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Day: September 14, 2011

We’ve had a gloriously sunny day in the studio, we’ve seen some great action, Jessica Ennis, goodnight

Well John Rawling asked me to write a review of the coverage on Channel Four after I expressed my displeasure at the coverage when it was announced. Mostly I was discontent with Ortis Deley as presenter as I didn’t think he had it in him to be the front man for a major live sporting event. I think I was proved right.

I won’t jump on Ortis’ back here as there are plenty of comments from my readers on the blog post linked above so I won’t get into it. Clearly he was totally out of his depth and the title of this blog post I think sums up everything. So we’ll move on to the other aspects of the coverage.

John Rawling was exactly how I described him in my original post. He is a good solid pair of hands who will never let anyone down. He describes the action well and shows good enthusiasm when needed. However I still don’t think he has it in him to go that memorial call that people will talk about and remember. I have spoken before about Ian Darke so let’s talk about Gus Johnson. He was a CBS announcer for both College Basketball and the NFL but has now moved on to FOX where he’ll cover the NFL and College Football. Here are two YouTube clips – one of his best moments during March Madness and the next of a call on a hail mary from David Garrard last season that blew up twitter.

Now that is special.

As for Rob Walker I was a bit meh to be honest. I just wasn’t feeling it. I thought neither Dean Macey nor Iwan Thomas were brilliant either. I really didn’t like Iwan Thomas screaming ‘Yes, Yes, Yes’ as Dai Green was winning his gold for the 400metres hurdles. It reminded me of Euro 2004 when Joe Royle screamed for about five seconds when Frank Lampard equalised for England in their quarter-final with Portugal. A good co-commentator first of all doesn’t speak over the play-by-play guy and speaks only when prompted and/or to add valuable insight. Screaming ‘Yessssss’ is not valuable insight in my view.

Also the adverts were bloody annoying and not sticking with the Pole Vault final with only two left to jump to go to some crap daytime show that could easily have been pushed back five minutes was a disgrace. Channel Four basically had Michael Johnson and John Rawling who in my view can hold their heads high and Rob Walker didn’t do anything wrong but just didn’t grab me. The rest of the team were disappointing and nowhere near their BBC colleagues and when I say nowhere near I mean nowhere near.

If Channel Four are serious about athletics then they need to take a long hard look at themselves and make major changes before the Palalympics and the 2013 World Athletics Championships but that is just one pointless bloggers view I suppose…

Anyway time is running out…we’ve had a gloriously sunny day in the studio, we’ve seen some great action, Jessica Ennis, goodnight

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Guest Blog: M&S and Christmas hampers – a rather tempting combination

Hello All. Here is a guest/sponsored blog post from the good folk at one of the supermarkets I do happen to shop at. If they had a bigger M&S Simply Food in Southend-on-Sea no doubt I would shop there more. Far more. Please read on for their thoughts on Christmas hampers – something which is a rather big tradition with many families over here

It seems that every year, the world gets a quicker jump on the holidays. Shops begin to light up and Christmas music starts being played long before the fall season is even over, and many organized people get their shopping done long in advance. Of course, for many people it is quite a difficult concept to get Christmas shopping done in early or mid fall. After all, most people are very busy, and thus don’t even start considering the logistics of the holidays until at least November. On top of that, shopping usually takes a good deal of time and effort, and isn’t always worth thinking about months in advance. This is why, if you are thinking about trying to shop early this year, Marks & Spencer Christmas Hampers might be nice to consider.

While some, particularly those outside of the UK, are unfamiliar with the concept of Christmas hampers, they are actually popular items that can make very fitting and convenient gifts. The easiest way to think of Christmas hampers is that they are basically like very nice, ready-made gift baskets that can be bought in a variety of stores, or ordered online. Some may see these sorts of baskets as somewhat impersonal when it comes to gift giving…. But in actuality, there is enough variety in the different types of hampers offered that you will still be picking out specific gifts for specific people, rather than buying generic gift baskets simply because you cannot think of a more particular gift.

Generally, Christmas hampers contain a variety of foods and drinks that can serve as nice treats during the holiday season. You may be able to find a hamper full of nice Christmas cookies and sweet treats, for example, or one that includes nice cheeses and breads or crackers. Still other hampers tend to include selections of nice wines, beers or liquors, which may make great gifts for certain people. The fact is, there is plenty of variety when it comes to the contents of Christmas hampers.

The other obvious benefit of these hampers is how convenient it is to shop for them. While you will indeed still be making decisions based on the contents of the hampers and who among your friends and family would appreciate them, you will also be picking from a selection of pre-made gift baskets. This means that you may never even have to enter a store to do your Christmas shopping, and you certainly won’t have to go through the wrapping process. Ultimately, it seems that these classy and convenient hampers are perfect gifts to consider for those who want to shop early.

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Ed Miliband likes a cheap bondage jibe

Ed Miliband was going ok at #PMQs today. Not terrific but certainly doing ok and then he came to his last line and here it is, “The Chancellor has lashed himself to the mast.. not for the first time perhaps” Oh Ed Miliband why must you lower yourself to such a petty level?

This is of course a nod at the story that George Osbourne might like kinky sex as was revealed a couple of days ago. As we all know kinky sex is all good and fair and can be part of a healthy private life. An MP is fully entitled to a private life and if he wants to do things that are perfectly legal with other consenting adults then who gives a rats behind?

I just have to wonder what on Earth was the purpose of him stooping to such a level? Heck if he’d done a line on cocaine use then maybe that would’ve been better as taking cocaine is illegal but getting tied up and being whipped is not. So all I can think of was that Ed Miliband thought it would be terribly funny in a pathetic schoolboy way to try and snitch George Osbourne up. Grow up Ed. This isn’t the playground and all the MPs are y’know…adults.

When you are probably doing more than holding your own and sticking it to the PM over unemployment you don’t need to go through with your pre-written bondage jibe at the Chancellor. All it does is make you look like a sniggering schoolboy amongst adults and that isn’t a good look if you are trying to sound statesmanlike.

Lastly if Ed Miliband really thinks being tied up and whipped is a laughter matter then he’s clearly not sexually adventurous and anyone who is vanilla doesn’t get my vote that’s for sure.

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