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Saturday, January 08, 2011

A biblical history of telecommunications in the UK

In the beginning was the Post Office, and it ran our phones as well as the mail.

Then lo! There was Mrs Thatcher, and it came about that she sold off all the family silver, including British Telecom, which was ours, but which we could now own shares in, if we paid, and if we did not, it was not ours any longer.

And the new owners did say, This name is too long, let it be named BT. And it was so.

And it did happen, that a BT broadband connection was so expensive that most people chose another path, though many paths did use the BT path to get to their online destination.

The Val did use the satellite TV provider Sky to connect to the internet, but Lo! it did use the BT telephone line. And the telephone line did bust, and this was just before the Weekend, which doth include the Lord's day, when ye engineers do not work except on huge overtime payments, and for ye Big Business only.

And so it came about that The Val's internet connection was dead. And being a creature addicted to ye internet, The Val did go to the O2 shop and did buy a Dongle, which did take 30 minutes to get to work (despite the ease with which ye salesman did say it would be set up) and it did work slowly. But it did work! And Lo! The Val did get online and read her emails, and she did post on her blog. And all was well with the world.

And The Val did say, "Who the hell called these blighters Dongles?"

One Sound Body

And a bunch of corpses.

Due to dead slow speeds I'm just posting one slideshow, but it's a favourite.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Stray My Way

Especially with those hands..

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Ain't That The Truth?

Pravda? Geddit?

Another incomplete album. Oh, the dreadful days when an album upload would foul up half way through.

How do they do it? (2)

Someone has now posted Ep. 2 of Come Fly With Me on YT.

If you don't fancy all of it, I really recommend FF to the David Schwimmer bits (several) and the summing up at the end.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

How do they do it?

I've posted before about the amazing things Morecambe and Wise got their guests to do, from Shirley Bassey to Andre Previn to The Beatles. Their Christmas shows were legendary. Over 28 million people used to tune in to watch on Christmas evening.

Over the weekend we were treated to the Christmas specials from 1976 and 1977. Elton John was humiliated in both.

But the big thing was how a truly serious broadcaster came right out of her shell.

Actually, she was a newsreader, and we only ever saw her top half, so I should say that she came out from behind her desk - and revealed the l-o-n-g-e-s-t legs in history, and a real talent to high kick. Most of the sequence is not on YouTube , but there is one partial clip in very poor condition should you choose to experience it:

I know that Ricky Gervais has had some eminent people appear on his show Extras, but I never found the time to get into his humour.

It now seems that the Little Britain* team has the same ability to attract big names to receive humiliating treatment. Their new show - Come Fly With Me - has Matt Lucas and David Walliams playing a huge variety of roles with great flair. But I was amazed in episode 2 to see David Schwimmer appear in the guest slot. I was even more surprised to see him being questioned about the contents of his suitcase. He blamed the items on Friends stars in turn, before admitting they were his. But what were they?

In the final sequence - one of those summing-up sessions they have at the end of reality shows to say what happened to all those featured - it said something like "David Schwimmer was released after agreeing to undergo treatment for his addiction to transsexual pornography".

Sadly this, too has yet to be posted on YouTube, but keep your eyes peeled.

*I'm hoping they are also well enough known in other countries to be familiar to my non-UK readers.


Strange, strange storyline. Incomplete album - no pictures of the hand-holding, though I know they exist somewhere in my myriad albums.

Monday, January 03, 2011

New Year's Gift

I find this a particularly sad episode, what with a mother discovering her stupid superstition caused her son's death and all.

But Bobby's is so delicious, as usual he makes it all worthwhile.

It was ever thus.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

If only there were two of him...

Carin could have one and we could share the other.

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