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Is Election 2010 (part 1?) finally coming to an end? It’s beginning to look that way, however to be fair it was beginning to look that way at this time yesterday (16.58) and look what happened then?

I have returned to my position of the 6th that this election is a poisoned chalice, but one mixed with a bit of hope that the Lib Dems will curb the worst of the Conservatives cut mania, as suggested by the wonderful @DrEvanHarris earlier today. And hopefully the AV referendum.


My very exciting day today has consisted on News 24-ing, whilst reading the Highway Code, I feel sure that this will lead to a very amusing failure of my theory test, where I argue that AV+ is a form of road marking.


I had a brief telephone interview with a rather nice chap … not going to give any details here for fear of jinxing it, but I have been given a task to complete by Friday.

Today also my Mothers Birthday, however she seems to be avoiding me. We talked for about 10 minutes this morning before she scuttled off and now she is only communicating via text. Maybe she doesn’t like my present?!


I thought it was very tasteful…

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Sorry I’ve been neglectful of late. I’m sorry to have to say this but I’ve been cheating…….

……with the EdTwestival blog. Penning odes to rubber ducks and telling tales of bands on journeys of discovery. Don’t know what I’m on about? get over here and get a ticket to EdTwestival while you’re at it!

Since I last checked in I have become a radio star, well that’s probably an exaggeration, today I was on Radio Scotland’s Radio Cafe. Which was one of the most surreal experiences of my life, especially as the people I was talking to were all over the place, I was in Edinburgh, the host was in Glasgow, Abi who was being interviewed with me, was in Ipswich and Krystal who was on the phone from San Francisco. You can listen again here.

We’ve had some good coverage for Twestival in the Skinny, the Scotsman and a competition for tickets in the List.

Donations of time, effort, money, prizes and booze have been flooding in. Thank you Edinburgh for your generosity.

When I next check in Twestival should be over and we’ll get back to my life as a topic of interest.

I’m still incensed about the strategy review. I keep being drawn into the debate as more and more people speak out against it. Also I don’t think I have ever agreed so many people on the online comments pages of newspapers.

However one thing has been upsetting me a bit and that is the constant suggestions that other parts of the BBC should be cut, from James Purnells suggestion that the daytime BBC Two schedule should be cut, which was at least original.

Although unnecessarily cruel to what is quite possibly my favourite TV show “Pointless”, it’s like family fortunes in reserve in that you have to find the most obscure answers rather than the most popular. My flat’s love for it runs deep- we make a point of watching on iPlayer

Hmm back to the point – To the almost constant suggestions that BBC Three should be cut, destroyed, merged with four. Or that Radio One and Two should be scrapped as they compete with commercial stations. Or what if find really quite unacceptable from 6 music listeners, the suggestion that radio 3 be scrapped, more than any other station they are our stable mates, home of eclectic music that has no real commercial competitor for the majority of its output.

I propose that instead of suggesting areas to cut, we refute the fallacy that cuts are necessary. The strategy review isn’t intending to make savings.

It is clear to everyone that this is pandering in advance, to the Tories and the commercial rivals, leading the charge of both of these, as he has effectively written the Tories media policy, is Rupert Murdoch. If the BBC feels the need to pander to anyone it should be to the license fee payer, not their rivals. In the good times did the commercial rivals have pity on the Beeb and throw it their breadcrumbs, did they heck?!

I’m glad to see that there is an Early Day Motion in the commons to save 6 Music and the Asian Network, I’m glad to see that my MP has signed it, that could be the deciding factor in my vote!

I also enjoyed this article by Libby Purves, effectively telling the BBC to grow some balls!

SAVE ME

This Christmas I got a DAB radio from my parents so that I can finally listen to my favourite radio station on something other than my laptop. So the swirling rumours in the ether of its possible closure have been doing me no good and this morning  waking to the today programme -sorry i’m a traitor, need my news fix in the morning. I was horrified to hear of the story in the Times that 6 Music, BBC Asian Network and parts of the BBC website were to be cut in the strategic review. I can only hope this is Murdoch messing with us.

Although I hate it, I can get the logic behind cutting 6 Music and BBC Asian Network- not enough listenership- more on which later. But the BBC Website idea seems entirely without logic. To most people it is the BBC. This is where I’m hoping that the whole rumour is scaremongering from the Murdoch clan, it would fit in nicely with their war on online content.

Now onto the cutting of innocent radio stations. Yes they have less listeners than other but;

1. The BBC is a public broadcaster- it really doesn’t have to be quite so fussed about this – and if this is a problem why not actually promote it a bit more.

2. 6 Music is great… Asian Network may be too…

3. It’s a digital station and not all that many people have DAB radios, and listening to the radio on your TV or laptop just isn’t the same. As we are eventually all meant to be switching to Digital can’t we let 6 Music live until it is at least on the same playing field as the other BBC radio stations.

4. You can’t cut it when Adam and Joe are away, that’s like you’re parents moving when you leave home and not telling you where they’ve gone!

5. It isn’t the same as Radio 2 or Radio 1 for that matter- and the similar parts of R1 and R2 are on at night, which is fine, but if you want to listen to musical programming in the daytime, which oddly enough many do,  this is an issue.

OK Rant over for now.

p.s don’t scrap Mad Men

Please, Thank You.