Magic telebox

2°C, dry but cloudy (getting warmer, huzzah!).

Over-run by remotes from new gadgets. I only intended to buy a Blu-ray player so I can watch my latest video rental. That first part failed with me feeling annoyed with Argos for mis-labelling the player. I wanted a player with built-in wireless which can then show BBC’s iPlayer on the TV. The catalogue was labelled as such but once I got it home and looked it wasn’t. For that model, you have to buy a USB dongle, otherwise no wireless. This was annoying because the Argos woman said I can’t return this unless it’s faulty. Anyway, they found an alternative, a Sony device with wireless built-in. But…

Behind the counter was a range of ex-display stuff including a FreeSat box that I intended to buy with next month’s salary. At half-price, I took it.

Good things: the best is the picture quality. Not so much the extra resolution, but far more convincing colour and tonal depth than the previous white sky box. the sound is better too. The set-top box will record from TV from next week’s schedule, setting is just too easy.

That draining cold is receding this week. It had better take my cough with it.

America is in Shark this morning

Another pop star died last night. Now the TV is full of clips from the 1980s & 90’s shots of this wailing pop singer from before her drug filled years. I remember as a kid, when Elvis died. I was really pleased, in my naivety, that we wouldn’t have to hear his music any more. How so very very wrong I was.
The TV will be full of this, but at least there are no pictures of absurd nose-jobs or skin bleaching. There is footage of crying Americans to endure though.

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