But I thought...
...That the first place to switch to digital was Ferryside in Carmarthenshire, Wales, about 18-24 months ago!
The collapse of New York's Twin Towers has been voted the "most memorable TV moment" of the last 50 years in a poll carried out by UK digital TV outfit Freeview. The final top 10 has a decidedly Anglo-American feel, with the Moon landing, the funeral of the Sainted Lady Di, Python's Dead Parrot, and JFK's demise jostling for …
I was somewhat distressed that an article about TV viewers' recollections of most remembered moments is categorised as "entertainment". This distress being founded on a personal ethical notion that viewing incidents of death, destruction and violent mayhem are not entertaining. The list may be, as the author avers, somewhat predictable and this fact is also not entertaining; it is, however, informative. Perhaps the Vultures should consider introducing some further article categories: for this article I humbly propose "sociology" or "social psychology".
"Whitehaven in Cumbria will this week become the first place to switch off its terrestrial telly signal in the run-up to the big digital switchover between 2008-12. ®"
Do you guys want to hire a proof-reader or something?
A) Switch off "terrestrial telly"? Don't you mean _analogue_ terrestrial telly?
B) They're switching over to all-digital... in the "run-up" to switching to digital? What... they're going to do it again in 2008?
Methinks the switchover from analogue to digital mayhaps begins *this year*.
As commented by Ben here is what was actually said:
Many now recall that Geldof said "Just give us the fucking money." However this is not true. He did say "People are dying NOW. Give us the money NOW. Give me the money now." And later when trying to impress on the BBC TV presenter the importance of his plea, "F**k the address, just give the phone, here's the number...".
I'll put my hands up to mis-remembering the event as well.. It wasn't until i read this that i realised i was wrong
paul: what part of "Anglo-American" didn't you understand ;)
Got to say though - wheres the end of apartheid and Nelsons release ? the falklands war, gulf wars 1 and 2 ? the many IRA bombings ?....all trumped by a character in an ok sitcom doing a stupid dance...even Elvis's death and the footage of The Beatles arriving in the US surely beat that ?
Either this is all made up or I fit none of their demographics, lets see now:
1. Twin Towers collapse - Yeah, it was memorable.
2. Princess Diana's funeral - No recollection whatsoever, couldn't care less.
3. Moon landing - Wasn't even born.
4. Fall of the Berlin Wall - Yeah, alright memorable.
5. Bob Geldof telling Live Aid viewers to "give us your fucking money" - Never happened so hard to be memorable but I'd have gladly paid to not have to hear another ****ing thing out of Geldof rather than having to listen to a load of dross.
6. Two Ronnies' Four Candles sketch - Comedy genius, Mr Barker at his best.
7. David Brent's dance from The Office - Ricky Gervais is about as funny as finding out that your entire family and all of your close friends have been killed by a particularly virulent strain of STD given to them by an ex-girlfriend, so no, definitely not.
8. Monty Python's Dead Parrot sketch - Getting a bit tired now, they've done better.
9. England's 1966 World Cup win - Wasn't alive but bloody hate football anyway.
10. Assassination of John F Kennedy - Wasn't alive.
.....was just great to watch. I don't know about anyone else, but I just couldn't get enough of it. I even recorded it for posterity.
Shame TV wasn't around to capture Belsen and Auschwitz etc, they would have looked fantastic in High Def with a 7.1 soundtrack I'm sure....
I'll go with the bar scene from `Only Fools and Horses`.
Didn't watch the daft tart's funeral, and couldn't care less, except for the fact that on the night of her death I had stayed up til some ridiculous time of night to watch software company based sitcom "Dweebs", which was subsequently cancelled so that we could be bombarded with mind numbing looped footage of the tedious sloany bitch being carted off in an ambulance.
Two bottles of portugese pish totally wasted !
Fucking ITV. No royals had better die when I'm watching Numb3rs, or I'm reaching for the four star and some milk bottles.
"Unless I'm missing somthing (I admit I havent looked at the paper this morning) the UK is not part of the USA, so therefor the Twin Towers and the Moon landing were news form "The outside world" as you put it."
But not JFK's assassination, apparently, but I digress.
Do you *really* only have one sentence's worth of memory up there in your noggin? Context, buddy. Context.
To put the two sentences together, with minor editing:
"The final top 10 has a decidedly Anglo-American feel...The outside world (as in 'not anglo-american) is represented by just one historic event"
I do remember seeing it live. I'd remember it seeing it live for the rest of my days, even if it was never mentioned again.
I was between school and uni, without a job. I saw the whole thing play out live, from just after the first radio reports. That sort of thing will never go away.
I really wish the yanks would stop going on about it mind.
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