Thursday, January 18, 2007

Big Brother is being watched

The UK is now officially in chaos. Not just because it's winter, which has a tendency to bugger things up all over, but because one of the contestants on Big Brother has been accused of racism. Shocking.

This appals me on several levels. Firstly, that this story is considered to be as newsworthy as Saddam Hussein's hanging, given the amount of coverage it's received. It's about a reality TV show for god's sake. Called Big Brother! The irony is that the Thought Police have come out in their thousands over this one. Life imitates art in a twisted way.

OK, I'm not going to go as far as calling Big Brother art. Especially without having watched it. To be honest, I'm still stuck on the meaning of "Reality TV show". In real life, Leo Sayer would not be sharing a house with Donny Tourette and Ken Russell. But it's now happened, so it must be real. It's the sort of thing that will (really) bake your noodle.

Going back to winter news, today was the windiest day so far. Average wind speed 75 km/h, which means it was a bit blowy. I stuck to the bike path, when I wasn't being blown off it. It goes without saying that it's been raining every day since Sunday, but I'll mention it anyway.

It's not all bad. My Sony MDR-XD400 headphones are bloody amazing, and worth the £70. The sound quality is a lot better than my fairly cheap but OK Altec subwoofer+speakers. The stereo goes right through your head, and you can pick out an incredible amount of sound detail. I can also listen at an acceptable volume and not annoy the neighbours even more than I've done already. It's been quite liberating, as I don't like not being able to listen to music.

"You had to live - did live, from habit that became instinct - in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized." - George Orwell, 1984.

A couple of us went to The Bell and The Star for a few quiet ones yesterday. There was a decent (and fairly loud) 12 piece band playing in The Bell, I think hailing from the Ukraine. The drummer looked to be doing most of the work, while the trombone/trumpet volunteer/stone saxophone/leather euphonium piped up at odd intervals. But they had a good, upbeat jazzy sound.

Random thought, continuing on from the Neon Genesis Evangelion theme: The Nintendo Wii is obviously the next step towards being able to pilot your very own Evangelion. If that comes to pass, I'm going to predict that the Angels that attack Tokyo-3 are unavoidably delayed by train cancellations between Bristol and Bath.


lucy (power, not sister) said...

Judging by your comments on the weather and trains, it seems that you've gotten this place figured out pretty quickly, and are in danger of becoming a local, Jeff!

Jeff Jones said...

Well, I was born here :-) But yes, it didn't take long afer actually moving here.