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ATNotts 10th Apr 2021 10:55


You jest but apparently yesterday when the news broke - The Royal Horticultural Society promptly closed some of its gardens "as a mark of respect" chucking out the visitors who had booked tickets and travelled to visit.
Not only that but the important work that I am involved in relating to covid-19 was stopped in it's tracks for the day as a "mark of respect". Totally bonkers, but I suspect that other government departments reacted in the same way.

cattletruck 10th Apr 2021 11:04

An extraordinary individual in a sobering position of power and influence, yet remained accessible and relatable to the people he served. We have been most fortunate to have been on the receiving end of his enormous generosity, and we are eternally grateful for such men that come by our way for they are few and far between. We have been blessed to have his presence in our ordinary lives and grateful of the legacy he has left behind. God speed Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

ShyTorque 10th Apr 2021 11:06


Originally Posted by ATNotts (Post 11025597)
Replace the architecture, and the picture with someone called "Kim" and you've got a street scene in Pyong Yang.

The big difference of course, is that you have the freedom to come on here and whinge about it without being flung in jail, or worse.

treadigraph 10th Apr 2021 11:15


Originally Posted by stagger (Post 11025615)
You jest but apparently yesterday when the news broke - The Royal Horticultural Society promptly closed some of its gardens "as a mark of respect" chucking out the visitors who had booked tickets and travelled to visit.

Not kidding - they rounded up the visitors who were there and turfed them out!!

That is utterly ridiculous... (in fact I'm staggered!) Lower the flag to half mast and ask people to pause and reflect awhile...

Krystal n chips 10th Apr 2021 11:18


Originally Posted by treadigraph (Post 11025611)
Has anyone suggested yet that perhaps the pubs with gardens shouldn't open Monday as a mark of respect...? :}

If they did I can just hear Phil roaring like a wounded mastodon from the hereafter "open the f***ing pubs and have a pint - I bloody would if I could..."

I was watching one of the freeview channels yesterday morning - the programme continued but the ads were replaced by "Breaking news, go and watch the BBC News". Well, I already knew but I can imagine people screaming in horrified shock and wild surmise on possible devastating headlines such as, the Russians have dropped a bomb on New York, Boris has decreed we all be vegetarians, Tom Cruise is gay, Cliff Richard isn't gay, Adolph Hitler is alive and well and living in Surbiton, OMG!!!!!". Why not simply put up a screen that says: "Phil croaks, more info on the BBC news"?

Saturation coverage? I imagine in the dailies it will be at least page 15 till you get to any other news.

I liked him and I'll remember him fondly. Isn't that enough?

"Where DID you get that hat?" - allegedly to his wife on her coronation day... :ok:

Alas, you fall short by a long margin....the Mail.

Newspaper headlines: Tributes to 'beloved' Prince Philip after a 'life of duty' - BBC News

ATNotts 10th Apr 2021 11:19


Originally Posted by ShyTorque (Post 11025630)
The big difference of course, is that you have the freedom to come on here and whinge about it without being flung in jail, or worse.

That is certainly true, and I would never willing change that, however I just feel that in many cases, be it "enforced" silences, "mandatory" door step clapping to name but two (neither of which are of course really enforced or mandatory) we are being more and more cajoled into acting as some kind of unthinking collective.

ORAC 10th Apr 2021 11:19

A great comment from a Spectator reader....

"It's like the last flame of a generation of our betters, finally flickered out"

ShyTorque 10th Apr 2021 11:33


Originally Posted by ATNotts (Post 11025637)
That is certainly true, and I would never willing change that, however I just feel that in many cases, be it "enforced" silences, "mandatory" door step clapping to name but two (neither of which are of course really enforced or mandatory) we are being more and more cajoled into acting as some kind of unthinking collective.

I wouldn’t worry too much. I think folk were probably complaining like this even before the time of the Roman invasion.... :hmm:

Which reminds me, when are we going to demand an apology from those dictatorial invaders from Italy, France et al?

stagger 10th Apr 2021 11:43


Originally Posted by treadigraph (Post 11025634)
That is utterly ridiculous... (in fact I'm staggered!) Lower the flag to half mast and ask people to pause and reflect awhile...

Indeed - some other notable gardens remained open... :ouch:

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune....9345542f43.jpg

Bergerie1 10th Apr 2021 12:57

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/pprune....c904e86fb4.jpg

TURIN 10th Apr 2021 13:07


Originally Posted by Alsacienne (Post 11025487)
but these are the national state-run channels ... and no competition as to the output on this occasion between them. Not surprised.

