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Re: Book Help II

Postby polisciguy » Sun Jul 04, 2010 08:05 am

araby wrote:Now that product placement is allowed on British TV, prepare for adverts DURING the programme- or entire programmes becoming elongated adverts! :x

I was watching a film on commercial TV the other day which had it's first ad break 7 MINUTES in!

Welcome to the world American viewers have been living in for years. :( ABC, NBC, and CBS generally take their first commercial break after about three to five minutes, right after the teaser opening and the title cards/credits. It makes a one-hour program last closer to 40-45 minutes; back when West Wing was on the air, they could only get 42 minutes of programming in because of commercial concerns. :( Half-hour programs are a bit better, although the shows still end up being only 22 minutes long.

It doesn't really hit you how much advertising there is until you watch a show you've seen over-the-air on dvd for the first time...:|
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Re: Book Help II

Postby Mithith Beathty » Mon Jul 05, 2010 07:11 am

polisciguy wrote:
araby wrote:Now that product placement is allowed on British TV, prepare for adverts DURING the programme- or entire programmes becoming elongated adverts! :x

I was watching a film on commercial TV the other day which had it's first ad break 7 MINUTES in!

Welcome to the world American viewers have been living in for years. :( ABC, NBC, and CBS generally take their first commercial break after about three to five minutes, right after the teaser opening and the title cards/credits. It makes a one-hour program last closer to 40-45 minutes; back when West Wing was on the air, they could only get 42 minutes of programming in because of commercial concerns. :( Half-hour programs are a bit better, although the shows still end up being only 22 minutes long.

It doesn't really hit you how much advertising there is until you watch a show you've seen over-the-air on dvd for the first time...:|


Well it's pretty bad here already - when you think programmes like Lewis which are 2 hours on adverted TV come out at between 1 hour 28 and 1 hour 32 on Catch Up. And I don't watch Virgin any more because it 5 mins of advert and 3 of programme almost.
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Re: Book Help II

Postby polisciguy » Mon Jul 05, 2010 08:37 am

The worst is when they truncate movies to make room for commercials. a) They put the commercials in the absolute worst places, and b) they often cut out non-relevant parts of the movie, but the parts cut often contain the wittiest comments. :(

I remember one time a few years ago, back when my grandma was living with us, we were watching a Hitchcock film on tv. The part they truncated? Hitchcock's cameo. :roll:
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Re: Book Help II

Postby steeljam » Mon Jul 12, 2010 01:45 pm

polisciguy wrote:
araby wrote:Now that product placement is allowed on British TV, prepare for adverts DURING the programme- or entire programmes becoming elongated adverts! :x
I was watching a film on commercial TV the other day which had it's first ad break 7 MINUTES in!

Welcome to the world American viewers have been living in for years. :( ABC, NBC, and CBS generally take their first commercial break after about three to five minutes, right after the teaser opening and the title cards/credits. It makes a one-hour program last closer to 40-45 minutes; back when West Wing was on the air, they could only get 42 minutes of programming in because of commercial concerns. :( Half-hour programs are a bit better, although the shows still end up being only 22 minutes long.
It doesn't really hit you how much advertising there is until you watch a show you've seen over-the-air on dvd for the first time...:|

The programmes actually don't last 40-45 minutes because the first 10 minutes are made up of what has happened so far. Do Americans really have such a short attention span? This can get very annoying when watching consecutive episodes on a series DVD.
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Re: Book Help II

Postby chrisboote » Mon Jul 12, 2010 01:47 pm

Looking for the ISBN number of a book

It's a hardback music book, the cover is a montage cartoon of loads o cartoons of 70s people holding up placards with song titles (e.g. Enoch Powell holding up 'black and white')
It's called something like
"Great Hits of the 70s" or "100 great hits of the seventies" but it ISN'T this one
http://www.alibris.co.uk/booksearch?qwo ... ting*title
this one
http://www.alibris.co.uk/booksearch?qwo ... ting*title
or this one
http://www.alibris.co.uk/booksearch?qwo ... ting*title

As far as I can recall it's by Wyse Music Publications, but that might just be a figment of my imagination

Anyone got a copy?
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Re: Book Help II

Postby rentawitch » Mon Jul 12, 2010 04:21 pm

possible the cover has changed?
http://en.woodbrass.com/SONGBOOK+-+LITT ... %27S+HITS+

They definitely publish music books. Maybe you could email Wise Publications?
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Re: Book Help II

Postby chrisboote » Tue Jul 13, 2010 08:54 am

Thanx Kris, no it's not that one
Although Wyse Publications might have changed their name to Wise, I suppose
I'll do an address check tonight
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Re: Book Help II

Postby Djelibeybi » Sat Sep 18, 2010 06:44 pm

"To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks." - Eeyore


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Re: Book Help II

Postby chrisboote » Tue Sep 21, 2010 01:25 pm

Whoopeeeeee! That's it!
Thanx
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Re: Book Help II

Postby Djelibeybi » Tue Sep 21, 2010 03:37 pm

Yr welcome! :mrgreen:
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Re: Book Help II

Postby chrisboote » Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:37 pm

Hi all, help needed
Someone at Kris & Mandy & Sam's party told me the name of a book I've been racking my brains about, literally for years
It's "The Moon - something" and it's set in Cornwall (possibly Devon) amongst other places, and one of the themes running through the book is "Life is like a game of backgammon, and the skilful player can make the best of the worst of throws"
And of course, once i got home - brainblank AGAIN!

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Re: Book Help II

Postby DavidAHarvey » Wed Sep 28, 2011 09:33 pm

a quick google, and my very rusty memory of the film, suggests Moonfleet.
'Life is like a game of hazard; the skilful player will make something of the worst of throws'; but what unskillful players we had been, how bad our throws, how little we had made of them!
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http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Moonfleet
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Re: Book Help II

Postby chrisboote » Thu Sep 29, 2011 12:12 pm

Ta, you're a star 8-)
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Re: Book Help II

Postby DavidAHarvey » Thu Sep 29, 2011 03:25 pm

my pleasure :)
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Re: Book Help II

Postby archerinwood » Thu Sep 29, 2011 07:14 pm

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