Reading the News

Whenever I return to the UK and listen to the news on TV I am always forced to conclude that newsreaders there must go to some special school of news reading. I’ve seen the news on TV in many many countries now but the UK is unique and fairly strange. I know people living there don’t notice but it is something to do with vocal inflection. The newsreaders’ vocal inflection is simply all wrong and they always go down at the end of a sentence. It drives me nuts. It makes them sound as if they were afflicted with some strange mental disease from my perspective. It sounds condescending too if I am honest. As if, these superior news readers know something I don’t. I always notice this on every visit.

As if not sounding right might be enough, is it just me that wonders where on earth they get UK newsreaders? Particularly on the breakfast shows, I think the news readers are pretty strange looking people with strange facial mannerisms. I have never observed such eyebrow movement in all my living days and if there where an eyebrow olympics, GB would have a team! The women often look like they forgot to tidy up before coming on TV too with strangely untidy hair.

In the US, news anchors are heavyweight folks with serious expressions and hollywood actor looks. In the Czech Reupublic, they are ex-models, all blonde, cleavage and horizontal kilometer wide smiles. In the UK, they look like people you wouldn’t want to bump into on a dark night. Weird.

Just sayin’

London

Well, I hadn’t been to London in a while and how it has changed! Its a big building site in the City but I understand most of these new buildings remain empty or will be empty when completed. For me, London has become a very modern and actually very nice city with all of that recent development.

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However, it takes ages to get around the city. We took a cab from Tower Bridge to one of the railway stations and it took around 40 minutes and costs a small fortune. The driver did take us the scenic route though it would seem and I was able to get a look at Big Ben and Buckingham Palace en route…

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I was hoping to make it over to Watkins Book shop but unfortunately, never had the time. Maybe next time…