Posts Tagged ‘BBC’

The Truth About Takeaways

February 28, 2020

BBC are to be complimented on The Truth About Takeaways looking at how bad takeaway meals. [broadcast BBC One 2000 GMT Thursday 27 February 2020]

If not seen a must watch.

Takeaway meals bad on every measure can think of, weight gain, damage to arteries, fat levels in bloodstream, fitness, lethargy, alertness, cognitive skills, sleep deprivation.

A two week trial of half a dozen fit students. They noticeably deteriorated and looked worse for wear during the two week trial

I felt sick looking at the food they had to eat, and that was without the disgusting smell. I had a sample of the disgusting smell of junk food at the weekend from a travelling junk food circus.

One family was addicted to takeaways. They lived on junk food every day, and no, they did not look well. A professor of food psychology weaned them off the junk food. At the end of two weeks they looked healthier.

Where I would criticise is failure to differentiate the different types of fat, not lump all fat together.  [see Big Fat Surprise]

When deciding what is healthy what is not, we should ask how far has it travelled,  to what degree heavily processed, look at the list of additives.

Do not be taken in by the Big Businesses vegan scam peddling highly processed crap.

We are being fed a false argument vegan v meat. No, the issue is industrial farming v regenerative agriculture.

Grass fed herbivores, the grass mitigates temperature, absorbs carbon, improves the soil structure, which in turn absorbs carbon, soaks up water.

Similarly with chocolate and coffee, direct trade, bean-to-bar chocolate, trees grown under the shade of trees, will also always be superior to plantation grown industrial chocolate, commodity coffee.

A warning on Deliveroo, and not only that they are an exploitative company like Uber, serfs working for an app. They are setting up their own kitchens, cutting out the middle man, current takeaways and restaurants unthinkingly supplying the data to destroy their own businesses.

Deliveroo are also a contributory factor in the destruction of town centres. High Streets need footfall. Deliveroo is taking away footfall.


November 29, 2015

Ring, from the novel by Japanese writer Koji Suzuki.

Japanese psycho-thriller.

Dramatised by BBC Radio 4, broadcast Halloween, part of Fright Night.

BBC only keep on-line for 30 days.

Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair

March 28, 2015
Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair

Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair

Between 1938 and 1968 BBC broadcast on the radio classic Paul Temple series.

About half the original recordings are now lost, but the scripts remain.

BBC Radio 4 has been recreating the series, using vintage microphones and sound recordings from the period, to make as authentic as possible.

Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair was originally broadcast in 1946. It is being re-broadcast as a ten-part series.

Broadcasts are now held on-line for 30 days, which is an improvement upon 7 days, but there is absolutely no reason they cannot be held on-line indefinitely.

Two girls go missing, their bodies are found, both girls strangled, one body caught in a fisherman’s net off Whitstable, the other in Paul Temple’s garage.

The only clue: With the compliments of a Mr Gregory.

Who is Mr Gregory?

Paul Temple series was also broadcast in Germany, where they were known as street cleaners, Straßenfeger, as they cleaned everyone up from the streets as people stayed home glued to the radio.

Paul Temple and the Gregory Affair, not only had the original recording disappeared but also the scripts of Episodes 1, 2 and 6. This new production is made possible by the recent discovery by a colleague in Norwegian radio of a complete set of scripts in an old store cupboard in Oslo.

Radio Echoes has a number of Paul Temple classics available for download.

Top Gear new presenter shock

March 28, 2015

Following the sudden departure of Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear, new shock as Russell Brand anounced as new presenter

Nick Robinson talking rubbish about Russell Brand and Democracy

January 9, 2015
BBC man:  I've got a beef with you Brand

BBC man: I’ve got a beef with you Brand

We live in what’s called a democracy, but is owned by the people who provide the money. — George Monbiot

The parties are beholden to the people providing them with their election funding. — George Monbiot

Nick Robinson shows he is a worthless hack, too lazy to even get the facts right, with his infantile attack on Russell Brand in the Radio Times.

