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Old 7th Feb 2018, 11:18
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Meldrew Moments: Grumpy Old Men

We have 'Friday Jokes' to release some of the stressful build-ups in everyday life. Why not a 'grumpy old men' thread to do the same and bring a smile? Many threads e.g. '1mph over the limit' bring out these sentiments anyway.

I'll start the ball.

I'm watching highlights on Sky Sports. The editor is a nitwit. Cricket. The highlights condense 6hrs into 1hr minus adverts. The editor decides to show us the same shot e.g.a boundary drive from 4/5 different angles as if the result will be many different. They could have showed us 4 different shots from the 6 hrs instead. Daft.
Football: I've just been watching 90mins condensed into 30 minus adverts. A player gets injured. The editor spent 3-4 mins showing us the tackle from every angle and then the physios on the pitch ands then the stretcher off the pitch and then the replacement jogging on to the pitch. That's >10% of the whole highlights.

I want to watch maximum highlights of real play not the ancillary stuff.

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Old 7th Feb 2018, 11:51
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Grumpy Old Men

Wouldn't it be simpler just to rename Jet Blast?

The new title would cover 90% of what is posted here.
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Old 7th Feb 2018, 12:32
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Would definitely slot nicely into the brexit forum
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For this Grumpy old man, all white, pale and just a little bit stale, much of what is on tv is crap. I can't think of a great series any more. Even Endaevour is becoming somewhat daft.
But I do like the archaeology stuff, and some other Discovery channel stuff is worth watching.
The American PBS also sometimes puts on interesting progs.

Despite the fact that he used to be a politician, Portillo is worth watching on his rail journeys.
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Nice invoking of Farage's law there.

(same as Goodwins Law except for Brexit instead of Hitler)
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Old 7th Feb 2018, 12:44
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I'm watching highlights on Sky Sports. The editor is a nitwit. Cricket. The highlights condense 6hrs into 1hr minus adverts. The editor decides to show us the same shot e.g.a boundary drive from 4/5 different angles as if the result will be many different. They could have showed us 4 different shots from the 6 hrs instead. Daft.
Football: I've just been watching 90mins condensed into 30 minus adverts. A player gets injured. The editor spent 3-4 mins showing us the tackle from every angle and then the physios on the pitch ands then the stretcher off the pitch and then the replacement jogging on to the pitch. That's >10% of the whole highlights.
And yet people moan like hell about the BBC and the licence fee !!!

The advert funded TV companies have to produce ever more “impressive” coverage to keep viewers’ attention in order to win the advertising contracts. It’s a constant battle to produce so-called better coverage, but it is not better, it is just more brash and attention getting, and in the meantime they have thrown the baby out with the bathwater.

In a gap in my flying career forced on all us employees by mismanagement, leading to the collapse of the company: I have gone back to my first calling of television broadcast engineering to pay the bills. Last weekend I was working at the Liverpool/Spurs match for SKY. They had 27 cameras !!! TWENTY SEVEN cameras for just one ordinary football match - not even a Cup Final or anything !!! Even with an on-site studio, 9 or 10 would be sufficient. No wonder that with so many cameras you can have four or five views of each incident, including a super slow mo.

Every camera is constantly recorded so they can all be replayed, and the people doing the replays and highlights were just young lads really - there were no experienced ‘old hands’. This might be why the coverage is often quite superficial and sort of ‘Wham ! Bam ! look how impressive this is’. (Not).
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Originally Posted by Ancient Observer View Post
For this Grumpy old man, all white, pale and just a little bit stale, much of what is on tv is crap. I can't think of a great series any more. Even Endaevour is becoming somewhat daft.
But I do like the archaeology stuff, and some other Discovery channel stuff is worth watching.
The American PBS also sometimes puts on interesting progs.

