Monday, 13 October 2008

No Posts and No Pictures

I’ve been getting very lax with my postings of late, so what’s up? As with many things, it’s not due to anything in particular but a mix of things. Over the last three weeks or so I’ve had two colds, one on the back of the other. The first cold went to my chest and the second one to my sinuses so both managed to slow me down a bit.

On top of that I got a reminder from the UK Tax Office to say that the date to file the taxes and get them to work it out had change and was no longer January but the end of this month – time to panic.

Having got the data together I got round to reading the accompanying booklet and discovered that the form they had sent me shouldn’t be used if you are resident abroad as I am. So I duly telephoned the helpline;

“No idea why we’ve sent you that then, but fill it in and send it anyway”

was the comment. So I have, along with a covering letter to say that I was resident abroad and I had queried the form but had been told to submit it. Now all I have to do is wait and see if they accept it.

The other thing that’s reduced my time in front of the computer is that I’ve discovered BBC 4. I found an episode of Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation, a programme I watched with my parents back in 1969. Re-watching it only confirmed that a lot of documentaries today are pap in comparison. It’s sad that in an age when we are all supposed to be better educated we are treated like children when back in 1969 you were treated as an adult.

Tonight’s offering is the second part of ‘The Story of Maths’. When I watched the start of the first episode my heart sank when it announces that it was going to make wide use of computer graphics – I have to admit I have a loathing of CG being used as a time waster in documentaries having watched Horizon going from an informative hour long programme to a quarter of an hour of content padded out with flashy but superficial CG and the content repeated four or five times to make an hours programme. However I was really pleasantly surprised that the CG was not intrusive so I’m looking forward to that. Maybe it will diminish my cynicism of what we are fed on TV – but I will take note of what Lord Clark said:-

"It is lack of confidence, more than anything else, that kills a civilisation. We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs."


aims said...

Lord Clark says it all doesn't he?

We are destroying our world and I don't know why. Do most of us think - what the hell? We won't have to clean up the mess - it will have to be the next generation.

What an attitude.

Or perhaps like Prez Bush. We aren't doing anything to affect global warming - for the first how many years he's in office - and now he's talking differently. Lord help us all.

Get better girl. Colds....bah.....

dND said...

Hi Aims
Changing what's happening in the world is a tough job but just maybe all our small efforts will be enough to do it. I really hope so. It's not my world to destroy, I only rent space here for a short time :-D

Colds are getting better and I'm beginning to feel a bit more alive again. When I get ill, I get tired so I'm like a kid having to plan my day around naps!

Ciara said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better nothing worse when you're all stuffed up or sniffling, very hard to get anything done.