Local election reporting on TV this week

It amazes me

that the BBC and other mainstream news outlets didn’t appear to know there were six mayoral elections taking place on Thursday with results announced the next day.

On all the news and politics programmes I watched there was a total absence of reporting of the mayoral elections.

Labour held all its mayoralities and took the new one in Sheffield too.

The Daily Mirror noticed that these elections were taking place and bothered to report them.

I’ve known for years that most of the mainstream media is biased against the left but the reporting of this week’s local elections sinks to new depths.

I’ve just been reading the latest posts on The Skwawkbox where there is a completely different interpretation of Thursday’s local election results which as many people as possible ought to see so I’m re-blogging  it here.

THE LOCAL ELECTION OVERVIEW YOU WON’T GET FROM THE BBC

“In a 1984-like misrepresentation, the BBC – and of course the right-wing owned media and Blairite Labour back-benchers – have painted Labour’s significant gains in Thursday’s local elections as a failure.

Coincidentally, many all of those pushing the ‘failure’ line have also independently decided to push a ‘have we reached peak Corbyn?’ line as well.

Here are some objective facts from the night that you might be excused for being surprised about based on the majority of ‘MSM’ coverage:

Continue reading at The Skwawkbox

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Start of British Summer Time

The clocks have gone forward today at the start of BST.

Spring  forward

Fall back!

British Summer Time was first established by the Summer Time Act 1916, after a campaign by builder William Willett.

Willett’s original proposal was to move the clocks forward by 80 minutes, in 20-minute weekly steps on Sundays in April and by the reverse procedure in September.

In 1916, BST began on 21 May and ended on 1 October. Willett never got to see his idea implemented as he died in early 1915.

According to The Independent, Willett was the great, great grandfather of Coldplay singer Chris Martin.

It might be the start of British Summer Time but it will be a few months before the temperature feels anything like Summer!

But no bad thing according to John (Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men) Steinbeck:

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.

The quote is from Travels with Charley which I haven’t read but it seems like a fascinating book.

From Wikipedia: Travels with Charley: In Search of America is a travelogue written by American author John Steinbeck. It depicts a 1960 road trip around the United States made by Steinbeck, in the company of his standard poodle, Charley. Steinbeck wrote that he was moved by a desire to see his country on a personal level, since he made his living writing about it. He wrote of having many questions going into his journey, the main one being, “What are Americans like today?” However, he found that he had concerns about much of the “new America” he witnessed.

Steinbeck tells of traveling throughout the United States in a specially made camper he named Rocinante, after Don Quixote’s horse. His travels start in Long Island, New York, and roughly follow the outer border of the United States, from Maine to the Pacific Northwest, down into his native Salinas Valley in California, across to Texas, up through the Deep South, and then back to New York. Such a trip encompasses nearly 10,000 miles.

According to Thom Steinbeck, the author’s oldest son, the real reason for the trip was that Steinbeck knew he was dying and wanted to see his country one last time. The younger Steinbeck has said he was surprised that his stepmother allowed his father to make the trip; his heart condition meant he could have died at any time. A new introduction to the 50th anniversary edition of the book cautioned readers that “it would be a mistake to take this travelogue too literally, as Steinbeck was at heart a novelist.”

John Steinbeck
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There are several versions of the classic George Gershwin “Summertime” on Youtube. But this is extraordinary!

Janis Joplin sings “Summertime” in 1969.

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1920s Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

There’s lots of information about the 2018 Boat Race on the official website but there are some fantastic film clips of the Boat Race in the 1920s on Youtube.

1923 Oxford win

1927 Cambridge win

Hasn’t changed much, has it?

Wonder who’ll win today?

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A couple more film clips of Crufts in the 1930s

Today is the final day of Crufts 2018.

Two of my canine next-door-neighbours enjoyed their day in the “Working Dogs” section on Day 1 of Crufts Dog Show.

And number three of the dogs next door is at Crufts today for the “Gun Dogs” section.

These clips are from Crufts in the 1930s.

1930

1939

Hope you enjoy your day at Crufts!

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Greatest of All Dog Shows Crufts 1934

Continuing my new found interest in Crufts, here’s a great clip from Crufts Dog Show in 1934.

And this isn’t Crufts but a dog show in Richmond in 1930.

The dogs are lovely but the cloche hats are a-maz-ing.

The best collection I’ve ever seen.

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The 2018 Crufts Dog Show starts tomorrow.

Usually it’s an event that passes me by but this year we know three of the dogs that are competing.

Naturally, this new interest in Crufts sent me looking for some old film clips and this one from 1927 is a gem.

Crufts has gone from strength to strength since the first show in 1891. 2500 entries then has increased to over 20,000 today making Crufts the biggest dog show in the world.

Good Luck to my canine next-door-neighbours!

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The Winter Olympics has come along way since 1928!

 Winter Olympics,

St Moritz,

1928.

Speed Skating Race

Figure Skating

Ice Hockey

winter olympics 1928
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winter olympics 1928
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Ludwig_Böck_1928

As the Winter Olympics draws to a close in Pyeongchang, watch all the action on the BBC Sports website.

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Are you good at tossing pancakes?

If you don’t know how to toss your pancakes properly,

this lesson for army cadets at Aldershot in 1967 will leave you in no doubt!

Happy Shrove Tuesday!

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If a picture paints 1000 words, BBC “Radio Times” still has a way to go!

In this week of celebrating the Suffragettes and increased equal representation for women,

the latest edition of the BBC Radio Times magazine doesn’t seem to get it!

In case you don’t buy the Radio Times, each day’s schedule is preceded by a two page spread highlighting some of the day’s programmes.

The main photo is titled Pick of the Day and fills 25% of the article.

Saturday 10th Feb

Elliot Daly and Alex Cuthbert      Rugby Players     MALE

Sunday 11th Feb

Shaun Evans and Roger Allan     Actors     MALE

Monday 12th Feb

Carey Mulligan     Actor     FEMALE

Tuesday 13th Feb

Douglas Henshall     Actor     MALE

Wednesday 14th Feb

Nameless Mammoth hunter     MALE

Thursday 15th Feb

Ardal O’Hanlan     Actor     MALE

Friday 16th Feb

Nigel Slater     Chef     MALE

There is a second photo highlighting another programme in the bottom right of the spread.

Saturday 10th Feb

Kim Cattrall     Actor     FEMALE

Sunday 11th Feb

James Norton     Actor     MALE

Monday 12th Feb

John Simm and Adrian Lester     Actors     MALE

Tuesday 13th Feb

Joe Wicks     Body Coach     MALE

Wednesday 14th Feb

Group of actors      MALE and FEMALE

Thursday 15th Feb

Helen Czerski     Scientist     FEMALE

Friday 16th Feb

Lydia Wilson     Actor     FEMALE

I don’t know if this week’s edition of the BBC Radio Times is typical. It only struck me this week because there’s a special Winter Olympics supplement in the middle of the magazine which celebrates and supports an equal balance of female and male winter athletes. That surprised me and prompted this little survey. I’ll check again next week.

We hear a lot about equal pay issues for top presenters at the BBC  but if this example of institutionalised sexism at the BBC is typical, they’ve still got a long way to go.

suffragettes
image credit: By Christina Broom died 1939 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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