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Listed below are comments made by Chris between Thursday, 24th September 2009 and Saturday, 18th May 2013
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There are clearly a lot of angry teachers on here this afternoon. What a pity so many of them prefer to simply go through the thread clicking "-" on posts they don't like, or hurling insults, rather than engaging with the discussion. I repeat: To insist that only relevant experts can take political decisions in any given field is absurd and is incompatible with our democracy. Thoughts, anyone?
To all those teachers loftily claiming that only those who "know what it's like in the classroom" have the right to set a curriculum or make other education reforms:
We live in a representative democracy. Get over it.
Every single head teacher present in that hall should be heckled loudly when they try to lead assembly with their pupils on Monday morning. I despair of these people who we trust with our children. What an appalling example they have set.
A plague on all their houses.
Annual budgeting isn't a panacea. The amount the budget would increase by, year on year, is already agreed and it's barely more than the real-terms freeze the UK is demanding.In return for that minor increase, annual budgeting brings with it endless horse trading as the EU tries to decide each year where the money is to be spent. I don't believe anyone in the Commission wants that outcome.
Can we please dispense with the Europhile scaremongering about being forced to comply with EU law even if we're not members of EU. We comply with the NAFTA and Mercosur laws necessary to trade in those areas easily enough. EU is just another trading bloc - one that sells more of its goods to us than we sell to it. The idea that the EU would make it harder for itself to trade with us is laughable.
Quite right Ed, we shouldn't sleep-walk out of Europe. We should be running for the Ausgang as fast as our legs will carry us.
@137 I don't think Bob is so wrong if you take his entire comment in context. Even back in the mid 80s I was advised not to take IT at GCSE as I had a BBC B at home. Teacher said I would already know more about it than they would learn in class. In fact, when I tried to help a friend with programming homework I got him in trouble by doing it for him using commands that he'd not been taught.
10 PRINT "HELLO"
20 GOTO 10
plus ca change!
I managed to string one of these scammers along for 15 minutes once. I thought the longer he was talking to me, the less time he would have to talk to someone who maybe didn't know it was a scam. He wanted me to install software that would allow him to take control of my computer and couldn't understand why it wouldn't work. Perhaps I accidentally let him think I had a PC instead of a Mac...
If you believe in the Newsnight brand, why are you continuing to dilute it by allowing BBC Scotland to cut away for the last 15-20 minutes, sending those of us who want to watch the 'proper' programme scrambling for our remotes and trying desperately to remember the EPG channel number for 'BBC2 England'?
Newsnight Scotland is an embarrassment to your brand. It features news items that would be perfectly well served by a home-grown BBC Scotland news/current affairs programme broadcast at any other time of the evening than 11pm but just look small and parochial when served up under the hard-hitting, UK-wide remit you set yourselves.
Please, have the courage to stand up for your product and kill Newsnight Scotland, or else insist that they broadcast it at 11.30pm or some other time when it's not interfering with our enjoyment of a proper news programme.
Off topic but, Jonathan, do you know what happened to the colour pictures of Vesta we were hoping to see almost a month ago? I for one haven't seen nearly enough pictures of rocks in space!
Thank you for admitting you don't like mushrooms Matt ... sometimes I feel like a pariah in my own home for my dislike of them. Yuck!
Sorry Alex ... you lost me at "surface that interactivity more within the stories".
Somebody wake me up when BBC staff have learned to speak English again.
"Just 3% is from Twitter, which underlines the fact that the micro-blogging service is still pretty micro in many of its effects on British life."
A fact I will hope is reflected in the balance of reporting and blogging at the BBC ... but while hoping, I won't be holding my breath.
Preller (5) said: David Cameron is less popular than Edward Heath when he was ousted from office in 1974. How can he possibly have a mandate to govern? David Cameron is less popular than Edward Heath when he was ousted from office in 1974. How can he possibly have a mandate to govern?
