May 18th, 2006

Big Brother UK 2006

oh it all starts tonight

Tonight has so much on TV in the UK. It's the Semi finals of the Eurovision Song Contest and only the most fabulous countries go through to the final on Saturday. Countries in the top 10 of last year's final and France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom automatically go through to the final. (The 4 countries because they basically fund the whole thing every year!).

Tonight is the penultimate episode of this seasons ER and it always amazes me that they start showing it in January with a 4 month delay behind America and then at the end of the season we are one week behind America!

Also its the launch of this years Big Brother, the 7th series. I love Big Brother and I am not afraid to admit it. I look forwards to it so much and then hate everyone in the first week and then come to love and hate various people. It gives me something during the Summer! Some people like the show and some people hate that but what annoys me is the sort of 'looking down' on the show and people who watch it, especially in the media. There is a total hypocrisy about it!

After about the 2nd series some of the newspapers started being "anti bb" papers but basically wrote the same things as the pro bb papers but they had a negative spin! eg "someone got kicked out" turns into "we really hate bb and its so evil, but someone got kicked out, can you believe it?" I predict I will see a story in every single UK newspaper about bb during the series and also on probably every UK news channel/show. If its such trash and so crap, then why is it reported on and why are the shocks and scandals massive stories? They are just normal people being filmed! Big Brother sells! Newspapers who write about the show have their circulation rates go up by 25% at least during the Summer (which is normally a really slow news time). The tabloids and celebrity magazines just have constant stories everyday. People watch Big Brother (who like it or they might dip in and out of it every so often) watch the show, and then discuss it with friends and then buy all the scandalous news stories that come up! Its a great mutual topic to discuss with other people!

Its not a very serious series and the people taking part in it are fools if they think they will become celebrities and world famous. I bet half of them vanish after one month of the show! They entertain me for that moment in time, but can they go from that to acting/singing/entertaining/presenting? the history of previous contestants says mostly not!

I do feel sorry for the people who hate it and try to avoid it! Its basically impossible to avoid! But its not a TV shows fault if its in all the media and all these stories are going on! The media print that stuff because it sells. If no one watched the show and it was unpopular, then it wouldn't be so prominent in the media! I see it as just a soap that goes on during the summer and it probably is trashy. But trashy programmes get viewers, why can people not watch them? Does everything have to be some upper class high brow affair? I find highbrow stuff mostly boring with people talking about crap they know nothing about!

So I'm gonna watch it and you cant stop me!
and I am sure unless its a really awful series I will watch till August!
and I cant wait till tonight! oh the excitement
Daniel Moody

What is it good for?

Now Italy is thinking about pulling over of the Iraq war and moving all its troops out (story here) and many other European countries have already done the same thing. In Spain the people were so annoyed about it they voted in a new government on the premise they would leave Iraq after the Madrid bombs. I wonder will there be anyone left with the UK supporting America! Several countries have very low popularity for the war now and support for their own governments. I just think its a shame we kept out current government and not ditched it on this one major issue like other places. But then I think we have no real opposition or alternative choices really. Blair is awful on the Iraq issue and did lie, but the rest of his policies and polities was not so bad (at the time, I think he is really really dated now as a leader).

But I am really undecided on the issue of pulling out (think of hilarious rhythm method jokes here). I am against the whole war and how we went into it. But we have now really messed up and destroyed Afghanistan and Iraq. Leaving is the easy choice, but trying to get the country back and an infrastructure going is far more of a challenge. If we cause all that, should we correct that? But on the other hand I think Iraq is about to collapse into a civil war or maybe it even already has, should we lose more people because of it? I think its best to look at how many troops are dying per day. So I don't know if we should leave or not, but I do applaud Italy and Spain and France and all the other countries who either never wanted to support America on this or are not separating ourselves! I bet you though, that we are the last country still supporting America on this issue when the whole world has decided to remove themselves from the coalition and I don't think that is a heroic thing for us in anyway, I think its a moronic thing!