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Old 27.11.2010, 17:52
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Maybe your friend finds her life so boring that she lives it through tv series that can add some action and meaning to it?
The sad thing is that nobody I know leads a boring life - or, at least, no more boring than the life I lead.

I know some of my friends think I live a very exotic life, living in a country they associate with James Bond films and suchlike, but I don't. I go to work, go down the pub (or Swiss equivalent thereof), have my dinner, have lie-ins at the weekend, go on the internet, read books... just like anyone else in Western Europe does.

My friends are all fascinating people - they wouldn't be my friends if they weren't - but sometimes I wonder if they realise that.

It's disappointing to hear intelligent, active people talking about Eastenders when there's so much more to talk about.
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Old 27.11.2010, 17:54
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The sad thing is that nobody I know leads a boring life - or, at least, no more boring than the life I lead.

I know some of my friends think I live a very exotic life, living in a country they associate with James Bond films and suchlike, but I don't. I go to work, go down the pub (or Swiss equivalent thereof), have my dinner, have lie-ins at the weekend, go on the internet, read books... just like anyone else in Western Europe does.

My friends are all fascinating people - they wouldn't be my friends if they weren't - but sometimes I wonder if they realise that.

It's disappointing to hear intelligent, active people talking about Eastenders when there's so much more to talk about.
OMG can you believe what's going on with Zainab and Massod in Eastenders though?

*Walks out slowly.....*
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Old 27.11.2010, 18:04
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Re: People who talk about the telly

Oh come on don't be such a snob.

I talk about the tele all the time.
I watch English tele right here in Switzerland.
In fact all the main channels are free on our cable tele anyway - so why wouldn't I?
All my friends here watch English TV too.
And talk about it.

And since my entire family in the UK watch TV basically 100% of the time that they are not at work, asleep or in the toilet, well, if I didn't talk about the TV there would be nothing to talk about at all (apart from whether grandad is dead yet.)

Or I could talk about my kids - would that be better? Do you want to know that Jamie was sent to his room twice today for being a rude little sod, or that Andrew shit his pants three times this week which drives me crazy because he's been clean and dry for 3 months now.....

Is that better??
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Old 27.11.2010, 18:05
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Re: People who talk about the telly

It surely is disappointing when you expected a fun chat and all you got is an update on something you couldn't care less about. I hope she just had a 'bad' day.

I noticed that some friendships are difficult to keep when I'm not regularly seeing the person. We had once something in common (school, studies, work), but when lifes change our interests are not overlapping anymore. If we then talk it might be about a tv series (but one we both know). That doesn't have much to do with inteligence, but with circumstances.


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The sad thing is that nobody I know leads a boring life - or, at least, no more boring than the life I lead.

I know some of my friends think I live a very exotic life, living in a country they associate with James Bond films and suchlike, but I don't. I go to work, go down the pub (or Swiss equivalent thereof), have my dinner, have lie-ins at the weekend, go on the internet, read books... just like anyone else in Western Europe does.

My friends are all fascinating people - they wouldn't be my friends if they weren't - but sometimes I wonder if they realise that.

It's disappointing to hear intelligent, active people talking about Eastenders when there's so much more to talk about.
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Old 27.11.2010, 18:13
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Or I could talk about my kids - would that be better?
Yes, it would, because that's real.

Like I said: there's absolutely nothing wrong with watching the telly. There's nothing wrong with talking about the telly with other people who watch the telly.

But why talk about the telly to someone who doesn't watch the telly, and who doesn't give a bugger about the telly?

If I wanted to know about the telly, I'd watch it myself.

When I call a friend or a member of my family, I want to talk about real things that actually have some relevance to that person. I want to hear about Alfie's potty training adventures, and Auntie Mabel's cysts, and cousin Kevin's problems with the boss.

I do not, on the other hand, want to hear about fictional characters from soap operas I don't watch.

And what has any of this to do with snobbery?
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It surely is disappointing when you expected a fun chat and all you got is an update on something you couldn't care less about. I hope she just had a 'bad' day.
Unfortunately, this isn't a one-off situation. Nor does it merely concern one friend.

Nor, for that matter, does it only concern people back home - although they do tend to be the worst.

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I noticed that some friendships are difficult to keep when I'm not regularly seeing the person. We had once something in common (school, studies, work), but when lifes change our interests are not overlapping anymore. If we then talk it might be about a tv series (but one we both know). That doesn't have much to do with inteligence, but with circumstances.
True.

I suspect it might be time to cut some ties.
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Old 27.11.2010, 18:26
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Re: People who talk about the telly

Completely agree with you DB. I've met a number of women who wanted to talk to me about television shows and dissect them laboriously... We don't catch up very often.

Tell me about your life. About the interesting thing you saw on the way to work. Repeat the insane conversation you overheard. Tell me how your family are doing. About the book your reading or the object your creating. Even about a film you've seen and recommend... anything but relating a point by point description of No-ones got talent or some other inane crap.

Life is interesting. Your life is interesting. But to discover that you have to draw yourself away from the idiot box and engage in/ with it!

