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Month: December 2008

The New Year’s Honours List makes me wonder, as all honours list announcements do, about the relative values at work behind it. Is a lifetime of literary excellence worth the same as a few years of cycling quite fast? Even if you think Chris Hoy deserves his gong, why’s he getting it at 32, when Terry Pratchett had to wait until he was 60? And would Pratchett have had a sniff without the announcement that he’s battling Alzheimer’s? When she…

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I’ve been watching and reading the numerous reports on the poverty-stricken abandoning their dogs with a mixture of distress and anger. It’s costing too much to feed the dogs, they claim. Bollocks. Utter bollocks. Good, healthy dry dog food – complete, not mixer – can be bought loose in pet shops for about a pound a kilo. A kilo lasts for about a fortnight in the case of my own, admittedly small, canine associate, supplemented, of course, by whatever she…

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Christmas is off to a flying start here, thanks to Gary Rodger, who alerted me to the following lines in Robin Askwith’s Wikipedia entry: “Recently several internet sites – including the IMDB – claimed Askwith had played the lead in Oh No, Its Derek Anus, a 1972 LWT sitcom. However it has since emerged that this was an internet prank/hoax and no such TV show exists, the IMDB no longer carries a listing for Derek Anus.” The trouble is that…

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And so we reach the final window of the Cheeseford Virtual TV Nostalgia Advent Calendar, prising the flap open gingerly and wondering what in the name of Jesus H Cribbins we can expect to see. Oh, it’s a VT clock blackboard. How exciting. However, before you all demand refunds, let me tell you that this is the VT clock from studio A at Broadcasting House, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, now enjoying a very happy retirement. As a result, if any of…

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In the penultimate window of the CVTNAC, we have a spread from a 1957 book on TV (I have no idea what it’s called, because it lost the covers and title page long before I got hold of it) about the building of the BBC Television Centre.

Having spent the majority of the weekend either recovering from a monumental hangover or trying not to emulate Rod Hull’s dying moments while attempting to capture two different satellites on the same dish (I gave up on Hotbird 13E, as there’s nothing of interest on it save for the odd Arabic test card and the surreal experience that is Tele Padre Pio – finally I managed to get the whole thing into a position where both Astra satellites came in…

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The 18th window of the CVTNAC springs open to reveal this floor plan of studio G at Lime Grove, the compact complex occupied by BBC Television from 1950 to 1991. Over the years, G was home to shows like Dee Time and Top of the Pops, but its rectangular shape made it less ideal for situation comedies. The first Hancock’s Half Hour TV series was made here, but the various sets had to be placed in a line along one…

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Tuesday’s Advent calendar window pops open to reveal a coaster advertising HTV’s studio and post-production facilities. The north Wales facility was reputedly very little used as news editors hated stories that were covered in Mold. Ay theng yew.