Thursday is usually Andreaa’s Day here at Jammy Toast but as she is currently on holiday in Turkey we are at a bit of a loss as to what to do with today. So to cover for “she who must be obeyed, or else”, I thought I would tell you of our latest love. A while ago we went and saw some otters and immediately saw what great little creatures they are. Equally at home on land as they seem to be in the water. We were fascinated watching them use tools to help them get at the food. They eat fish and invertebrates and think nothing of lying back, placing the invertebrate on their chests and hitting hells-bells out of it with a rock. To heighten our interest we saw a programme about them last week which spelt out just how clever these little chaps are.
Yesterday we welcomed George Bear to Jammy Toast as our new Sports Correspondent and today we would like to welcome a former star of a television series by the name of Mr Benn. Mr Benn first appeared in several books and a television series originally transmitted by the BBC in 1971 and 1972. Whether in a book, or on television, Mr Benn’s adventures take on a similar pattern. Mr Benn is always very smartly turned out in a black suit and a bowler hat. He leaves his house at 52 Festive Road and visits a fancy-dress costume shop where he is invited by the moustachioed, fez-wearing shopkeeper to try on an outfit. He leaves the shop through a magic door at the back of the changing room and enters a world appropriate to his costume, where he has an adventure. Mr Benn’s adventures always contain a moral.
Have you ever wondered why – even on Sky – BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 always come top of your TV listings? It now turns out that viewers may have trouble finding shows they love if public service channels are not guaranteed top positions on TV guides, major broadcasters have warned. Peers are currently debating a change to the law which says channels including BBC One, ITV and Channel 4 must appear top of on-screen listings. Major broadcasters argue public service channels should be protected as people adopt more personalised viewing habits. However, Sky says the networks are acting in “blatant self-interest”.
An exhibition featuring the best of British comedy and sitcoms is opening in Warwickshire. Comedy faces from Frankie Howerd to Ricky Gervais are on display at the Compton Verney Art Gallery from 9th July. BBC Faces of Comedy is showing 100 pictures ranging from the 1950s to the present day. Leading comics have curated the exhibition – including Have I Got News For You panellist Paul Merton and the star of Citizen Khan, Adil Ray. Here they talk about some of their favourite comedy moments…
While Razzi and I drive around Merseyside undertaking our daily business, I can’t help but notice the distinct lack of public toilets these days. Furthermore, hundreds of public toilets are planning to be closed around the UK, as council’s look for ways to cut costs during the present economic squeeze they are facing. A freedom-of-information request by the BBC has recently revealed that at least 1,782 public toilets have closed during the past decade, with some councils now offering none at all. When the need to go becomes overwhelming, what can you do? Here are some tips from readers of the BBC News website which we pass on in good faith…
First Jeremy Clarkson pissed us off for attacking Scousers, then he was suspended by the BBC for punching a producer and now they have decided to sack him. His contract will not be renewed after his “unprovoked physical attack” on a Top Gear producer, the BBC’s director general has confirmed. Tony Hall said he had “not taken this decision lightly” and recognised it would “divide opinion”. However, he added “a line has been crossed” and he “cannot condone what has happened on this occasion”. While we will miss Jeremy on Top Gear here at Jammy Toast we have to agree with the decision – he has acted like a “dick” lately and hopefully this decision will act as the wake-up call he needs.
Only a couple of weeks after pissing us off here at Jammy Toast for comments about Scousers, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC “following a fracas” with a producer. They added that the presenter had been suspended “pending an investigation”. The BBC also stated that no one else has been suspended but Top Gear will not be broadcast on Sunday. This follows Clarkson being given what he called his “Final Warning” last May after claims he used a racist word while filming the popular BBC motoring show. At the time, he said the BBC had told him he would be sacked if he made “one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time”.
It has always been thought that Polar Bears move onto land during the summer months when their ice flows melt. However, a BBC documentary team has now discovered that that is not always the case. A previously unknown polar bear sanctuary in the Arctic has been discovered where an estimated 20 bears seen on the Peterman Iceberg in Baffin Bay, about 50km from the Canadian coastline. For most of the year, polar bears live on the frozen sea water where they hunt seals. So the finding challenges the belief of where polar bears spend the summer months, when the sea ice melts.
Back in August, we called a small bunch of people “vultures” because they had come forward after Jimmy Savile’s death and accused him of sexually abusing them as teenage girls. Tonight on ITV these allegations will be aired for all to see – only now the number of people making the allegations has grown. Also, a number of influential people at the BBC, where the presenter and DJ worked, have come forward and added their voices to the claims.
Those of you who have watched the BBC documentary; The Bear Family and Me, will be distressed to hear that the Bear cub featured on the programme has been shot by hunters. The cub was born live on the internet via a webcam last year. During filming she was abandoned by her mother and had to fight to live on her own from only a few months of age. However, she was later reunited with her mother, Lily, when the presenter, Gordon Buchanan, stepped in and brought them back together.
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