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Are radio listeners second class citizens?

On Monday, I was eagerly waiting to listen to the Prime Minister’s new lockdown measures. I tuned in to Radio 4 at the said time but there was no broadcast.

I soon realised that the Prime Minister’s announcement was only going to be on Television. Great but how about for people like me without television? Isn’t the message important enough for ALL to hear? When the first lockdown measures were announced in March, we listened to it live on the radio so what has changed now?

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Margo Leadbetter

You will by now know if you have been following this blog that we got a Britbox subscription for the sole purpose of watching the Vicar of Dibley.

One thing let to another and so instead of cancelling our Subscription after the Vicar of Dibley, we conveniently stumbled into Yes, Minister followed by Yes, Prime Minister and now we are going through the Good Life!!!!

Anyway, my favourite character from the Good Life is Margo Leadbetter.  The downside is that she reminds me too much of myself!!!!!

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The Mhinisteir and I have been yearning to watch reruns of the Vicar of Dibley.  DVDs weren’t an option as we don’t have a DVD player.  We gave ours away many years ago.  Anyway, even if we had a DVD player it wouldn’t work as we do not have a television.  However,  this was the only programme we wanted to watch.   I trawled the internet looking for ways to watch it for free online but none were available.

Thanks to Martin Lewis from the MoneySavingExpert, I did accidentally discover that one can watch ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 online without a TV License.  Not live TV though but how fabulous is that?  It is not too much of a benefit to us who are not great lovers of TV but it is useful information.  You never know when you might need these facilities.

Back to my search for the Vicar of Dibley…..  As I was flipping the pages of the Good Housekeeping, I read about Britbox and guess what?, the Vicar of Dipley got a mention.  I immediately signed up to Britbox and found out that you get a free 30 day trial.  For those interested, it costs £5.99 per month after that.   The only problem is we might finish watching all of the Vicar of Dibley episodes long before the end of the 30 day trial !!!!!!!

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The Pope and I

Thanks to the Mhinisteir, I have just discovered that the current Pope and I have something in common in that we both do not watch television. According to a newspaper article, Pope Francis made a vow to the Virgin Mary sometime in the 90s that he will refrain from watching television. Unfortunately, I don’t have such a pious reason for not watching television…… Just that television is not for me.

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The Fire Alarm and The Electric Blanket

Recently, the Mhinisteir and I decided that the only way to get a proper rest on his day off was to disappear from the vicarage. We booked a hotel room for the night and went away to our secret place of hiding. We even managed to have a fabulous meal at Wagamama.

Since we don’t own a television at home, we decided to watch the news on the television before calling it a night. Just then, the fire alarm went off!!!!!! I went into a right panic and started stripping the sheets!!!! The Mhinisteir looked at me in a daze….. for I was convinced that it was the electric blanket that I had brought along from home that had triggered the alarm!!!!!! I was afraid that we would be found out so I quickly grabbed the electric blanket and hid it in our suitcase and it was only then did we go to our assembly point. It was past 11pm and it was cold. There were so many who had run out of the hotel in their pyjamas and were literally shivering.

The fire engine arrived soon after. Their initial investigations revealed that it was the business next to the hotel that had triggered the alarm and that all was well in our hotel. Phew!!! What a relief!!!!! Thankfully, nobody had to find out about my electric blanket!!!!!

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John Lewis Christmas Advert 2019

After reading about it, I finally got to see the John Lewis advert at the weekend.

The wee dragon chap was cute especially when he smiled.  His teeth resembled mine when I was a child!!! The bit where he breathed fire into the Christmas pudding brought a smile to my face but other than that I didn’t quite understand the advertisement.  Sorry, John Lewis!

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Netflix kerfuffle

During the winter months, The Mhinisteir and I used to enjoy watching the drama Monarch of the Glen on tv in our highland manse.  Recently, I have been pining for both Scotland and Monarch of the Glen!!!!

The Mhinisteir suggested buying a dvd box set but I wanted something online since buying a box set would mean buying a DVD player.  It was during this time that I came across a Netflix offer whereby you get a 30 day free trial.  I don’t know anything about Netflix but was keen to try it out.

The Mhinisteir gave me the go ahead and so I signed up to Netflix. The registration process just took 3 minutes.  I was impressed!

This afternoon I wanted to find out more about Netflix and how I could start viewing Monarch of the Glen.  To my horror, Monarch of the Glen is not available on Netflix!!!!!  Never mind I told myself.  Surely there must be something we can watch???!!!! I typed Westwing but sadly it too was not available.

Finally I came across something I liked but this time it asked me to download the Netflix app.  What??? How do I do that???? I thought you just had to press play!

Anyway, I decided to use my laptop to access Netflix, this time it tells me that my Firefox is not up to date!!!!! Honestly, I give up.  Just as well I am still on my trial period!!!!

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Bridget Jones’ Baby

I am a fan of Bridget Jones.  She is everything I am not.  When the movie “Bridget Jones’ Baby was released in the UK, I was not well enough to go to the cinema.  I was so disappointed until a few months ago when I finally got to watch it on TV!!!!

We had an overnight stay at a hotel and just by pure coincidence discovered that they were showing the movie that evening! I was over the moon because we don’t usually bother with hotel televisions as we don’t own a television.

If you haven’t watched it, then it is a movie worth watching.  I thoroughly enjoyed it. It had been ages since I had a good laugh.  The movie also highlighted the lonely world we live in and how much need there is for the Church to share the good news.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life – John 3:16

My only criticism of the movie is the inclusion of bad language.

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Glastonbury & Sir David Attenborough

On our way back from the Petertide Ordination, we had to have an overnight stay at Travelodge.  Travelodge wasn’t my preferred choice but that was the only option available.  After that stay, I have come a Travelodge convert!!!

Once we arrived in our room, I crashed into bed while the Mhinisteir catched up on the day’s news.  We do not own a television in the Vicarage so It took the Mhinisteir quite a while to find the BBC NEWS Channel.  By the way,  It is by choice that we do not have a television.  We also do not have any of the subscription channels like Netflix, AmazonPrime etc.

One of the main news headlines for that evening was the appearance of Sir David Attenborough at Glastonbury.  I know Glastonbury is a music festival but nothing more.  But what was Attenborough doing there? Didn’t know him to be a musician.  Curiosity got the better of me and so I decided to sit up in bed and watch the news clip.

Sir David Attenborough was in Glastonbury to talk about climate change.  He received such a warm welcome from the festival goers who were mostly young.  A few were interviewed by BBC News and they all said that they found him so inspiring and that they had so much respect for him.  Really?  In this day and age when we have become youth obsessed??

Unfortunately, Churches are guilty of youth obsession too.  EVERYTHING has to be centred around the young so much so that we have started singing action songs in some of our Churches! The mantra is that the youth are our future!!! Vicars need to have cute boyish looks and chiselled jaws in order to attract the young heathens.

If this is really the case why was Attenborough so well received in Glastonbury? He certainly looked his age with his shrivelled skin and a head full of silver hair.

It was his message that was attractive!  We too in the Church have an attractive message.  THE GOSPEL!!!  Sadly, we no longer find it attractive ourselves and have started to idol worship the young.

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me” – Exodus 20:3