Today’s picture was taken at the Walsall Classic Car and Transport Show last year. That’s on again today, in the Arboretum extension from 10am to 4pm. It rained last year, but seem quite fine now. There are more storms forecast though, so take a brolly!
My usual television schedule changed last night. They took Casualty off. I watched that new national Lottery show. It was a bit naff. I can’t stand the way they mess around. I keep shouting at the TV. Get on with it! At least Nick Knowles and others have finally figured out that designer stubble has gone out of fashion.
Later I watched Mrs Brown’s Boys. I think some of the jokes are pathetic and it relies too much on obscenities. I think Buster is the best character, he has really good comedy timing. The programme is popular, but it could be better with more writers working on it. Writing comedy is really hard, you need the element of surprise, but the F-bomb no longer surprises people and doesn’t really shock people. It is still offensive to many people and should be offensive to some, so should be avoided by the BBC. They seem to try to cater to minorities at the expense of the majority. It is the majority that pay the licence fee however. Whether they are catering for the elitists in society who want culture or the precariat who actively reject it or any other minority, it seems to be unfair on the majority.
Later I watched The Invention of Lying with Ricky Gervais. Imagine a world where no one has ever lied. Politicians would have a tough time of that. I seem to live in a world where no one ever tells the truth. I can always tell when Tory politicians are lying; their lips move…
Society seems to be changing. We are all brainwashed by the lies that the media force feed us. The propaganda seems to be everywhere, in the TV soaps, in the news and now on the internet and it’s fed to us through social media. These targeted adverts play on our weaknesses and needs. On my Facebook page there are usually lots of adverts for dating sites, because I’m single. They would probably all disappear if I changed my status to ‘in a relationship’. I also get lots of adverts relating to retirement. There seems to be a conflict there somehow!
Society does seem to be catering less for the vulnerable in society. A dangerous precariat has formed that is in a precarious situation, with no hope in sight. They are being attacked with benefit reform, work tests, the bedroom tax and threats. They are threatened with prison quite often and the prisons are changing. In one prison, I read that inmates are being required to work 40 hours a week, with nothing to relieve the stress. Smoking is to be banned and illegal drugs will no longer get into the prison. They will probably be either completely rehabilitated or completely insane when they are released. We will probably end up with fewer crimes like theft, but more axe murderers.
Maybe, we need some new television programmes on the BBC to influence British society in a positive way. More soaps like Eastenders? More outrageous comedy like Mrs Browns Boys or the Inbetweeners? More culture like the Proms or Culture Show? More drama like Downton Abbey? I don’t think so. Personally, I would like to see a new comedy of the quality of Dad’s Army, Only Fools and Horses, Open All Hours, Allo-Allo or Last of the Summer Wine. Do we have the writers and characters actors to do it? I think there needs to be a change of culture in television first. The BBC might have a new billion quid television centre, but they’re a bit clueless about what the majority of the people want and need.