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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.


Date: 15th December 2012


I have to admit that I find the Bill of Fare on TV these days is incredibly disappointing. Looking at the evening’s fare from 6.30 onwards there is very little other than reality shows, makeovers, soaps and various other downmarket fodder.

It upsets particularly with regard to the BBC output – once considered to be the best in the world and an organisation for which I was very proud to work decades ago. Sadly they seem these days to be in the ratings war and putting ‘bottoms on seats’. We have no choice over paying our licence fee so it would be good if we had some more upmarket fare from which to choose. I tend to watch predominantly BBC 4, ITV 3 and some Freeview channels which show repeats of the golden oldies – you know what I mean eg Comedies where the comedians didn’t rely on four letter words to get their laughs – comedy was predominantly an offering of ‘Double Entendre’ where you were left to fill in the gaps for yourself.

However the current short series on Westminster Abbey is, in my humble opinion, absolutely superb and puts the BBC right back where it should be as a purveyor of absolutely First Class Television.

And, as a little aside, I had the honour of meeting the Dean, Dr. John Hall, last year when I was helping with the Veterans at the Battle of Britain service at the Abbey.  What a charming, kind and gentle man he was and hearing of my interest in art pointed me in the direction of a Caravaggio which wasn't in the main stream hall.

If you’ve not tuned in, catch up on Iplayer Westminster Abbey, BBC 2, Fridays at 9.00 pm.  Unfortunately, the next will be the last of three.   And for that programme alone I don't mind forking out the licence fee.

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