BBC Now SBC

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I suggested some time ago that the BBC should be renamed the SBC because of its move to Salford, a cultural desert on the outskirts of Manchester. It seemed clear that its main purpose was no longer to serve the people of Britain in general but only those dwelling in the former home of Britain’s worst painter, a place where outsiders are shot on sight.

Perhaps I’ve got it wrong. Perhaps it should still be the SBC but with the S standing for Sports. It has long been clear that the BBC regards sport as more important than anything else on its schedule but today they plumbed new depths. Five Live, which has the advantage over Radio 4 of starting its news broadcasting an hour earlier, at 5 a.m., decided to ditch its news and the 5.30 ‘Wake up to Money’ programme in favour of a tennis match featuring Andy Murray. There is actually a Five Live Sports Extra station, but that had cricket on it. Clearly the SBC is in the right place. Somewhere where no-one cares about news or the state of the economy.
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This blog is created in Rapidweaver using the standard blog page. Although I sometimes hand-code, Rapidweaver is great software because it allows you to produce a site very quickly and make it look pretty well exactly how you want. A particularly important plug-in for Rapidweaver is Stacks (especially the very elegant Stacks 2). This has spurred the development of many individual stacks which add functionality. I particularly like Seydesign’s new ZipBar stack which adds a particularly elegant menu bar to your page. I have been experimenting with it on a number of unpublished pages and have just used it to rework a rather cumbersome page on the danckwerts.com website. I particularly like the way that the page’s colour scheme can be matched in seconds.
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