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- Happy birthday to dave_the_lurker! Also to various people whose birthdays I've missed recently.

- "A federal court in New York has ruled that the Salvation Army may hire and fire employees according to their religious beliefs -- even though it receives most of its money for social services from the government." Story here but I haven't been able to verify it anywhere - my google-fu has deserted me. Anyone heard anything? (I know, it's the Salvation Army, obviously they want to hire Christians, etc. But imagine they wanted to discriminate by race or sex rather than religion, and the government was giving them money to do so.)

- No bad language in Cornwall! - "A former vicar turned author has been asked to leave a Truro secondary school
because he used "inappropriate language" during a talk." Hehehe. He said "bum".

(ETA: BananaGuard! Hahahahahahahaha! (Thanks to redatt))

Quite chuffed just now because the thing I was supposed to be doing tonight has fallen through, so I get to go home...I was going to say to watch CSI Miami, but I've just remembered spiderpixie's on a late shift! Argh! Oh, well, I'm sure I'll find something to do. Maybe play Dawn Of War with my new shiny lime green marines.


Little bit of Viewers' Log, while we're here:

Poor Jon Sopel on the Politics Show...

"I am all in favour of informal dress but why couldn't the presenters have worn open neck shirts with sweaters instead of open neck shirts with ill-fitting suits, it looked so yobbish and unprofessional."

"I felt it was disgraceful that Jon Sopel was not wearing a tie, this sets a very poor standard."

"I thought it was quite disgraceful that the presenter wore an open neck shirt with a suit, it was very shoddy."

Felt that Jon Sopel was inappropriately dressed. "A tie should always be worn and not an open shirt."

Otherwise,

Claimed that the word 'been' is frequently mispronounced on all BBC broadcasts. "I find this incredibly annoying that I have to reiterate this point several times a week." I can't think of a way to mispronounce "been". Well, I can - "fish", for instance, but I don't think that's what he meant...

This person obviously thinks they're being reasonable:
"I think the BBC is biased and racist against white British people, as there are too many ethnic minority presenters on all BBC channels. As a Licence Fee payer I find it offensive. Perhaps once a fortnight it would be okay for an ethnic presenter to appear but not every blooming day."

Felt the programme belittled the Bible. "The question 'how many sheep were in Noah's arc?' and the suggestion that the Bible was a fairy tale were very offensive." Well, the second bit I can understand people objecting to, but the question?

"I felt it was inappropriate to play the 'Big Brother' theme tune during the coverage of the Labour Party Conference. That particular music was not necessary." Hahahaha. There's someone with a sense of humour working for BBC Parliament! Yay!

Hmph. That's all - not great, this time. Make the nutters phone more.

Comments

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strange_complex
Oct. 5th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
I can't think of a way to mispronounce "been".

Possibly 'bin'? But you're right - it's hard to get all that far away from the standard pronunciation.
pickwick
Oct. 5th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
"Bin" is common enough, but I tend to think of that as an accent thing rather than a mispronunciation thing, really!
laerad
Oct. 5th, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC)
And you think folk won't complain about the accent differences won't cause complaints? You really should try working with the public at sometime :)
pickwick
Oct. 5th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
People frequently complain about the accents, but this particular person was complaining about the pronunciation. Which is *different*. :-p

(And I have worked with the public, too. Grrr. Bastards, all of 'em.)
dave_t_lurker
Oct. 5th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

What was the program that had the bible question? I know I've seen it recently, but I can't think what it was.
strange_complex
Oct. 5th, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
'Twas QI (hoorah!).
dave_t_lurker
Oct. 6th, 2005 10:50 am (UTC)
Thanks, I knew it was something with Alan Davies in, but I couldn't think of the program name.
redatt
Oct. 5th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC)
" Perhaps once a fortnight it would be okay for an ethnic presenter to appear but not every blooming day."

::boggles:: o.0 ::boggles some more:: o.0

Felt the programme belittled the Bible. "The question 'how many sheep were in Noah's arc?' and the suggestion that the Bible was a fairy tale were very offensive." Well, the second bit I can understand people objecting to, but the question?

The answer to that question was the most anticipated viewer event, EVER, in our household. Every time the programme was advertised, that question was aired, and there was I yelling 'SEVEN!' at the screen with increasing frustration, whilst R looked on sceptically. When the programme was finally aired it felt so good to have Stephen Fry tell my husband that I was right.

What? ::cough::



pickwick
Oct. 6th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC)
Heh. I was quite enlightened by that, actually. I hate it when the answer I think of is the obvious one, so I *know* I'm wrong. Argh.
chrestomanci
Oct. 5th, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
Regarding the Salvation Army thing...I found this.

I'm still digging, though. I had a friend whose mother worked for the Salvation Army, and while I know it's strongly entrenched in Christianity (and I am SO not), I still have a lot of respect for it and what it does. I feel that if I need to be disillusioned in this respect, so be it.
pickwick
Oct. 6th, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC)
Hmm, interesting.

I have respect for the Salvation Army too, sort of (like Christian Aid), but...they have to obey the laws, too :o(
luckykaa
Oct. 6th, 2005 10:18 am (UTC)
"I think the BBC is biased and racist against white British people..."

Ouch!

I remember seeing a recording of Have I Got News For You. Ian Hislop read out a complaint letter they received. It started, "while I did not see the show in question..."
pickwick
Oct. 6th, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC)
Ha, I think that's most of the people who write in. It was great back in January when we showed Jerry Springer: the Opera.
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