Friday, 4 January 2013
John Logie Baird Probably Is Birling In His Grave
I'm out of touch with the days this week. Until an hour ago I was convinced today was Saturday and was preparing my usual Take Your Pick post. At my age wishing even a day away is dangerous for health so I must start to check the calendar on my iPad every morning.
Last year (which sounds so long ago), I started to play a word game on my iPad, while I drank my one and only cup of coffee of the day. The evidence that such 'brain games' are good for the memory seemed reasonable and combined with my bridge playing, I thought I would be staving off memory problems. Admittedly, the ten minutes or so of the word game seems to ease me into the day far quicker than the half hour I used to spend gazing into the garden and daydreaming. (I still do that but not first thing in the morning).
Speaking of games (awful link, my apologies), why are second - or even third - rate comedians receiving so much publicity?
I noticed this quiz advertised on my Sky programme and decided it wasn't to my taste - perhaps because I can't thole Jonathan Ross or I hadn't heard of many of the participants or I'm not a fan of today's style of comedy.
It's common knowledge many of today's comedians' material can be offensive (was it every thus?), yet 240 television viewers were outraged enough to write to Channel 4 and complain about the content.
Channel 4 have yet to comment and the Daily Mail is upset. May I suggest Channel 4 should issue a brief statement along the lines of 'Each television is provided with an on-off button'.
In this house, over the Christmas period, the television was on only to view a couple of films and folk occupied themselves with other activities as nothing more appealed to anyone. Instead of television enhancing our lives it now seems to dominate it, and more and more, when I visit friends, if a television is on it's seldom switched off, although usually the volume is reduced.
I wonder if John Logie Baird expected his invention would replace social interaction? Probably he's birling in his grave as I type.