The Anonymous Widower

Why Are There So Many Slim Female Weather Presenters?

As I travel around the country, I have probably watched BBC News or Breakfast in perhaps seven to ten regions.

Over recent years, the proportion of weather presenters, who I see on the BBC who are slim and female, seems to have grown.

It is a rare event to see a stocky male weather presenter.

I am not complaining, but after watching Alina Jenkins doing the UK weather and Elizabeth Rizzini doing the London weather, I had a thought.

Both ladies are slim and they were wearing dresses with elbow length sleeves, which showed off slim arms.

With all the pointing and waving that weather presenters do, it struck me that the reason there are no many slim female presenters could be that there is less of them to get in the way of the information on the screen. Presenters too, are often squeezed into a narrow vertical space at the side of the screen.

So is it just about getting more information on the screen?

Earlier this week Lucy Martin, who lost most of her right arm at birth was presenting the London weather in a sleeveless white dress.

She has to do everything with her left hand and her performance is as polished and confident as anybody else.

You do wonder though, that as she can’t use her other hand for balance as we all do in a presentation, she actually can give a less busy and more professional performance.

 

August 23, 2018 Posted by | News, World | , , | 2 Comments

Where The Queen Gets Her Energy

Yesterday’s edition of Countryfile on BBC1, was entitled Royal Special: Windsor.

In the program, they shows how Windsor Castle and the surrounding estate, use an Archimedes screw in the River Thames to generate electricity.

I found this video on the Internet.

There is also this document on the Internet.

It may look crazy, but after reading the document, it would appear to be cost effective.

This Google Map gives aerial view of the weir and the installed screws.

The two screws are installed in two sections of the weir at the right end.

It may look crazy, but after reading the document, it would appear to be cost effective.

  • At peak flow the two units generate a total of 320kW/hour.
  • There is a six year return on investment.
  • The design life is fifteen years..
  • The owner of the generators has a forty year lease on the site.

I suspect, we could see more units like this!

 

May 28, 2018 Posted by | World | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thank Goodness Strictly’s Back

India Knight finishes her article in news section of The Sunday Times with the title of this post.

She contrasts it with all the gloomy news and says that it starts the run-up to Christmas.

I agree with her, as it can be a very uplifting piece of froth!

September 10, 2017 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

Is The BBC Anti-Rail?

Consider.

  • One of the lead stories on BBC Breakfast this morning, is very negative about how there is tremendous disruption because of engineering work this weekend.
  • They keep finding negative stories about the upgrading of Waterloo, when all my observations seem to have been positive.
  • One of the most significant rail events of this month has been the start of running of the Aventra trains for Crossrail has been ignored.

I am going to the football in Ipswich on Saturday and according to the BBC, services out of Liverpool Street are severely disrupted.

But I have looked at the Internet and services appear like any other Saturday.

The BBC would appear to have an agenda.

August 25, 2017 Posted by | Travel | , | 2 Comments

The Crazy Idea Of Female-Only Compartments On Trains.

This article on the BBC is entitled Labour MP says ‘merit’ in women-only train carriages.

This is the first paragraph.

Women-only train carriages could combat the rise in sexual offences on public transport, a Labour MP has said.

My use of crazy in the title of this post, is based on what Lord Adonis said on Radio 5 Live, this morning. He also indicated that the solution was to moderate peoples’ and especially men’s behaviour everywhere.

But I don’t think female-only compartments are a good idea for very practical reasons.

The latest generation of commuter trains like the Class 378 trains of the London Overground are walk-through.

This seems to be a design that is used in modern London Underground and Crossrail trains. Putting separate compartments in a train like this, would block off the ability to walk along the train to perhaps position yourself  at the appropriate place to disembark at your station.

I also think that this type of layout is safer and more passenger-friendly.

About a year ago, I had a severe nose-bleed on a train, caused by an excessive sneeze. I had no tissues, but a lady sitting opposite had several and even helped clean me up.

I’d be interested too, to see an analysis of all harrassment on trains differs according to train type.

Conclusion

Like Lord Adonis, I tend to believe that harrassment on trains is better stopped by other means.

August 23, 2017 Posted by | Travel | , | 1 Comment

Shooting The Messenger

This article on the BBC is entitled White House bans certain news media from briefing. This is said.

The White House has barred several major broadcasters and newspapers from attending an informal press briefing.

The BBC, CNN, the New York Times and others were excluded from an audience with Press Secretary Sean Spicer, with no reason given.

If you don’t like the messenger, perhaps they’ve not the problem, but what the message might be.

Recent stories on the BBC web site include.

  • Mexico Warns US Over Border Wall Funding
  • India Shocked Over US Bar Shooting
  • Trump Aid Pressed FBI On Russia Reports
  • Caithlyn Jenner To Donald Trump “Call Me!”

But those who voted for Trump think he’s right.

Supporters thought that about Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Saddam Hussein, Qaddafi and Hitler.

Politicians should be wary of being selective with the messages they will accept.

Especially, when you consider that many English speakers throughout the world, get their American world news as it effects them from the BBC  or CNN and not from Trump TV!

February 25, 2017 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment

What Are They Doing With Auntie?

I took these pictures around the old BBC Television Centre in White City.

Everybody must have their favourite image of the site from years ago.

I particularly remember an episode of Michael Bentine‘s It’s A Square World, where they flooded the building, using some superb special effects and lots of real water. I think that section started with Bentine interviewing Jack Hawkins and talking about making wartime naval dramas, with a big screen showing the sea, which then burst out of the screen. According to Wikipedia, he also sent the building into space.

But then Bentine was a unique comic genius.

November 4, 2016 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

Tim Vickery On The Rio Olympics

I’ve just listened on Radio 5 Live to Tim Vickery, a Rio-based English football journalist on why the Olympic venues are so empty.

He puts it mainly down to the fact that Brazilians only are really interested, when one of their athletes has a chance of winning.

He also says that, the events are for Portuguese speaking people and everything is not very well-organised.

If you can catch it, it is definitely a must-listen.

After what he said, I’m glad I took the decision of not going.

August 8, 2016 Posted by | Sport | , , , | Leave a comment

Scotland’s Weather

Carol Kirkwood, the BBC’s Scottish weatherwoman with the large wardrobe of dresses, has just given statistics to show that Scotland is having a very wet summer.

It’s funny that the weather should get worse, after the General Election, where so many Scots voted for a party that believes in total independence.

If they do leave the UK, I hope they take all that wet weather with them.

It looks like she has made her decision, as I think Carol lives somewhere in the South of England. But then she has access to all the data!

Perhaps, now is the time, for people like me, who don’t particularly like hot weather, to take a holiday North of the Border.

 

August 11, 2015 Posted by | World | , , | 2 Comments

Is The BBC Dropping Its Dress Standards?

I clipped this picture of sports reporter, Sally Nugent on BBC Breakfast this morning.

Sally Nugent On BBC Breakfast

Sally Nugent On BBC Breakfast

I couldn’t quite get a picture that showed the striped shorts fully.

Why not?

After all recently, in an article on a swimming pool, the presenter (male!) was persuaded to strip off and do a report from the water.

July 1, 2015 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment