Then there's the smug and cocky little twosome on Pointless who think they're God's gift to witty repartee. As far as I'm concerned, that show is like Wogan in the 80's. An over-egged pudding.
At least Great British Railway Journeys with old Portaloo is back, only trouble is I haven't seen any of the new series. I've either been making my way across the Second City on the way home from my Oxfam, or been in the kitchen preparing food, watching piano tutorial vids on the Tube or, erm, playing scales and things.
Gather Her Majesty Queen Margaret I's former Transport Minister was travelling through Southport the other day, we were there for a week in June 2012. Great place, wonderful architecture and shops, didn't see the sea once. What a bloody wonderful holiday that was......... a memorable first day.
More pianists. And more Brummies. More Brummie pianists please. I'd pay £700 licence fee to see that!
The media seem to have had this fixation with M**c***t*r for years, ITV's Midlands studios are nothing more than an office on Bridge Street B1. Noele Gordon would indeed be turning in her grave!!
When I heard the name 'Sally Barker' I thought 'no it can't be the Sally Barker from the Poozies but it is!
Not many people remember 'Saturday Night at the Mill' where Kenny Ball was the artist in residence. The old 'Farming' programme with Dan Cherrington was produced at Pebble Mill and it has transmorphed into Countryfile, which is the only networked TV programme that's made in Brum....and that'll be moving to Bristol soon if reports are to be believed. We'll only have The Archers left and it'll only be a matter of time before we lose that.
A brand new Dental Hospital is now being built on the site of Pebble Mill as part of a huge science park development, given its close proximity to the University of Birmingham main campus and the A38 Bristol Road corridor. Maybe they should name the new hospital after Bob Langley?
And Chorlton and The Wheelies on ATV. All those men with wheels for legs, with a green dragon called Chorlton keeping them safe from harm. I refuse to believe that show was not created on four or more magic mushrooms.
I think I WOULD prefer to be stuck in a lift with Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor. I would ask him why his party isn't talking about taxing the bankers and the other filthy rich, and helping poor OAP's to pay their rising fuel costs and food bills amongst other paupers of our society. He wouldn't be able to escape beyond the confines of the lift, unlike the Newsnight studio, where he can just get up and leave, John Nott style.Gill the Piano wrote:Ed Balls is an example of nominative determinism, since that's what he spouts most of the time. Michael Ball is the one you WOULD prefer to be stuck in a lift with.
Michael Portillo is certainly a better television presenter than he was a politician and this morning, I caught up with all the GB Railway Journey programmes from this year. I now know, amongst other facts, the origins of the phrase 'cock and bull'. It comes from Stony Stratford where there are two inns, the Cock and the Bull. Portillo had an overnight stay at the Cock. There is a blindingly obvious political joke there. If he'd stayed at the Bull, the joke would still had stood.
He's in Looga Borooga tonight, if the trailer is correct. But I'll be cooking - as per usual.
And Flog It were at the Central Museum and Art Gallery in Chamberlain Square yesterday. I guess they would have used the Edwardian Tea Rooms to do their filming - and I said months ago they've given our city a wide berth in the past???
A former piano teacher informed me they have a lovely antique grand in there, but it wasn't on view last time I went in there. It really is lovely in there but I think some lovely flora and fauna in there would give it some real airiness and spacy ambience. That and the piano, plus someone playing the thing as the Conservatoire's just across the tiny Chamberlain Square.
I fully intend to boycott the telly for the next few weeks, just watching Pobol Y Cwm and antiques programmes and quizzes if they haven't been relegated owing to a preponderance of prats.Private Eye has a brilliant cover this week; England team getting off plane and the pilot leaning out saying 'Shall i keep the engine running?'
I'll also be prepared to wager that every one of those contestants will be employed and from middle class backgrounds. Why doesn't the BBC have at least half of its GBBO contestants as benefit claiming, unemployed, council housed working class and POOR (the overwhelming majority these days), and just wanting to express themselves through their food? But nee nee, they'd rather persistently vilify and smear us with inequitous lying Love like 'Benefits Street'.
I think I'd rather be watching the competing from the National Eisteddfod on S4C than counting how many times the cliched 'soggy bottom' term will be used. Fat chance of that, I spose?
I wonder if the Guardian will be live blogging the show: 8.22pm, Paul says 'soggy bottom' again, we make that the 9th time it has been used. Pass the cannabis PLEASE.
Yes there is, with the customary silver spoon in mouth.Gill the Piano wrote:Isn't there a very young contestant this year? I thought I read/heard something somewhere...
Escape To The Country is another mickeytake. Why don't they find a home for a family stuck in a hostel for the homeless, or even living on the streets. Never mind the inglenook fireplace and Belfast sink, this house will provide you with the shelter and comfort that is your basic human right. Yet again, no.
I've more to thank Delia Smith and her educational Cookery Course for than Mary Berry. GBBO TEACHES you nothing about how to prepare food, it's purely shallow entertainment.
That means Hollywood will be after her like a rampant Scouse tomcat then.Gill the Piano wrote:Isn't there a very young contestant this year? I thought I read/heard something somewhere...
I sayyes. She says no. So that's a no then.Gill the Piano wrote:Are you going to bin the binlid telly then?