Friday, October 05, 2007

Battle Royale

So here we have it folks the showdown, the public choice, where will you cast your vote - will you watch Strictly Come Dancing or X-Factor on Saturday night? Err neither thank you very much if I wanted to watch shoddily made crap I'll turn to YouTube, though saying that I think some of the YouTube stuff probably has higher production values. What grated was GMTV's presenting the question as if that was the only choice you could make, which one are you going to watch. I suppose it comes of working in television, your view becomes a little myopic. I'd feel sorry for them until I remember how much they get paid.

This of course nicely flows into the political scene, post speeches we've gone from the "Brown Bounce" to the "Cameron Come-back" at least according to the polls, but we all know how valid they are. Amazing how the average person looks on polls as a waste of time (unless they're confirming something you already 'know'), yet as soon as you get into politics they become life and death '52% of people don't like red, quick ditch my red ties, shirts, and socks'.

Anyway the headlines are holding up the 38%/38% Labour/Conservative (or Conservative/Labour if you're that way inclined) poll results. So, of course, all the Conservatives are calling for an election; if Golden Brown doesn't call one he is "Bricking it". Ye gods why don't they just dare him to call an election, no double dare him, no double double dare him. If he refuses they can flap their arms while making bwarcking noises; that's pretty much what it boils down to. It's just been pointed out to me he's actually got until 2010 so he can happily ignore the lot of them.

Almost makes me hope for a win by Ming the Merciless, just to see the media and pollsters fall flat on their faces.

As a finale, and talking about battles, here we have Ian Wright and the fight over a parking ticket. Noting that it wasn't Ian fighting, but his friend who was arrested on suspicion of Common Assault, but later cautioned. For the pedants out there (like me) "Assault" is the threat of physical violence, "Battery" is physical violence; "Common Assault" covers both terms. So if you hear about someone arrested for assault because they hit someone it's really common assault.

3 comments:

Dan H said...

I think you mean "and later cautioned" rather than "but later cautioned". Only in the minds of Sun readers does a caution mean getting off; everywhere else it means you get a criminal record. If he didn't do it he could have refused to accept the caution.

I agree with you about the TV. Being a loyal viewer of the No TV Channel, I'll be watching the "going out for a drink" programme this Saturday night. It's even interactive: each round we all vote on who gets to go to the bar. Needless to say there will not be a twitter feed, podcast, or webcam, but there will be a behind-the-scenes companion show presented by the landlord.

FlipC said...

True, though one might expect a row with a parking attendant to get a caution; actively fighting one and pushing them to the ground, might have been a trip to the magistrate for a fine and binding over.

As for the pub programme perhaps you could run a poll on what you should order then get everyone what the majority decided.

Dan H said...

Maybe we should have such a poll. But of course I would have to charge everyone a pound to vote and then just get what I wanted anyway.