BBC Scotland To Launch

Scotland gets its own BBC channel this evening. A step beyond small regional opt outs and local news slots. Seems woefully late to be getting a TV channel but there you go. Telly first, independence later? The opening night looks good with both a Burnistoun one-off and the start of the final series of Still…

Bowie In Berlin

Hans Ek, The Gothenburg Symphony, together with The Gothenburg male symphonic choir cover arrangements of iconic Berlin period Bowie songs.

The App With Way Too Much Exposure…

I had hoped that 2019 would not still feature BBC radio stations pimping its yoof-centric BBC Sound app as much as in late 2018. Fat chance. Podcasts are the radio of tomorrow, thinks the BBC. The gateway drug to the next generation of radio listeners. So they’re phasing out iPlayer radio for the BBC Sounds…

Where is the choice in modern politics?

I now live in an English constituency where the elected member of parliament has resigned and joined an independent group which isn’t even a political party as yet, but a dubious private company with hidden funding sources. That member of parliament will not resign despite now being of an, as yet, unspecified new political hue….

TV, Cruelty, Comedy & Technology

I really do end up watching all kinds of dubious ephemera on OOTube sometimes. This compilation of a running gag on Letterman in 1988 is almost cruel in its humiliation of a likely poorly paid bit part actor whilst being fascinating for trying to deploy a curious piece of technology that let you send a…

Misdirected Anger is destroying us

In England right now there us a lot of anger, especially toward our political class. This has manifested itself in the Brexit vote. We are divided and our anger will only grow if Brexit does not ease our dis-ease (which I seriously doubt it’s the answer that will bring the results some people think it…

Rock Docs And Cringeworthy Demographic Signalling

I love a good music documentary especially a meander through the career of any artist of note and longevity but one of the eternal annoyances in latter years is the seeming need to insert a flavour of the moment artist suddenly saying that this old foggie has been such an influence on them. The folly…