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Two TV License Stories 0

Posted on September 16, 2010 by noncon
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tv licence storiesI was on a train this afternoon (on my own) and was sat near a group of about six people. They were talking about the British TV License (Licence UK sp). Basically for those of you who don’t know; anyone who owns a TV in the UK has to pay £145.00 a year for a TV license, or they can be fined up to £1000.00. The BBC (that has no advertising) is totally funded by the TV license.

One of the group confessed he had never had a TV license before or since he was married, and does not plan to get one either. His friends argued that the cost of the license for everyone else is so high because of people like him who refuse to pay.  He then put forward the argument that he should not have to pay for a TV license because he does not watch BBC channels; only the other commercial channels. And he then reamed off the programs he likes to watch, and of the ones I’d heard of, they all seemed to be on terrestrial UK commercial channels.

His friends could not believe he doesn’t watch a single BBC program and quizzed him saying stuff like “what, you don’t watch sport on the BBC?”, “you don’t watch The News?”, “not even Doctor Who?” He still claimed he didn’t. Then after a long list of programs, he declared “The only BBC program I have seen in years is Hustle”.

A drama about a group of con artists.

I think only one member of the group saw the irony, but this particular statement quite tickled me, and I had to do that thing where you feign a coughing fit to try and cover up your stifled giggles. Serves me right for listening in, I guess. Despite being a nonconformist in many areas, I conform to buying a TV license as it’s cheaper than a £400 fine, which a friend of mine once had to pay.

Which reminds me of another funny story. A few weeks after my friend got fined in 1991, an annoying relative invited me to go out, and I was not in the mood to go out with them, so I made up the story that I could not afford to go out as I had just been fined £400 for not having a TV licence. (I had got a TV licence).

I had only wanted to stop them badgering me to go out, but my tale of expense also forced them to rush out and buy a TV licence themselves! Some fibs get you double points.

Funny Spelling Mistakes 1 0

Posted on April 04, 2010 by noncon
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OK I know everyone makes typos and spelling mistakes, and the internet is crawling with them, but sometimes I find spelling mistakes that make me laugh as they can often be ironic or have a double meaning. Here’s one I just found at Musicians-in-your-city.co.uk.

A local band advertised themselves online with these compelling words:

“are aim is to make music that is true and real.. we have a wealth of experience accross the bored.. style/ country rock/blues. semi pro”

Although there are several mistakes it was “across the BORED” that made me chuckle – especially as they’re performing musicians.

Jaz and Keith 8 0

Posted on September 02, 2009 by noncon
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The Revolution (part 3)

Jaz and Keith are going places. Not.

Jaz and Keith 7 0

Posted on August 26, 2009 by noncon
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The Revolution (part 2)

Jaz and Keith are not quite themselves.

Boyfriend Girlfriend 4 0

Posted on August 25, 2009 by noncon
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Soulmates Forever

There’s not much these two haven’t been through together.

Jaz and Keith 6 0

Posted on August 21, 2009 by noncon
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The Revolution (Part 1)

Each of our boys are wondering why the other never changes his clothes.

Sick Doctors 2

Posted on August 20, 2009 by noncon
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riffraff-doctor

Riffraff, Doctor and Beloved Stethoscope

The NHS is planning to improve working conditions for workers in an attempt to reduce the epidemic of sickness rates among staff. Read more Here.

They’re wasting their time. I used to work for the NHS and when doctors insist on wearing stethoscopes round their necks, while in the canteen eating their lunch, it’s clear that sickness goes very deep.

Do they not have access to bags, pockets or lockers?

Does wearing a stethoscope make the doctor’s food taste better?

Do they think the chef might need a checkup?

(OK so it was a teaching hospital, with newly qualified doctors, but alas, it was not only the newbies that wore the stethoscopes).

Are they so insecure that they feel they have to stand out from the riffraff? It wasn’t everyone, of course. In fact a lot of surgeons found it as funny as I did that so many doctors felt the need to do this. I wondered if perhaps surgeons were immune from this affliction, being known as Mister or Mrs, instead of Doctor!

No wonder the staff are taking sickies in their droves. When the disease of self importance (read self loathing) spreads throughout a hospital, it can only create more stress among staff, due to abuse of power.

Stethoscopes are comfort blankets for these poor souls and it could well be the stricken patients who are the healthiest creatures in the place.

Boyfriend Girlfriend 3 (GSOH) 0

Posted on August 19, 2009 by noncon
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A Good Sense of Humor is Essential

Jaz and Keith 5 0

Posted on August 18, 2009 by noncon
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Keith’s Father

Boyfriend Girlfriend 2 (med school) 0

Posted on August 15, 2009 by noncon
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Medical School Material

A basic knowledge of anatomy required. See Tags.

Jaz and Keith 4 0

Posted on August 14, 2009 by noncon
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Saturday’s Child

A rare chance to see Keith smile and laugh.

Jaz and Keith 3 0

Posted on August 13, 2009 by noncon
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Got any Business Cards?

Keith gets hold of the wrong end of the stick again.



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