Entries from November 2007

Freesat Logos

Posted on 30 November 2007 in Television (2 comments)

I suspect that when the Freesat launched the other day, it was the first time that anyone had seen, publicly, the Freesat logo. And a few eagle eyed people might have noticed that Freesat originally had a completely different logo, which appeared at a press launch some time ago.

Salford

Posted on 30 November 2007 in BBC, Work (No comments yet - be the first!)

It was June 2004 when the BBC’s move of several departments from London to the north west was first announced. The department I worked for (and still work for) was one of those highlighted.

A seat is all I ask for

Posted on 28 November 2007 in Transport (1 comment)

Sorry to drag you back to the world of railways and trains again, however today I tried once more to get some seat reservations for the annual trip up north on the old Virgin Train.

Freesat Website

Posted on 27 November 2007 in BBC red button, Interactive TV, Television (30 comments)

Well the secret is out. Well right now as I type, it’s not hugely out because the website hasn’t been out for very long. But anyway, the Freesat website is now live, so you can find out all about it, and why you’d want it. Or not want it. Or something.

Everything Comes Up Rose’s

Posted on 27 November 2007 in BBC, TV Programmes (No comments yet - be the first!)

With the latest series of Doctor Who getting ever closer, news is creeping out about cast and enemies. Like this little one today - according to BBC News, Billie Pipper is popping back for three more episodes.

Enjoy your trip

Posted on 24 November 2007 in Transport (1 comment)

It’s quite easy to complain about customer service, but how often do we celebrate it when it is good?

No Seat

Posted on 21 November 2007 in Transport (1 comment)

That title up there is what my batch of train tickets that arrived from The Trainline today, proudly proclaims. Three separate trains, on two different days during Christmas, on three different train companies. And no seat.

Railway Engineering Work

Posted on 20 November 2007 in Transport (No comments yet - be the first!)

One of the issues of trying to work out my travel arrangements for Christmas, is always trying to get the right information about what’s going on. To be fair, it’s not just as Christmas either.

Where is the North? (Or, trying to work out when the trains are running at Christmas)

Posted on 19 November 2007 in Transport (2 comments)

Here’s a question. Where is “The North”? The question came up in my mind whilst thinking about booking train tickets for the dreaded Christmas cross-country train trip in order that I might sit in a different house eating food, watching TV and drinking beer, instead of doing it in my own.

A day in the work-life of Andrew Paul Bowden

Posted on 16 November 2007 in BBC red button, Work (4 comments)

If you’ve ever wondered quite what a Senior Development Producer working on interactive TV products gets up to for a living, now is time to find out. And if you’ve never wondered, now is the time to find out. Below is how one day panned out.

Not Logging On

Posted on 16 November 2007 in Internet (No comments yet - be the first!)

Here’s one for you. Have a think about how many people you know who do not have an internet connection in their house.

At the Tesco Self Service Till at White City this morning

Posted on 15 November 2007 in Shopping (7 comments)

Please place your item in the bagging area

Whitehaven loses Ceefax

Posted on 14 November 2007 in BBC red button, Television (7 comments)

In the early hours of Wednesday 14 November, an entire town lost something no one else has lost. Teletext and Ceefax.

Bods’s Blog gets what everyone else had decades ago - comments

Posted on 12 November 2007 in Planet Bods (5 comments)

And congratulations to Kirk who became the first ever person to post a comment on this blog.

The 6th Anatomy of Search Results

Posted on 11 November 2007 in Internet (4 comments)

Also known as “Andrew can’t think of anything to write about, so he cops out and just scours the search logs to see if there’s anything funny in there”.

Movable Type 4: are your entry screen text boxes greyed out?

Posted on 9 November 2007 in Web Development (No comments yet - be the first!)

Two versions of this post. I’ll start with the executive summary. If you’ve moved to Movable Type 4 and find that when you get to edit an entry, the body and Extended fields are all greyed out, then I might have a cure for you!

Ah, heat at last!

Posted on 9 November 2007 in House (No comments yet - be the first!)

I won’t truly believe it until this evening when it will have been running for 24 hours, but this morning I woke up and the house wasn’t ice cold. Could this mean that the heating saga (and posts) are now over? Here’s hoping!

iPlayer is streaming! And cable! And more!

Posted on 6 November 2007 in BBC (1 comment)

I’m probably paying far more attention to the whole iPlayer saga than my sanity allows, but I do find some of the comments interesting.

The Evil Andrew Bowden

Posted on 5 November 2007 in Life (No comments yet - be the first!)

Thanks to Google’s email alerts, the first known litterary Andrew Bowden has been found - by which I mean a character in a short story.

Foie Gras? In the BBC canteen? You’ll be lucky!

Posted on 5 November 2007 in BBC, Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

There’s an interesting article about complaints in the BBC staff canteens, in the Sunday Telegraph.

Still no warmth

Posted on 4 November 2007 in House (No comments yet - be the first!)

So I’m looking at my stats in Google Analytics, and blow me, if it isn’t the case that the most popular pages on this here blog, are ones of me moaning about central heating.

BBC Internet Blog

Posted on 2 November 2007 in BBC (No comments yet - be the first!)

Many many many many years ago (well okay two and a half years ago), I wrote something on this blog about the whole work/blog thing and how it would be nice to be able to talk about work projects on a proper, BBC hosted work blog. A proper engagement between the BBC and its audience on all sorts of things. To discuss why certain things were done the way they were. To talk about how it all fits together. To say “Whoops!” when things went wrong.

To heat or not to heat? That is the question!

Posted on 2 November 2007 in House (No comments yet - be the first!)

I feel like I must have done something horribly bad to my central heating, because it clearly doesn’t like me this year.

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