Anne’s View Uncut – Week 30

Image: Big Brother 2005

Watching Television Programmes such as Big Brother can seriously damage your health. If you are in any doubt just ask someone who has watched every episode of every series since the mind-numbing nonsense first hit our screens! The tell-tale signs are an inability to use words of more than five letters, a blank stare while you are talking and a tendency to utter the phrase “like awesome man? and use the word “way? in place of very … continuously. And if that person can utter a sentence without saying “like? every other word, twirl their hair while they talk and blow bubbles with their hubba-bubba, then they’re not true devotees.
And I continue carping on about the pointlessness of ID cards and finish off this week’s bitch-fest with further comments concerning the plight of Ely.

Television for Dummies

Image: Big Brother 2005

Many, many times I find myself screaming at the television set … Jesus H, who the hell watches these stupid shows? Such outbursts have also necessitated the remote control being taken away from me. I suppose my other half has become weary of having to dig the contraption out from behind the telly …
Anyway, just recently I had another opportunity to vent similar displeasure when I inadvertently sat through ten whole minutes (it felt more like ten whole years) of a Big Brother episode while waiting for another programme to come to my rescue. I don’t even recall what it was I was waiting for now … I turned the television off in protest so fast that I missed what I had originally tuned in for.
Who thinks that watching inane, immature, mindless, assing about by inane, immature, asses is entertainment?
I know this is series number 12 or something in the Big Brother line up. And therefore it is deemed to be popular. And I also know that there are people who claim to be hooked … But hooked on what, the inane, mindless, assing … you know where I’m going with this.
And the commentary! I have never heard such pointless voiceovers. The announcer actually said the words, “So and So have been in the bedroom for 12 minutes. So and So are still in the garden. It is midnight?. Are you kidding me? That’s it?

And please, I implore you, if I am wrong, leave me in my delusional state of mind

Oh wait, I forgot the best part – two rather camp housewhatevers were arguing over someone doing/saying something to someone else … Yeah, that’s why we tune in. For that little nugget of suspense right there.
Society can not be this brain dead. I refuse to believe that anyone sits through this banality by choice. There can not be enough idiots in this country (or in any other country, for that matter) who actually give up their evenings to stay in and watch brats squeal and squall at the camera. And please, I implore you, if I am wrong, leave me in my delusional state of mind. I fear for the future of mankind should this sort of programme actually amuse the masses!

Continuing the ID Card Campaign

…And just in case you thought I’d forgotten about my Anti-ID Card campaign, guess again. I am as committed as ever to thwarting the nonsense!
Although, quite frankly, I have about as much chance of actually upsetting the governments plans to tag us as I have of becoming president of the USA!
However, I shall soldier on! And to date I still haven’t heard a single credible argument in favour of carrying the expensive waste of money. I’m not naïve enough to think such a thing matters to the government though! All together now … Millennium … Dome!

Just a Follow UP …

Image: Ely Parking Charges

Following my article last week, many additional points were raised concerning the state Ely is in (both in the comment section of the article page and in person). And the count stood at approximately fifty-fifty. Half the opinions are in favour of the progress and forward thinking of the developers (we’ll call those people non-locals) and the other half agree that the local city council has the exact opposite effect of a Midas touch (and they would be the locals).
However one comment stood out and made me think. It was from Lee B. He wrote:

‘I only wish Ely’s residents were truly consulted more on changes rather than the thinly veiled attempts to sell decisions that the council calls “consultation?’.

I know more people who bungi-jump naked (that would be a rounded up zero) than I do people who attend those meetings with confidence that the council is actually interested in their opinion!

I couldn’t agree more. I am convinced that this is the crux of the problem. It isn’t just that the Cloisters shopping area is an utter eyesore or that parking is an absolute misery for just about everyone (evidently everyone except for John Glover and Karl Bedingfield that is). Or that we have more useless shops than useful – and don’t even get me started on the restaurant/diner situation in Ely! The problem seems to be that, despite popular opinion, the council goes ahead with whatever “improvement? they deem necessary regardless that the enhancement, upgrade, innovative design or costs might not be suited to businesses or patrons. They tear up pavements just months after banning cars, then reinstate cars, relocate their offices amidst controversy and consign the market square to a wasteland 75 % of the time. And before you write in reminding me that the public has the opportunity to attend council meetings in order to debate decisions, let me emphasize that I know more people who bungi-jump naked (that would be a rounded up zero) than I do people who attend those meetings with confidence that the council is actually interested in their opinion!

So, just for fun let’s pretend that council members visit this website. Let’s assume they actually read beyond their own text. How would you change Ely for the better? What would you do differently if you had the power? Parking, shopping, eating – could you improve the amenities? Hell, it wouldn’t be difficult to do worse!

3 replies
  1. Karl Bedingfield
    Karl Bedingfield says:

    Television for Dummies

    You either love the show or hate it, I am in the former category, sorry Anne but the ‘Ed’ loves the show. I hear what you are saying and I do (honestly) try and resist watching it, this time it took me 3 weeks before I gave in. You see it is on at a prime bedtime slot (10pm) and I would rather watch that than all the horror this World has to offer via the news programmes on at that time.

    Yes it is ‘inane, immature, mindless, assing about by inane, immature, asses’ but I do find it entertaining. I love all the bitchiness and back-stabbing. We are all a victim of it so it is interesting to see the bitchiness up close and personal.

    If I am wrong I quote Anne, ‘And please, I implore you, if I am wrong, leave me in my delusional state of mind’.

  2. Anne DeBondt
    Anne DeBondt says:

    Television for Dummies

    … Delusional paradise it is then, Karl … Tell me, do you think there are enough of us to establish the very first Ely chapter of a delusional support group!

  3. Brian Dowling
    Brian Dowling says:

    Anne says “I fear for the future of mankind should this sort of programme actually amuse the masses!”. Well take a look around you Anne. Have you not noticed programmes such as Boot Camp, I’m a Celebrity, The Farm, etc etc. They call it “Reality TV” and it is everywhere. Why? Because it amuses the masses. If it didn’t they wouldn’t make it.

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