Because Cameron has more of a share of the popular vote than Blair did last time out? I wonder if you were fretting over that in 2005.
Boris (No. 2) said: If Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have "their own programmes", that surely makes the so-called "BBC UK" transmission a programme for England.
Alternatively, if the main output is truly a UK programme, why does England (or indeed each BBC region) not rate its own programme?
The election is to the Parliament of the United Kingdom, so a United Kingdom perspective is all that should matter. Or, given that it gives a rare opportunity to shine, is the subsidiarity merely something to keep Brian Taylor, Betsan Powys and Mark Devenport (and their respective colleagues) happy in their work, out in the wilds where politics isn't a three-horse race?
You don't know the half of it mate. A couple of years ago some bright spark in Glasgow managed to persuade Newsnight to allow BBC2 Scotland to cut away and run a programme called 'Newsnight Scotland' for the final 15-20 minutes of the transmission.
To this very day I have to scramble for my remote control every night at 11pm so that I don't have to endure Gordon Brewer's sub-Paxman performance, grimacing at minor Holyrood nobodies and chewing his glasses. Thank heavens for satellite TV and the nationwide availability of all the regional variations of BBC1 and 2.
I love Scotland, but I don't love BBC Scotland's obsession with trying to be a British institution whilst simultaneously doing its best to pretend the rest of the UK doesn't exist. Tonight we will be getting the results of a national election to the UK parliament at Westminster. I will be tuning in to the only programme that will properly give the full picture for the whole country, which for me is on BBC2 Scotland. Just for once, no satellite required.
Twitter is for people who love the sound of their own voice a little too much (or perhaps, love the sight of their own words). 180,000 Tweets in 90 minutes? At an average of more than 30 Tweets every second, who on earth could possibly be reading it all? Answer: Nobody, except rooms full of hacks who are grateful that they no longer have to get their coats on, go out and meet real people when their editor asks for a vox pop.
All this analysis of people's tweeting habits, and the views they express, goes on even though said hacks candidly admit how unsound it is when you can't possibly know who is included in the sample. Lazy, lazy, lazy.
With the right browser and the right extension, you need never see a sponsored link (AKA 'advert') on Google ever again. I've not seen one in years.
But before Labour supporters take cheer, I should add that I'm web-savvy enough to know how to find the information I'm looking for online without blindly following the first result any search engine throws at me.
Your Jedi mind tricks won't work on me, boys!
Most unsolicited email goes straight to my junk folder. The small amount that survives to reach my inbox is almost always deleted without being read - except for me to look for evidence of an 'unsubscribe' option.
I don't tend to hold it against a company if they send me one unsolicited marketing email, but if they don't offer an unsubscribe option, or if that option doesn't work, at that point I'm liable to deliberately avoid using their services in future.
I'm intelligent enough to know where to look for information as and when I need it. All the political parties can leave my inbox alone, thanks very much.
We use OpenDNS to filter all activity on our home network. Occasionally we supplement this by blocking specific domains at the router if required. We give our son his own user account on our Mac which is carefully controlled, giving him access only to the applications we want him to use.
Most important of all, the computer sits in a part of the house where it is very visible and always easy to check exactly what he's looking at with a quick glance. Parental responsibility is precisely that. I have no intention of delegating it to Microsoft or anyone else.
Sigh ... would now be a good time to put fights over the BBC-HD bitrate to one side and simply say "Happy new year one and all"?
Great item about BBC R&D's work on Chromakey by the way. This sort of stuff is one of the many reasons I think our licence fee is great value.
Loving your clear, informative and interesting posts as always Jonathan. Thank you.
One of the most entertaining dotlife posts for quite some time. Thank you!
My phone can make calls and send texts and that's all. It costs me less than a tenner a month to run on a pay-as-you-go tariff. And I'm very happy about that. Vodafone can go whistle, I have no intentions of letting them, or any other mobile phone company, take any more than is absolutely necessary from my pocket this or any other month.
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