Brand continues to tell people that all politics and all politicians are corrupt or venal or a waste of time

Russell Brand is wrong to say you shouldn’t vote

At no time has Russell Brand made either statement. I suggest Nick Robinson takes the time and trouble to read and comprehend Revolution, watch The Trews.

Nick Robinson goes on to say:

yes it does make a difference whether you vote or not and who you vote for

Did Nick Robinson visit Scotland during the Indy Referendum? If he did, he may have noticed the high voter turnout, the public meetings, the public participation, the contempt for the clowns from Westminster, that Ed Miliband had to be escorted out of a shopping centre by security for his own safety. Or if he did visit Scotland, he seems either not to very observant or failed to learn any lessons.

What we have is not democracy. What we have is a sham democracy, and it is people like Nick Robinson who are part of the problem.

No it does not make a damn difference if you go out and vote, Tweedledum or Tweedledee, Tory or ToryLite, David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband, can anyone tell the difference? They are all offering different shades of the same policies, austerity, Shock Doctrine, slash and burn of public services, welfare cuts.

Has Nick Robinson looked to what is happening in Spain and Greece, the two fastest growing parties are saying no to austerity, no to Shock Doctrine, no to privatisation, no to slash and burn of public services?

The only party offering a radical alternative is The Green Party, and yet the BBC, the same BBC for who Nick Robinson is Political Editor, blocks the Green Party from any discussion.

We are now in a five party world, with the LibDems as also rans. Why does the BBC not reflect this?

The people wish to see an end to tax dodging, rail nationalised, energy companies nationalised, end to austerity, and yet we do not see the two main parties calling for this.

Russell Brand has not said all politicians are corrupt and venal. He highlights Caroline Lucas, who works hard on behalf of grass roots, not donors, not Big Business, as someone worth voting for.

Russell Brand has not said do not vote, he even makes the point he is not telling people not to vote. What he is doing is questioning participating in the present corrupt system, where casting a vote makes not a jot of difference, that all you are doing is at best choosing whose turn it is to get their snouts in the trough, to act as cheer leaders for Big Businesses and party donors.

If you play their games, you are playing by their rules.

Is the pantomime that takes place in the House of Commons democracy?

You can vote, you can protest, and nothing ever happens, because our corrupt politicians are accountable to their paymasters, not us.

If Nick Robinson cared so much for democracy, real democracy not sham democracy, he would not be writing rubbish based upon lazy journalism attacking Russell Brand, he would be attacking the BBC for barring The Green Party from any election debate, he would be attacking the sham democracy, he would be calling for the removal of dirty money from politics, he would be out on the street, reporting on protests, reporting on Occupy, spending time at anti-fracking sites, he would be questioning why an idiot like Nigel Lawson gets wheeled out as a climate expert, questioning where his funding comes from, why has been politicians get wheeled out as experts on anything. He should be reporting on those who are trying to change the present system, to move from sham democracy to real democracy, which would then encourage others. The reason he does not, is because he does not wish to disrupt the cosy media-political establishment of which he is part.

Yes, it’s my job to leave my personal views and prejudices at the door when I report on TV or radio or online. I am not, though, required to be impartial between democracy and the alternatives. What’s more, if Auntie ever asked me to be, I’d refuse or quit the job

All Nick Robinson is doing is encouraging people to continue to prop up the existing rotten system, rather than encouraging them to explore alternatives, even worse, following the example of the gutter press, smearing those who are fighting for a better society.

It looks like it is time for Nick Robinson to quit.

‘Cowardly’ BBC tells comedian Israel’s attack on Gaza is out of bounds for satire

July 24, 2014

Frankie Boyle, the comedian, has written an open letter criticising the BBC governing body’s ”cowardly rebuke” of his jokes about the Palestinian territories.

A woman in Zanna is overcome by the destruction in the village following heavy Israeli tank fire and air strikes over almost a week.

A woman in Zanna is overcome by the destruction in the village following heavy Israeli tank fire and air strikes over almost a week.

Obviously, it feels strange to be on the moral high ground but I feel a response is required to the BBC Trust’s cowardly rebuke of my jokes about Palestine.

As always, I heard nothing from the BBC but read in a newspaper that editorial procedures would be tightened further to stop jokes with anything at all to say getting past the censors.

