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Millions de Douches en France

Remember I said we could see France yesterday? Well, the atmospherics must have been perfect. For the first time ever, we picked up a bunch of French TV channels last night, as evidenced by the fuzzy screenshot. We spent a happy hour laughing at the frogs.

Yes, yes…’douche’ means ‘shower’ en Français. That wasn’t the funny part — Head and Shoulders is called Head and Shoulders, but they pronounce it ‘Ed and Sholdères. I laughed.

Between us, we had just enough French to pick up the gist, provided they were speaking slowly enough. Which means the cartoon we watched was hopeless, but we did better with the true crime program Autopsie d’une Injustice.

The really striking thing were the ads, though. There were white people in them. Lots of them!

UK advertisers have signed on to some kind of industry pact vowing to up non-white representation, which they’ve done with a vengeance. Culminating this year, when ad breaks are full of absurd levels of BAMEs. Way, way out of proportion to the actual demographics of Britain.

I tried to find an article about the advertisers self-consciously doing this, and all I found was an industry article whining that BAME representation was at an all-time high, but advertising agencies were still 95% white. Heh.

Anyway, nothing good happens when a white woman from Tennessee talks about race, so I shall leave it there.

Eventually, the…ionosphere, or whatever sciencey thing controls TV signals, shifted and we lost all those new channels. Au revoir to our new French chums.

Back here tomorrow. Six WBT. Dead Pool 132.


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 30, 2020, 8:59 pm

And in the true spirit of l’entente cordiale, may I be the first to say: I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

So there!

Comment from Pupster
Time: July 30, 2020, 11:20 pm

I don’t mean this snarkily, but you guys are picking up TV signals through the air?

I can’t remember the last TV antenna I owned. I’m not sure you can even buy them with tuners built in anymore.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 31, 2020, 12:37 am

We don’t get many commercials because streaming.

But we have noticed a sufficiently high percentage, all out of proportion with reality, of the various approved victim groups in the all the new movies and made for streaming serials.

And commercials have, for years, portrayed us white American males, especially dads, as complete and utter morons constantly outsmarted, outwitted and outclassed by our children and our spouses (yes, females).
So I can’t say as I much miss TV ads at all.

Comment from BJM
Time: July 31, 2020, 12:45 am

Ah…skip…yes, the many late nights calling CQ back in the day.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: July 31, 2020, 1:55 am

@Uncle Badger — But I thought YOU were the silly English kəniggət? Go away or I shall taunt you a second time!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 31, 2020, 2:03 am

Flatten the Economy! I, uh, mean, uh, the curve!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 31, 2020, 7:31 am

Hi Pupster – yes. Digital HD, not analogue, that went years ago. Streaming is available, of course, but we have tried both Amazon and Netflix and couldn’t find anything we wanted to watch.

Out here in the sticks, we don’t have cable TV, though BT has some half-arsed system that does the same thing through t’internet. That sucks too, apparently.

The tuner(s) are in the TV and the Panasonic hard drive recorder, never seen a tuner in an aerial so I assume our systems must be quite different.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 31, 2020, 3:54 pm

Plus according to the advert Weasel posted, you live in Darkest England.

Electricity problems eh? Fire ants eat your transformers did they?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 31, 2020, 4:13 pm

I am completely and utterly at a loss to understand how TV works here. I just hand the remote to a man and say, “Ogg! Find channel!”

Comment from LesterIII
Time: July 31, 2020, 5:51 pm

Pupster, I get all my local TV (and then some) via the air here in the States. Digital antenna cost $15, is an unobtrusive 6×9 inches, plugs into the TV, scans for channels, and I get digital HD. No power connection needed unless I was somewhere waaay in the sticks and required boosting.

Comment from Pupster
Time: July 31, 2020, 8:59 pm

Thanks guys. Like I said, I didn’t want to sound snarky or tech superior or anything, we haven’t had a TV antenna anywhere I’ve lived since the 80’s.

I have only had cable or satellite since then, and only streaming services for the last 4-5 years. Now that pro football is unwatchable and college is almost as bad, I may not renew Hulu either this fall.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: August 1, 2020, 2:37 pm

I can drive the remote, but JavaMan can’t stand it. I’m too slow, and I invariably fail to fast-forward through the commercials. He sits over in his La-Z-Boy and twitches until I leave the room, then he swipes the remote. He’s won’t ask for it, and he’s too polite to jerk it out of my hand.

He records almost everything we watch. I occasionally watch live news (Houston), but it’s very rare. JavaMan bought a Roku box (that’s the remote used to drive the system), and subscribes to YouTube TV (which serves as our unlimited recorder). We get Amazon TV with our Amazon Prime, and that’s it—all through the internet. And it’s enough, but I loathe, despise, and detest the whole setup (JavaMan does.not.care.) because there are no numbers assigned to the YouTube channels. You have to scroll endlessly down the list to find what you want. You can’t punch in a particular number that will take you to, for instance, HGTV. But this system is cheap.

This has pretty much killed TV for me. I no longer care, and the only reason I bother at all is so I can listen to Pandora after he goes to bed.

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