Friday, 19 September 2008

Question Time is back and more Metallica tonight...

Watched last night's Question Time, great to see the series back. Some very interesting topics were raised, not just about the recent financial trading debacle, the US election and Labour's leadership no-contest situation (let's be honest, no one with a political career to worry about would want to be the PM who loses the next election for their party...) but also about the longer view over the direction that UK politics is going in terms of 'celebrity' and presidential-style leadership. In a popular culture that feeds off soundbites and youtube footage and where news stories, good or bad are immediately googled, texted and emailed around the globe, how politicians present themselves and their media impact is becoming vital in a race for poll points and ratings. This 'surface-culture' where the right outfit/hairstyle/lipstick is more important than ideaology seems to be importing itself into UK politics more and more, whether media or consumer/marketing-led and it will be interesting to see where it leads.
Just noticed that after 'Later..' on BBC 2 tonight there is a Metallica documentary abour their European tour.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Adult social care consultation and NAS conference(National Autistic Society)

A couple of reminders for those who care for or support people with Autism - the NAS has their conference in London this weekend on 19th/20th Sept and there is a chance to have your say on the reform of adult social services as the government are consulting with the public until the 28th November on their directgov website. Full details of both can be found at

To go to the goverment consultation site directly go to:

Beijing Paralympic Achievement...102 medals..congratulations!

Fantastic to see the GB team do so brilliantly in Beijing, coming second overall with 102 medals.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

ooooooh! glued to two tonight - Horizon and Later... (eco towns and transport earlier)

Tonight a couple of new series start on BBC Two - Horizon is back with what sounds like a corker of a show called 'The President's Guide to Science' in which leading scientists give words of advice to the future US President. Then at ten pm 'Later ...with Jools Holland' is back with stonking line-up including Metallica, Kings 0f Leon, Carla Bruni, Nicole Atkins and Sway. TV has never been so entertaining! I almost forgive the BBC for not having live coverage of the US Open tennis semis and final.
Talking of coverage I've managed to grab a few half hours here and there of the Lib Dem conference in Bournemouth and thought there were interesting points raised about Ecotowns and trunk road tariffs.