing car and emergency services were shown. We were told of potential proposals to extend the period that a suspected terrorist (or perhaps anyone) can be held, without a criminal charge being offered against him by the authorities. Reference was made to Guantanamo Bay and the situation that occured there, where people were locked up for years with no criminal proceedings brought against them. However we can really only wait and see, we will have no say as individuals in this matter.
Coming up - The athletic Blade Runner and then - Prince - giving away his CD, free .
First, we heard of a rumpus at Tesco supermarkets. Details seemed pretty sketchy but it seems that threats of a nefarious nature have been issued to the store, resulting in it closing several of its retail outlets for a number of hours on Saturday. There is seemingly a possibility that this is due to Tesco in China selling turtles - however we were told that "even staff are in the dark" over what is actually happening.
Catholic Church in Los Angeles is to pay damages to victims of "sexual abuse" carried out by members of their organisation against children. We saw a victim who said no amount of money will "magically take away the pain."
A short feature on Pakistan, we saw images of urban warfare.
Our health next and it appears that there is not a link between poverty and poor eating. We heard of a report which has concluded that basically the majority of us do not eat proper, healthy food even if we can afford it. We saw images of the Royle family comedy show and were told of a diet of bacon butties. Various statistics were shown, the best I could analyse from them is that most fat women are poor whilst most fat men were rich. This seems probably about right and perhaps tells us much more than it appears.
It was then sport and we saw a feature about a disabled boy who has been fitted with artificial feet in order that he can take part in running competitions. These feet are known as cheetahs, the boy is known as Blade Runner. The problem seems to be that some people believe that this artificial aid is in fact giving an unfair advantage. Hence the moniker, although this was not mentioned.
Finally, big hearted Prince, giving away copies of his CD for free. (If you buy a newspaper). A photograph of the front cover is shown here, you will note Prince appears to be standing, perusing the world, from above.