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  • #11970
    Getzippy
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    Only caught 5 mins of the racing on C4 today, but what did you all think of AD’s facelift?

    Too much, or a quality job?

    I think it just about works, anymore and he would have looked too "scared."

    Zip

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    Pompete
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    No way

    This is the funniest thing I’ve ever read on here – I’m logging off before I get banned :D

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    yorkshirepudding
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    He needs too go on a diet, that and stop being such a twat after a long priced winnr goes in and he like he knew it would bolt in, it gets tiresome after a while.

    Ban Tommo period, if their was a candicate for the most annoying person in racing its him..

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    Dolus
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    He hasn’t had a face lift, it’s just that we are no longer looking at it through the bottom of a glass.

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    ClareF
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    You can lift things as high as you like but he’ll always look like an Australian cane toad and his pious personality and mean spirited journalism complement the physical package very well. I never really knew why he was so prominently used by C4. Now he is even more frightening to small children than before.
    By the way, isn’t it interesting that its only the personable BBC racing presenters who go on to greater things…. No doubt Clare Balding is having to pace herself as she recovers, thankfully, from her illness but you’d have to agree Rishi Persad has also done a great job at Wimbledon the past two weeks.

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    TheThrowback
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    you’d have to agree Rishi Persad has also done a great job at Wimbledon the past two weeks.

    I don’t know about that, but I’d certainly have to agree wth anyone who said that Mr Persad is the greatest beneficiary of positive discrimination in the history of the BBC as an employer.

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    Goldikova
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    Sack Rishi Persad and replace him with Chris Eubank.

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    Onthesteal
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    I don’t know why Rishi Persad is loathed so much in these parts, and talk of him benefiting from ‘positive discrimination’ is needless, wide of the mark and very near it too, if you get my drift. Extreme anti pc to point of paranoia IMO.

    For me, he does his homework, has a genuine passionate interest in racing and on the whole, does his job very well.

    A good choice by the beeb IMO.

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    seepigeon
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    You can lift things as high as you like but he’ll always look like an Australian cane toad and his pious personality and mean spirited journalism complement the physical package very well. I never really knew why he was so prominently used by C4. Now he is even more frightening to small children than before.
    By the way, isn’t it interesting that its only the personable BBC racing presenters who go on to greater things…. No doubt Clare Balding is having to pace herself as she recovers, thankfully, from her illness but you’d have to agree Rishi Persad has also done a great job at Wimbledon the past two weeks.

    Perhaps you may like to present us with a photo so we can judge your appearance?

    Alastair Down is always worth reading or listening to, capable of original thought and humour – the opposite of the vast majority of BBC racing team members.

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    I don’t know why Rishi Persad is loathed so much in these parts, and talk of him benefiting from ‘positive discrimination’ is needless, wide of the mark and very near it too, if you get my drift. Extreme anti pc to point of paranoia IMO.

    Well said that man. The Henry Cecil faux pas aside, he’s an affable and safe broadcaster often given an utterly, utterly thankless remit by Auntie Beeb.

    He’d not be alone in that regard. Trying to eke words out of tennis players with their minds on anything other than interviews just before they stepped onto Centre Court seemed a pretty fruitless task to me, yet that was the hand that the unfortunate Phil Jones was dealt during the Beeb’s Wimbledon coverage.

    No doubt Clare Balding is having to pace herself as she recovers, thankfully, from her illness

    You’d have thought so, wouldn’t you, but instead she’s been commentating (that’s commentating, rather than presenting, doing mood pieces or anything less taxing on the voice) on lots of Wimbledon matches for Five Live this last fortnight, including the women’s singles final on Saturday.

    And as per last year, she’s bloody well nailed it, you know.

    gc

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

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    seabird
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    As this thread has drifted off-topic I amy as well help it on its way.

    Jeremy, have you noticed how many of the BBC reporters and presenters are from ethnic minorities, female and have both unpronouncable and unspellable names?

    My argument is not with these presenters and reporters, but with the BBC who seem to have a very "positive discrimination" attitude with their employment policy.

    Affable, Rishi may well be but he is very limited. A range of questions that stretches from "how do you feel after winning ……." to " what does it mean to you to have won…………"

    I did hear Claire doing some tennis commentary and I would agree she did make a decent fist of it, but she will never be a Max Robertson! :wink:

    Edited to say……………I don’t think I’m racist – some of my closest friends are English! :oops:

    Colin

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    graysonscolumn
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    Jeremy, have you noticed how many of the BBC reporters and presenters are from ethnic minorities, female and have both unpronouncable and unspellable names?

    I’ve noticed that BBC reporters and presenters are polished, even-tempered and for the greater part professional. Apparently some of them are brown, others black, others white. Some of them might even be women. I think. They might not be. Doesn’t especially register.

    Affable, Rishi may well be but he is very limited. A range of questions that stretches from "how do you feel after winning ……." to " what does it mean to you to have won…………"

    It’s certainly not the purpose for which Charles Wheeler to all intents and purposes invented the "how do you feel…" question all those decades ago, as I believe I’ve touched upon previously. But that’s all Rishi, and a few other reporters in other sports (tennis and football being two that spring readily to mind) are being

    asked

    to do.

    I don’t recall him having to operate within such confines during his days at RUK, or, for that matter, when working on the recent Twenty20 World Cup.

    gc

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

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    Affable, Rishi may well be but he is very limited. A range of questions that stretches from "how do you feel after winning ……." to " what does it mean to you to have won…………"

    Colin, the same goes for Graham, Plunkett, Thompson and a host of others who present terrestrial coverage – which is almost universally garbage.

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    Himself
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    I like Alistair Down. Leave the poor man alone. :lol:

    Gambling Only Pays When You're Winning

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    seabird
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    I very rarely watch terrestrial coverage of racing, Grass, but in all honesty the dedicated channels are not much, if it all, better.

    The powers that be seem to think that their clients want ‘talking heads’ and so be it.

    As I have said before, to the point of boredom, I’d rather see the feckin’ ‘orses.

    Jeremy, rather naughty to quote that without the piece where I say…I have no problem with the presenters (I have, but I will let that go for now*) but with the BBC’s recruitment policy, as I perceive it.

    Taking quotes out of context……….tut. tut, you’re not a journalist by any chance?! :wink:

    * inability to introduce punctuation into their news reading/reporting to the point that their reports make no sense (this isn’t confined to the ethnic minority females with strange names}.

    Colin

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    Chubs
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    For me, he does his homework, has a genuine passionate interest in racing and on the whole, does his job very well.

    A good choice by the beeb IMO.

    Like the time he said if Zarkava wins the arc i will walk back naked .What a prk.

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    CarryOnKatie
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    Look out for the next series of "Celebrity 10 Years Younger". Could be the programmes first failure!

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