In case you missed it, the jokes in question are:

“I’ve been studying Israeli Army Martial Arts. I now know 16 ways to kick a Palestinian woman in the back.”

“People think that the Middle East is very complex but I have an analogy that sums it up quite well. If you imagine that Palestine is a big cake, well… that cake is being punched to pieces by a very angry Jew.”

I think the problem here is that the show’s producers will have thought that Israel, an aggressive, terrorist state with a nuclear arsenal, was an appropriate target for satire.

The Trust’s ruling is essentially a note from their line managers. It says that if you imagine that a state busily going about the destruction of an entire people is fair game, you are mistaken. Israel is out of bounds.

The BBC refused to broadcast a humanitarian appeal in 2009 to help residents of Gaza rebuild their homes.

It’s tragic for such a great institution but it is now cravenly afraid of giving offence and vulnerable to any kind of well drilled lobbying.

I told the jokes on a Radio 4 show called “Political Animal”. That title seems to promise provocative comedy with a point of view.

In practice the BBC wish to deliver the flavour of political comedy with none of the content. The most recent offering I saw was BBC2’s “The Bubble”. It looked exactly like a show where funny people sat around and did jokes about the news. Except the thrust of the format was that nobody had read the papers.

I can only imagine how the head of the BBC Trust must have looked watching that, grinning like Gordon Brown having his prostate examined.

The situation in Palestine seems to be, in essence, apartheid. I grew up with the anti apartheid thing being a huge focus of debate. It really seemed to matter to everybody that other human beings were being treated in that way. We didn’t just talk about it, we did things, I remember boycotts and marches and demos all being held because we couldn’t bear that people were being treated like that.

A few years ago I watched a documentary about life in Palestine. There’s a section where a UN dignitary of some kind comes to do a photo opportunity outside a new hospital.

The staff know that it communicates nothing of the real desperation of their position, so they trick her into a side ward on her way out. She ends up in a room with a child who the doctors explain is in a critical condition because they don’t have the supplies to keep treating him.

She flounders, awkwardly caught in the bleak reality of the room, mouthing platitudes over a dying boy.

The filmmaker asks one of the doctors what they think the stunt will have achieved.

He is suddenly angry, perhaps having just felt at first hand something he knew in the abstract. The indifference of the world.

“She will do nothing,” he says to the filmmaker. Then he looks into the camera and says: “Neither will you”.

I cried at that and promised myself that I would do something. Other than write a few stupid jokes I have not done anything. Neither have you.

— Frankie Boyle

Reposted from Stop the War Coalition.

BBC is becoming a national disgrace. They keep repeating the myth Israel is under threat and is acting in self defence.

When airlines cancelled flights to Israel, the Prime Minister complained to the US, and asked that the airlines be forced to fly as there was no risk.

Comment posted on facebook:

It’s an irony that a group left here last week for vacation and tour in Israel. So far not one word of sirens or rockets on FB. Just nightclub life and sunbathing.

Today a school was hit. A UN school, a place of ‘alleged’ safety. The UN had given coordinates. Not the first school to be hit.

BBC duly reported the Israeli line, it was a Hamas rocket. Those on the ground dispute this, and say no evidence it was Hamas (not reported by BBC).

The World at Ten had an interesting interview with an analyst at the Washington based Brookings Institute. The analyst took the side of Hamas, pointing out Israel had failed to keep to terms of previous ceasefire, and that it was rationale of Hamas to demand lifting of blockade (which was agreed in previous ceasefire). No surprise, the interview was cut short.

The World at Ten then had a much longer piece on the rise of anti-Semitism in France.

This is what the BBC calls balance. Only it is not balance, it is a contrived balance.

Jon Snow, veteran Channel 4 journalist, and currently in Gaza, has produce far higher quality reports, and noted what Gilad Sharon (son of war criminal Ariel Sharon) had to say in a prominent front-page article in the Jerusalem Post:

“We need to flatten entire neighbourhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza. The Americans didn’t stop with Hiroshima – the Japanese weren’t surrendering fast enough, so they hit Nagasaki, too”.

