Pining for the fjords

Is it just me or did anyone else see the news item about the imported parrot which had died of avian flu and think ‘was it a Norwgian Blue? Lovely plumage’. Perhaps it wasn’t dead but merely pining for the fjords? This is an ex-parrot…

Zed’s dead, baby…

It is depressing to see that the TV regulator Ofcom upheld complaints by some boring old farts against the BBC. Why? Well, the Beeb showed the movie Pulp Fictionafter the 9pm ‘watershed’ when stronger material is held to be acceptable and with plenty of warnings as to content, violence and language. And can there be an adult on the planet who hasn’t heard of this film anyway? If you are going to be offended by this then don’t watch it – especially when warned beforehand…

The whingers… Sorry, complainers, were worried that the film could induce ‘antisocial behaviour in young people’… The usual excuse used by dim-witted little conservative folk who want to control what we can watch (for our own good of course) and, as usual, betraying a distinct lack of familiarity with media audience research which if they paid attention to it doesn’t back up their claims to any acceptable level. But why let facts get in the way? Funny these same folks never complain about Shakespeare or the Bible, both of which contain an awful lot of nasty scenes which could influence young people… Easier to ban movies, rock or rap albums and perhaps we should burn a few less desirable books too just to be safe…