Take myself. I watch very little television, mostly because I am not interested in much of the content; secondly because on network television there are so many commercial breaks it spoils the few things I am interested in watching. I really don’t want to see an ad for injury lawyers, or for a new drug every 6-7 minutes.
Now, I appreciate that everything costs money, and advertising pays for those costs; after all, I have a number of blogs on which I carry advertising, including this one, as it pays for the costs of running them. However, no-one has to click on any ads on my sites, unless they want to, and that’s the same on most other sites I visit.
I keep in touch with what’s going on in the world. I read the local newspaper. I read the New York Times. I get a daily podcast of the Wall Street Journal. I frequently visit the BBC news site – as I feel they are less biased, and more trustworthy in their news reporting than Fox, or CNN for example.
Sometimes, I find the advertisements on web sites are useful. Sometimes I click on them, and read about the product and service that is interesting me. Sometimes I go on to make a purchase. One reason is that the advertisements online are more likely to relate to what you’re reading, unlike on television, where a commercial for a backache pill comes in the middle of a history documentary.
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In my spare time, when I’m away from the computer, I like to relax with either a good book, or some good music.
Of course, one’s tastes in either are very subjective; I tend to prefer non-fiction, and science, history, and geography when reading; and my tastes in music are fairly wide, covering classical, country, folk, rock, soul, and jazz.
It’s difficult to give any one specific genre, and I can’t ever truly name favorites – it really depends what mood I’m in at the time, when it comes to my choice of listening.
This afternoon, while doing some work, I was listening to Paul Gambacinni on BBC Radio Two. I wasn’t listening all the time, as I was talking as well, and concentrating too. One track caught my ear enough to listen intently afterwards to catch the name of it.
During late November 2007, she performed on the excellent BBC2 television show “Later with Jools Holland”, which resulted in a second appearance on his show, well his Hootenanny, which has seen the New Year in great musical style for the past few years.
On the show she performed with soul legend Eddie Floyd. She came back a third time in February this year, and performed three tracks from the album, which was released in March 2008. Duffy is the first Welsh female to achieve a number one pop single in the past 25 years.
As befits an album that begins with ‘Rockferry’, a mournful, slightly unsettling tale of moving on, and ends which ‘Distant Dreamer’, a soaring epic that finds Duffy contemplating “all the things I’d like to do with my life”, Rockferry is a musical journey that’s both sad and stirring, and is in a largely retro-soul style.
I thoroughly recommend it.
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