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Saturday, March 08, 2003

TOPIC INDEX To find articles relevant to your search, match the date with each title to the archive date ranges top left of my Blog home page. You may need to scroll down the page because I often post multiple entries on the same day.

UK housing property law/house selling and general information/13th Feb
New housing developments/ 8th Feb
Terraced (budget) housing/neighbourhoods/ 8th Feb
Ugly American imported architecture / Jan 31st
Quality Jewish war memorial/Paris/France / Jan 14th
A comprehensive local government portal/Salford (see other links)
Pubs/ reality law and facts / 20th Feb
Pubs/ origins and historical information / 23rd Feb
Pub signs/street art/history of pub signs / 23rd Feb
Pub etched glass/interiors/specialised words/ 6th March (click comments tag under image to reveal article)
Fish and chip shops/history and description / 13th Feb
Heraldry/Coats of arms explained / 14th Feb
Smoking/fox hunting/aristocracy/monarchy / 14th Feb
The British Broadcasting Corporation ( BBC)/ 7th March
Grafitti threats/street 'art'/ 2nd Feb
Criminal damage/car theft/ 4th March (Click comments tag under image for text)
Victorian Street Museum/ 15 Feb
Our Cobbled streets /transport/ 8th Feb
Living conditions/ terraced house (#1)26th Jan
Living conditions/working class housing(#2)8th Feb
Horse and cart coal delivery/ my recollections/ 3rd March
(click on the comments tag under the image to view story)

johncoxon 4:27 PM - [Link] - Comments ()

This is the coat of arms of the BBC, (the British Broadcasting Corporation) patented in the very early days of television,in 1927. Notice the globe and the stars representing the planets, at a time when Pluto had yet to be discovered! According to the heraldic description,the shield represents the ether, reflecting not only the globe but the universe as being the BBC's breadth and width of focus. The lion is an heraldic symbol stating that the BBC is British; the eagles (devices representing speed) on either side of the globe, have bugles hanging at their necks, representing public 'proclamation'. The lion, on the crest holds a thunderbolt (a lightening flash) in its right hand, representing, in heraldic symbolism, broadcast transmissions.
The BBC'motto, 'Nation shall speak peace unto nation', was based on biblical verses from the Book of Micah (chapter 4, verse 3) and Book of Isaiah (chapter 2, verse 4): 'Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.' It was adopted at the same time as the coat of arms was granted under 'Letters Patent' by the College of Arms in March 1927.

Now, even though I quietly resent that, in legal terms, I am a
'British citizen'( see my passport !)and a British 'subject',( namely I should bow in front of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II), I really feel that I am an Englishman. But yet I have a fierce admiration for the, uniquely British, BBC. We have five terrestrial T.V. channels in the U.K, the BBC and four 'Independent T.V.' channels, and yet the BBC remains 'unbiased' and independent simply because it is not beholden to advertising sponsorship for revenue and that is seen as its greatest strength and the real source of its integrity and worldwide reputation.

We pay an annual T.V.licence fee (around £112 sterling per year for colour T.V.) solely to fund the BBC and in my view it is worth it. (All other channels are funded, exclusively through advertising.) It is incredible that licence fee 'dodgers' cost the BBC £200 million pounds annually in lost revenue. Each year, a staggering 500,000 licence 'dodgers' are caught by those 'Post Office' detector vans and are fined heavily. The annual fee revenue is a staggering 2 billion pounds sterling. You only have to click on my BBC News link, or go and browse the 'BBCi' website to see what value the BBC provide (and I don't even mention its astonishing radio services for which we do not have to pay.)

