It’s funny. I knw myself well enough these days to know that I don’t particularly follow the crowd. My tastes are quite unique.
On serious matters, on something like politics, my priorities, and therefore my views, are not common. Indeed, I was surprised to find, when I looked at some online politics groups, to find some people who did agree with me. On certain issues, anyway.
On lighter things, take television. A lot of programmes I’ve simply never seen. The Saturday night “make an unknown person a star” shows, for example. I see these for what they are – cheap, low-quality tv. Another popular show in the UK is The Apprentice. I think I watched the first season for novelty value, but stopped, ironically as it grew in fame. I’ve probably posted about that show before, but my objections to that show are quite serious. The premise that the bottom line is the beginning and end of everything offends me. Money is one commodity, sure, but there are others.
On the subjet of tv, the other day I watched a re-run of the first few episodes of Downton Abbey. I think this aired for the first time around 2010-2015, but missed me completely. I suppose, at that time of my life, I started off in London, had two years sorting out my parents’ estates, then spent the last few years trying to get the “bicycle mechanic” thing to fly. So I guess I was quite busy.
I mean, I’d certainly heard of it, I knew it was a massive production, but still never watched. But having taken the opportunity second-time around, I’m impressed. Of course this upstairs/downstairs thing is absolutenonsense, but I suppose a fairly accurate portrayal of the time. On the strngth of these episodes I’ve just ordered the box-set of every episode, and, really, you can count in years when I last bought a dvd.
So yeah, a promising start. Let’s hope that the other fifty-odd episodes live up to the standard.
Oh, and note to readers – there isn’t really an abbey (or anything remotely similar) in Downton! The outdoor shots were filmed at a place not a million miles away called Highclere Castle, although the story is entirely fictional, set up in Yorkshire.