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I'd buy one! It would be the contemporary equivalent of Lydon's "I hate Pink Floyd" t-shirt...
Pretty sure that quote comes from GK Chesterton.
Zina Saro-Wiwa's ineptitude is reminiscent of the arts presenter on Newsroom South East (Brenda McManus, if memory serves). I could just about hack the vapidity of her commentaries if it wasn't for the fact the intonations OF her VOICEovers are ALL over THE place and make it sound as if she doesn't understand a word that she's saying (which might well be the case for all I know). The effect really is toe-curlingly awful.
It's perfectly reasonable that the BBC should aim to reflect the diversity of London in their presenters but over-promoting this sort of incompetence doesn't do anybody any favours in the long run...
Well - it's high time The Pill Box became a "brand" (something like Number Four in the Contemporary Media Cliches chart; and no need to ask what has been at Number One for a Bryan Adams like eternity...); maybe if I get enough enquiries I'll get some ICONIC TOSS t shirts made up for Xmas ...
wasn't it GK Chesterton? I saw the idea updated by someone who applied it to the death of ideology, or it might have been the grand narrative - same difference. I think it was postmodernism that done it anyway
shit, didn't read the clever clogs comment preceding. It was a pretty easy question though. While I'm on, were you referring to one of the Halifax ad's? The one with waterfalls and stuff? You can't have the sound on obviously, because of the song, but a great piece of work I thought
Ummm about the Andre liking Squarepusher thing, Andre really likes jazz and has said in a number of interviews how he wants to start recording instrumental jazz albums "like Prince".
Take that love of pseudo jazz and pop in Hard Normal Daddy and suddenly things become clear.
The Squarepusher I heard at the end of TCS was nothing like the Squarepusher I've heard on CD, with all the quick-fire "drill & bass" cut-ups and stuff (which also left me cold, but in a different way). But I'll forgive him everything for "My Red Hot Car (Girl)", which mangled UK garage quite brilliantly (if sadly atypically).
who should be presenting the culture show? i'll tell you: BIDISHA - her (rare) appearances on the newsnight review have been the only reason to occasionally turn on to the show. she's incredibly astute and critical and her knowledge seems incredibly broad for someone so young. i saw a greeat late night debate about the state of current art on bbc 2 about six months back where she expertly cut down some diluted ponced up version of matthew collings (can't remember the guy's name) then urged the TV audience to rush to check out The Wilton Diptych at the National Gallery. there's class.
the chesterton quote is strange bcz he's always tagged as saying it but apparently* never actually quite did -- tho there are various not-unlike versions in the father brown stories, and it's clearly something he did think
*actually i think i read the "never did" claim in something c.hitchens wrote so take that as you will -- i am willing to BET that CH has not read ALL of chesterton but is willing to imply he did (but then nor have i) (nor you i imagine)
**** The definite take on Chesterton's non-quote is at:
It is amazing what Jealousy make people say.
I am a Tv and Film producer with more than 15 years experience and I can say that Zina Is an amazing interviewer, she gets the story right and interview her guests very well.
It is easy to criticize people in seating on a Sofa. What have you done today to make cultural in the world more interesting Mr Blogger? Since the internet exists and that type of sites, everybody think that the world is interested in their simple ideas. . Well, if you are so good, why don't you write for a national paper and put your name at the end of your piece.
I have to say I superficially agree with a lot of your comments. However what you fail to take into account is that television programmes are made by a group of people. Therefore you can't blame a presenter for being shoved in as a last minute replacement for an interview that has taken place at the last minute and not having a clue about them. Or not getting on with them. Or the interviewees actually being incredibly rude or thick but not being able to show that because publicists then wouldn't let you interview other clients that you want. Also, you can't blame the tone or angle of the piece on the presenter - or even the director - often they are the ones who have to make sense of a stupid idea that a series producer or planning editor has come up with that works on paper or is gimmicky enough to make them feel they are down with the kids. Unfortunately there are no auteurs in tv magazine formats so they will never have the authority, wit and intelligence of any blog where you have the luxury of saying what you want when you want it.Post a Comment