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Breaking News ! Well another lockdown. I wonder if this is the last - I very much doubt it. Looking back, in the last lockdowns and now, how many people would have have coped without their televisions? It has been a great comfort to so many, except for the constant barrage of bad news. I am sitting here writing this week’s column looking over at my TV, which isn’t the most beautiful piece of furniture. There are not many homes in the world that don’t have a television. It got me thinking about my relationship with this box in the corner of my living room. My first encounter was on Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation Day. Ev Jones lived round the corner from my mum’s shop in Bridge Road, West Kirby. There it was - this 13” tv with a black and white grainy picture. Read More Related Articles One of our greatest sons, who loved this city so much Seventeen people gathered round it, struggling to watch, with the aerial constantly being moved and the tv being bashed to get a clearer picture. It was the first one in our area. As I was young I got bored quite easily and wanted to get out to our planned street party, with sandwiches, jelly and cream (well.. Condensed milk or Conny-onny for those of you who remember) The street looked fab with all the bunting up, and we were dressed in our Sunday best - now there’s an expression you don’t hear these days. The early tv programmes I remember were the Beverley Hillbillies, Candid Camera, Bonanza, Wagon train, Steptoe and Son, Bill and Ben the flowerpot men and Take Your Pick with Michael Miles (I always remember he was always very abrupt with the contestants.) In the early 1950s families grappled with a life changing dilemma - whether to buy a colour TV or not. In retrospect the right answer seemed obvious, but the hassle of switching systems in those days meant that viewing black and white images was more tolerable than shelling out the money to make the transition.
. We’ve gone from tiny flickering black and white sets in big square boxes to slimline screens with amazing quality - some ridiculous sizes. In 1954, some 3.2m UK homes had black and white televisions. I don’t know if they still exist. I wonder how many billions of televisions there are now around the world? I was thinking of the thousands of programmes down the years that I have watched. Surprisingly the first one that jumped out at me was J.R.’s shooting in Dallas - who shot J.R. Ewing? It went round the world - 1980 an estimated 83m viewers tuned in to watch.
Let's look forward to 2021
July 20, 1969 and estimated 652m people watch the the live global broadcast of Apollo II moon landing. The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales was in 1997 and was watched by an estimated 2billion people around the world. I think we take for granted when we switch on, how the magic works. We just expect it to be there, and for it to happen. I remembered also about some of the myths about watching television.
Here’s a couple: You’ll get square eyes if you watch too much telly Lying down is not good for you watching telly Watching too much telly might also lead to more aggressive behaviours And here’s my favourite If you sit in front of the box for four hours an day will make you put weight on Well of course it will, if you sit there with six bags of crisps, 9 bottles of pop, a takeaway and packets of sweets! Can you believe in this day and age some people don’t like television, and don't own one. I personally couldn’t imagine life without mine!
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