The Anonymous Widower

PC Sales On The Up!

It has just been said on BBC Radio 5’s Wakr Up To Money, that PC sales are on the up and this is boosting Microsoft’s revenues.

So I sent them this message.

The new all-in-one PCs are tempting me to replace my aging laptop.

It was read out.

My PC will have a 27 inch screen and a wireless keyboard and mouse. It will fit my oval dining rom table perfectly.

The only thing more I need, is a bigger screen.

In 2010, I wrote this post called The Communication Wall.

We’re getting there!

July 18, 2019 Posted by | Computing | , , | 2 Comments

Will Sky Ever Broadcast A Freeview Sports Channel?

Yesterday, Sky held the rights to both the Cricket World Cup Final and The British Grand Prix.

But in the end Sky shared the coverage of both events with Channel 4!

Now that both events have successfully concluded, Sky will have the details of the following.

  • Number of viewers.
  • Advertising revenue on both Sky and Channel 4.
  • Reaction from politicians, some of whom are not very pleased with Sky.

This will enable the company to decide, whether it is in the company’s interest to do it again.

  • I can also see a scenario, where if a Sky Freeview channel exists, that sports would want to do promotional deals to get their sport in front of viewers, by perhaps having the top level on satellite and lower levels on Freeview.
  • Sky uses a lot of repeats on its Sports Channels at Off Peak times.
  • Freeview technology will also be allowing more channels.
  • Sky must be a bit worried about competition from other broadcasters woth bottomless pockets.

I don’t think we can rule anything out, as Sky are an innovative and ambitious broadcaster.

 

July 15, 2019 Posted by | Sport, World | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wimbledon Comes To The City

I took these pictures in Spitalfields today.

Perhaps, we should do it more often!

July 4, 2019 Posted by | Sport, World | , , , | Leave a comment

The Jeremy Kyle Show Axed By ITV After Death Of Guest

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

I won’t make any comment about the show, as I’ve never seen it.

That is not because I object to programmes of this type, but because I rarely watch programmes with advertising.

The only exception I make is with sport.

I’ve never for instance seen an episode of Downton Abbey.

May 15, 2019 Posted by | World | , , , | 2 Comments

Former Gasworks Turning Into Entertainment Venue

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on IanVisits.

This is the first paragraph.

Four giant warehouses and an empty field — a former gasworks in Tottenham — is to become a new entertainment venue.

These are some points about the venue.

  • Four interlinked warehouses capable of holding 10,000 people.
  • Ten acres of outdoor space.
  • Close to the soon-to-be-opened Meridian Water station.
  • It will be know as the Drumsheds.

The first event will be the Field Day on June 7-8, 2019.

This Google Map shows the location of the site.

Note.

  1. The blue-roofed shed in the North-East corner of the map, will be the centrepiece.
  2. The site is bordered on the West by Pymmes Brook and on the East by the Lea Navigation Canal.
  3. The grass area South of the sheds must be the outdoor space.
  4. Meridian Water station is perhaps four-hundred metres to the West.
  5. There’s even an IKEA and a large Tesco, for those who don’t want to hump their tent and food from hundreds of miles away.

Could this be the first of a new style of entertainment venue?

In some ways, this venture brings me back to the vibrant music scene in the area, where I grew up, just a few miles to the North-West.

Artists from the sixties, that I saw in the area included.

  • Adam Faith
  • Animals
  • Chuck Berry
  • Joe Brown
  • John Mayall with a very drunk Eric Clapton
  • Nashville Teens
  • Rolling Stones

But no venue was bigger than the large Regal Edmonton cinema, which held perhaps a few hundred!

After the recent opening of the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, this is surely more good news for the area, which has had its troubles over the last few years.

 

April 17, 2019 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment

Harry Redknapp And Stacey Dooley

With Harry Redknapp winning I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here and Stacey Dooley winning Strictly Come Dancing are we seeing a reaction to the gloom that pervades everyday life and especially politics.

I’ve never met either, but both seem likeable characters, to whom not many would object.

 

December 16, 2018 Posted by | World | , , , | 3 Comments

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

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

Farewell To BT Vision

I have not got rid of BT Vision and if I want to watch football that is shown on BT, I now watch it on Sky.

To say I’m pleased to be rid of BT Vision is an understatement.

  • BT don’t seem to have any logical channel numbering, unlike Sky and Freeview and I could never remember where something would be shown.
  • Often I had to resort to going through the channels one at a time, until I found what I wanted.
  • Sky is logical, as all the Sports channels seem to be together and if I want an event, I can easily find what I want, stating from 405 or so.
  • Regularly, I don’t watch a match, but listen to it on Radio 5. BT has this annoying habit of changing to a screen of programs that I might watch, if I had an IQ of about 12.
  • Sky just gives me information with a useful clock.

Whoever, designed their system should be sent to manage the satellite station on St. Kilda.

April 14, 2016 Posted by | World | , , , , | 2 Comments

The Battles Of Coronel And The Falkland Islands

Thebattles of Coronel and the Falkland Islamds were fought between the Royal and German Navies in the First World War. In 1927 a silent black and white drama/documentary was made telling the story of both battles called the Battles of Coronel and the Falkland Islands.

The British Film Institute have restored the film and on Friday, I went to see it at BFI Southbank.

It is a superb restoration to which has been  added a modern score. Usually, when films of this age are restored you see the odd bit of blankness on the screen. But not with this film!

The film is also unusual in that no actors are given any credits, but the Royal Navy ships, who played the actual combatants in both navies are named.

It is a serious reconstruction of the battles, but it is not without dramatic and comic moments.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and it reminded me of when at about eleven or so, I saw the Powell and Pressburger film; The Battle of the River Plate, made about the battle in December 1939. I had seen the film in the Rex cinema in Station Road, Wood Green, which was close to my father’s print works.

It would be interesting to see that again to compare it with the earlier one. Both were made with real warships!

 

If you want to see the film, but can’t get to a screening it is available for download on the BFI Player.

November 2, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment