Saturday, April 02, 2005

Programmes in Latin

Listening to BBC Radio 3 the other day, I was wondering why I couldn't seem to understand what was going on. It took me a matter of minutes to figure out I was listening to a programme entirely in Latin.

This seems to be a very bad idea, and someone should have realised this before I did and stopped it. The amount of people fluent in Latin as a spoken language must be very few, considering that not many schools currently teach it and even for the older generation it was primarily taught as written word, so the audience for this programme must be very small and its value as a programme to draw an audience limited. If it was intended to aid those studying latin,why not transmit it as part of the selection of learning programmes that the BBC produces. The only other reasons I can see are either as a time filler (why not play a long piece of Bach or something) or for pseudo-intellectual credit (how fucking obscene!).

Why won't people think about these things before they go and do something stupid?!

Friday, April 01, 2005

Underage drinking

Here's a good one to start off with, and it's courtesy of that fount of new ideas - my dad.

Underage drinking is a problem at the moment. Obviously the way to solve this is to "stop making shitty alchohol". Back in the good old days of the vikings beer was frequently the only clean drink, due to the alchohol content and processes used to make it. Not only this but it was also very weak by today's standards. The result of this combination of factors was that it was drunk all the time, by everybody.

Now, and this is the clever part, if we remove all the chemicals, added alchohol, filtering processes, sterilisation etc used to make beer today and stop altogether the production of bacardi breezers, reef and so on we will be able to revert to a time when everyone drinks watery beer all the time and no-one will think twice about underage drinking being a problem.

I'm gonna have to think a bit more about this idea, it seems to me that alchohol is still a poison and no-one wants to drink ale all the time, you'd get a bit sick of it.

What would the tramps drink? Super Ale-water?

Didn't the vikings all get trashed drinking mead anyway? The pillaging and conquering influence could be a problem as well.