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Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.



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Date: 25th January 2010

THE GREAT RIFT - Africa's Wild Heart

I don't watch much television - preferring to sit down to a good DVD of an evening.  At the weekend we are almost spoilt for choice when during the week there's hardly ever anything I want to see.

Last night I wanted to watch 'Slum Dog Millionaire' and The Great Rift .  Because of my great love and desire for knowledge of Africa, I came down on the side of the Documentary.  It was superb and represented all that is best in the BBC and of a calibre that we always expected of the 'Beeb'.  In my humble opinion this is the kind of programme on which the BBC should concentrate.  They get our licence fee over which we have no choice, therefore they do not - or should not have to compete in the Ratings War.  Their remit was to provide Programmes which Entertained, Enlightened and Educated and I wish they'd return to that.  I think Lord Reith must be twirling in his grave over much of the current output on the BBC.

Mind you, most people are unaware that they also pay through the nose for the other channels every time they buy a box of Cornflakes or anything else which has to be advertised.  That advertising is all absorbed within the final price of the object being purchased.

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