Sunday was spent driving to Brighton to hear Matthew Delooze talk about The Serpent Cult. My daughter and I left late. Not for the first time, I wished that South London would be nuked out of existence as I negotiated stop/start traffic, culminating, just prior to taking the M23, in the irredeemably purgatorial Purley Way, where chavs enacted their godless Sunday victuals of visiting B&Q, Ikea and T.J.Maxx. Simply put, South London is in the way of my house and Brighton. It bears no redeeming features whatsoever, populated as it is with cowboy drivers, tatty high streets and marshy tube-less ground.
“But how am I supposed to get my equipment (which at that time included lights, medium format, SLR’s, a caseload of film and of course my personal suitcase) by myself to the station otherwise?” I pleaded with this ridiculous bean-counter.
The team back at Broadcasting House were nothing more than politicking forelock-tugging civil servants. The only decent people were the technical film crew and the presenter Chris Serle, surprisingly sympathetic and supportive considering his fame at the time. It amazed me that the BBC ever produced anything decent with such an uninspiring set-up, although this was the start of the terrible Thatcher-sponsored ‘Birt years’.
Hypocrisy, fuss, fear, hatred of success, 'celebritites', storms in teacups – such is the stuff that fuels middle England's chattering classes these days. I totally agree with your Twitter update, re Brand and Ross being silly little boys. I also love your personal take on the whole debacle. Ah, the world might be going to hell in a handcart (another favourite CC expression), but as long as we've got 'comedians' to scapegoat, Britain will always be 'great'.
Last night, a friend of mine sat on my living room sofa ranting about how the BBC should give the nation's youth 'something to aspire to'. He was watching Match of the Day at the time. Nuff said?
I'm glad someone else can see through the smokescreen on feigned indignation from Brand, Ross and Sach's granddaughter. The careers of all three have gone stocks-up for years to come! Poor old Andrew graciously accepted their apology and seems very nonchalent about being the ball in a three-man football trial where the scout says: "Sign here!"
The important thin to relize is that the Conformist ethos makes behavior like Brand and Ross' a virtue. It's actually considered prestigious to pick on someone older and weaker. It's the bee's knees to boast about having contemptuous sex with someone. To be kind and compassionate is seen as a weakness. If only they'd broken into Sach's house and stolen his wallet! They'd be in Hollywood the next day!
On GMTV they reported that Russell Brand wants to be the next Doctor in "Doctor Who". God please no!
Lauren in London
Interesting to hear from someone who actually heard the show rather than all the self-righteously indignant who didn't, but still felt the need to complain. Morons.
One thing I would like to know is how Jonathan Ross got to be so popular. Maybe it's a cultural divide issue but whenever I've watched his show he seems boorish and unfunny.
I've always had a soft spot for Jonathan Ross. He once tried to pull me in a Soho nightclub (way before his marriage) but I was too dim-witted to notice!
He is boorish but I find him quite funny.
Here's the radio show in question:
I didn't realize they called him back.