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December 5, 2023 at 13:43 in reply to: “Poster of the Year: Ian Davies” – Hello, Hello, I’m Back Again! #1672763
I hope you had an enjoyable break from the forum Ian.
I was going to propose a new awards category “Most missed forum member”, but sadly posting during December makes you ineligible. Foiled again!
Welcome back 🙂
I won’t be tuning in! However bad something was to begin with, adding Stephen Mulhern to it seems a surefire way to make it worse.
One exception I would make to revived game shows being worse than their predecessors is The Weakest Link. I have never been an admirer of the former host, Anne Robinson. Her rude approach would of course not work in today’s “be kind” era, but I think her successor (Romesh Ranganathan) gets the balance right re poking fun at people’s daft answers without the nasty edge.
Not a great look, is it?
I’m A Celebrity is “vote to save”, so polarising figures such as Farage tend to last a while due to their devoted followers. If it was “vote to leave”, Farage or Nella would have gone first (the former rather appropriately).
I had forgotten that Frankie wasn’t the first jockey to appear on I’m A Celebrity. Willie Carson came 5th in 2011.
Dettori simply didn’t get the public support, though it’s fair to say he was disadvantaged due to entering late and getting very little airtime compared to some of ITV’s favoured contestants.
I’ve been watching on and off out of curiosity to see how he fared, and thought he came across well throughout what I saw.
Barters Hill beating Buveur D’Air and Altior in a bumper at Newbury.
Agree with everything you’ve said there Tonge.
I’m a little saddened to find myself in the position of feeling it is necessary to criticise the appointment of someone who appears to be a sincere ally of the sport. However, there is good reason to criticise both Harding and those who have appointed her to the new role. I believe that voicing this is the right thing to do, not that it will make any difference obviously!
Harding is someone who has a long record of taking an interest in racing and has made significant personal investment in it to boot. She is also clearly very well-connected, and racing needs all the allies it can get amongst influential Establishment figures. Having a first female senior steward would also seem to be something that should be celebrated.
Against this background, I don’t enjoy criticising someone who appears to be a genuine supporter of the sport. However, the debacles of the massive TalkTalk data breach and the Test and Trace programme both occurred under Harding’s leadership, and it is very difficult to understand what she has achieved that merits her endless stream of senior appointments.
I would be interested to know what the recruitment process for being senior steward involved.
At least it gives people a different programme to moan about than ITV Racing 😉
RTB, the drunk driving incident involved the other presenter, Ant McPartlin. I agree he got off very lightly, and that the careers of other TV stars have ended for less serious transgressions.
I’m still bravely watching on to keep Frankie’s many fans on here up to date with his I’m A Celebrity adventures.
It was a good show for him tonight. They broadcast him discussing what being a jockey was like with his campmates, and he came across well again.
But he’s now 150/1, and will need pretty much everyone else to quit in order to win.
The appeal of having a huge public audience is probably alien to most of us who spend time posting on internet forums, but I think the attention and publicity will have been a big part of the attraction for him.
I guess the challenge could be an element too. Surely he can’t be in need of the money?
That’s rotten news about Slate Lane. He ran a very gutsy race on Saturday. Wishing him a swift recovery and a long and happy retirement.
Lovely to see Lostintranslation enjoying his retirement. Thanks for posting Illavim 🙂
The petition has now reached the 100,000 signatures threshold.
Frankie was unlucky to get paired with Nella. Her logic was so poor I doubt she would have managed to open all the padlocks even without the snakes.
Frankie’s 100/1 now and, short of something drastic happening, I reckon he will be among the early departures.
The drift continues; Frankie is now 50/1.
He hardly featured in tonight’s episode, and also made a strategic error if he is serious about winning. He could have put himself forward for the next trial which would have guaranteed plenty of airtime tomorrow, but held back until it was too late.