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Old 29.11.2010, 10:28
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Re: People who talk about the telly

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For me it's quite relevant to living in Switzerland because a lot of us experience this. I know that when I return home my brother's family will go on and on about people and programs I've never heard of. It makes you see how the telly seems to rule a lot of peoples lives in the UK.
Well, yes.....by that logic I can start a thread about toilet paper roughness in airports on the grounds that sometimes I travel through Zurich airport

Anyway....I couldn't really give a flying you-know-what about where it is EXCEPT that we normal folks get ours relegated and shuffled around for VERY pedantic reasons but the rules aren't consistently applied it appears....

No biggie tho'
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Old 29.11.2010, 10:49
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Re: People who talk about the telly

It's funny when friends I have who ostentatiously claim all the time how they do not have the evil tv and yady ya will always ask me to fill them in or what movies are on, if they can borrow the flicks, etc. I don't have time for tv, unless I spin on eliptical that has it inbuilt and then I watch mezzo or our local La Cote channel, which is clumsy and cute, but so informative and relevant to my life here. I don't know anyone who watches it really, sadly, can't relate to them in this silly little local tv shtick, but I love getting info on local artists, choirs, weird little activities and services, which pistes are opened, snow reports. I am not sure if it is any better than boring UK soaps, who cares. So, I guess I watch the news and try to relate to others sharing the info, sometimes people are in sometimes they aren't, but it gives great little dose of facts to start small talking about people's life here. Being Czech is a good excuse to pass on the UK soaps to other people, in group setting, so I guess I am lucky.

I don't think criticising people for watching soaps and wanting to relate has anything to do with snobbery either. It's sad, innit, when all people live through are some overly dramatic, cheesy life stories, as if our life wasn't full of way more interesting stuff than those fabricated formulaic crappily produced shows. I think wanting to relate through something common and utterly impersonal, might be a desperation call, ie - they do not know what to relate to you with, they don't consider their life worthy sharing, or don't want to. Plus medias are so full of it, aren't they, 24/7, there is no space for anything else...People need guts to be independent of all of this, it is hard when they are in the midst of it all, surrounded like plague. When you are in another country, it is a lot easier to distance yourself from this kind of menace, plus colleages will not give you a weird look "whatcha mean you don't watch it"...

The only thing one can do is try to change the topic, over and over, until they get it. Then they might realize that you giving more credit to their own life is not being nosy, or weird, it's a compliment from you to them, that you think they do have a life, their own stories interest you more than the uniform tv bull. But it needs patience, me thinks, and you need to be blunt about it, too. I actually don't have friends who would like to go on a soap repeat for me, thankfully, plus they realize calls are pricey. Being far makes it harder for peeps to read you, to know what you are after, your priorities, interests...Just tell them, soaps are undecodable for you at this point (and probably never have been) and it takes too long to get filled in.

I could also think that the fact they think you are just like them is somewhat inclusive...and homey, in a sense.
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Old 29.11.2010, 11:02
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Re: People who talk about the telly

I love my TV. There, I've said it.
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Hold on a second... you're not interested in people telling you about things they watch on telly, BUT...

You think we'd be interested in knowing the things that don't interest you?
Just saying...
You were interested enough to click on the thread and reply to it, weren't you?
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Old 29.11.2010, 12:35
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Re: People who talk about the telly

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I was but was disappointed when I didn't find any juicy story about people on the telly or people who talk about juicy stories on the telly

Did you watch the apprentice last Wednesday by the way? They had them make crisps and try and flog it to the Germans in Hamburg, was well funny watching them trying to speak German
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Old 29.11.2010, 13:09
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Re: People who talk about the telly

Before I moved here I was about 4 years without a TV in the UK and I only have one now because I'm in a furnished place. Fortunately I have nfi what the people inside it are saying so I don't turn it on.

It used to drive me insane to think that people watch DIY shows for a few hours each week when they could paint their shitty living room in the same time. Alas, I think the DIY shows have fallen by the wayside now and the analogy doesnt quite work with figure skating with a B-list celeb.
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Old 29.11.2010, 13:47
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I know that DB will shortly be canonised and is thus beyond criticism, but this has nothing to do with Switzerland, does it?

Nothing wrong with the thread or the OP by the way, but having occasionally been frustrated by the sometimes anal application of the Big Book of Rules, and having read about newbies being confused by the mods.....was just wonderin' why its not off-topic?

