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48 minutes ago, Edwardian said:

 

Pop a cap in yo ass more likely if I were to wear one of those!

 

To be thoroughly woke on this point, such expressions almost certainly have their roots in rural southern English dialect as exported to the American colonies and picked up by African slaves. See here and then linking back to here

 

I have to say that most of what was being advertised to me just wasn't my size.

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50 minutes ago, Compound2632 said:

roots in rural southern English dialect

 

Which, if correct, gives us a really interesting double-circular-rooted dialect in parts of London, where youngsters mix estuarine SE, US gangsta copied from TV/films (so exported, modified and re-imported), afro-carribean (massively varied between islands and also having roots in slave/master relationships), plus bits of colloquial Hindi and Urdu, polari (which is partly, but not exclusively Italian-rooted), and prison slang.

 

Sort of a reminder that Lingua Franca wasn't the invention of the learned for use in academic discourse, but a tool use by sailors, wharfingers and import/export traders.

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4 hours ago, Edwardian said:

 

Pop a cap in yo ass more likely if I were to wear one of those!

What have donkeys got to do with this, or indeed half-yo-yos, bottles of flavoured carbonated water and very small amounts of shock-sensitive percussive chemicals bound in paper?

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1 hour ago, Regularity said:

What have donkeys got to do with this, or indeed half-yo-yos, bottles of flavoured carbonated water and very small amounts of shock-sensitive percussive chemicals bound in paper?

 

 

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Just heard a good one on R4, HS2: No news yet of a replacement decision service. 

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I heard the bit on Today about it this morning c0800, and the thing that impressed me most was the interviewer’s hugely evident lack of grasp of the practicalities of cost-estimating for any job, let alone one this big, and her willingness to slip into the language of tabloid caricature.

 

The woman from the NAO and the MP who were interviewed both did their jobs splendidly, turning aside the tabloid questioning in their own ways and making their points soundly.

 

i know that interviewers are meant to act as proxy for the listener, who may not be a specialist in the topic, but channeling The Sun isn’t right for a R4 audience, is it?

 

PS: Or, is it that I’m just getting old(er)?

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Channeling The Sun is not right for any sentient being whatever the radio station.

 

 

 

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19 hours ago, Nearholmer said:

i know that interviewers are meant to act as proxy for the listener, who may not be a specialist in the topic, but channeling The Sun isn’t right for a R4 audience, is it?

 

PS: Or, is it that I’m just getting old(er)?

 

We're all getting older, and aren't part of their new target demographic.

 

Aping The Sun is what the BBC seem to be aiming for these days.  "Linear" programming is out (see Victoria Derbyshire programme), web/app delivery is the mode the bigwigs aspire to.  If it can't be compressed into a video clip or podcast to be delivered via a locked down portal like iPlayer or Sounds where they can datamine your consumption patterns then they don't want to know you.  The latest is that when browsing the BBC website a page will be frozen at random while a dialog box* suggests that you'd be better logging in so they can track your preferences. At the moment, they'll allow you to continue by clicking a "later, perhaps" link...

 

* An example:

 

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3 minutes ago, Hroth said:

 

We're all getting older, and aren't part of their new target demographic.

 

"Linear" programming is out 

 

I recommend sitting down with a box set of The Pallisers

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Yes, well, I'm a stout(er than I should be) defender of the BBC ethos, and am terrified of the prospect of it being whittled away by those with an interest in killing it off to allow profits and their spin to triumph, but I do worry about how many own goals it scores.

 

Changing formats to suit younger audiences I get, even if I don't always like, but a tabloid style on the flagship news programme I don't.

 

If I lived in Tunbridge Wells, i might express disgust.

 

Right, got that off my chest - I promise not to mention it again.

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News, when it can be found in this country is a morass of ads interspersed with current topics reduced to seconds so the next ad can be fitted in before the next segment.  In depth news is limited to our PBS stations and even then features last longer than an actual news item.  Apparently its all geared to I phones, etc, whose owners like the president, like to get as many sound bites instead of actual broadcast and paper news, both of which are suffering.  Concentration is measured in seconds these days which adds to the dumbing down of the populace.  Even our local paper prints only six days now!

     Brian.

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Having lived in the Americas for a spell, I must say that we are lucky that it is only our print media, and not our broadcast media, that is markedly partisan.

 

With the manipulation of the fake news/false equivalence variety practised by the ends-justify-the-means Dominic Cummings ilk, and now HMG's 'weaponising' of the licence fee issue to attack the BBC, I fear that we can no longer take that for granted.

 

But, as Joni Mitchell once observed, you don't know what you've got til its gone.

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7 hours ago, Edwardian said:

But, as Joni Mitchell once observed, you don't know what you've got til its gone.

 

DC as Thomas Cromwell to the PM's Henry VIII?

 

"Bare ruin'd choirs where once the sweet birds sang".

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I guess that should extend the reach of their ability to bomb people/alien-life-forms back into the Stone Age.

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11 hours ago, Edwardian said:

But, as Joni Mitchell once observed, you don't know what you've got til its gone.

 

Thats if you remember how it was previously. Consumers of the "New Way" will merely deride any "Remainers" as out-of-touch wrinklies.

 

1 hour ago, Edwardian said:

You couldn't make this up ...

 

You could AT LEAST have linked to the BBC coverage, rather than that of the Demon Of The Pit.  I had to go and wash my browser out after visiting there...

 

29 minutes ago, Nearholmer said:

I guess that should extend the reach of their ability to bomb people/alien-life-forms back into the Stone Age.

 

Earth would be lucky if it were merely bombed back to unicellular life-forms.

 

 

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12 hours ago, Compound2632 said:

 

I recommend sitting down with a box set of The Pallisers

 

You know, I could never tell them and the Forsytes apart....  :rolleyes:

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42 minutes ago, Nearholmer said:

I guess that should extend the reach of their ability to bomb people/alien-life-forms back into the Stone Age.

 

I'm envisaging a mob of LNWR directors hurling vegetables at their Midland counterparts.

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1 hour ago, Hroth said:

 

You could AT LEAST have linked to the BBC coverage, rather than that of the Demon Of The Pit.  I had to go and wash my browser out after visiting there...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry, I heard the news on R4 and did an image search to see the 2 together, that was what came up!

 

So, by way of amends, Beleaguered Broadcasting Corporation

 

EDIT: Of course I still find a profound absurdity in the fact that the was a "Space Command" and is now a "Space Force", it sounds all a bit, well ....

 

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Above, Things you Never Thought you'd See in Castle Aching: "Matchbox Adventure 2000", No.23 in an occasional series.

 

But then I reflected that people no doubt laughed at the idea of the Air Battalion Royal Engineers (founded 1911) and the Royal Flying Corps (founded 1912).  So I should stop finding "Space Force" funny.

 

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"You will never get our horses up in one of those".

 

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1 hour ago, Edwardian said:

 

 

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One assumes that its an inspection tour by the General Staff* to find out what "Those damn Balloonists" are wasting all their money on.  Mind you, a B.E. 2 or its descendants wouldn't be my idea of an appropriate aircraft to face the Hun in.  They weren't called "Fokker Fodder" for nothing, y'know....

 

* Never trust anyone with feathers in their hats....

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This lady may look innocent (actually, I’m not at all sure she does), but she’s clearly bagged a large number of senior army officers.

 

 

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