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I've just had three quarters of an hour of Phone Training For Imbeciles, including Functions You Won't Use Because You Don't Use The Phones Much. Great. The only bright side was that it was meant to be an hour and a quarter, but we got out early due to refusing to ask any questions. At all.

There's a big telly on the end wall here, which means that if I'm particularly bored I can just sit and watch it. I thought it was meant to be on News 24 the whole time, but we seem to have the Chuckle Brothers now. I'm not THAT bored. Yet.

There are tons of random blokes wandering around carrying things...it's still a bit of a building site. Well, no more than my flat, I suppose. I sort-of-unpacked my clothes, um, yesterday, and one other box, but I still have three boxes of random junk to find somewhere for. And I nearly brained myself trying to put a box of comics on the shelf at the top of the wardrobe.

Tony Blair's been whining about the media. He thinks there's too much eliding of "news" and "comment", and that it's all gone downhill in the last ten years. Ah well. Hopefully he won't have to worry about being reported on any more soon.

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zotz
Jun. 12th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
Tony's right, of course, but he's been in position to do something about it for ten years and hasn't - he found it quite convenient for a fair while - so it's hard to be sympathetic.
pickwick
Jun. 12th, 2007 11:05 am (UTC)
He is, and he does admit that his government used the media a lot in their early years, so he might have contributed to it. I think he's a bit naive just blaming the media and thinking it can go back to the way it was, though - I would say it's more to do with the different types of media and the influence that the net, that easy many-to-many communication, and also the 24-hour news channels, have had on things.
zotz
Jun. 12th, 2007 11:10 am (UTC)
It has a certain amount to do with those things, yes, but to a fair extent it predates them. I was quite bemused to see Bernard Ingham complaining about the state of things a while back, because he played his part in getting us here too.
san_valentine
Jun. 12th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)
Chuckle Brothers ! *shudders*

Surely being in a room with the Chuckle Brothers on tv is some kind of cruel and unusual punishment.
pickwick
Jun. 12th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
Currently, we've got Neighbours for the second time today. I don't know who changed it off News 24, and I'm too scared to turn it back!
squirrelette
Jun. 12th, 2007 11:31 am (UTC)
Thanks to you and miss_next posting today I've realised just how much I've not missed training sessions. Last one I can recall was a two-day induction thing when I'd been at the OUP for three months and it was for a intranet system I never used. Phones sound even less interesting.
pickwick
Jun. 12th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
This is the first one I've had in ages, too, which is probably partly why I wasn't in quite the right mindset!
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pickwick
Jun. 12th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
Yes. And yeah, I'd like it if main stories were just giving the facts, but I'm not sure if they ever really were. I think people are just more savvy about the bias now.
speakr2customrs
Jun. 12th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC)
A lot of things have gone downhill in the past ten years. Amazing coincidence, isn't it? It's not as if having a lying manipulative evil megalomaniac git as Prime Minister would have been expected to have any influence on society.

You’ve got to dial nine
To get an outside line
To dial nine nine nine from here...

(Terrorvision, "Fists of Fury")
pickwick
Jun. 12th, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
Heh, I had to go and look that up - I've hardly listened to Good To Go at all. I really should.
marcella_riddle
Jun. 12th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
He tore his own reputation to bits. However, I do see where he's coming from.
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