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February 19, 2007

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 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

December 25, 2006

The X–Factor freak show…

Dennis X-Factor AuditioneeAlong with the victory of the frankly brilliant Leona Lewis, those of us that tuned in to last week’s X-Factor final were treated to a performance from ‘The Auditionees’. In other words, they brought back the very worst candidates from the auditions and combined them to make Michael Jackson’s Earth Song yet more ear-grating.

The contrast between the odd raw talents and some of the most laughable failures in the early stages of the show is the best bit about the series and I am a fan. But some of these people are seemingly sufferring from mental health problems that go further than a hugely misguided belief that they have what the judges are looking for. I’d be a hypocrite if I criticised the format itself, most of them, of course, are simply tone-deaf and deserve their moment in the limelight. My question is whether we can tell the difference between the two groups and if it is right to laugh at the former?

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