Re: Benito Jonsolini
As opposed to the likes of Reichsmarshal Verhofstadt? No thanks, that guy is a fanatic with a screw loose.
All hail Boris. Go and get 'em sunshine.
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Unfortunately, I think that much of BBC output is made by independent production companies that the BBC buys from. How often these days the you hear a programme sign off with words along the lines of " This has been an (insert a name here) production for the BBC? I cannot recall exactly when this started to be so but I don't remember it from my younger days. So maybe a lot of the broadcast output is not owned by the BBC anyway these days but the rights are owned by the production companies and iplayer availability is just part of the contract.
All that aside, I'd pay the licence fee for Radio4 and BBC4 alone I really would, the rest I view as a bonus.
Look, if some of you people took the time to read about the device and the ethos behind it, it would perhaps eventually dawn on you that these things are aimed fairly and squarely at school children. Not for hobbyists or engineers or any other adequately paid contributor to these pages but school children. I take it you've heard about them before, people that have little income of their own to splash out on patriotic gestures be it to British industry or UK tax. The idea is, and always was, to produce the device at the lowest price possible thereby enabling education establishments to provide children with a programming/development platform. So cheap in fact that it could be viable to give it free of charge, depending on the schools budget.
If you want to contribute to to the treasury, gift them a fiver when you buy your own.
Let me tell you, when these things first came out they were made of aluminium castings and had fifteen ply jaws. (I know, I've just been and counted them on the one I was given by my wife thirty five years ago).
It's seen some action in that time too and the only thing that broke was one of the handles that wind the jaws in and out - easily remedied by adapting the handle of a Stanley hand drill. Easily the most useful bit of DIY kit I've ever owned.