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Remembrance Sunday

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    Posted by Andais (U14618685) on Sunday, 10th November 2013

    I have always watched the BBC Remembrance Sunday broadcasts. They were until very recently the paradigm of serious broadcasting that didn't patronise those taking part or insult the intelligence of those watching.

    That was until last year when someone in authority at the BBC decided that this was another one of the 'crown jewels' that needed redesigning, without any consultation or public demand.

    What used to be a solemn occasion presided over by David Dimbleby and a former serviceman it has now become a touchy-feely infantile charade where Sophie Raworth plunges into the crowd and asks service personnel questions as insulting as they are intrusive and prurient. Today she had the cheek to ask one of the parade masters whom he remembers at the parade, a question that was absolutely none of her business. I don't know whether Ms Raworth let her ego get in the way of her judgement but she should be old enough and experienced enough as a journalist to know when she has been asked to do something inappropriate, and to have the decency to say 'no'. She was an embarrassment.

    Then we had David Dimbleby confusing the Countess of Wessex with the Duchess of Gloucester; calling the Queen the Head of all the Armed Forces when she should have been the Commander in Chief, describing Ed Milliband as the Leader of the Official Opposition when it should have been Loyal Opposition and numerous other errors. Whatever happened to research and fact-checking.

    Could I please ask whomever is in charge of this broadcast at the BBC to return it to its old format and to tell Ms Raworth, and anyone like her, that her services will no longer be required?

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    Posted by banjax (U14499510) on Sunday, 10th November 2013

    Andais. Apart from your rather unnecessarily unkind references to Sophie Raworth, I wonder if you would post your comments on the already established threads regarding the Festival of Remembrance and the Cenotaph rather than create another thread.

    Many viewers I'm sure drew great comfort and pride from the broadcast of the Festival of Remembrance and today's Service and Parade at the Cenotaph. You are of course welcome to share your opinion on the broadcasts but I feel that the apparent belittling of the coverage takes the focus away from the purpose of these broadcasts to share these events with the Country. Lest we Forget.

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    Posted by Jeb2006 (U15923621) on Monday, 11th November 2013

    Could anyone tell me what the name is of the piece of music played by the Band of the Royal Marines 35 minutes into the service? It was brilliant but there was no information on what they were playing. Thanks

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    Posted by banjax (U14499510) on Monday, 11th November 2013

    For queries about music Jeb2006 this thread is probably best.

    www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mb...

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    Posted by Jan (U13991556) on Monday, 11th November 2013

    Could anyone tell me what the name is of the piece of music played by the Band of the Royal Marines 35 minutes into the service? It was brilliant but there was no information on what they were playing. Thanks  This may be moved to the music thread, but the piece of music is commonly called 'Dido's Lament ' from Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell . The alternative title is 'When I am laid in earth'. Hope this helps.

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    Posted by BonnysPlace (U14396592) on Monday, 11th November 2013

    Andais. I read your post and felt you made some salient points, and of course you are entitled to your opinion.

    I agree the 'touchy feely' element is prevalent, and not relevant to a dignified occasion. However this seems to be the 'norm' now.

    Sophie Rayworth was merely following her remit, and may not like it, but to suggest a personal rebuke would be unfair.

    You feel as you do, and stated as such. For this, I admire you, and thank you.

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    Posted by old git at 70 (U14213449) on Monday, 11th November 2013

    Could anyone tell me what the name is of the piece of music played by the Band of the Royal Marines 35 minutes into the service? It was brilliant but there was no information on what they were playing. Thanks  This may be moved to the music thread, but the piece of music is commonly called 'Dido's Lament ' from Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell . The alternative title is 'When I am laid in earth'. Hope this helps.  yes a lot of tunes can do that. I have herd a Tune on you tube done by the Dutch trumpeter, Melissa Vanema called "il Silencio",( in the silence?)is it an Italian or Spanish Tune for a similar occasion?
    it really makes your eyes leak too.

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    Posted by Andais (U14618685) on Tuesday, 12th November 2013

    Andais. Apart from your rather unnecessarily unkind references to Sophie Raworth, I wonder if you would post your comments on the already established threads regarding the Festival of Remembrance and the Cenotaph rather than create another thread.

    Many viewers I'm sure drew great comfort and pride from the broadcast of the Festival of Remembrance and today's Service and Parade at the Cenotaph. You are of course welcome to share your opinion on the broadcasts but I feel that the apparent belittling of the coverage takes the focus away from the purpose of these broadcasts to share these events with the Country. Lest we Forget. 
    My comments on Sophie Raworth were my view of her lack of professionalism. She is a professional journalist with years of experience and as I said should have the judgement to know when to say 'no. I do not consider my comment to be unnecessary or unkind, merely observations.

    I did not know there was another thread at the time I posted my comment, and frankly as you are not the editor of this board it is not for you to tell me, or anyone else, what to do. I find your attitude officious to say the least.

    I did not belittle Remembrance Sunday and made no comment on the Festival of Remembrance at all, therefore the latter is entirely irrelevant. As for your assumption that I do not remember those who fought and died how dare you? Many members of my family fought in both World Wars, many died, some were taken prisoner and my grandfather was at Biggin Hill during the air raid portrayed in the film The Battle of Britain.

    The point I was making and which you have managed completely to overlook is that it is the BBC which is taking the focus away from the coverage of these events by indulging in inappropriate and unprofessional behaviour. Can I suggest that you think a little more logically before posting in future.

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