Posts Tagged ‘BBC’

Quite Interesting – Munich’s Oktoberfest

The other day, I told you about something interesting I discovered on QI. Well, that episode also brought something else to my attention – Oktoberfest. Now, obviously, I’d heard of it before, but it never occurred to me before to actually go. Well, QI mentioning it made me think me and my friends should go. I posted it on Facebook, and all my friends agreed it was the ‘best idea ever’. Then I started seriously considering it. I thought about doing it this year but we already have another group outing planned in the summer so I thought we’d do it next year, as a graduation treat.

I later discovered we couldn’t have gone this year anyway, since it’s already sold out (as in the only places to stay left are expensive hotels and the best tents are booked up). Apparently, it’s best to book no later than January to get the cheapest hotels/best tents. After looking it up on blogs and stuff, I think I’ve got a good guide together (which I will post in another post for anybody that fancies going). The only trouble with it is that if we have to book before January, nobody is going to know what they’ll be doing in 10/9 months time, especially since most of them will be out of uni and into the ‘real world’ by then. Hopefully I’ll be able to convince them to commit by saying, basically, that this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we just have to pledge that we will go, even though we don’t know what we’ll be doing at that point. I only hope that argument works because, if not, then we won’t be able to go.

Here’s fingers crossed to when I have to do that!


Quite Interesting – Dinner For One

I was watching QI on Dave the other day (for non-UK readers, QI is a British TV panel show where points are awarded for being ‘interesting’, and Dave is a TV channel that shows BBC repeats), an episode on Germany. At one point they started talking about this comedy sketch (‘skit’) that is British-made, but completely unknown in the ‘English-speaking world’ but very popular in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, where it is shown on New Year’s Eve every year. It is called ‘Dinner for One’, and is about a English lady’s 90th birthday and her butler who has to impersonate each (now dead) guest that used to attend her birthday dinners at each course. I thought it was kind of funny in places but not that brilliant, but then everybody’s taste in comedy is different! I’ll post the two parts here and you can judge for yourself: (It is introduced in German but the actual sketch is in English)

How I Felt Before

Luna The Whale

Today I watched this fantastic episode of Natural World, which was about a killer whale who got separated from his family and ended up in a bay on the coast of Vancouver Island, Canada. It charts his progress during this difficult time, showing how he tries to make friends with the people on the boats that come in and out of they bay, by swimming alongside them. The authorities try to discourage him, but he clearly wants friends after his traumatic experience. The film-maker, a local man, makes friends with him, to the annoyance of the authorities. It ends, tragically, with Luna going too close to a big boat and being killed by the propeller.

It was such a moving story, for me. It shows that humans are not the only animals who value friendship. To see that whale being so affectionate to the film-maker who befriended him, was so touching. It really showed friendship as the fantastic thing it is, with the ability to heal and bridge boundaries. For that magnificent whale to show how much it wanted friendship, and the love that it gave and received when that call for friendship was answered, was just so touching.

It’s tragic that this lovely, friendly and docile whale should have it’s life cut short in the way it did. I almost cried for it when the programme was drawing to a close, and am slightly welling up again now, just thinking about it. God bless you Luna, for showing what friendship is all about, and for showing that we should value other animals lives, and, in the case of intelligent and clearly emotional animals like whales and dolphins, that we should treat them as well as a human being. Rest in peace, Luna.

(For those readers in the UK, you can watch the show again, on iPlayer here.)

Save The BBC!

The BBC is being attacked from all sides, and somebody needs to help it!
Labour is attacking the BBC:
Newspapers are attacking the BBC:
Govt departments are attacking the BBC:
At least the Tories are defending it:

To those who complain that the BBC’s commercial arm makes lots of money and the license fee is too high, do you realise profits from the commercial arm help subsidise the license fee? Get rid of the commercial arm and the license fee will go up! Do you want that? I didn’t think so!

To those who want to top-slice the license fee, why would you want to do that, I ask?! The BBC are the only ones who make decent programmes, especially news programmes. ITV is the worst for news, 99% of their headlines involve celebrities, they’re the TV equivalent of The Sun and don’t deserve license fee money, since they’d only waste it on making more rubbish than they do now. BBC News is the best news organisation in the world and completely unbiased. If the license fee is ‘top-sliced’ this would be ruined. Don’t ruin the BBC, and especially don’t scrap the license fee: the BBC is the only decent TV company left!

You’ve probably heard that the BBC is rubbish from whereever else you get your news, but they would say that, wouldn’t they, since they’re competing against the BBC! They know they can’t compete with them becuase the BBC are so fantastic, and the license fee is the reason why they’re so good: if they were a commercial company, they would have to make awful, ‘popular’ programmes like the other channels do and so most people who like the BBC would switch off their TVs altogether. I know I would, if the BBC was privatised.

At least the Conservatives are talking sense when it comes to the BBC, compared to Labour’s stance. The BBC works fantastically as it is, and to change how it operates would be to destroy it. Those who don’t see how valuable it is shouldn’t be allowed to watch any TV at all.

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