Which is exactly what we are seeing as the policy pursued by Israel in Gaza.

Passing through the Gaza checkpoint back into Israel, Jon Snow had a destructive electronic signature on his MacAir. It would not do, after all, to have journalists coming out of Gaza with evidence of Israeli war crimes.

Another myth repeated endlessly by BBC, is that Hamas is using civilians as human shields. This is disputed by those on the ground, and has ironically been disputed by Jeremy Bowens, veteran BBC reporter, but not on BBC instead writing in New Statesman.

Another myth endlessly repeated by the BBC is that civilians are not being targeted. This is disputed by those on the ground.

It is not only BBC with pro-Israeli media bias.

BBC: Tories not the Nasty Party

June 30, 2014
Nasty Party

Nasty Party

I have just listened to the most sickening biased programme from the BBC, a half hour programme trying to justify the Tory Party not the Nasty Party.

Try telling that to all those ‘assessed’ by Atos who had their disability allowances quashed.

Try telling that to all the victims of the Bedroom Tax who are at risk of eviction from their homes.

Try telling that to all those who are seeing cuts thanks to slash and burn of public services under the guise of austerity.

Try telling that to all who are now dependent on food banks, not as one stupid Tory councillor claimed because it was a lifestyle choice, but because they are desperate.

Tories have attracted the name the Nasty Party, as that is what they are.

Resignation of George Entwistle

November 11, 2012
Salem Witch Trial

Salem Witch Trial

And now Nineteen persons having been hang’d, and one prest to death, and Eight more condemned, in all Twenty and Eight, of which above a third part were Members of some of the Churches of N. England, and more than half of them of a good Conversation in general, and not one clear’d; about Fifty having confest themselves to be Witches, of which not one Executed; above an Hundred and Fifty in Prison, and Two Hundred more acccused; the Special Commision of Oyer and Terminer comes to a period,… — Robert Calef

When I put an end to the Court there ware at least fifty persons in prision in great misery by reason of the extream cold and their poverty, most of them having only spectre evidence against them and their mittimusses being defective, I caused some of them to be lettout upon bayle and put the Judges upon consideration of a way to reliefe others and to prevent them from perishing in prision, upon which some of them were convinced and acknowledged that their former proceedings were too violent and not grounded upon a right foundation … The stop put to the first method of proceedings hath dissipated the blak cloud that threatened this Province with destruccion;… — Governor William Phips, 21 February 1693

After seeing a picture in the past hour of the individual concerned, this is not the person I identified by photograph presented to me by the police in the early 1990s, who told me the man in the photograph was Lord McAlpine. — Steven Messham

Last night George Entwistle resigned as Director General of the BBC.

When George Entwistle appeared before a House of Commons Culture Select Committee, the day following a Panorama programme investigating the failings of Newsnight re Jimmy Savile, his testimony beggared belief.

He had heard in passing from one of his executives at a party that the flagship news programme Newsnight was investigating one it his flagship stars Jimmy Savile (now diseased), to whom BBC planned a major tribute, and he asked no further questions!

Newsnight for whatever reason, shelved its investigation into Jimmy Savile. There can be many reasons for doing so, the evidence does not stack up, superseded by more important news stories. So far the BBC has yet to come up with a plausible explanation.

Panorama then decided to investigate Newsnight. The programme was shoddy, allegations treated as fact, less than plausible witnesses, hearsay.

Last week Private Eye had a detailed look at the BBC, which cast even more doubt.

Newsnight, determined to play catch up and restore its damaged reputation, had what was claimed to be an expose. They went back to the 1970s, widespread abuse of children in children’s homes in North Wales, a cover up. An investigation into the abuse, the report was destroyed and never saw the light of day. This was followed by an Inquiry, which in reality was a cover-up. Police turned a blind eye and failed to follow up complainants.

In advance of the programme, names were going to be named. The programme proved to be something of a damp squib in terms of naming names, but it did highlight the abuse and subsequent cover-ups.

On the programme was one of the child abuse victims, who was prepared to speak on the record in front of cameras. He said the abuse not only took place within the homes, but that the children were leased out. That he was repeatedly raped, that a senior figure from the Thatcher era was involved.

