Two Old Codgers

How the World strikes us

We are in the middle of the Coronavirus crisis. The British public is,
generally, behaving very responsibly, obeying the guidelines and doing their very best to help. In our house we have been heartened by the offers of support from family, friends, neighbours and even total strangers.

The media too has been fair. Giving us the bad news but without searching to blame anyone or stir up infighting. Until today that is.
Now they seem to be searching for ways to criticise the Government, the Health Service and anyone who looks like a likely target. They are dragging politicians and 'Spokespersons' out of the woodwork - anyone who will make negative comments and start 'A fight'. I begin to think I must be in a minority of one. I don’t give a hoot about party politics at a time like this. I don’t want to start lashing out blame for what some see as failures. I just thank the Lord that I am not involved in the decision making at a time like this.

Collectively we
do send out messages to 'THEM' why the heck will they not take notice? We will put up with a lot and try to overcome the trials and tribulations but for crying out loud don’t make it worse by inventing or even searching for more problems. Give us the facts and advice and let us get on with it.

And whilst I am banging on. Why don’t the people who feed our TV channels, read what is being said and find out what
WE like? On the surface, the idea behind 'The Repair Shop' (BBC 1) is so simple that it could sound dull. People bring their dilapidated old possessions and heirlooms to a barn, where a group of experts restore them. Then the owners come and get them.
Repair Shop

There's much more to it, though. The Guardian has described it as "the most moving show on TV", while Stephen Fry has called it "far and away the best programme on British television".

The reason the show is such a success - watched by 6.7 million people after moving to a primetime slot for its sixth series in March - is because the objects invariably come with their own emotional story. What’s more you won’t hear anyone using foul language, slagging anyone off, talking about money, getting involved in politics or trying to get one up on other members of the team. Just the opposite in fact, they regularly work as a team in order to get the job done.

I am prepared to concede that I am old, out of touch, out of my time and old fashioned but why do programmes like this succeed? Why do you find repeats of 'Only Fools and Horses' (First shown in 1981); 'Dad’s Army' (First shown in 1968); 'Friends' (First shown in 1994) still retaining their popularity? I am sure you can think of lots of others. Is it that the new generation writers are lacking the skills or do they think they know better than the stupid viewers?

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