Despite the fact that he used to be a politician, Portillo is worth watching on his rail journeys.
Agree about 'Great Railway Journeys' especially the ones from the USA. We've only just got PBS on Freeview and some good progammes there too.
Most British made detective stories (Morse, Midsomer, Frost, Taggart etc) are 1 hour stories crammed into 2 hours so they get boring, but try watching 'Chicago PD' on Freeview 21 if you want to see a good series; maybe 'Chicago Fire' too; they're both made by the same people and the characters often 'cross over' to the other series.
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Originally Posted by Ancient Observer View Post
Even Endaevour is becoming somewhat daft.
Thanks for the spoiler.

I was looking forward to episode 1 of the latest series, tonight.

Originally Posted by Ancient Observer View Post
But I do like the archaeology stuff, and some other Discovery channel stuff is worth watching.
Archaelogy question.

How long does a body have to be in the ground for the crime of grave robbing to be classed as archaelogy?
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And another thing......

Wouldn't it be simpler just to rename Jet Blast?
The new title would cover 90% of what is posted here.


The idea was to allow/encourage bullet points 'get it off your chest comments', for our amusement and your stress relief, rather like Friday Jokes, rather than an endless tirade on the same subject. However, I'm sure there will be international comparisons to each others woes, as, in good old Monty Python style. No-one wants to be outdone, but the subtle differences will make them individual.
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Old 7th Feb 2018, 15:41
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RAT5 (#1),

"Meldrew Moments" - great idea, must remember that, would go well with my "Senior Moments" (which are becoming more frequent of late !) Yes, let's form a Pet Hates Club in Jet Blast.
 
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UK television seems to work on the assumption that everyone wants endless games and so-called sport to the extent that BBC2, which used to be a bit more highbrow than BBC1, drops everything when there's an interminable darts/snooker/tennis/olympics happening.
I understand I'm unusual in having no interest in the majority of these things but even motor sport, where I used to be interested, is so poorly covered that I fall asleep easily. e.g. Grand Prix races are around 2 hours, but even "highlights" programmes are preceded by hours of presenters interviewing each other and when the race happens the commentary only tells us what we can see for ourselves. TV coverage of Rallying seems to have become a series of Special Stage crashes and consequent interviews with the affected drivers.
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F1.... I like to watch qualifying and the race..... when Sky took it on I could, but now the damned box records practice 1, 2, and 3, none of which I could give a fart in hell about... When Sky took it on they also had two programmes, one with the pre race sh*te listening to a bunch of "experts" extolling the virtues of Lewis Hamiltons latest tattoo, to the make up of a tyres compound.. and then one of the race.
Sadly that soon changed to a single programme that means I now have to prerecord it and jump to about 45 mins then fast fwd to the start..

We had the annoying presenter that legged it into obscurity at BT followed by Brundle as the main commentator where comments were brief, accurate and embelished the race experience finally allowing one to enjoy the racing...BLISS!.. sadly that ended and we now have another blithering idiot that loves the sound of his own voice.
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Squealy shouty kids in pubs! Why do they all have to shout at one another when they are within touching distance?
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Grumpy moments (Reasons to be cheerful, part1):
When counter staff hand your notes receipt and coins back in one chunk and you only have one hand to receive it - grrrrrrr.

When people knowingly speak quietly on their fone in the Quiet Coach on Virgin trains - grrrrr.

When telephone sales reps ask if you're having a nice day? *uck OFF!

Ahh, I feel better now....thank you.
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Squealy shouty kids in pubs! Why do they all have to shout at one another when they are within touching distance?
Blame parents . . .
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Touching is not de rigeur, I'm afraid, any longer....those were the days eh?
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My friend Denise always slaps me on the bum when she sees me in the pub: "Oi, inappropriate sexual assault!" sez I, "more please!"
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Blame parents . . .
I mean the ones who are allegedly adult enough to be drinking unsupervised!
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Kids cycling down the street, squeezed between parked cars and whizzing traffic, as nature meanders by unique in every second and they are head down texting, with a fag grasped between lips. Agh, and agh again. The young do not deserve their youth.
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Danny42, are you really 96?
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