At no time was anyone named. It was The Guardian on Friday that outed Lord Alpine as the named abuser, by using the clever guise of mistaken identity.

The victim has subsequently withdrawn the allegation.

This though raises many questions. Why was the victim shown a photo by the police and told it was McAlpine? Did the police have their suspicions? If the victim identified the person in the photo as the person who abused him, why was this not investigated by the police? Why was this victim not allowed to raise this at the Inquiry?

At least that appeared to be the case. But subsequent reports, it was the child abuse victim who handed photos to the police of boys being raped. Photos that were then ordered to be destroyed. Much later was the victim showed a photo which was not of McAlpine, thus withdrawal of statement, humble apologies. This being much worse than previous scenario.

But what has been overlooked, there were two witnesses on the programme. One who chose to remain anonymous. His voice only, was on the programme.

Yesterday morning George Entwistle appeared before John Humphrys on the Today programme. His position as Director General of the BBC became untenable following his performance. He knew nothing about the Newsnight programme, he knew nothing about the report in The Guardian. Did he know what day it was?

That evening, the inevitable, he resigned.

From my own experience in broadcasting, the BBC is bloated and arrogant. Too many layers of management, too much done by committee. As I learnt, a senior person will not talk to a junior person, they do so through intermediates, up and down the management chain, Chinese whispers.

Listen to Feedback on BBC Radio 4. Legitimate criticisms is dismissed by programme makers and station controllers.

Radio4 has lost many good programmes.

Cost cutting has decimated news coverage. News is too often trivia, because it is cheap. So-called experts on programmes are not.

Al Jazeera, Russia Today, Democracy Now are offering far superior news coverage.

Newsnight has been attacked for using The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. They are forced to do so by budget cutting and edicts on outsourcing.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism are being slurred. Is this part of a hidden agenda? They have been reporting on drone strikes in Pakistan.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism was established because of the failure or lack of investigative journalism in the corporate-controlled mainstream media. They ask questions that are not being asked.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has exposed the extent of Tory Party funding from financial sector, fiddling of MPs election expenses, high pay on public sector, fraud and scams within EU Structural Funds.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has worked with the Financial Times, Al Jazeera, not just the BBC.

It is worth repeating. Newsnight did not name Lord McAlpine, The Guardian a week later did. Newsnight said a senior Tory of the Thatcher era. Newsnight did not, as shoddy reporting is claiming, imply it was Lord McAlpine. They did not say, a senior Tory of the Thatcher era who just happened to be Party Treasurer. That the finger was pointed at Lord McAlpine was because of information that was already circulating, not because of Newsnight.

The name of McAlpine was circulating long before Newsnight did not name him.

Shoddy reporting by BBC News subsequent to resignation of George Entwistle: Newsnight did not name McAlpine. Newsnight did not imply McAlpine.

Why did the police show the abuse victim a photo and say it was McAlpine? Did they have suspicions? When the victim said yes that was his abuser, why no investigation?

We need a Judicial inquiry, not a mishmash of overlapping ad hoc inquiries.

The truth may never be known: passage of time, witnesses dead, too frightened, lacking in credibility.

What we do know is abuse took place, there was a cover-up.

The resignation of George Entwistle, who clearly was not up to the job, is obscuring the real issue, abuse at children’s homes in North Wales, was there a paedophile ring operating involving powerful men? There clearly were powerful men involved as it was they who orchestrated a cover-up.

BBC is now caught up in a witch hunt. For many weeks we have seen a Jimmy Savile witch hunt, mass hysteria orchestrated by the gutter press (who as a bonus can destroy the BBC).

In the 1950s we had the Senator Joseph McCarthy Reds Under the Beds witch hunts. Before that in Massachusetts the Salem Witch Trials.

Why did Newsnight spike a story on Jimmy Savile?

October 22, 2012

There are many reasons to spike a news story:

  • poor story
  • overtaken by other news stories
  • lack of evidence
  • legal reasons
  • leant on from above

It was a very simple matter for the editor of Newsnight as soon as this story broke to come onto Newsnight and explain his reasons for killing the story. Strange that he did not.

