Helevision is back…again

Well, sort of.

Helevision is painfully aware that she has been a little lax in her blogging of late.

She blames it on work experience, assessments that sort of thing.

She hereby solemnly swears to do better in future.

Scout’s honour.


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Happy Flu Year!

Photo from www.freefoto.comHelevision is back. Or, more correctly, flat on her back.

Yes, the mighty common cold has struck, so it’s the perfect time to check out some germ-fighting remedies from the web:

1. Chicken Soup

Long the favourite cold cure of Old Wives, scientists have tested the bug-busting abilities of Chicken Soup and it could well work. 

Apparently, it has anti-inflammatory properties which can help soothe a sore throat and alleviate colds.

CNN has a great article on the discovery here.

2. Hot Toddy

Not, sadly, a fit Aussie surfer. Although one of those appearing at my bedside would probably go some way towards perking me up…

A Hot Toddy is a warm drink containing a spirit, usually whisky.

Various recipes abound but the most common include whisky, lemon juice and honey.

Here’s a true Scottish one.

3. Chilli and Garlic

Many people swear by spices or chillis to send their germs packing.

Some even eat them together. Check out this particularly revolting suggestion.

Still, if it doesn’t work, it should at least keep everyone else at a safe enough distance to make sure they don’t catch it.

4. Vodka & Saunas?

And a personal favourite…..

According to hg2g, the Russians have their own cold cure

The Russian cure goes something like this:

  • Buy a bottle of pepper vodka
  • Get yourself to a sauna
  • Sit, sweat, and drink the vodka

If for any reason a sauna is not available, run a bath as hot as you can stand it, sit, sweat, and drink the vodka.

So fellow snifflers, enjoy! 

Please note: Helevision is not a doctor. Nor is she a nurse. She has, in fact, no medical knowledge whatsoever.

 Her own preferred cold-fighting method is lying in bed and consuming her own bodyweight in chocolate whilst whinging at her boyfriend about how ill she feels.

Therefore, please don’t take any of this as actual medical advice.

However, she does need her voice to be radio-fit by Tuesday, so if anybody out there in the blogosphere does have any more knowledgeable tricks and tips, please post them!

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Helevision is on a break

Back soon !

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Doggy Stardust

The Dogs TrustPhoto from www.freefoto.com has sent out the most bonkers story I’ve heard in a long time with their list of the top 10 most irresponsible reasons for people giving up their dogs.

They include such gems as: “My dog doesn’t match my sofa” (Consider yourself lucky, my mother’s dog once ate hers).

And the incomparably crazy: “The dog looks evil and has different coloured eyes, just like David Bowie.”

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Talking of fascinating blog arguments….

If the BBC Editor’s Blog debate isn’t enough for you, take a look at the cyber-row that’s developing between Lawrence Rustem of the BNP and  one of my fellow broadcast journalism students on her blog.

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BBC succumbs to the Twitter chatter of shiny Tweets

A fascinating debate is raging over on the BBC Editor’s Blog. Photo from www.freefoto.com

And, for a change, it doesn’t involve anybody’s salaries/jokes/genitals/grandfathers.

No, it’s about the BBC’s use of Twitter messages (or ‘tweets’) in its live update reporting of the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Accuracy v Speed

The comments seem to fall into two camps:

1. Those that love the excitement of news updates

2. Those who want accuracy, not speed 

The first group (who are much smaller in number on the messageboard) feel that it is just a case of embracing new technology into traditional forms of reporting.

The second maintain that the BBC has founded its reputation on accuracy and that is where its focus should remain.


I think I largely agree with the second group.

Obviously, as someone training to be a journalist, I love the excitement of breaking news.

The thrill of trying to puzzle out what is going on from hundreds of sources is immense.

But I also admire the BBC – and aspire to work there- primarily for its reputation for being fair and correct. Without it, the Beeb becomes just another news outlet.


The thing I love about breaking news is line after line of ‘facts’ or presumed events.

And the BBC’s line by line updates from other agencies and from their own correspondents provided that very well.

The tweets on the other hand didn’t really add a huge amount.

Take these, for example:

0424:harshender tweets: We as common man should create a memorial right near Gateway to show respect and honor to all who died in this attack.


0404:angsuman tweets: “nothing is hard for us” says a commando. Same hold true for India. Bravo

To me, it’s just a bit of mindless chatter – the textual equivalent of listening to a TalkSport phone-in.

So yes, the BBC should be doing live updates with their own reporters. It should include agencies. It should even include tweets if they are a) accurate and b) add something to the development of the story.

But it shouldn’t do it just because it can, even if just for self-preservation.

After all, if news is simply becoming a stream of unanalysed sources delivered to the public, what is the point of the journalist?

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The Christmas ads are coming

Christmas is just over 3 weeks away; it’s time for the full festive advertising onslaught – with (jingle) bells on.

Brand Republic has a good round-up of the major players here .

The Best

Undoubtedly my favourite of this year is M&S’s cosy chalet Christmas.

Yes, probably because Take That are in it. Who can’t love Mark, Gary, Howard and Jason?

Apart from Robbie Williams, obviously. And, presumably, Boyzone.

It also reminds me strongly of the super-schmaltzy (and festively warm and fuzzy) video to Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’

The Worst

The absolute worst is, without question, DFS’s radio effort.

A cover of Mariah Carey’s ‘All I want for Christmas’, it seems to have been playing since about August.

And gets more irritating with each repeat.

Although Tesco’s TV ad where a seemingly bemused Des O’Connor stumbles woodenly around his front room doesn’t quite work for me either.

And Coca Cola

Still, at least we have so far been spared the Coca Cola truck and winking Santa lighting up small villages (I have no idea quite why this ad is so celebrated but would love to be enlightened).

But then again I never really got the Cadbury’s drumming gorilla, so what do I know?!

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