Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Dumbing down.

Breaking news ticker on Sky News:

"BBC controller comments on departure of John Sergeant from Strictly Come Dancing saying, 'We are very sad to see him go.'"

What kind of a world are we living in at all?

24 comments:

Susan said...

Can you believe the shit they call news these days?

Pick up a newspaper and do you ever hear of progress in cancer research or new stars discovered or diplomatic advances or a famous historical anniversary (today was the Gettysburg Address delivered by Lincoln, very moving)... ARGH. No, if a Beckham scratches its ass or Guinness unveils a new ad or some vacuous bimbo holds up a balloon and smiles at the same time (cough*Independent*cough), it all gets knocked back to page thirty-two.

ARGH again.

Susan said...

Sorry about that....

I think you hit a nerve, is all.

Ow.

Radge said...

Oh no need to apologise Susan. I'm with you all the way.

red leeroy said...

John Sergeant's next stop - I'm a celeb get me the freakin hell out of here ?

Radge said...

I dread to think.

Kath Lockett said...

try living in Australia's Northern Territory for a while, Radge. Their esteemed newspaper, the NT News has featured real headlines that include:

Man Goes Berserk With a Brick
Learn to Like Drinking Sewerage
Soldier's Eye Glassed in Pub and, on the day after Princess Diana died, her bits featured on page seventeen and the front page had: 'Python Pops Out of 10th Floor Unit.' Truly.

Radge said...

I dunno, I actually like those ones Kath. Not a Jordan or a Peter Andre in sight.

Darren said...

Bullshit! When did the news become an entertainment programme?

hope said...

Evidently we all took a nap and the news ran away. I actually remember a time when newscasters informed you of FACTS and not their opinions. I know. Archaic, huh?

Maybe it's because real news raises our blood pressure too much. Although it's buried in the middle of today's newspaper, the "Big 3" automakers in America went to Congress yesterday to request billion dollar bailouts for the auto industry. One of the Senators at least had the intestinal fortitude to point out the irony of the men coming hat in hand for money when EACH of them had flown in on private jets, at a tune of $20,000 per plane.

Evidently, stupidity is universal. Sigh.

Come on Radge, now say something to make us laugh. Or at least smile.

shug said...

When I first went to Shetland the first headline I heard on local radio was "Clothes Line fire: Child's Jumper Burned."

Makes you weep at all the other headlines in the world....war, pestilence, famine....

Radge said...

Can't force these things Hope. Now that I'm off the booze I don't have my usual laughter lubricant!

Shug - sounds like something from The Onion, that.

hope said...

Radge, I sincerely apologize. I was in an awful mood this morning due to work. Life just isn't fair sometimes, but neither was it fair of me to ask you to jolt me out of the doldrums. Sorry, kind sir. I promise to be more considerate.

But for the record, I'm pretty sure you're naturally witty. Liquid courage isn't a necessity.. your words stand on their own merit.

I'll shut up now. Back to work. ;)

Singing Bear said...

Hehe! A bloody odd world indeed!

Radge said...

Too odd, Singing Bear.

And not to worry Hope, I knew what you were getting at... Thanks and hope the work situation's not too bad.

narocroc said...

There was a programme on TV3 earlier called Extreme Celebrity Divas. You would've loved it!

Radge said...

Nah, Na Roc Roc, I prefer mild celebrity divas. They're more submissive.

hope said...

Does the word "Delete" mean anything? ;) I'd tell you, but then I'd have to go back and delete it.

I lived. We now return you to your nice, normal evening...whine free.

Andrew said...

the first i saw of it was when i picked up a copy of Metro that someone may or may not have wiped their hole with on the Luas and saw that 'a statement is expected from Downing Street today'.

Honestly.

Radge said...

I can't think of any words for that, Andrew.

the broken down barman said...

but john sergent was so good!! its such a shame that he's gone. what programe was he on? big brother? celebrity horseback riding? linlithgow's next top model? its all bollox. whats gonna be next celebrity arse wiping?

Radge said...

'Extreme Celebrity Arse Wiping,' actually.

the broken down barman said...

lol

the broken down barman said...

god i need to get a life and go to bed!!! its 5.15 am !!!! should maybe start watchin celebrity side burn stylin on e4. that might make me nod off!!!
ps send abuse to this fucker

http://slagmoney.blogspot.com/2005/08/reflection-on-greatness-o
the link isnt great but gets u there somehow
pps he deserves it he is a wanker

Radge said...

Link didn't work, Barman, unfortunately. And it's been a while since I pulled an all-nighter...

Hope it worked well for you!