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“Try the History Channel”.

Posted by Big John on August 29, 2006

I was sitting idley clicking the TV remote and remembering when as a child during the 1940s I would sit for hours listening to the radio (then known as ‘the wireless’); until one day when my uncle Bob, who lived a few doors away, invited my mum and dad and myself to come and watch his new television set.

From that day on I spent a lot of time in my uncle Bob’s house; until early in the early 1950’s when my dad rented a TV to enable us to watch the coronation and the ‘Cup Final’. It had a very smart veneered cabinet with doors that hid it’s tiny nine inch wide screen.

There was only one ‘fuzzy’ black and white channel to watch, provided by the BBC, and as far as I remember viewing hours were fairly limited. I seem to recall that I watched just about every programme that was on, even if a lot of it was crap.

Now more than half a century later I have a wide screen television with digital sound, full colour, teletext, interactive functions, etc.  I also have a computerised satellite system with hundreds of channels available at the press of a button … and … guess what … Most of what’s on…

   …………     is still crap !  


3 Responses to ““Try the History Channel”.”

  1. jayward said

    look like this will work, it didn’t in Safari but does in Firefox. As the Springsteen song says, “57 channels and nothing on”. One of the nice things about radio is that you can do something while listening.
    Your critique of the current crop of TV shows is right on!

  2. Roger B. said

    Digital TV seems to be mostly crap too – or endless repeats of repeats of repeats.

    I use BBC Radio 4’s on-line ‘Listen Again’ facility quite a lot instead of watching TV.

  3. Terri said

    Oh, I SO totally agree with you. All these channels….and nothing to watch. Take me back to the 50’s when TV viewing was worth watching.

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