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Wednesday, 8 December 2004

Critical point...

Well, this is it. On Friday afternoon, I'll have done all I can to ensure I remain in Radio; in the light of Mark Thompson's ominous announcement, there's nothing set in stone anyway, but the sale of BBC Broadcast (to whom I might be returning, depending on the outcome of the assessment and interview) is among the most probable of the end-results of the potential disembowelment of the BBC. What will be will be, I suppose.

Carnaby Street LightsThe last week has offered plenty to take my mind off the uncertainty - Monday evening was the departmental Christmas Meal, held at Masala Zone, just off Carnaby Street. The Christmas lights on the main thoroughfares were rather ingenious - spherical frames with CDs hung down (see the photos either side), and the food in the rastaurant was delicious.Carnaby Street Lights

Yesterday night was the department party, a raucous, but entertaining affair in a small (and very, very full by about ten o'clock) basement venue. Three bands performed - all of them made up of Radio Resources staff. The music ranged from a very talented jazz-funk band (350kB MP3), formed by a small clutch of my engineer colleagues to a colourfully clad 'covers' band, consisting of a team of trainee studio managers. The beer was free, and we all had a fine time, although I didn't arrive home until late!

The weekend was relaxed, but enjoyable (once the washing had been done!) - our friends Suzi and Andy came for Sunday lunch, and we watched the second half of the brilliant Neverwhere (we'd enjoyed the first three episodes over two years ago!) once the children had gone to bed.

We have an interesting one ahead, too - Cath's wedding is sure to be unusual, and we're visiting some friends on Sunday, so it'll be quite social. I'd better make sure there are batteries in the camera!

Links of the day:

  • www.onspeed.com : OnSpeed, an unfortunately named service that's rather innovative - if you're stuck with dial-up, but want to download texty things (like email) faster, this service will, for a couple of pounds a month, make life a little easier. (It's no good for MP3s and streaming video, though)
  • www.duckaid.net : More Band Aid-related wrongness, this time from an old work colleague's (unofficial) radio station. A bunch of folk from Chiltern FM - where I used to work - have contributed to this (including the brother of one of my friends), and should, by rights, be ashamed of themselves!

Posted by james at December 8, 2004 8:58 PM

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