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This post was published more than 15 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 15 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 15 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Those lovely peeps down at Sky News have new music from today. But I have a question – are Sky News actually trying to become a Brass Eye style parody of themselves, or does it just kind of, well, happen?

First they get new jumbo-sized graphics with swishy sound effects every time one pops up. Then they start with the “Sky” thing. Other channels have a video wall…they have the Sky Newswall (Newswall as one word, of course, who needs a space?). Other channels have a telestrator…they have a Skystrator. Other channels have had helicopters for ever…Sky now have the Skycopter. Other channels have a newsroom…they have SkyCentre.

When they were covering the hot air balloon record attempt, they had full scale sandbox animations used in front of the newswall – I mean, they had an animated concorde flying about and an animated balloon above the presenter’s head in an attempt to demonstrate relative heights. In fact, it ended up looking like a scene from Mary Poppins.

And now, to complete the package, they have totally over-the-top, over-dramatic music, even moving away from that memorable musical “do, do do do, daaaah” hook that they used to use at the TOTH . Oh well.

In other news, I have become addicted to watching people via the power of interactive webcams . I don’t know why, but I can’t stop spying on people waiting for buses or eating their lunch in a park. Help me!

Just 12 days left until I move into my new Stockton-based university-flavoured accommodation.

I saw Fight Club for the first time last night, after JRC said I must watch it or die (admittedly, he said that about 12 months ago, but never mind). Maybe I’m special – I’ll admit that this is a possibility – but I thought that the “big twist” was HUGELY predictable. Having never seen the film before, I had correctly predicted it before we were even half way through. So whilst it was a good film, I was disappointed that I had it figured out so early on. I’m not even convinced that it was designed to be a twist, but more that you were supposed to work it out and then watch the lead character as he took the whole film to work it out.

It’s my brother-in-law’s birthday tomorrow. I really don’t know why you’d want to know that, but hey. That’s it from me for now…Bye!

Originally posted on The LBSC

This 27th post was filed under: Media, Reviews.

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