Monthly Archives: April 2013

Girl Power

Not a country often associated with female authority, I was surprised to read that the Dubai Police have decided to assign their latest high-speed vehicle, a luxury Ferrari, to the female division!

The arrival of the Ferrari FF, or Ferrari Four, follows the addition of a Chevrolet and Lamborghini earlier this month.   The Italian sports car, which has a top speed of 208 mph, will be mainly used for patrolling the tourist areas of the city.   Can someone send me an application form please – I don’t even mind wearing the green uniform!

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Ding Dong!

My heartfelt thanks this morning go to ITV who decided not to cover “The Funeral” but instead to continue with their normal scheduling, largely ignoring the event.

Daybreak, Lorraine and This Morning all featured interviews with commentators and friends of the former Prime Minster, and cut away to the scene at St Paul’s Cathedral every now and again.  However, from 9.30 to 10.30 ITV was broadcasting The Jeremy Kyle Show, a controversial talkshow dedicated to sordid, embarrassing family dramas.

Jeremy Kyle

As the BBC showed David Dimbleby interviewing  Conservative grandees and political veterans, and Sky News showed scenes from  inside the cathedral, ITV broadcast a shouting match between two girls and a man  who was trying to deny that he was their father.

And while grandees filed into St Paul’s and  Lady Thatcher’s coffin was driven to the cathedral, a young woman told the  studio audience that she was trying to work out who her real father was.

Then at 10.30 This Morning was hosted as usual by Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby –  neither known for their political acumen but with a nod to the main event they were both dressed demurely in black.  As the coffin was taken into the cathedral,  This Morning ran a feature on dangerous criminals – apparently ignoring the  start of the funeral.  They also interviewed the victim of an arson  attack in a Leicester gay bar from October 2011 and then Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans joined Schofield and Willoughby on the show, discussing his own career.  The pair also interviewed a writer who said  that seeing his wife give birth gave him post-traumatic stress order, and  interrogated him on his love life

However, the BBC and Sky News each set aside hours of programming dedicated to the service so there was plenty of opportunity for those who did want to watch and I personally think it is a little unfair for people to criticise ITV for giving people a choice to not watch if they didn’t want to.

Rust in Peace

Time for bed Zebedee?

Magic RoundaboutSwindon is a town with a reputation for stupidity when it comes to town planning and their roads in general.  You need look no further than the unimaginatively named “Magic Roundabout” which was  constructed in 1972 and consists of five mini-roundabouts arranged around a sixth central, anti-clockwise roundabout.   In one opinion poll in 2005 it was voted the worst roundabout in Britain and then in 2009 in another poll it was voted the fourth scariest junction in Britain.  However the up-side is that the roundabout provides a better throughput of traffic than other designs and has an excellent safety record, since traffic moves too slowly to do serious damage in the event of a collision.

It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the local council are now under fire because of their latest initiative – a campaign to stop people illegally parking in alleyways.  Bungling contractors have painted yellow lines down a narrow alleyway, leaving a gap of just 33cm in between them.  The tiny alleyway itself is just 4 feet wide – too narrow for a car!

And the council’s excuse?  A spokesperson apparently said: ‘It seems that our contractors forgot just how big cars actually are when they painted this one.”

Oh well, that’s alright then?  No doubt the Council Tax payers of Swindon are delighted that their money is so well spent … BOING!!!!!

Newhall Street Swindon

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