Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Ballet Exam

At the end of March my daughter takes her grade 1 ballet exam.

Currently the panic is on wih exta ballet lessons at weekends and at school during lunch times.

Because of the extra lessons, and the need to practice at home, we have also had to attend some of the extra lessons, so we can instruct and progress the ballet "Home work".

The teacher  recognises that our daughter is very good at dance and has asked us to allow even more extra lessons 1 on 1, so she can hopefully pass the exam with a distinction.,at the moment, our daugter seems to spend most of the lessons waiting for the other girls to catchup.

So what's the difficulty, I hear you ask ?

Well to avoid envy and fear of favouritism, we have had to keep the extra lessons quite fom the other girls, so where do we have these lessons ?? yep,at the school of course on a saturday morning..

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Teenagers Hooked on Porn

What is going on at the BBC?

As you are aware if you read my personal pages, I am a father of an impressionable 8 year old daughter. like most girls her age, she still likes to watch the CBBC channel until close at 7 pm, after that, and still within the watershed, she likes to watch BBC 3, mainly because of programs based on reality TV, although at 7 pm this should be censored....

Anyway, imagine my horror when at the start of BBC 3 (7 Pm) the very first trailer was for a program called "Teenagers hooked on porn", now as it happens this was a documentary, about.... yep you guessed... anyway, I though, what if my daughter asks me what porn is ???? what do i say ? and is this really suitable language at 7 pm.

Anyway, it stirred me up enough to complain to the BBC, the first time ever in ,my life! and I would generally say that I am open minded etc etc, so ithought I would use the BBC complaints website to register the complaint.

My points were as follows:

  • Is this really suitable for family viewing

  • Should this be shown at 7 pm ?

Here is a copy of my complaint:..

Recently BBC3 have trailed and preveiwed a programme called "Teenagers hooked on porn", this trailer was shown at 7 pm, well before the watershed and at peak family viewing, could you explain how i should explain the word "Porn" to an 8 year old??I requested a response so that i could see how the complaint was dealt with.

A couple of days later i got a reply from the BBC, here it is:..

Thank you for your e-mail regarding trails shown on BBC THREE. I note your objections to the programme 'Teens Hooked on Porn' being trailed before the Watershed. The 9.00 PM Watershed is established as a pivotal point in the evening's viewing and we pay particular attention to the context and scheduled transmission times of each trail to try and ensure its suitability. However, our public obligation is to provide services for all licence-payers and not just those with children - some 70% of households do not contain children. If we scheduled all such broadcasts at a later hour we would deny many adult viewers information about programming they might wish to see.

By their very nature trails are unannounced so our audiences have no advance warning when they are to occur. We realise that material suitable for a billed and scheduled programme might not be suitable as a promotion. Nevertheless, the main purpose of such a promotional trail is to ensure the maximum number of people are given the opportunity to sample the widest possible range of our programmes, and can make informed decisions on their viewing.

While we respect sensitivities, we must provide an honest and straightforward indication of a programme's content. We would not wish to mislead by sanitising a trail so that the subsequent programme caused offence. I must point out that the trail in question was not transmitted at a time or upon a channel designated for children's viewing.

Nevertheless, I appreciate the strength of your objections on this issue. Please be assured that your dissatisfaction has been registered and has contributed to our daily log which will be made available to the BBC Broadcast teams, our scheduling department and senior management.

Thank you for taking the time to contact BBC Information.


Anne Lavan

BBC Information

Unfortunatly, the email is sent from an address that cannot be responded to, so i have let this drop for the time being and await to see if it happens again.

Apart from the warped view of the BBC about the British population, i think they really need to catch up with the real world.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

I Love Wordpress

After being so far behind with my version of wordpress i was a bit worried that it could all go horribly wrong, however as i should have know, Wordpress is just so good, the installation dook longer to download than it did to install.

Simply copy the files into you blog directory, go to  a browser and run the upgrade script, what could be easier.

Anyway now i am running the latest version, ill try to keep the blog upto date a bit more.

Friday, February 2, 2007

Getting Behind, I'd Better Catch up!!!

It seems such a long time since my last post, actually it's about a month.

Things have been very busy for me lately, at work i am managing a very large project, that is planned to replace our core business systems, this is a staged project and we are in the earlt trials of the remote data capture (yad yada blah blah), as well as this major project i have a few smaller projects on the go, again defining and implementing new systems for different parts of the business, its not only enough tokeep me busy, it can drive me barmy too.

At home i have been decorating my daughters bedroom, it's very pink, unfortunatly i forgot to take the before and after pics, so youll have to take my word for it, in fact it's so pink that the pink reflects of the white gloss around the windows and skirting boards, you even feel pink when you walk in, but she loves it.

I have also been busy tidying up my brothers web site, alot of the smart stuff he can do himself, but as i have the tools and a bit more experience in web development, i get to play around with the PHP scripts and CSS files, so far the site is looking pretty good.

The Solarchart site is built using the  opensource Zencart package, it's very flexible and has the scope to build up to a larg scale business system, just ready for when we get there.

In the mean time i have negleted my blog, as i log on to make this post i have noticed that my version of wordpress is now at least 3 versions behind, the dilemmer i have now is, do i junp to the current version, or upgrade through all the versions in between, just in case there have been some DB changes along the way??