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Having watched this series of the apprentice every week I have noticed major fualts with the majority of the candidates chosen this year and I wonder how they made it past the auditioning process.  I feel they may have been chosen more for thier entertainment factor rather than thier business prowess.  Frequently they would either lie or completely make up facts about products in order to get sales, they would badger people and blag thier way through the tasks with no actual management potential.  On an operational level they dont have many problems, but as task leaders they always seem to struggle and some of them even panic like a rabbit caught in the headlights.

Even at the start of todays episode, one of the candidates had a title of “unemployed head of somethingorother” what on earth does that mean, if you were head of some department then thats one thing, you’re either head of that department or you’re unemployed, former head of whatever would be acceptable, and why were you now unemployed were you that poor at the job, how long were you in that job, possibly a day trial knowing the blag factor of these candidates.

I would find it suprising if any of these people would ever make the draft if it wasn’t for this program, selling by any means neccissary including lying and cheating isn’t right wheres thier corporate/business responsibility.  If I was task manager on these candidates I would have had words long ago on the way they act.  And with some of thier idea’s they come up with someone needs to have the courage to point out the ridiculousely useless ones, it doesn’t take a genious to spot how bad some of these are.  You could forgive a week or two of bad idea’s but almost every week things have been poor, okay so some weeks it was obvious which team was going to win with the poor idea and the good idea, but this week I would say both were bad from the outset.  The tagline for the octo-kleen was stupid, I mean because 8 hands are better than 2 what on earth has that got to do with anything, and its completely meaningless bumph, at least the germ o nator had a viral aspect, just the excecution of it was pulled off poorly.  They could have either focused more on the germ destruction aspects of the product, or had a similar video with something like dirt o nator as the name as it would be a cleaning of deeply dirty products, and replace the boy with a weak nerdy student and that would have worked good.

Of course I would have said the octo-Kleen product should have been the losing product personally as its meaningless tagline and alienating the core market should have definately lost the task for them, I guess lord alan believed the main flaw with the other team was that it included a young boy on the product which was against the whole “keep away from children” tag and deemed it dangerous.

Celebrities taking part on gameshows should not be allowed, its ridiculous, they earn large amounts anyway so when you see them on tv taking part in gameshows it doesn’t seem right, they can easily afford all of the prizes they win themselves whereas members of the public wouldn’t be able to.  And with something like family fortunes you just never know if they’re scripted or not its not as funny as a member of public coming up with some random answer

One off celebrity special editions of a gameshow is one thing, but entire series dedicated to them without members of the public taking part and winning doesn’t seem right. “Its all in the name of charity” as they win for charities, but you have to ask questions there, what are their motivations? Do they do it for additional air time? Maybe in the case of something like celebrity big brother or I’m a celebrity get me out of here, but with some of these things you wonder do they do it for the tax break? Do they declare their winnings as donations to charity, or do the networks do it for the tax breaks as they can offer the prizes as “donations to charity” and get the tax breaks which result from such.

Its all part of the downturn in television anyway, there’s less and less on that is remotely interesting, and the one or two series that I may watch tend to not be shown until years after you could see them through other methods such as video.

Okay so the tv series the prisoner was repeated on tv recently, and as a result there was a coach trip to visit port meirion the home of the prisoner (affectionately known as the village), where the tv series was based and filmed… okay, so you pay the coach fare through malvernian tours, which is supposed to include entry, but when you get there you have to pay an additional entry fee (which was also widely disputed, the coach driver states x ammount, which you can pay to him directly, or get off the coach and pay the toll keeper, we chose to pay the toll keeper rather than wait for the coach driver wasting time.. of course the toll keeper knows nothing and tries to charge about 3 times the cost of what the driver quoted… so we talk, he goes off talks to a manager, then uses special concession rates which were noted on a different sign hidden in the office (which obviousely is the normal rate when they arent expecting coaches) this was still double the cost, so we had to dispute even further until eventually he gave in and gave us the advertised rate…

Okay so now youre inside, you would expect that having paid to get in that they would have made some effort to preserve the scene or at least make it look themed to the prisoner, but no Im afraid apart from the prisoner shop selling branded merchendise at a very ripoff price you would be hard found to find much that you could recognise from the program. The houses all have names, where in the series they were simply numbered, there is no identifiable house to say which belonged to number 6 in the tv series, you cannot go into any inside area that would have been fun to see like the command center or number 2′s office, I mean if youve had to pay to get in surely keeping these in situe would have been a clever marketing ploy, and giving tours, but no none of that, no effort at all made to preserve the features of the show, even the cafe from the show is gone, there is however a different cafe elsewhere but its far too modern and looks nothing like in the program. So charging to get in somewhat defeats the purpose in my view, and is a big waste of money.