The BBC is not state run, no matter what the right/left wing press want to tell you.

Having said that I am staggered that we still have wall to wall coverage this morning. The BBC radio channels across the UK were all broadcasting the same talking heads (well voices) simultaneously yesterday. I don't just mean the national channels either, every local channel turned into radio 5, or 4 I couldn't decide which.

So, yes I will be putting in a complaint.

TURIN 10th Apr 2021 13:21

Looks like the Beeb are getting so many complaints about the wall to wall coverage they have set up a dedicated complaints page.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/contact/death-...#/Notification

Krystal n chips 10th Apr 2021 13:44


Originally Posted by TURIN (Post 11025694)
Looks like the Beeb are getting so many complaints about the wall to wall coverage they have set up a dedicated complaints page.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/contact/death-...#/Notification

Just to add to the above post...

BBC flooded with complaints over Prince Philip coverage | BBC | The Guardian

ShyTorque 10th Apr 2021 13:56

It’s no worse than when the World Cup or Wimbledon dominates. I don’t like or follow either sport, but I simply find something else to do at the appropriate time, rather than complain bitterly about it.

Too many people have lost track of the real world and would prefer to sit stupefied by a glass screen.

NutLoose 10th Apr 2021 14:36

This morning the were running a special programme again... and were pointing out that it had been requested people stay away and don’t leave flowers etc, so where were the BEEB, camped outside Windsor Castle, the one place they asked people not to go while interviewing the “I met Prince Philip 10 years ago in a lift as I was on my way to get my piles cauterised” types. Why?.........

As for blanket coverage and what people said about sport, totally agree, not wanted nor needed.. the sport used to annoy me, they would cancel shows on Two to put it on, often cancelling shows on Two that had higher viewing figures than the Sport or the Programme left running on One.

ShyTorque 10th Apr 2021 17:07

Just switch the telly off!

ATNotts 10th Apr 2021 17:16


Originally Posted by ShyTorque (Post 11025712)
Itís no worse than when the World Cup or Wimbledon dominates. I donít like or follow either sport, but I simply find something else to do at the appropriate time, rather than complain bitterly about it.

Too many people have lost track of the real world and would prefer to sit stupefied by a glass screen.

It's a lot worse than Wimbledon or the World Cup. Wimbledon is on two channels simultaneously, the World Cup might stretch to three (BBC1, BBC2 and ITV) but the Prince Phillip coverage was wall to wall on BBC1, BBC2, BBC News Channel and ITV, with Channel 4 doing it until early evening. Totally ridiculous, but there we have it. There are plenty of other channels these days but of course there has been next to no news coverage in the last 24 hours on the UK main channels apart from the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. Last evening and again this morning you were reliant on RT, Aljazeera and I suspect France24 for a proper news bulletin and that is unacceptable.


ShyTorque 10th Apr 2021 17:50

Maybe the lockdown is affecting some more than I thought....

TBH, I’m quite enjoying the gentle music they’re playing on R2 far more than the usual drivel spouted by certain overpaid, manic BBC radio presenters. But my life doesn’t revolve around the BBC radio and certainly not the television, even in lockdown. I’ve recently cancelled my entire Sky package after thirteen years because there’s mainly just rubbish on it anyway. I’d far rather be working in the garage or out in the garden or the countryside.

Gipsy Queen 10th Apr 2021 17:54

Just announced that Ginge will be attending the funeral but, predictably, Whinge will not.

What a bitter contrast between one who gave his extraordinarily long personal life in service to his monarch and country and the pussy-whipped flake whose actions have been rather contrary.

charliegolf 10th Apr 2021 18:53


Originally Posted by ShyTorque (Post 11025825)
Maybe the lockdown is affecting some more than I thought....

TBH, Iím quite enjoying the gentle music theyíre playing on R2 far more than the usual drivel spouted by certain overpaid, manic BBC radio presenters. But my life doesnít revolve around the BBC radio and certainly not the television, even in lockdown. Iíve recently cancelled my entire Sky package after thirteen years because thereís mainly just rubbish on it anyway. Iíd far rather be working in the garage or out in the garden or the countryside.

Where'd you get your telly Shy? Think mine is from the same place, you know, the place where the 'OFF' switch comes as standard.

CG


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