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8.5 million of us now rent our homes - as fewer of us can afford to buy. This generation has been called generation rent.

In this film we meet the new army of private landlords who are riding this rental boom, who own one in every five properties.

Some landlords like Jim Haliburton AKA 'The HMO Daddy' have found there is serious money to be made. His property empire stretches across the West Midlands and he houses around 800 tenants. His property portfolio is worth £26 million.

Selena Gomez is very Neotenous for Caucasoids (Nilmar Honorato da Silva), Tuesday, 23 July 2013 19:37 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

The actor, who made his name in US crime drama The Wire, will present two hour-long shows with the working title Idris Elba: King Of Speed.

Private Eye editor Ian Hislop will present a three-part look at the British obsession with history and Fern Britton will challenge nine pairs of gardeners to grow their own fruit and veg on an Oxfordshire allotment before their work is judged in a country show-style competition.

There will also be a three-part series about cats and historian Andrew Roberts will examine the life of Napoleon Bonaparte.

There are a lot of subjective opinions (Nilmar Honorato da Silva), Sunday, 25 August 2013 21:03 (nine years ago) link

No motd2 tonight wtf

firelance photographer (darraghmac), Sunday, 25 August 2013 21:20 (nine years ago) link

Bank holiday, biggest game of the weekend being played tomorrow.

tell it to my arse (jim in glasgow), Monday, 26 August 2013 01:47 (nine years ago) link

a three-part series about cats

Can't believe the Beeb is denying us details of who will present this. Hoping for Paul F Tompkins as Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

bizarro gazzara, Monday, 26 August 2013 10:50 (nine years ago) link

The actor, who made his name in US crime drama The Wire, will present two hour-long shows with the working title Idris Elba: King Of Speed.

Private Eye editor Ian Hislop will present a three-part look at the British obsession with history and Fern Britton will challenge nine pairs of gardeners to grow their own fruit and veg on an Oxfordshire allotment before their work is judged in a country show-style competition.

There will also be a three-part series about cats and historian Andrew Roberts will examine the life of Napoleon Bonaparte.

― There are a lot of subjective opinions (Nilmar Honorato da Silva), Sunday, 25 August 2013 21:03 (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the bbc is over

which can be sold for meat if they are boys.. (sorry guys) (imago), Monday, 26 August 2013 10:55 (nine years ago) link

These series would be infinitely more interesting if they just shuffled the presenters around.

Stop the tape I got spittle all over my moustache. (Talcum Mucker), Monday, 26 August 2013 10:58 (nine years ago) link

Private Eye editor Ian Hislop will present a three-part look at the British obsession with history and Fern Britton

calumerio, Monday, 26 August 2013 11:44 (nine years ago) link

irl giggles ongoing

which can be sold for meat if they are boys.. (sorry guys) (imago), Monday, 26 August 2013 13:31 (nine years ago) link

Cats will examine the life of Napoleon Bonapsrte

Mark G, Monday, 26 August 2013 14:15 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24818769

the last line:

Sweetie will not be used again. She has done her job - showing the predators that they can easily become prey.

an opinion piece as the lead on the news website? or is it an opinion piece?

Legitimate space tale (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 5 November 2013 14:19 (eight years ago) link

that is just creepy

sarahell, Tuesday, 5 November 2013 21:59 (eight years ago) link

accidentally saw part of a documentary about Myra Hindley the other night and there was a clip of the BBC's Michael Buerk starting the report of her death with "Probably the most hated woman in Britain" and i thought really? on the BBC??

. (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 November 2013 22:00 (eight years ago) link

Buerk's a bugger for that sort of guff, ever heard the moral maze?

Defund Phil Collins (stevie), Tuesday, 5 November 2013 22:02 (eight years ago) link

occasionally, but this looked like it was from the ten o'clock news ffs

. (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 November 2013 22:03 (eight years ago) link

Britain on the Fiddle.
1/3. New series. The world of benefits cheats, who effectively steal millions of pounds in taxpayers' money every year. Reporter Richard Bilton goes on the frontline with investigators chasing a woman who won £95,000 on a game show but carried on claiming her `allowance'.

There seems to be a strategy in the BBC now to attempt to appease/appeal to the Tory/Daily Mail/UKIP lot.

hewing to the status quo with great zealotry (DavidM), Wednesday, 6 November 2013 20:12 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

dunno if any of you are young enough to still have dreams, but perhaps you know someone who really wants to be a journalist for the bbc.

if so: http://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/trainee-schemes/jts

this is how i got in - and now i am saving to do a totally different career but it definitely got the whole news thing out of my system.

seriously though it's a really good opportunity for your little brother or sister or whatever.

Legitimate space tale (LocalGarda), Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:01 (eight years ago) link

never too late: There is no age limit and the scheme welcomes career-changers who have ambitions to work in broadcast news but have been pursuing a career in other industries.

Eyeball Kicks, Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:08 (eight years ago) link

Would never work for that bunch of self-protecting creeps.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:15 (eight years ago) link

As a 23 year old with a BA in creative writing, an MA in American Literature and five years worth of writing experience, is it worth me applying?

the Shearer of simulated snowsex etc. (Dwight Yorke), Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:17 (eight years ago) link

Depends whether or not you're "fit."

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:21 (eight years ago) link

never too late

hmm, i take that back

Eyeball Kicks, Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:25 (eight years ago) link

As a 23 year old with a BA in creative writing, an MA in American Literature and five years worth of writing experience, is it worth me applying?

Yeah I'd say so. I was 25 when I got in.

There is no age limit and the scheme welcomes career-changers who have ambitions to work in broadcast news but have been pursuing a career in other industries.

