All entries for February 2007

February 23, 2007

Warwick Debates on RaW: Our Students' Union

Writing about web page http://www.radio.warwick.ac.uk/listen

If anyone’s interested, I chaired a debate on RaW this evening in our series Warwick Debates. Tonight we discussed our Students’ Union. Union President Brian Duggan was there, as well as Nic Warrington the Commercial Development and Communications Officer. Debating with them were Kendall Atcliffe, Chris Rossdale and Matthew Wyatt as representatives of ‘average’ Warwick students.

The topics we covered were
  • Whether the Union should take stances on external issues
  • The “failure” of Union democracy UWSU
  • The Union South rebuild
  • The Union’s commercial outlets
  • Should there be a Subway on campus?


February 20, 2007

Turin Brakes Interview

This is an interview of Olly from Turin Brakes that two of my fellow RaW chums and I did a few months ago. Just thought I’d put it up here on the off chance anyone missed it when we played it out on the Alex and Dave show last term. ;)


February 19, 2007

Put the brakes on Top Gear's prejudice…

I’m not complaining about the money that they spend on ridiculous stunts (quite good telly sometimes). I don’t even mind that the footage of one of the presenters nearly killing himself was watched by millions. My beef is that Top Gear reinforces our prejudices and stereotypes.

During tonight’s installment, criticism of Kia cars was based on the notion that

The Koreans eat dogs.

There’s also ill-informed nationalism

We are Britain; we are the inventors of everything.

And I don’t think either of these came from the worst culprit, Jeremy Clarkson. I’m sure I could find countless examples of blatant sexism and there were hundreds of complaints about the presenters’ mocking of post-recovery Richard Hammond.

I enjoy the sarcastic banter. I thought the idea of trying to send a Robin Reliant into space was brilliant. I just don’t think it’s a good message for the BBC to be putting out. Clearly, these aren’t the worst things anyone’s ever said and perhaps for tolerant Warwick students it’s all just a bit of misguided fun. My worry is that the audience is a lot wider than that and unquestioning young people can’t help but see this way of speaking as acceptable and maybe even intelligent.

I don’t want to see the programme end. I’m sure the presenters are bright enough to keep producing such otherwise quality output, without resorting to such narrow-mindedness.


I'm a big fan of the BBC but…

Now, I’m a big fan of the BBC. It’s one of roughly three things about which I feel a slight tinge of national pride.
But I’ve just found a feature of bbc.co.uk that is the most ridiculous waste of time and probably money.

Live text commentary during football matches is superb, a great alternative when the game’s not on the radio or TV. But I’ve just discovered the BBC is now offering pathetic animated footballers enacting the latest text update. It doesn’t tell you any more about the action than the text does and the pictures are worse than a game of World Soccer on a SEGA Master System. Please, somebody tell me they have found some use for it.

I’m slightly concerned that the BBC’s next article on the government’s latest anti-crime policy might be accompanied by a cartoon of Tony Blair making ever so reassuring hand gestures.

Animated Football

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