Monday, May 15, 2006 

Scenemusic Podcast #6

Scenemusic Podcast #6 is out today which includes classic tracks from the Amiga and Atari ST demoscene suggested by myself :)

A great BIG thankyou to Rayn for putting it together and releasing yet another great podcast.

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Hilarious BBC blunder!

Lifted from The Times Online (video link on bottom of post):

BBC falls for 'expert' cabbie's banter
By Jack Malvern

The driver was interviewed on TV after being mistaken for a specialist on music downloading IT WAS not until midway through the live television interview that the BBC interviewer started to grow suspicious. The man whom she believed to be an expert on internet music downloads seemed to know precious little about his subject. Not only that, but the stocky black man with the strong French accent bore little resemblance to the picture on the expert’s website, which showed a slim white man with blue eyes and blond hair.
The corporation’s News 24 channel apologised to its viewers yesterday and admitted that its interviewee was not Guy Kewney, the respected editor of, but a local taxi driver.

The cabbie, who is better qualified to talk about traffic jams in Shepherds Bush, answered questions for several minutes on Apple Computer’s victory at the High Court against Apple Corps, the record label for the Beatles, The Times has learnt.
Karen Bowerman, the BBC’s consumer affairs correspondent, asked the driver what the implications were for Apple Computer, which is allowed to continue using its name and symbol for its iTunes music download service. He gave a rambling answer about how people would be able to download songs at internet cafés.
Ms Bowerman was nonplussed, but persisted. What about Apple? I don’t know, the driver replied. I’m not at all sure what I’m doing here.
It later emerged that the driver had been waiting for a client at the BBC Television Centre in West London, when a studio manager mistook him for the expert.
Confused but co-operative, he agreed to follow the manager to a studio, where he was promptly fitted with a microphone and placed in front of a camera.
Mr Kewney, meanwhile, was still waiting in reception when he saw the taxi driver being introduced under his name. Anybody would have been fascinated to see me introduced live on air, as the expert witness in the studio, he wrote on his weblog. Me? Not fascinated; astonished! What would you feel, if, while you were sitting in that rather chilly reception area, you suddenly saw yourself not sitting in reception, but live, on TV? He added that it was especially surprising because the man, who spoke with a French accent, looked nothing like him. I’m not black. I’m not-black on a startling scale; I’m fair-haired, blue-eyed, prominent-nosed, and with the sort of pale skin that makes my dermatologist wince each time I complain about an itchy mole.
He was amused at first, but realised that anyone watching would think he knew next to nothing about Apple Computer, online music or The Beatles.
When the driver was asked how the interview went, he replied: Well, it was OK, but I was a bit rushed.

He had been waiting at reception when the studio manager arrived to ask for Mr Kewney. The driver, whose visitor’s badge was marked with Mr Kewney’s name, raised his hand. According to Mr Kewney, the stage manager said: To be honest, I did think it couldn’t be you. I mean, I’ve seen your picture on your website, and he didn’t look like you. So I asked him who he was, and he said, ‘Guy Kewney’ and I said, ‘Are you really Guy Kewney?’ and he said, ‘Yes’.
The driver’s sang-froid slipped only when Ms Bowerman introduced him. In a video clip, which BBC staff can access through the corporation’s Jupiter cuttings system, a moment of realisation flashes across the man’s face. Unfortunately we did make a mistake and the wrong guest was briefly interviewed on air before we cut to our reporter, a spokeswoman said. We apologise to viewers for any confusion.

It is not the first time that the BBC has been embarrassed by a case of mistaken identity. Last year Rhodri Morgan, the First Minister of Wales, was mistaken for a cast member of Doctor Who when he was due to appear on the BBC Wales political show Dragon’s Eye.

You can watch this great clip here.

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Sunday, May 14, 2006 


Its been a while since I last posted, so here is a small run down of what has recently happened...

Last week we finally got around to painting the kitchen and putting up some corner shelves and a microwave bracket to save some space. We used a mixture of 3 paints we had left over from previous bouts of DIY to make a colour for the walls. The one off colour can only be described as a creamy, warm yellow.

Lately, the weather has slowly been getting warmer and warmer - so warm today in fact that we decided to get out the patio chairs, table and parasol for us to dine alfresco style, complete with a chilled bottle of white wine! :)

Because of the better weather, we have also been doing a bit of work in the garden. It started with a tidy up from Winters neglect followed by weeding the small garden and potted plants, and then planting new stuff which consists of strawberries, sweet pea's, giant sun flower's, marigold's and mixed stock.

Ciao for now...


Tuesday, May 09, 2006 

Chipmusic/Scenemusic Podcast!

I only recently discovered that there are podcasts of chipmusic and demoscene music for download via direct MP3 or bittorrent, you can even listen at the site if you wish.

If you know what chip music is all about or even if you are just curious, then these podcasts are a great idea for people on the move.

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