But what can you do youve paid to get on a coach and youve been taken to the place its either pay to get in or wander the wilderness of nothingness that surrounds the village. Even though it was supposed to be included in the price paid previousely. I just cant see what charging an entry fee to such a small place with now seemingly no reasonable reason to charge does for the place, no wonder they charge such extortionate rates for the memorabilia inside, because customers cant get in to buy unless theyve paid large entry fee’s. I felt sorry for the young girls working in the stores, they must’ve felt like prisoners themselves, and they mustve been shocked to see someone as young as me in the town as mostly it was very old people on the tour and Im sure its like that most days, I swear one of them was giving me the eye… had I been on my own mightve been worth trying it on.. but alas lol…

Anyway I wouldnt go again, nowhere near what I expected of the place, I at least expected there to be some remenents and recognisable parts of the show you could see, and to be able to go look inside buildings like number 6′s house, number 2′s and the command center, but there was nothing of the sorts. The most interesting thing there was an out of place golden budda. Why people would want to pay to stay in the hotel at the place is beyond me, we were only there a few hours and did and saw everything there was to see there, its a village in the middle of knowhere, what could you do other than sit inside and watch tv all day?

Was watching river cottage earlier today… and he was busy making a lamb curry… no big deal, he decides to taste the curry, puts his spoon in eats from it, talks to the camera, then he proceeds to put the spoon back in his mouth give it a good suck then dip it back into the curry for another taste… And this curry he proceeded to provide to the public at his haloween party thing, I mean if youre cooking for yourself no problem but if youre serving it to other people double dipping is a cardinal sin, everyone will have whittingstall germs from his curry.

I dont think I could ever eat something made by him knowing that, where is the hygiene sense? And if youre going to cook on tv have some intelligence, its bad enough watching all the people cooking with all thier stylish hair loose, no chef hats, no hair nets, I wonder how much of thier food ends up with hair in it? They would need an immense ammount of hair gel or spray to keep thier hair so solid that not even a strand will fall into the food, and hair is supposed to be one of the major food poisoning problems.

On a different note though, it was good to see that cookalong live wasnt rehearsed and gordon ramsey was truly shocked at the start of the program to see a lookalike as one of his cookalongers, and amanda holden desperate for attention crying to gordon why arent you paying attention to me, when live on the webcam his lookalike is off with his wife, what does she expect he’s just seen his wife off round another guys house, of course he’s going to be preoccupied, and with his reaction at the start of the program you know that he didnt know that was coming up.

I also think its quite clever with his invasion of the cooking classes, but fair play to him, rubber prostetics all over your face will make your face hot enough, but in the heat of a kitchen, he must be sweating beyond belief. But it does get to show you what youre paying for with your expensive classes, and you do at least want to get some cooking in if youre paying so much, just being talked to doesnt really do anything for me at least anyway. And that other guy he was talking to who “hates tv chefs” but is one himself lol, its amazing really because if they hated it so much you know they wouldnt go on tv, they love the attention really. But gordon’s a sinner in that respect too, he previousely had a cook book amnesty to burn the cook books, but he releases books himself, but what can you say the worlds hypocritical.

Well written well thought out and well made tv shows like threshold, invasion, fireflies (which had the film serenity made due to its popularity) get axed either mid season or at the end of season 1 just because of poor viewing figures in america.. why dont they think of the global market for once, global broadcast all at the same time see where it is popular in other countries and produce them for there. It will be cost effective as you will see that people watch them and you will get the money in, just because america dont view it due to ratings clashes or poorly chosen spots where something is on the other side more popular, its a shame to see these series go to waste.

Invasion is one it was shown in the uk, and had good ratings but no new series was made because the us didnt watch it, fireflies was so popular and in demand that they made a film to try and stop the flood of complaints from fans of the series, threshold was cancelled mid series, but it has a well thought out plotline, and would have had a unique feature to the series had it continued, because series 1 was threshold, but by the end of series 1 which obviousely was cut short there would have been a significant “infectee” presence, so series 2 was planned to be called foothold, to signify the second stage of “the plan” obviousely you would have to see the series to get anything I am on about, and stage 3 of the plan for invasion was in the case of a significant population of aliens, would have been the stranglehold phase, and that would have been series 3.. but no we have to make do with tv program’s being cut off in thier prime, and put up with the drole uninteresting crap the bbc puts out like eastenders etc.. Sorry thats just not my cup of tea. Which is where I can point to my idea of a global tv subscription where all programmes are transmitted globally, it is possible, and for the fee of the tv license better program’s would be on offer and better choice.. sky have the right idea with pay as you go tv.. put everything up as a downloadable program which gets streamed to your tv, pay a fair price for it.. that way you pay for only what you want to watch, heck I know that would be far cheaper than the cruddy tv licence annually, and Id get to see things Im interested in in times Im interested in seeing them. Now all we need is the world to catch up and put everything like that, perhaps then they would be able to get global rankings of thier tv program’s due to everyone accross the world getting the program at the same time, and showing them how demanded the tv is.