Instead they invited Greg Dyke a former BBC Director General to appear on the programme. Who declined.

Instead they have launched an inquiry.

Any BBC internal inquiry lacks any credibility.

Now that the editor of Newsnight is shown to have lied, an independent inquiry is required.

Who ‘helped’ the editor of Newsnight to write his blog?

What does ‘step aside’ mean? Surely if he is shown to have lied, he should be fired?

Why are the BBC refusing to answer questions on the inquiry that they have launched?

If, as appears to be the case, George Entwistle the current BBC Director General of the BBC was involved in a cover-up, then he should resign with immediate effect. Its is difficult to see how George Entwistle can keep his job.

Nick Jones, a veteran BBC journalist of many years experience, speaking on BBC radio 4 PM this evening said it beggared belief that George Entwistle did not know what was going on. There were basic questions he should have been asking.

Almost as an aside, Nick Jones said that stories he had been working on, the Miners Strike in the 1980s and lobbying in the 1990s, had been blocked from above.

Why is the BBC smearing its own investigative journalists in off-the-record briefings?

The Panorama programme Jimmy Savile – What the BBC Knew shoddy: hearsay, innuendo and rumour treated as fact, unproven allegations treated as fact, a Newsnight producer referring to victims (no alleged victims), Panorama reporter referring to crimes (only crimes when found to be in a court of law).

Paul Gambaccini on camera appeared so shifty it was difficult to believe a word he was saying, and all he was doing was regurgitating rumour and innuendo.

Throw in Gary Glitter guilt by association.

The alleged victims were either people who it was implied had a criminal record, very serious mental problems, or both. Even the alleged victims admitted they were not credible witnesses.

The Panorama programme admitted that police inquiries, when reviewed by CPS, insufficient evidence.

The Panorama programme cried out for a competent lawyer to appear on the programme, review the ‘evidence’, and be asked: Would this stand up in a Court of Law?

Why was the Panorama programme aired at the same time as Newsnight? Very poor editorial judgement.

We have something akin to the Salem Witch Trials, mass hysteria orchestrated by the gutter press.

Newsnight probably had good editorial reasons to spike the story as it was a story built on shifting sands.

What the Panorama programme did show was that neither the Editor of Newsnight nor the Director General can possibly remain at the BBC.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

June 28, 2012
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is one of my favourite novels, even though I never managed to complete it.

It was a cult novel in the 1970s I came across it through a Swedish girl who I met on Mykonos, which was in itself a cult place to be.

I sat reading it that summer. But never finished. Never mind thought I, I will read next summer. The same thing happened.

For whatever reason it was destined never to be read to the end.

I do not even know what happened to my copy as I cannot find it.

Last year I was walking along the River Wey in Guildford thinking of a Hungarian friend, and there she was, sat by the river reading a book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Good choice I told her.

I must read, thought I. I picked up a copy of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Last summer I started to read, exactly the same thing happened. I got part way through, no further.

But for a book I have never managed to get far into, it had a very profound impact.

It was the 1970s, and yet I can still recall what I read then.

The love we put into our work. Seeing beauty in what has been made.

Hating when I see people working with background music playing, as their soul is not in their work.

Newton’s Laws of Motion. Did they exist before Newton found them? Were they lying around waiting to be found?

I had this discussion with a speaker at a multi-faith meeting last year. He sadly was talking garbage.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance has never been dramatized. Not that is until last Saturday on BBC Radio 4. I did not know at the time and only stumbled upon it when I was going back through the schedule looking for something else.

The beginning I just do not recognise.

The BBC once again demonstrate their crass stupidity. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance will only be held on-line for seven days.

The Zen is to have empathy with, engage with what you are doing.

An expensive BMW motorcycle. Use a piece of a coke can as a washer. Is this not to insult the machine? No. It is to recognise the properties of aluminium. That is will give slightly, be slightly sticky, thus ideal properties for a washer.

I do not think any other book or writing has had such a profound effect, other than Hermann Hesse and more recently Paulo Coelho.

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