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February 24th, 2003


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03:16 pm - News and adverts
News oddity: the BBC's one o' clock newsreader, Anna Ford, had her voice become croaky and intermittent while she was broadcasting today's news to the extent that they had to substitute her off and bring on super-sub Sophie Raworth in her place. Not as dramatic as it sounds, but certainly the first time I can recall seeing it happen. The funny thing is that if you're a completist and want to see it, you can still see the BBC's one o'clock news broadcast on their site until at least 6pm GMT, so for nearly three more hours as I type. Here's a direct link to the RealMedia stream.

Meant to link to this archive of British TV adverts with an amusing URL while I was talkng about shoes in point three yesterday. There is one particularly fantastic little TV advert (.wmv, 677 KB) which sets up and plays out a heroic "fantasy princess tries to return sunlight to the kingdom" scenario in fifty seconds. It is particularly notable for the way in which our protagonist massacres the vowel sounds in the line "Magic shoes?". One of the finest, most memorable adverts that Britain has ever had. (Oh, and "Diiiiiime baaaaaar? That bloke's a nutter!".)

News about Britain unveiling radical pro-renewable energy plans. Surely a good thing, but I can't help remembering one particular advert for British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. which traced the energy supply from the sun. It had a particularly strident orchestral line finishing in a brilliant ascending major arpeggio. (Or, if you prefer, I try to could whistle it.) Then there was that advert for the new Virgin Voyager trains late last year which also had really good music. So many of the best tunes are in adverts these days; ah, sweet advertainment!
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Dime bar? Diiiiiiime     Baaaaar?

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From:zorac
Date:February 24th, 2003 11:21 am (UTC)
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Hmm. Got home too late to see amusing news oddity. And arw you talking about the train ad. with the birth? 'Cause that's an all-round nifty advert IMHO - that strident music, as much of a plot as you can fit into about 30 seconds, and it does a very good job of showing off the trains.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 24th, 2003 04:32 pm (UTC)
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One and the same, guv'nor. Much with the nift.

You might be able to help me out here. I was trying to turn the "Medjic Shoooooooes?" ad into a usericon, give old Treguard above a bit of a rest. So I started the ad in Windows Media Player, paused it at an appropriate frame of princessly wibbliness, did alt-PrintScreen and tried to post it into Paint. (Mmm... Paint.) Unfortunately instead of dumping the window including a wibblin' beauty, it dumped a Windows Media Player window that was completely black. Curses! I would not be at all surprised if this were a deliberate digital rights management still-dumpin'-bannin' measure.

Could you possibly be kind enough to advise some more clever trickery with the likes of the Gimp - heh, bring out the Gimp! - in the name of an amusing icon?
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From:zorac
Date:February 25th, 2003 04:26 am (UTC)
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The issue here is probably the way the video is done. It's probably using video overlay which means that the black is what's actually on screen, and your VGA card is doing the nifty compositing of the video stream into the right place. Not really sure what you can do about that - I doubt you're going to have any more luck screenshotting with another app :-(
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From:quiz_master_man
Date:February 24th, 2003 03:27 pm (UTC)
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I'm confsed.

I thought a "biscuit" was a "cracker," but it's actually a "candy bar"?

Is that right?

-M
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 24th, 2003 04:42 pm (UTC)
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It is confusing. The biscuit page at Nice Cup Of Tea And A Sit Down isn't very well written, but it explains the usual uses of the term in great detail.

Essentially there are two sorts of biscuits - those which are bought in bulk in packets (e.g. "a 400 gram packet of custard creams") which are not separately wrapped from one another and those which are bought in precise quantities (e.g. "a packet of 8 KitKat") which are individually wrapped to be distinct from one another. They're all essentially sweet textured baked confectionery at heart, but they do vary considerably in size and their pretention to being a candy bar.

If you're referring to the 5-4-3-2-1 advert, it features a cameo from "3-2-1" host Ted Rogers playing upon his own hand-gesture gimmick involving the display of 3 fingers, 2 then 1. Evidently even the man himself cannot extend this to a bunch of five.
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From:quiz_master_man
Date:February 24th, 2003 05:00 pm (UTC)
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The 54321 Bar and the Orange Club Bar, yes.

I really want to try one of those 54321 bars.

-M
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 24th, 2003 05:11 pm (UTC)
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I fear that the 5-4-3-2-1 did not make it far past 1988 and that the advert is the closest you will get. They weren't really anything particularly special, other than for their then-futuristic style which now seems hopelessly passé.

TV chef Ainsley Harriott (big black bloke, dances and larks around a lot) had a show in the US, didn't he? He also has some chocolate bars named after him in this country which are about the closest that you'll get to a 5-4-3-2-1 these days. They also feature Belgian chocolate, oooooh!
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 24th, 2003 05:34 pm (UTC)
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For completeness, a link to the BBC's own coverage of the flub.
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From:ringbark
Date:February 24th, 2003 11:52 pm (UTC)

BBC for schools

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Not sure if they still have BBC for schools, or even if this was the BBC, but I remember Anna Ford fronting a programme for schools about the media, which we watched as part of English. This was almost unheard of at Birkenhead School, more interesting link here.
I think as a result she became almost as much of a masturbatory fantasy as Susan Stranks. See here for details. My guess is that none of your peer group or you have any idea what I'm talking about here, so I think I'll stop.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 25th, 2003 08:44 am (UTC)

Re: BBC for schools

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Yes - sadly about five years out for me. Close, though! :-)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 26th, 2003 05:57 am (UTC)

Newsreader exchange

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I remember a Radio 4 newsreader who kept making mistakes and then stopped midstream in the report saying, "I'm sorry, I just can't go on". Whereupon they cut straight to the next program.

An hour later they apologised saying he had a migraine.

sjg, who hasn't got time to setup a LJ account

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