Your com­ments on TV and ra­dio

New Zealand Listener - - THAT’SENTERTAINMENT -


For some years I have en­joyed watch­ing Es­cape to the Coun­try (Prime, Thurs­day) for the lovely views of ru­ral Eng­land and its many quaint and charm­ing lit­tle vil­lages and its rich history. The ad­di­tional at­trac­tion for me was al­ways the knowl­edge that there would be no vi­o­lence and be­ing able to re­late to the happy re­sults ex­pe­ri­enced by young and old in es­cap­ing the pres­sures of modern so­ci­ety.

Un­for­tu­nately, the pro­gramme time is no longer suit­able, at least for res­i­dents in health­care homes, as it has been vir­tu­ally halved, com­ing as it does in the mid­dle of their lunch hour. Is there any hope of a bet­ter screen­ing time? Dar­rell Grace (Whanganui)


What do Colorado’s Rocky Moun­tains and a Na­tive Amer­i­can tribal chant have to do with Holden utes in New Zealand? To me, use of such a chant amounts to cul­tural mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion – that is, theft.

I’ve lived in Mon­tana and know many Na­tive Amer­i­cans. I went to their pow­wows and en­joyed their singing, drum­ming and danc­ing. Ev­ery time I see that ad I have to switch chan­nels or mute the TV, it ir­ri­tates me so much.

Like Māori and the Aus­tralian Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ples, Na­tive Amer­i­cans are reach­ing back to their an­ces­tral roots, lands, lan­guage and cul­ture. To see and hear this in a car ad is in­sult­ing. Barry Pyle (Whangarei)


I would like to regis­ter a strong protest at the ad­ver­tise­ments on Un­charted, the splen­did six-part doc­u­men­tary on Prime, fronted by Sam Neill (Sun­day, 8.30pm).

All con­ti­nu­ity is lost when a sham­poo ad breaks into a tran­quil is­land scene, or per­haps some in­ter­est­ing his­tor­i­cal in­for­ma­tion told by a lo­cal. Nancy Cawley (Nel­son)


RNZ Na­tional’s Morn­ing Re­port on Septem­ber 10 had a story about the New Zealand De­fence Force “pulling the pin” on train­ing Iraqi troops. The ex­pres­sion refers to re­mov­ing the safety catch on a hand grenade be­fore throw­ing it.

What the re­porter meant was “pulling the plug” – that is, turn­ing it off. If jour­nal­ists are go­ing to use clichés, they should get them right.

Among Ge­orge Or­well’s time-hon­oured rules for bet­ter writ­ing was don’t use words and ex­pres­sions that are done to death. Neil Keat­ing (Auck­land)

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