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On this day 10 years ago:

The Fall of the BBC

That is it, the BBC as it was is finished. No longer can they say: "due to the unique way it is funded, by you the viewers". Oh no. Now it is run on advertising.

This morning, sitting in my youth hostel in Seoul, Korea, I logged onto the BBC and saw a link to a new Hydrogen Powered Car. I clicked the link and found the video clip. Below the video window I saw what looked like a harmless little box with a link to Facebook in it. But to my horror I read the words ADVERTISEMENT emblazoned above it.

Then to my further shock and horror as the video played (without sound as I had muted my laptop) I became aware that I was not watching the film about a hydrogen car I had expected but rather an advert about a new Nokia phone. What the...

I guess this was bound to happen. Advertising is the new currency as Google has shown us, but I surely wasn't ready to see it on the beeb.

BBC - RIP - 16 July 2008

Take a look at the BBC's own policy on advertising.
Ahh! Turns out I only see adverts because I'm viewing the BBC from outside the UK. Read their FAQ.

Do we get to stop paying the licence fee now? And don't call me Sherley.



I have arrived in Seoul, Korea. The place is big hot and steamy, and wonderfully Asian. Many of the smells are familiar to me from China, but it's now mixed with the aroma of kimchi and bean paste. The food (much of the above mentioned kimchi and bean-paste) is lovely, really splendid tofu with lots of mushrooms and pickled vegetables. Of course there is loads of meat, but plenty for us veggies around.

Seoul itself seems quite nice and not the oppressive sprawling bland metropolis I had been lead to expect. Though that might have something to do with the constant haze in the atmosphere which prevents one seeing that one is not actually able to see the edge of it. The best bit of the views is that it's surrounded by mountains, so even if Seoul does stretch beyond the distance, it doesn't really matter as the mountains give a view outside (even if that outside is surrounded by more of Seoul and, as such, inside).

There is also loads of parks and palaces to visit and the back streets are humming with activity and street-food. The recently reclaimed river is a lovely break from suburbia and the shopping malls provide welcome relief form the heat.


Advertising on the BBC?

Maybe there isn't any and I was just making it up.

BBC Advert - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
I did a search and found no results.

BBC Advert - Photo credit: Nick Bailey
No, no I was right. That is definitly an advert for Airbus.


The Blog of Life

Nick's not written anything in the last 30 days. Someone give him a poke.

The Blog of Photos - past 30 days

Are We Living in a Simulation

I'll try and voice this thought, but don't expect it to make a whole lot of sense right now. It relates to a recent broadcast/podcast of The Infinite Monkey Cage on the subject of "Are We Living in a Simulation". This particular subject has had a bit of a resurgence lately it seems, also coming up in Hello Internet and I think also on BBC Click. But this particular discussion got very much into faith territory in a way I wasn't expecting.

Basically, as far as I can tell from my first listening (which was conducted whilst picking blackberries for wine making) they proved the existence of God in all but name. Either that, or they made the case for life being ENTIRELY pointless in a way I had never considered before and as such the belief in a God was so much more attractive than the belief in no God. It was this stark choice between hope and total hopelessness. As Phill Jupitus put it, you might as well literally go berserk because simply nothing matters. Gone was that nice Humanist side of Atheism, this was pure empty pointless hell.

Like I say, only listened once and need to listen again now that some of the swirling confusion has subsided, so perhaps I'll have more coherent thoughts later on. I'm also considering running a Histon Methodist Youthish (name still to be worked out) evening session on this cast so I'll definitely need to re-listen in preparation for that.


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