(a cynic might think its all about post and thanks counts )
Hi Caviarchips, just saw this post.

Dirty little mod secret: when in doubt, threads tend to stay where they're started. Many a thread could be reasonably placed in two categories (e.g. a workplace discrimination complaint: Employment? Complaints Corner?) Sometimes we'll make a snap decision between these based on the initial post's tone, content - and yes, the poster's style and history: if you notice that every thread posted by a particular user inevitably devolves into American politics / Islam / battle-of-the-sexes....

More often we'll let it go for a few posts, see how the discussion is trending and move it at that point. In this respect the first few replies can affect a thread's destination almost as much as the initial post. It doesn't seem quite fair, particularly when you are the OP and are the only one to receive a PM about it - but these are auto-generated, so there's really little we can do. All I can say is don't take the PM as a reprimand unless you reckon you deserve one.

Hope this helps. Determining what is off-topic, or how far off-topic merits a thread move, is all a bit nebulous of course, and as much as we try to keep it uniform, I dare say it probably does partly depend on which mod's looking at it and whether before or after coffee. Having said that... I will not comment on how many posts of DB's are deleted (or, these days, vetoed ) compared to how many of anyone else's - but suffice it to say he does not enjoy any kind of special immunity.

About this particular thread: it looks correctly placed to me. To be honest, if I were deciding where to put it my only hesitation would be between Complaints Corner and Daily Life (with the tone enough to tip the balance in favor of Complaints Corner.)
I think trying to keep in touch with friends back home who, when you do get hold of them, only want to talk about what's on TV back home, is a feature of expat life in Switzerland. The responses so far seem to bear that out as well. Perhaps not just in Switzerland, but then again you might ask why we have weather rants in Complaints Corner... there's weather everywhere, you know, not just in Switzerland...

Again, hope this helps.
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Old 29.11.2010, 14:07
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Re: People who talk about the telly

Tch! How will complaining about this on an Internet forum ever change anything? It's pretty much just the same as a conversation in a pub . . .

Oh, hang on . . .
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Old 29.11.2010, 14:14
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Re: People who talk about the telly

The purpose of this thread is clearly to increase DB's sense of self-importance
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I'd rather watch TV than take part in these stupids debates...uhm...about who watches TV and ..uhm...who doesn't... (round & round in circles...)no point
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I'm with DB here, some close relatives of mine (no names, no pack drill) actually plan much of their lives around the TV, with a one eyed God blaring away in each room. Telephone / Skype conversations often contain details of all the series waiting for them at home on the DVRecorder.

Eastenders is the absolute worst. My better half is a mad keen fan. I have to go to another room to avoid getting maddened by the sheer misery, inanity and pointlessness of it all.

The great quote being mangled by an earlier poster was from Eleanor Roosevelt:
"Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people"
Absolutely correct.

Regarding the Montessori professor and his take on TV, the wife and I say:
"Switch the telly on, switch the baby off!"


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Old 29.11.2010, 15:59
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Re: People who talk about the telly

Television is there to file the space between doing one thing and doing another thing.

The more things you have to do in your life the less you need television.
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Television is there to file the space between doing one thing and doing another thing.

The more things you have to do in your life the less you need television.
Yes. You'll also find yourself interesting things to do if you give up your telly.
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Hey DB. Panorama is on....
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Yes. You'll also find yourself interesting things to do if you give up your telly.
...like posting in this thread...
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Re: People who talk about the telly

My problem is that I actually start relating myself to the people in the Reality shows. I felt sorry for that poor woman that fainted in I'm a Celebrity, I actually cried real tears when Paige was voted off X Factor.

I am a sad person. Not to be met in a dark road at night....

I only watch Strictly because of the Welsh rugby player's muscles. And the fact that he is not very intelligent but cute as hell.

Eastenders, don't get me started.
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Re: People who talk about the telly

the only thing possibly worse than people discussing tv, is people discussing facebook.

I saw the status update already -i am NOT interested in hearing it repeated and dissected. Or even worse is when irl someone tries discussing something you previously put on facebook. Dude! Yeah, i was bored last wednesday, but it was a passing comment -get over it!
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Re: People who talk about the telly

Making small talk about television, or making 100+ posts about talking about television? Seems a bit redundant. I think it's time to fix your TV. or buy an Xbox.
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