Archive for January, 2009

TV Commentators

Less is more . . .   

That is my opinion, obviously though not the opinion of the overpaid controllers of our nations TV channels.

I am sick and tired of my license fee money being wasted on ‘Experts’ totally ruining every single event broadcast with their inane wittering over the top of the soundtrack. They’ve been paid to talk and by God are they going to, whether they have anything to say or not.

Many times I’ve shouted ‘Shut the F*** up’ at the screen as yet another dopey sod tells me what I am perfectly capable of seeing for myself.

The latest example that really annoyed me – The inauguration of the 44th President – if you didn’t see it, there was a section where four of the best musicians in the world played a specially commissioned piece arranged by Jon Williams, yet I couldn’t enjoy it as the commentators proceeded to tell me their life histories, and spoke over almost half of the segment, they almost carried on talking over the actual oath taking ceremony, I suspect they only shut up because they were faded out by someone in the control room.

The list goes on, major examples are –

The opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Olympics
Eurovision (Thank heavens Terry Wogan has left)
The New Year fireworks
Any public event that’s broadcast on TV, basically.

 Did the millions of people lining the streets watching the fireworks, or the inauguration, or those in the stadium for the Olympic ceremonies need to have a BBC (or other) commentator telling what they were watching ?


On a side note you could argue that commentary is handy for the minority of ‘viewers’ that are visually impaired, I say they could listen to the commentary on radio and leave the majority of us to enjoy these events as they were intended, commentary free.

The Post Office . . .

In this modern technological age of increasingly busy lives, we are all turning to the convenience of the internet to purchase more and more. You would think that the final (and, in my opinion, one of the most vital) link in the purchase, the actual delivery of the goods would be handled by the companies involved professionally and with the customers best interests in mind, and they probably do . .

The problem is that you and I, sitting at home waiting for our goodies to arrive are not the customer, the company that sent them to you is, and as long as they are collected promptly they’ve all done their bit, and thats that.

Now, I don’t know about you, but my postman doesn’t deliver to my house until at least 11:30am and sometimes later than 14:00pm and thats four days a week, that’s right, I’ve never had a letter or parcel delivered on a Tuesday or Thursday, so Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday only, so as I and my partner both work full time, unless it will fit in the letterbox and doesn’t require a signature, I get a card and have to collect from the ‘local’ depot.

Sometimes this is irrelevant anyway, as I’ve had a card for a parcel put through the door when i’ve been in the house, I don’t think the postmen actually even bother to bring them with them.

My ‘local’ depot is approximately 5 miles from my house, and involves driving through the middle of the town centre to get to. It’s only open between the hours of 07:00am and 13:00pm Monday to Saturday and is in the complete opposite direction to where I work, as I’m pretty busy in the mornings before work there is no way I can get there during the week. This means that if I ordered something on a Friday I might not be able to pick it up until a week Saturday.

Why on Earth can’t they at least open between, say, 15:30pm and 19:00pm instead, at least that would give us a fighting chance.

I just recently spoke to the postie that delivers to my office and he reckons that they are calling for Saturday deliveries to be scrapped as well, are they stark raving mad, how in the world are we supposed to get things delivered !

Checkout Staff Apathy

I know they don’t get paid much, and that they don’t really want to be there, but just once in a while i’d like to get through a purchase without feeling that i’m interrupting the busy life of a member of shop staff.

How many times have you been in a shop, and completed a purchase without actually being spoken to or even making eye contact with the person behind the counter, more often than not your items are scanned and then dumped on the counter in a heap leaving you to sort them out yourself, carrier bag dumped on top (if you are lucky enough to get one, heaven forbid I should damage the ‘environment’ with it, there will be another post on this subject later).

I’m sure that most management don’t know this poor customer service is happening in their shops or i’m sure they would do something about it, maybe they do know and don’t care.

I’m fed up with being treated like an inconvenience, the nerve, interrupting their precious conversation with their colleague about who was evicted from Big Brother last night or whatever, when it is I that is keeping them in a job, by purchasing their goods.

How many times have you been into a store to find three people behind the counter, one serving, two shelf stacking/chatting, a large queue forming and the two stacking do nothing to help, deliberately not looking in the direction of the queue, as if they’ve not noticed.

I spend a couple of weeks in the US late last year, and I can honestly say that in all of the stores I went in, the staff were courteous, helpful and there to make the shopping experience a pleasant one. I suspect that if they weren’t the customers wouldn’t come back and they’d lose their jobs, funnily enough, one of the first shops I went in on my return to the UK was Woolworths, I wanted to punch the guy behind the counter just to wake him up, it came as no surprise to me when they went under.

Speed Limits

Has anyone else notice how the speed limits in the UK seem to have dropped, I do a lot of driving on ‘A’ roads and the like, and the amount of times I get stuck behind ‘people’ driving along at 40 mph (or less) oblivious to the world.

For gawds sake the limit is 60 unless otherwise stated.

Do you people not have homes to go to ? get a move on . . .

On a side note, I’ve lost count the number of times I’ve been stuck behind someone at 40 in a 60 limit, when we’ve crossed the boundary into a 30 limit, and they don’t slow down, it’s as if they are in a trance, stuck at 40 wherever they go.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve no problem with anyone who wants to drive at a more leisurely pace, but if you have a queue of cars behind you who obviously want to get past, let them, just pull over and let them past, it’s not hard is it ?