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Tales from Vacation Part 1 - Radio and Newspapers are so much better in Great Britain! - "You didn't hear about the polar bear?"
June 20th, 2005
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Tales from Vacation Part 1 - Radio and Newspapers are so much better in Great Britain!
Thought I'd do this just in bits and pieces - just things that stand out about my trip, rather than a long traditional travelogue. The long and short of it is that I flew to London and arrived Friday, June 10, met the great Jules, Lorna and Kam for the weekend, then went off to drive around Scotland on my own from Sunday to Saturday.

Part 1 - Radios and Newspapers are so much better in Great Britain!

Seriously! It's strange, but even though so much of the radio programs are like NPR and I just get depressed listening to NPR in the states, the stories in Great Britain area interesting and real and you hear real people with real stories. Plus, radio stations used to play a much wider spread of music, when there were fewer of them. You'd hear rock, pop, country - all together - along with oldies - and there are some stations in GB that actually program like that, so I heard sogs I hadn't heard for a long time. And, of course, when you get up to Scotland... Scottish accents. *moans* *L*! And the newspapers... actually give you the news! And they're interesting!

Yes, there are some drawbacks - mainly the trashy newspapers with the trashy covers... and waaaaay too much technopop on too many channels - but, on the whole, there seems to be less "dumbing down" of the newspapers and the stories on the radio for the general public. In fact, there seems to be less "going for the lowest common denominator" overall. You get on a boat, and instead of zillions of safety signs and long talks about what to do, they tend to assume you can figure out the obvious yourself.

But that's just the impression I got... and why I listened to a lot of radio when I was there. But I didn't get much of a chance to watch TV; the days were so long and I was always ready to sleep when night came.

Tomorrow: "Guys and Dolls" with Ewan McGregor

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From:spookystoy
Date:June 21st, 2005 01:27 am (UTC)
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*Ewansquee*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 21st, 2005 03:12 am (UTC)
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*squee!*

Hey, "The Island" is coming out soon, isn't it?
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From:freakspawn
Date:June 21st, 2005 12:08 pm (UTC)
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glad you enjoyed the radio over here, I do listen to it myself sometimes :D

even though the stupid, must die, Krazy frog thing is number 1!!!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 21st, 2005 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Krazy Frog??? That's sounds oddly familiar, although I'm sure I never heard the song; maybe it got used in a joke and I didn't get it. What in the world IS it?

And, hey... there's a song by a woman with the lyrics "Break-down... come on and break-down" and "it's all right and it's all right" in it. Sound familiar? Any idea of the title and artist? I think I heard it there, and thought it was Butterfly Boucher, but I'm not sure.
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From:freakspawn
Date:June 22nd, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
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yeah actually I do think we were chatting about the stoooooopid krazy frog....

I have never heard of Butterfly Boucher am afraid, and haven't a clue about those lyrics....try a young un on your flist, I don't really listen to the radio any more...in fact I don't even own one!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 22nd, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
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Okay, O ooooold one! *HA!* *G*
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From:lavendertook
Date:June 21st, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Our NPR station changed formats last year and now broadcasts a lot more BBC--which is so much better. Which is very sad since this is the NPR station of our nations's capital and we need to go to the BBC for good reporting.

Sounds like a wonderful trip! I look forward to hearing more!(-:
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From:rosamundeb
Date:June 21st, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Wow... interesting to hear that!
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From:green_ghost
Date:June 22nd, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
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Sounds like you had a fantastic time. Can't wait to hear about Ewan.
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