Tonight, Angela's amazing son, Martin, was remembering his experiences, as a nineteen-year old Grenadier Guardsman, in the front line of the Gulf War and he showed us his photographs. One was of his combat colleagues arranged around their battle tank home-from-home, with a 'Union Jack' flag, and all with thumbs up to indicate victory. They'd learned that the war was over, not from their officers, but from the BBC World Service! (Martin told me that they flew the 'Union Jack' on their tank just so the American pilots didn't bomb them by mistake.) My father, incidentally, an ex-military man, always ironically referred to the American Airforce as the 'Royal Drop-shorts' , alluding to their unfortunate long history of bombing thier own people and allies instead of the enemy !)

We know that, in countries where the propaganda machine supresses information, the BBC World Service is seen as a lifeline of support and information, with its honest approach to World events and, at the same time, poses a real threat to the regimes that sometimes make, merely listening to it, a treasonable offence. The BBC employs an army of quality journalists and correspondents world-wide, all of whom, it is my belief, report on what they see in a detached, informed and authoratative way. There is a common belief nowadays that the 'Beeb', as it is affectionately known here, tends to be very 'conservative' and pro-government. Yet the majority of its journalists are left of centre liberals with no particular or obvious political allegiance and I still think, to this day that, largely, their reporting is matter-of-fact and objective. The BBC work, however, in an aggresive market place and are forced to compete against the other companies in the ratings war. (those companies resent their licence fee 'advantage'and want it ended.) The BBC rarely, even now, produce programmes that simply pander to the lowest common denominator and they still produce world-class programmes such as period dramas and documentaries.

The BBC is a truly British institution, and I believe, their motto ,'Nation shall speak peace unto nation',is not merely rhetoric. The BBC , above all other terrestial channels seeks, not only to entertain and inform, but also to use the media for what it can best do for humanity, to educate. No other british channel reaches so far beyond these shores. BBC websites are staggering in breadth and quality and how can we view this institution as conservative when, every day, it makes such very noble and extensive use of Internet technology to keep, not only its own people informed, but also the rest of the world?

In closing, Martin, my ex-soldier gentleman-brother,was dismissive of American attitudes in the Gulf and now with the impending Iraq conflict. In the British army, there has, he maintains, always been the even-handed notion of using 'reasonable' force to achieve an objective, namely, sufficient muscle-flexing to make the point but no further. As yet, he holds, what is a widespread perception, that the American Hawk mindset is to use unrestrained might to obliterate the enemy without reasonable restraint. Emptying enormous arsenals of bombs never worked in Vietnam I recall. The Gulf War here, through T.V.-mounted target-sight cameras, seemed an obscene government-orchestrated spectacle, where young pilots were viewed as boys engaged in a 'shoot then up' arcade video game, providing nightly entertainment for the folks back home who wanted revenge then, as they seem to now. I firmly believe that institutions like the BBC need then to be around to report such excessive misuse of power and to help us to think constructively about what actually underlies what is going on around us.
johncoxon 12:48 AM - [Link] - Comments ()

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

What is this?

Click on the image to find out what this is from.

Then go to the 'comments' under the original clip and see more details.
johncoxon 11:48 AM - [Link] - Comments ()
Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Click on the image to find out what was originally there.

Click on the 'comments' link to find out more

johncoxon 11:51 PM - [Link] - Comments ()
Monday, March 03, 2003

Why was this hole filled in with concrete?

Click on the image to find out what was originally there.

Still puzzled? Click on the 'comments' link under this picture to find out more.
johncoxon 11:38 PM - [Link] - Comments ()
Sunday, March 02, 2003

What is this?

Click on the image to find out what this crop was originally from.

You will find out all about the place this was taken if you go to the archived entries top left and select and click on the date range containing 11th Feb, 2003. You will have to scroll down to the bottom of the entries on that Blog page to find the relevant article on a great British institution

johncoxon 9:10 PM - [Link] - Comments ()

This has a family link and will lead you to an image of my two happy, bright and delightfully mannered young nephews who chose to parody aspects of adult social behaviour at a recent family re-union.

Click on the image to find see the original photograph.

Peter has just started to use e mail and will soon I hope be doing his own Blog!

johncoxon 3:36 PM - [Link] - Comments ()

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