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Posted by Priscilla (U14315550) on Wednesday, 14th December 2011
Before drifting out into ether new, a word of thanks to Aunty Beeb for starting her message boards in the first place. Several sites have closed over the years but posters either set up new ones or found refuge in another having enjoyed the enrichment that BBC Message boards had provided.
Carp though we may have, reasonable standards have been set that I now see reflected in other places. Strong communities formed on Beeb Boards have managed to stick together - thanks also go to those driven enough to gather in the flock thoughtfully fostered by Aunty.
Posted by Herewordless (U14549396) on Wednesday, 14th December 2011
Well said, Priscilla!
Shame about the fat BBC execs in suits scrapping these fine boards so that Mr Blobbington-Porsche can afford another year's membership at the Country Club!?
Posted by Harpo (U14643022) on Wednesday, 14th December 2011
Yes, Piscilla, the BBC are to be thanked for a wonderful messageboard while it lasted. I'll always have good memories of these boards. Until now they provided me with the opportunity to engage on a subject dear to my heart with others with like interests, and at a time when I needed it.
Posted by Tas (U11050591) on Wednesday, 14th December 2011
Hear, hear, Priscilla!
Spoken very well for us all. I think the BBC is another great British institution.
I do not know if it is for every one, but even the lettering on the BBC history board had become a bit faint lately. I wonder if it will save the BBC is few pounds.
Posted by History Host (U14671356) on Thursday, 15th December 2011
Thanks for your lovely words, everyone
Posted by CASSEROLEON (U11049737) on Thursday, 15th December 2011
Yes I think that the fact that it seems to have been possible for those compelled to "Fly the coop" to find new places to nest indicates that things have moved on and matured since "Auntie" provided us with a place to lodge until conditions favoured a "spreading of the wings"..
It is a bit like the "infant industry" case which provides a start-up facility.. It is after-all a world-wide-web. Let's all embrace the world.
Thanks Auntie. No doubt we will be in contact with the Beeb an important world facility-- [I write that having just written my Xmas card to the widow and daughter of the fellow old boy of my school who went on to work from the grass-roots to the top of the BBC World Service... Let us just hope the money really will go to where it can "do good"- and not to helping the Beeb to keep up with celebrity culture]
Posted by Thomas (U15050473) on Thursday, 15th December 2011
Posted by Tas:
... I wonder if it will save the BBC is few pounds.
I rather hope that aside from closing down message boards, the BBC will not have to face its downfall by any further austerity measures by the current or future government. The downfall of the BBC would be the triumph of the Murdoch Empire. The latter one has already a more demaged reputation since their scandals reveiled this year, than it has been ever before. The BBC is a world wide respected and appriciated institution, the Flag of all what people outside the UK recognises as being British, it has become a part of Britains identity long ago, at least since it has been the voice of the free world in WWII for Europe and beyond.
Very well spoken Tas.
Posted by LairigGhru (U14051689) on Sunday, 18th December 2011
I am puzzled by the statement that the MBs will continue to be visible after closure so that they remain usable albeit inaccessible. The same was said when the Religion MBs closed, and as far as I can see they immediately disappeared. Am I missing a trick somewhere, please?
Tas, you said: "I do not know if it is for every one, but even the lettering on the BBC history board had become a bit faint lately. I wonder if it will save the BBC is few pounds." I think you'll find, as I did, that a simple adjustment on your PC is all that is required to boost the font size. Consult a computer-savvy friend if you happen to have one; or else visit a store that contains experts.
In case this turns out to be my last posting, may I associate myself with all the heartfelt statements of grief at the loss of this fine facility, and may I send a fond farewell to everyone I have had the pleasure of communicating with here, intellectual opponents included; we have all learned vast amounts. Although undecided at present about method, I do intend to avail myself of one of the suggested options for continued conversations.
Posted by History Host (U14671356) on Monday, 19th December 2011
The Religion message boards can still be seen...
The link to them from the Religion homepage has been removed however.
The same will happen to the History MBs - they will still be out there in the ether and readable and your bookmarks should still work.
Does that help?
Posted by LairigGhru (U14051689) on Monday, 19th December 2011
Many thanks, Katy, and may I seize this opportunity to thank you as others have. You have done your job splendidly. All the best for the future.
Posted by History Host (U14671356) on Tuesday, 20th December 2011
Thank you very much, LairigGhru - all the best to you too
Posted by somewhatsilly (U14315357) on Tuesday, 20th December 2011
How sad to think that this is the last time we will be able to join together in this little community but at least we had the opportunity while it lasted.
Thanks to the hosts for their humour and input over the years and all the best for the future to them and everyone else who has added to my pleasure here.
Posted by History Host (U14671356) on Wednesday, 21st December 2011
Thanks Ferval, I shall certainly miss reading your posts !
I am sure that you will be able to create a great community between you all again, wherever it might be on the internet.
Posted by GrandFalconRailroad (U14802912) on Wednesday, 21st December 2011
I hope the money saved by the BBC will be well spent on cushion covers for the Olympics...or for a few bits of F1 merchandise from Sky.
The BBC - due the unique way we're funded if it wasn't for Sky we'd be sunk.
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