I wonder what would happen if all of the televisions of the world stopped working for a week? Would we all discover we're a creative and interesting species or just sit together and describe the last series of Desperate Housewives?
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Old 27.11.2010, 18:26
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Re: People who talk about the telly

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Yes, it would, because that's real.

Like I said: there's absolutely nothing wrong with watching the telly. There's nothing wrong with talking about the telly with other people who watch the telly.

But why talk about the telly to someone who doesn't watch the telly, and who doesn't give a bugger about the telly?

If I wanted to know about the telly, I'd watch it myself.

When I call a friend or a member of my family, I want to talk about real things that actually have some relevance to that person. I want to hear about Alfie's potty training adventures, and Auntie Mabel's cysts, and cousin Kevin's problems with the boss.

I do not, on the other hand, want to hear about fictional characters from soap operas I don't watch.

And what has any of this to do with snobbery?
You're lucky... I hardly ever call home because I get all the gory details of everyone's lives, which usually ends up with me asking weakly, 'So anything good on TV lately?'

But seriously, I guess TV is what the weather used to be, harmless chitchat. Or else it just goes to show how lonely people are, so lonely that the characters on their shows seem more real to them than anything else.

It's sad, but can also be a kind of social lubricant... back in Canada, my social life at work increased exponentially when I started watching more TV and was then able to participate in the lunch conversation. But usually it was just a springboard to meatier topics.
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Old 27.11.2010, 18:39
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Re: People who talk about the telly

DB, it's a shame you cut the conversation off so quickly... you didn't give them the chance to tell you who died, who got married and who has the big "C"... I get this every single time I call home and also the question "Have you seen the twins? Are they lovely? Do they bring them out?" If you have a mother who is in lust with Roger Federer, this is usually part of the conversation too.... Rocks my world... every time.
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Old 27.11.2010, 18:45
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Re: People who talk about the telly

spot on klausanne. when i taught in ny the only thing that would be discussed thoroughly was dancing with the stars or some other crapity crap on tv. it seems to bring together people who otherwise have nothing in common or have nothing else to do or interesting to talk about. we were never big t.v watchers, we only had tv for about 2 years straight and even then there was no time to watch it because there were more exciting things to do.

as much as i hate it though, i love my mommy and feign interest when she tells me about the cutest commercial she saw the other day...blah blah blah and i love her so i tell her, aww, that's sweet- now let's go for a walk...hahaha.
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Re: People who talk about the telly

Almost 100% of what is on TV and funny/interesting is only funny/interesting when and while you watch it yourself.
It's obvious once you try to explain it to someone who is not familiar with the series or the characters. Or if somebody else tries to explain it to you.
Unfortunately, maybe 1-2h a day (net, over all channels combined, without commercials) is funny/interesting.
And 99% of that can be downloaded via bittorent shortly afterwards (with commercials already cut out).
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Old 27.11.2010, 19:10
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Re: People who talk about the telly

Best be finding yourself a better class of telephonic partner then DB. No-one I ever speaks to on the phone talks about TV.
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Old 27.11.2010, 19:24
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Re: People who talk about the telly

oh. and in our time here so far- i haven't seen anything on telly in switzerland worth talking about...
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Re: People who talk about the telly

Oh DB and Mathnut, I need to teach you jass (Swiss card game) sometime. Now that's real. You'd both be dynamite at it.

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oh. and in our time here so far- i haven't seen anything on telly in switzerland worth talking about...
what!?.. never seen Swissview in HD i guess.....breathtaking!
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Re: People who talk about the telly

I was trying to tell someone the other day about the star of the popular cop show "Kojak". Anyway, I was told that talking about Telly is boring.

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Re: People who talk about the telly

I think I would rather hear about the telly as all I ever get is health.

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Sadly in the UK TV is no1 and shopping No2, as so many people don't go hiking etc- their lives revolve around the box
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Sadly in the UK TV is no1 and shopping No2, as so many people don't go hiking etc- their lives revolve around the box
You forgot house prices.

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Oh DB and Mathnut, I need to teach you jass (Swiss card game) sometimes. Now that's real. You'd both be dynamite at it.
When my rents came we bought cards at the CFF to play trumps...Mother was not happy when there weren't enough cards in the pack.

She even wanted to go back and complain that they didn't give us enough cards
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Old 27.11.2010, 19:36
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I think I might just stop phoning people in England.
But if you don't then you have to do this. Like me.

The reason why people talk about TV is because of that post-modernist bull that everything is just as good as everything else because what's most important of all is the view of any given individual. I know it's OK to talk about current affairs or the content of a good book or even to examine a particularly impressive aria, but that it isn't OK to dissect Eastenders. How do I know this? No idea. But I know that everyone who thinks Britney Spears is better than Beethoven or that Big Brother is "good" needs to be sent to a North Korean corrective work camp to have their aberrant behaviour ironed out.

Alternatively: TV's great, talking about TV is great, people that talk about TV need to be shot.
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