Good morning everyone.
It is almost October and already the nights are longer than the days, which is even now effecting my sleep pattern. Very soon now, the man with the "clock keys" will be creeping around in the middle of the night to tamper and interfere with the clock settings which will disrupt my sleep even more. Ever since I was a boy, I have been severely affected by dark winter nights which seem to start at around 4:00pm every day and continue till around 09:00 the next morning.
Altering the time on the clock only exacerbates the situation and I spend some 6 months feeling tired and irritable. I really wish that the "powers that be" would recognise that the winter solstice heralding shorter days is bad enough but at least we could dispense with the nonsense of changing the clocks twice every year.
I have managed to avoid "Strictly Come Dancing" on television and also the considerable number of "reports" in the press and on television of the shenanigans on stage and behind the scenes concerning some contestants, or judges, or judges and contestants. Why this should be front page news in practically every newspaper and magazine is a constant mystery to me, particularly when the same "reports" but with the identity of the personality changed for this series, has been a constant feature of this programme ever since the format first came to our screens almost 50 years ago, (or so it seems).
I appreciate that this show gives pleasure to many people, but there must surely come a time when high kicking women in questionable costumes, men carrying out the same dance routines as they always have, celebrities being insulted by Craig Revel Horwood and the inevitable speculation about which celebrity or even celebrities have become "an item" with their respective professional partners, become too predictable for even the most avid fan of this weekly extravaganza. Again, there are whispers that this may be the last series, We can only hope.
Staying with television shows for just a moment, who would have believed that a simple cookery programme changing television channels (there are so many cookery programmes on our screens already anyway) would have caused such a furore in the press and quite probably in many homes around the country. I refer of course to "the Great British Bake Off" which is leaving BBC2 to go to Channel 4 and is taking Paul Hollywood with it. The other names associated with this show, "Mel"Giedroyc, Sue Perkins and Mary Berry are staying at the BBC amid rumours that a replacement show is being considered for that channel. The net result is that television gains another cookery programme!
You may have noticed that there has been a ballot for election of the Labour party leader, and that delegates have now gathered in Liverpool for the party annual conference. This accounts for the rather short narrative here on this e-mail. I will no doubt have some remarks to make next week.
Still rather strange weather patters around the country. Perhaps the man who tampers with the clocks also interferes with the weather.
Have a nice week.