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Re: Truly Guilty Pleasures

Postby rohanaka » August 23rd, 2014, 11:25 pm

jdb1 wrote:I don't even like to think of the countless hours I've spent in front of the TV over the years watching completely idiotic fare.


Oh me.. just the thought of counting those countless hours... I am sure I would have to crawl in a hole and never show my face in the light of day again, ha. :roll:

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Re: Truly Guilty Pleasures

Postby jdb1 » August 24th, 2014, 5:08 pm

rohanaka wrote:
jdb1 wrote:I don't even like to think of the countless hours I've spent in front of the TV over the years watching completely idiotic fare.


Oh me.. just the thought of counting those countless hours... I am sure I would have to crawl in a hole and never show my face in the light of day again, ha. :roll:


No, No, No, ro -- on the contrary. We''ve got something that not everyone has -- astounding depth of knowledge -- and we've gotten it from TV. My long, long, long (long, long) years of TV watching have filled me full of all sorts of arcane facts and figures that may seem useless. That is, until somebody needs them.

I am constantly asked -- "How do you know those things?" And my constant (and unironic) answer is -- "Well, I read books, and I also watch television." I'll probably be sitting in front of that screen until the Reaper comes for me. Maybe he'll watch "Ghoul-A-GoGo" with me before we leave.

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Re: Truly Guilty Pleasures

Postby moira finnie » September 3rd, 2014, 10:19 am

Oh, man. I am truly among the lost now. I just discovered that the original British version of Who Do You Think You Are? episodes are all over youtube. Jeremy Irons, Brian Blessed, John Hurt, Julie Walters, Stephen Fry, Annie Lennox and others--as well as people I have never heard of--are among those taking this cathartic voyage into their past. Jeez, I think a youtube fast is on the menu soon.

Also, while I am spilling my guts, Antiques Roadshow UK has recently garnered my attention on the Ovation Channel on cable and on youtube. Not only do they have more aesthetically interesting, older and sometimes wildly historical stuff in Britain, but the people who attend all look like Dickens' characters in modern dress. Oh, yeah. Most (but by no means all) of the attendees tend to dress better than Americans who come to the PBS version. I know they are all standing in line all day to get their items reviewed, but if you KNOW you might be on television, wouldn't you wear something better than a tee shirt, cutoffs and flip flops?
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Re: Truly Guilty Pleasures

Postby movieman1957 » September 3rd, 2014, 11:26 am

I hadn't thought about it much but "Antiques Roadshow" is probably mine of more recent shows. I don't collect anything but I guess I find many of the stories of the families and the history of the item interesting. I don't go looking for it but if I stumble on it I'll watch.

One show I do like is "History Detective" on PBS. It's very much like "Roadshow" but it is more about authenticating for people if items might have been involved in real history. I love history so that holds more appeal.

And Moira, the answer to your question is "no." A good many people don't have any worries about what they wear in public.
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Re: Truly Guilty Pleasures

Postby RedRiver » September 3rd, 2014, 12:31 pm

That's why I don't go out in public.


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