Ill write this in more detail longer… but those stupid car safety ads.. whats up with that.. its not the speed of the car that kills you, its not the impact with the car in front that kills you, its not the hitting into the dashboard and smacking your head on the windscreen that kills you… oh no its your internal organs continuing forward at the speed you were going smashing into your ribcage puncturing your lungs and arteries that kill you… okay if thats the case then how on earth does the seatbelt help save you.. sure a seatbelt stops you hurtling forward and smashing into the dashboard and windscreen but surely your internal organs still continue forward at the speed you were travelling at… and the seatbelt stops your body but not your internal organs so you will still die if thats the case.. stupid advert because I think its the impact on the dashboard that in fact kills you, the sudden impact of your body flying forward smashes your ribcage back into your body where a seatbelt slows you down gradually.. if youre going t do a stupid advert like that GET YOUR BLEEDING FACTS RIGHT

Have you seen the new digital adverts, they’ve aged him well, and he does sound like a grumpy old man I wouldn’t be surprised if they put him in an episode or two for novelty value. Knowing how things go with tv undoubtedly they’re going to bring him back for a series on some channel somewhere to do something. Yes even tho he is a fictionalized digital character I believe now he’s on adverts and in the public eye again someone will be using max headroom for their program.

One of my shorter posts, but I thought it was clever to use him for the digital tv adverts.

Or the apparent home of witty banter. Basically its UKTV:men but they thought that was a bit sexist and couldn’t come up with anything better, as a last resort and as a lame sort of joke someone suggested “dave” as a name for it, obviousely the committee couldn’c come up with something better, and decided to go with dave… at least thats how I think it happened. I’d been suspecting fora while that it was uktv, with all the uktv adverts in there. of course my suspicions were proved right with a quick visit to http://uktv.co.uk/dave

One annoying thing about the channel is if theres nothing else on on the weekend and you’ve put the channel on, and theres “nothing but” something or other, in this case bottom, they will show 3 or 4 episodes of the thing then repeat them again and again throughout the day so that theres no point watching the channel, and you’ve put it on as a last resort anyway due to the fact that theres nothing else on and most of the other freeview channels are just showing repeats of what they’ve had on every other day of the week. But thats for another rant.

The way the channels going, I just see it using up all of its content by christmas, unless they’re going to get some more repeats of olde bbc things, theres only so much there before they’ve completely ran out.

Well… the tv licence… what can I say… luckily I live with people who pay for the licence for the house, so I dont have to pay :-)

But I mean come on if youre not going to watch the channel you still have to pay for it just to watch any other channel, imagine you have to pay for a sky subscription even tho you dont actually watch the thing. Wheres the difference there? The technology exists where you can encode the channel so that you have to have a special decoder card to recieve specific channels which arent free, so why should the bbc be in such a state that you have to pay for it to watch other channels?

Imagine supermarkets giving you brussel sprouts, you can take as many as you like but you have to pay £20 to enter the supermarket to purchase other items, but the brussels are free for you to take, but you cant enter without paying for them. The bbc is working in the same way, not exactly the best method.

What do they do with all of these fees anyway? they spend it however the hell they like, making little pointless before show ditties of circles to show some sort of pointless thing. And there is the odd show I would watch, like heroes, but hey thats already been on nbc and Id rather pay for that channel, watch it when it first comes out and have some better shows on there as well

And what is the reason they dont make it so that you have to have a special decoder or reciever to get the bbc channels? because they get away with not having to, its the law to have to pay for them forcing it upon you, how legal is that really? If you dont want it and you want to watch other channels (which are paid for by adverts) surely it should be perfectly legal not to pay and to just not have the bbc channels… when will that day come? surely soon, theres only so long they can do this which in my minds isnt too legal, being forced to pay for a channel which if it wasnt free the majority of the people wouldnt actually have!