The BBC, Lapwings and Fake news

In this time of fake news and alternative facts you’d think the BBC ( especially given previous historic scandals ) might be careful about what those they give a platform to say in public. So as I have a slight interest in hunting and shooting I was interested as to how the BBC responded when challenged about false claims made by one of their presenters. In this case it was that darling of Birtish Wildlife programs Mr Christopher Packham. Mr Packham has been promoting his anti-shooting campaign claiming that Lapwings are being shot resulting in their numbers declining. He got … Continue reading

BBC Van Scam

There has been a bit of a furor of late due to a leaked report about how the BBC plan to capture those heinous people who watch iPlayer without a TV license. This has raised the question of BBC detector vans and how the BBC can catch you for watching TV without a license. Just to save time I’ll give the first word to Arstechnia and say out right that: “The real scandal is that you still believe TV licence detector vans are real” Once upon a time the BBC could maybe perhaps have monitored the radio signals given off … Continue reading

Not really news and God willing never will be

In amongst all the news stories about the floods, the papers are reporting some really quite sterling work being done to help those affected by the floods by many members of the community and all sorts of different groups. People are pulling together so much, that people helping each other isn’t really news – which is a good thing. The news consists of things that are unusual and noteworthy, and when people helping each other out in times of need becomes major news then it’s a sad day for all of us. Exceptional acts of bravery, generosity or even just … Continue reading