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as if by magic…

In relation to the last post, as if by magic it’s been announced that the ‘irritating american’ has been dropped: woohoo! – this website is shaping policy at Sky! hehe – we can wish!

Upheaval at Sky News

I’m not quite sure what’s been going on at Sky News, apparently they’ve been wielding the axe with people and programmes this week, and the latest high profile person to be spotlighted by this appears to be David Chater who has resigned, did he jump or was he pushed is inevitably the question that will rumble around Sky’s Osterley complex for the next few days, whether the truth will out is neither here nor there though as it’s almost inevitable he’ll either end up at ITV or the Beeb, and failing that he’ll end up writing a column and a book like all journo’s do.

I can’t say I’m terrifically sad to see him go as I’ve never been a fan of his style, and since his commentary on the first few days of America’s invasion of Iraq when he as a war journalist didn’t seem to know the difference between an air raid siren and the all clear siren I’ve never really taken him seriously; but above this my resounding memory of his coverage (which for some reason Dave and I watched in our tiny Notting Hill living room in it’s entirety) was his constant references to the dogs barking, as if it were the only important story of note: never mind the falling bombs, the stealth planes strafing the sky and the incessant thud of gas mains exploding… no, all of that’s obviously nowhere near as important compared to ‘dogs barking’ which he must have mentioned over 30 times in an hours worth of coverage.

I’ve been watching the going’s on at Sky with some interest over the past few months since they re-launched with the current more relaxed style, something which I’m not sure works for Sky: they’ve always concentrated on fast moving news, pointing out almost with religious zeal that if there’s news breaking anywhere in the world you’ll hear it at Sky News first, that seems to have been lost since the re-brand in a muddle of ‘lifestyle features’, presenter chatter and sports news that seems to dominate 20 minutes of the hour clock every hour. What they seem to need to do now is rediscover the Sky News brand and ethos, cut the crap and get back to what they’re good at, which is simply reporting the news, most of us news junkies neither know or care if the presenters like each other, or whether they are on the GI Diet, we just want the news, we want in-depth analysis with experts and we want regular headlines of UK and World news: Sky News currently don’t seem to be doing that… and until they do they’ll be fucked, ratings will continue to slide almost as fast as their credibility as a world class news provider… So come on Sky, pull your socks up, cull some more of the people (start with that irritating American and Eamon Holmes who looks more uncomfortable every day) and get back to hard up to the minute breaking news delivered by real journalists.

Quiet Sunday

Well it’s the end of a long weekend, and I’m knackered; which is strange as I’ve done very, very little all weekend, it was Mum’s 50th on Saturday, so popped up to say ello, and other than bimbling into town for papers and biscuits I’ve done nothing at all. Dave’s been away all weekend which is the first weekend we’ve spent apart in ages: if the weather had been nicer I might have bimbled into Soho or down the south bank for galleries and drinks, but it’s been pretty cold and miserable, so I just couldn’t find the energy to do that.

Thinking about getting a new TV at some point, I’ve never been a big one for AV kit I have what I need, and it’s a fair collection, but especially on the visual side it’s always been stuff that just does the job, but with HD coming along and having obviously seen the benefits of HD using my Mac, I’m noticing the stark difference in quality between my TV and HD video, so I’m beginning to put the feelers out for a new TV to replace the trusty JVC that’s served us so well up until now, one thing I’m not sure of is whether I can really be arsed to pay for SkyHD, it’s awfully expensive for what appears to be little more than a slightly upgraded and re-boxed Sky+ box. I’m also not going to fall for Sky’s marketing shit, I’m going to wait to see what the faults with the system are, as we were early uptaker’s of the Sky+ service, and as anyone who’s read this blog for any period of time will know that box has it’s fair share of oddities and quirks, something I’m not willing to pay 300 odd quid for all over again quite yet.

Back to work tomorrow, so off to get a reasonably early night: it’s going to be a manic week, all over the shop next week with new and potential clients… with that and dealing with several projects that are close to launching all on the books at the moment it’s quite manic: and I’m going to resist watching any live Big Brother tonight as I did last night, I can see Big Brother becoming addictive again, although that Shabaz just give’s me the creeps, reminds me of a couple of people I’d rather forget.

Back to work.

Back at work today, had yesterday off, curled in a ball in the living room trying to feel less ill, unfortunately I feel worse today than I did yesterday *cough* *snivel* *bangs on table* I want sympathy *pouts*! I’ve got a cold, and it’s of the worst sort (naturally because I’m a man) – Sore throat, headaches, blocked nose and shivers, and I’m in a foul mood because of it. Oh and to add insult to serious injury my mobile phone is playing up and Orange are being their usual helpful selves and doing fuck all about it.

I really hate January: the only good thing about January are the dark nights in front of the fire cuddled up with your favourite person watching TV and eating toast, but other than that they’re rubbish, it’s the post-Christmas blues, all the festivity has gone, and now when it’s cold, snowy and dark it’s no longer a sign that Christmas is coming, simply that the British climate is bloody awful. On top of the climate you also have the miserableness at work, as everyone is once again yearning for time off, holidays and sunshine… but everyone’s faced with the awful reality that once again they’ve spent to much at Christmas, so the mini-break to the Maldives is off the menu, while the gym membership suddenly becomes number one priority.

The only good thing to report is we now have Sky in the house, which makes a nice change from the last place we lived in, that only got two snowy channels and a landlord to arsey to put in Sky TV. Not that I watch a lot of TV, in fact given the choice I’d rather stick music on and read a book, but it is nice to have the option to sit down and watch TV if we want, we’re also getting broadband plugged in this week too, so cue excitement for that…