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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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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

YESTERDAY - Freeview Channel

Date: 29th June 2011

YESTERDAY - TV Channel.

I must say how much I enjoy this Channel even though it is full of repeats - they are quality programmes and run across a full spectrum of subjects, from documentaries to nature programmes to old series like Sharpe and Tenko.

I am currently watching a series of Natural History programmes on the British Isles and they are incredibly interesting. Did you know that Scotland and England moved towards and bumped into one another south of the Equator and then with Tectonic movement, got shoved further north. This fascinating series is fronted by Alan Titchmarsh and I have to hand it to him - he really is extremely good.

I have my own little axe to grind here. Up until the late 80’s Presenters like myself would have fronted all sorts of programmes. I did 15 years as an Interviewer/Presenter and fronted my own show for seven years whilst working for HTV West (a great regional channel no longer in existence) Then came the shift towards an expert presenting programmes whether he/she was good televisually and the emphasis appeared to move away from the programme material being of main importance to the promotion of the ‘celebrity’. Some of the experts, like Alan were naturals for Television and made the transition from Gardening to all kinds of other areas. He really is a delight to watch and the British Isles series made by BBC Bristol, is what the BBC used to be all about. It saddens me that they have moved so far into Reality (alright, alright, alright - so I’ve been in some but for ITV not the BBC), Make-overs and so infrequently make the superb quality programmes for which we were once the envy of the world.

Another excellent series on Yesterday is Secret War.

Sometimes I think BBC and ITV ought to show more repeats of many of the Quality programmes they used to make and for which they no longer have the budgets. I have to admit I’m a fan of Sharpe because I like a good old-fashioned historical adventure. Didn’t realise it was made so long ago (20 years) until I saw an ad for Sean Bean’s latest film and didn’t recognise him - he’s twice the man he used to be!!

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