Sunday, July 31, 2005

I'm pretty excited because at midnight tonight, Normandy's Radio Manche launches its new website at It's a great station and can be heard all accross the Manche region of France.


Bob L'Eponge!


Saturday, July 30, 2005

Why do we pay Income Tax?

"Income Tax was introduced in the UK originally as an emergency measure in 1798 to fund the war against Revolutionary France." can we stop paying it now, 207 years on?

The Three Investigators audio tapes

What brilliant listens!

The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot isn't perhaps quite as scary as The Secret of Terror Castle, but such fun to listen to. Available on tape in the early 1980s. I'm very happy to say I have both, including original inlay cards. I've recorded them to minidisc in case they stop making tape players.

Jazz FM

Now it's not really on FM (bit daft they don't change the name now!) it's on Sky channel 917, DAB and at, it's excellent. No presenters, just back-to-back smooth jazz with no adverts! Love it!

It would have been nicer if they used their Bespoke jingles without the frequency sung, rather than Emma Clarke voice IDs.

Yahoo News

On Yahoo's UK homepage, one of the top news stories today was that Neil Diamond's new album has been pushed back to November.

Am I missing something?

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Bob Johnson - Trendy Weatherman

In his forecast this evening describing the region's weather as "minging"!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Vodafone Simply

They've really got that idea and market sussed - an easy to use mobile, aimed at older phone users.

Although I'd never go with Vodafone again after their customer service department called me to ask why I changed networks, I told them why and they put the phone down on me.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Fact of the Day

RTL now control Five (Channel 5).

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Heinz Noodle Doodles

Where are they now? Lots of character shaped pasta in tins these days, but Heinz Noodle Doodles were timeless.

I lived on them through much of the 1980s, and remember helping to measure the volume of tomato sauce in a tin, as it seemed rather a lot. We wrote a letter to Heinz, who apologised and said it would make changes.

Sunday, July 10, 2005


Saturday, July 09, 2005

Pierced ears on babies

Should parents who pierce their child's ears be arrested for child abuse?

Has the baby given express permission to say that he or she wants to have holes in their ears?


Sensodyne Toothpaste Adverts

Good to see they're keeping college media studies students busy by getting them to film their television ads.

Although the end result isn't perhaps worthy of a natinoal campaign?

Friday, July 08, 2005

Isn't it funny how world leaders start to look like their wax works after a while. (The photo is of the actual people!).


Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Do pianists get RSI?

Or because there's so much force required to press the keys it doesn't happen?

Experts say any use of a computer keyboard can cause serious injury.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Dora Dale and Martin Kelner in blog shocker!

A pair to be relied on (well, on and off) for quality radio comedy in the Yorkshire region (and around the universe on the world wide webotron). Friday and Saturdays nights from 10 on BBC Radio Leeds, York, Humberside and Sheffield. (and archived at

But seriously, Mr Barsky is the OS of choice for pensioners.

"Lovely stuff" - Shakin' Stevens

At the end of the day...

It gets dark!

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Microphones for voice-overs

I keep reading online that some people who want to break into the professional voice-over business seem to think it's perfectly OK to use a Shure SM58. This is just plain wrong. The frequency range of the SM58, whilst great for drum kits, stage vocals, etc., simply does not stand up as a professional speech microphone to deliver all the nuances and clarity of the human voice that clients are paying for.

Only a large diaphragm condenser will do. I use an AKG C414 for big clients, and an Audio Technica ATM31a for non-broadcast/studio clients. Although different people prefer different microphones - I had an Electrovoice RE20 which I couldn't get a good sound from, and sold it to a London newsreader / national VO artist who says he prefers the RE20 over large diaphragm condensers as his voice 'cuts through' better with one! So there you go.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Actions of the BBC recently

I shouldn't care really, but the BBC has shocked me recently.

As I listen to someone repeatedly singing the word 'fuck' on BBC 1 at 8.55pm on Saturday, I think back to the BBC Learning Zone programme night for schools the other day where I saw a hard-hitting drama about gang rape. FOR SCHOOLS?!?! There goes the innocence of a number of children...

Then there was the whole debacle with Trafalgar 200, where throughout the day they hyped up the recreation of the battle event, then when the battle actually started, we were subjected to a 5 minute extended weather forecast followed by a review of the day's headlines. If that wasn't enough, instead of hearing the audio dramatisation of the events of the battle, we had someone commentating on what was happening - the same questions we've heard all day, " a great day for the Navy?", "do the French like Nelson?", etc. - humping our leg like a dog - "Don't switch over, don't switch over!".

I switched it over to Sky where I watched un-interrupted coverage - no commentary. Then the fireworks - no commentary, just the music and bangs. Top notch Sky, well done.

A capsid bug.


LA Club Dress Code

Just saw this hilarious over the top dress code for DV8, a club in Los Angeles:

"Dress Code:

NO Sweats
NO Jerseys
NO Athletic Wear
NO Velour
NO Headwear
NO Baggy Clothing
NO Baggy Jeans
NO Torn or Soiled Clothing
NO Clothing with Offensive Writing
NO Shirtless Vests or Jackets
NO Sleeveless Shirts for men
NO Exposed Intimate Apparel
NO Excessive Jewelry or Chains
NO Plain White T-Shirts
NO Lumberjack Shirts"

So that leaves you with the choice of a burlap sack full of monkey shit or gloves.