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The rain

Eddie Mair | 10:26 UK time, Monday, 23 July 2007

had a bit of an effect on the BBC on Friday. Media Monkey at mediaguardian.co.uk reports:

"The apocalyptic weather that spread across London this morning caused mayhem for television channels. All BBC channels broadcast over satellite - BBC1 and BBC2, News 24, CBBC and CBeebies - went off air between 11.41am and 11.53am as the huge main dish at TV Centre in west London couldn't cope with the intensity of the downpour. BBC2 was broadcasting the Open golf from Carnoustie, where, ironically enough, the sun was out and play was continuing. Monkey wonders whether a higher force was sending the Beeb its own punishment over the recent spate of phone scams."

Here is a visual aid:


  1. At 10:37 AM on 23 Jul 2007, Jason Good wrote:


  2. At 10:40 AM on 23 Jul 2007, jonnie in rainy dark Bournemouth wrote:

    Ahhhh - That'll be that moment when you were wondering if the sun had in fact set?

  3. At 11:01 AM on 23 Jul 2007, Fearless Fred wrote:

    If the dishes aren't working properly, I guess you can always convert them onto giant woks!

  4. At 11:10 AM on 23 Jul 2007, Gillian wrote:

    Ffred (3) or umbrellas?

  5. At 11:18 AM on 23 Jul 2007, Jason Good wrote:

    FFred (3): I imagine that would cause quite a stir (fry).

  6. At 12:04 PM on 23 Jul 2007, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    FF (3):

    That would give us a new strapline:

    "PM: Look upon my woks, ye mighty and despair!"

  7. At 12:38 PM on 23 Jul 2007, Ed Heal wrote:

    It is sunny and dry in Edinburgh. Just thought you would like to know not that I am smug!

  8. At 02:34 PM on 23 Jul 2007, Frances O wrote:

    Or, to paraphrase Francis Bacon,

    Certainly the best woks, and of greatest merit for the public.

  9. At 03:17 PM on 23 Jul 2007, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    It's not raining at all in Glasgow, which is a shame as it means the neds will be standing around in the sunshine swilling their buckfast (other cheap wines are available for ne'er-do-wells to get off their faces on) and deciding what names to shout at me as I make my way home.

    On Friday one group decided I looked like Elton John so there was a torrent of abuse based around that theme, but the other group worried me more when they decided I looked like Nana Mouskouri...

  10. At 03:47 PM on 23 Jul 2007, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Ed & SSC,

    It's sunny here too, but with a few hints of changeability... I'm well above any conceivable flood level, and even the village is likely safe.


  11. At 11:14 PM on 23 Jul 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    SSCat (9) "Neds"? I can gather the meaning from the rest of your post but any clue as to origin?

    And surely Nana Mouskouri and Elton John are worlds apart looks-wise? Were you shaven-headed one day and bewigged the next???

  12. At 03:13 PM on 24 Jul 2007, Aperitif wrote:


  13. At 03:31 PM on 24 Jul 2007, RJD wrote:

    Ap - I'm doing this from memory - right!

    Ned is a derogatory term applied to certain young people in Scotland (similar to the terms chav used in Wales and England, skanger in Ireland, and spide in Northern Ireland). The stereotypical view of a ned is an adolescent male youth, of working class background, who wears fake Burberry, who engages in hooliganism, petty criminality, loutish behaviour, underage drinking and smoking or just irritating others. They are often assumed to be unemployed.

    According to Rosie Kane, former MSP for the Scottish Socialist Party ned is an acronym derived from the phrase "non-educated [sic] delinquent", although in truth this derivation is a backronym. In addition, "uneducated" is the more usual term.

    A more plausible explanation is that the term is a derivation of Teddy Boys, a very different cultural phenomenon in terms of style, but similar in the way they were feared by the general public and demonised by the popular press. The term ned was used in Glasgow to describe Teddy Boys in the 1950s, and may have resurfaced to describe these new gangs around the turn of the millennium. Teddy, like Ned, is a derivative of Edward, a reference to the Edwardian-style clothes of the Teddy Boys.

    Anything else?

  14. At 01:48 AM on 25 Jul 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Why thank you RJD, how comprehensive. I like this "backronym". May I use it?

  15. At 09:18 AM on 25 Jul 2007, RJD wrote:

    Ap - You are going to hate me for this, but all of that was lifted from WickedPedia!

  16. At 03:10 PM on 25 Jul 2007, Aperitif wrote:

    Are you Simon Worrall in disguise??? :-)

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