Wednesday, January 20, 2010

In the limelight

I watched the first episodes of Coronation Street in the early 1960's when Ena Sharples, Martha Longhurst and Minnie Caldwell ruled. I last watched it when Elsie Tanner died in the 70's (I think).

Tonight it still seems to be making an impact in the lives of the British public and has just won the battle of the soaps at the British Television Awards.  I feel almost embarrassed that the world might see it all as a reflection of the shallowness of the people of our great nation.

Why do people (I was one of them for a few years in my youth) get so carried away and waste so much of their valuable time watching such dribble?

Anyway, the news that really took centre stage and warmed my heart today was of the late, late survival of the women and children of the Haiti disaster. I stand amazed by the humanity on show and the miracles that are happening as people are dragged out of rubble.

The real stars are easily identified...they are the ones not on stage.


  1. Oh I watched some footage of amputees in the makeshift operating theatres in Haiti - and I cried. Then later on I caught some of these tv awards and I switched off.
    I don't do soaps - I used to when my dad lived with us but not any more.

  2. I gave up soaps after tortuous weeks watching Dallas to see who shot JR. Cured me forever.

  3. I don't blame you at all for turning your back on soaps FF. Nothing would get done if they were to be followed the way my colleagues at work seem to follow them.

    Actually Eileen, I must admit to watching that one. I stopped watching it when Bobby came back to life in the shower.

    I also put my hand up to Dr Kildare and Crossroads for a few months. Oh, and what's that other one...the Australian one that Kylie was in. Anyway, I've learned my lesson and am now clean.