Your comments on TV and radio
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)
ROCKY MOUNTAIN LOW
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)