The year I did it there was an Irish solicitor who must have been mid or late 30s. As well as some people in early 20s. I reckon it's a lot more competitive now, I got in cos they didn't know what the internet was at this time and they needed people who could harness its dark magic. Little has changed I guess.

Legitimate space tale (LocalGarda), Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:31 (eight years ago) link

what are they looking for? not sure how you'd go about getting the right boxes ticked

ogmor, Thursday, 28 November 2013 12:16 (eight years ago) link

As a 23 year old with a BA in creative writing, an MA in American Literature and five years worth of writing experience, is it worth me applying?

― the Shearer of simulated snowsex etc. (Dwight Yorke), Thursday, 28 November 2013 11:17 (3 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The fact you can claim all that and have the gall to elide the possessive apostrophe from "years'" indicates to me that your lying on you're CV

veneer timber (imago), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:00 (eight years ago) link

your lying on you're CV

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:01 (eight years ago) link

clearly intentional dude

malapopism (wins), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:02 (eight years ago) link

The fact you can claim all that and have the gall to elide the possessive apostrophe from "years'" indicates to me that your lying on you're CV

^^^^^ sentence clearly the work of a savage who uses "whilst" without shame

the "Weird Al" Yankovic of country music (stevie), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:17 (eight years ago) link

my novel is currently 92794 words long and heavens! one of those words is whilst. better nuke the lot. how many words is your novel stevie? :)

veneer timber (imago), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:32 (eight years ago) link

Novels! What a quaint caprice.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:33 (eight years ago) link

nothing on the BBC

veneer timber (imago), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:34 (eight years ago) link

^^^trenchant social commentary

veneer timber (imago), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:34 (eight years ago) link

meanwhilst elsewhere...

Mordy , Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:37 (eight years ago) link

elsetwhere

Legitimate space tale (LocalGarda), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:37 (eight years ago) link

int counter = 5;
int factorial = 1;
do {
factorial *= counter--; /* Multiply, then decrement. */
} whilst (counter > 0);
printf("factorial of 5 is %d\n", factorial);

fashionably early Christmas themed display name (snoball), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:39 (eight years ago) link

my novel is currently 92794 words long and heavens! one of those words is whilst. better nuke the lot. how many words is your novel stevie? :)

i'm all about the non-fiction, louis

the "Weird Al" Yankovic of country music (stevie), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:40 (eight years ago) link

> whilst (counter > 0);

you could stop at 1 given that that is the multiplicative identity...

koogs, Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:43 (eight years ago) link

Thought u guys would be arguing the relative merits of "is it worth me applying" vs "is it worth my applying" by now

malapopism (wins), Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:48 (eight years ago) link

[in all seriousness, and i just felt i should make this clear, you are all welcome to use 'whilst' wherever and whenever you like, it's just my own personal bugbear, and one which has arisen from subbing/rewriting too much copy where 'whilst' has been used to imply a certain level of 'cleverness' that is painfully absent in the rest of the copy]

the "Weird Al" Yankovic of country music (stevie), Thursday, 28 November 2013 16:17 (eight years ago) link

you could stop at 1 given that that is the multiplicative identity...

― koogs, Thursday, November 28, 2013 3:43 PM (5 hours ago)

Well that's what I get for C&Ping code from Wikipedia without checking it. Oh hang on, someone's edited it...

fashionably early Christmas themed display name (snoball), Thursday, 28 November 2013 21:35 (eight years ago) link

Five years worth, btw, works either way afaic

30 ch'lopping days left to umas (darraghmac), Thursday, 28 November 2013 21:37 (eight years ago) link

No wait, I was looking at the 'while' page just now, which has the 'stop at 1' condition, but the code fragment I copied earlier was from the 'do while' page. Curses to you, Wikipedia! Is it too late to work in some kind of BBC++ joek?

fashionably early Christmas themed display name (snoball), Thursday, 28 November 2013 21:41 (eight years ago) link

xp C and C++ jockeys love to prematurely optimise code almost as much as assembler programmers

fashionably early Christmas themed display name (snoball), Thursday, 28 November 2013 21:43 (eight years ago) link

i don't get why the php example is so shonky.

i also missed the 'whilst' change in that original snippet and, therefore, the entire point.

anyway, back on topic. the 'an adventure in space and time' thing to celebrate dr who was good, lots of bbc tvc footage.

koogs, Thursday, 28 November 2013 22:01 (eight years ago) link

BBC News editor/former Times editor James Harding says that BBC News "can't be a free-form jazz band." Why not?

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/dec/09/bbc-news-nelson-mandela-complaints-coverage

(actually I agree with him on his central point; see also the people who complained that live coverage of NM's release back in 1990 meant postponement of Antiques Roadshow. They may even have been the same people)

850 complaints. log 'em and move on.

last updated 10 years ago by (Noodle Vague), Monday, 9 December 2013 11:53 (eight years ago) link

The BBC received about 850 complaints about the extent of its Mandela coverage, including its decision on Thursday evening to interrupt a repeat of sitcom Mrs Brown's Boys on BBC1 to bring viewers news of his death.
kind of lol but mostly sad

sktsh, Monday, 9 December 2013 11:58 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

is BBC allowed to have product placements on their shows?

newsnight, for example, gave "flappy bird" or whatever it was quite a boost no doubt last night

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Friday, 7 February 2014 13:57 (eight years ago) link

hopefully nobody was paid for it

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Friday, 7 February 2014 13:58 (eight years ago) link

there's also restaurant man. featuring some hotel in mhor scotland this week, and the pullman restaurant train last week. both times their web server went down straight after it was shown

^ 諷刺 (ken c), Friday, 7 February 2014 14:03 (eight years ago) link


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