So first up today is death number one and sad news that TVAM’s Mike Morris had died. Now regular readers of this here blog will know I love to delve into the past and go all retro down memory lane. I much preferred the bumbling Mike Morris compared to the gorilla that was Richard Keys. Morris always seemed to be bumbling along seemingly not looking smooth and slick but he was a good presenter and he is a major memory from mornings getting ready for Calderstones School. I bet you all the Blue Coat bods don’t even know who Mike Morris was as they had to endure BBC Breakfast with Frank Bough. Come to think of it Bough was having a better time on the sly eh. Well after the Jimmy Savile scandal I can now reveal now he is dead that Mike Morris once looked directly at me from the TV and tapped his knee as if to say come here boy. Its only now he is dead I can reveal this sordid secret and now expect to be slotted a few bob from ITV just as The Savilette’s are now looking at having the BBC off for millions. I hope newsnight run with my story tonight but with previous trends I expect it to be pulled (cheap gag resisted here) You know your progressing in years when bits of your childhood start dying off.
So time for death number two from my childhood and CEEFAX the BBC version of teletext is no longer. Now in truth I haven’t used Ceefax this millennium. But in my childhood I remember the sheer joy of getting a TV with Teletext on. In later years it was get the footy scores on to check your coupon and the endless wait for the pages to scroll only to miss your teams page and have to wait ages. I actually recall watching an Ashes test match on Ceefax at my dads after a night out on the ale we put the cricket page on (was it 340 ??) and watched the scores update with a decent whisky as he was a Sky Sports minegbag. Ceefax first went on air on 23rd September 1974 and so is one year younger than me when it died. I might have on my gravestone “Lasted longer than Ceefax” in a dodgy ceefax font style of text. So below is one of the final pages that Ceefax put up.
So from technology old to technology new and in shock breaking news I have cancelled my order for a new iPhone 5. yes you read that correct I am staying with my old trog iphone 4s. Oh the shame. But every cloud has a silver lining and with the new Ipad and Ipad mini being announced today I have a big choice to make. Well if I am going to go Ipad I might as well large it up and get a new Ipad instead. This has already brought near tears of joy in the Fay household as once I had wiped mine away Charlotte (5) was ecstatic at the news she would inherit the original ipad1. (Previous ipad1 blog HERE) check out the joy on Charlotte’s face on that blog as with her dummy in hand must be thinking one day this will be mine. Well Charlotte that day is nearly here. So when my new ipad arrives I will be able to watch numerous clips of Mike Morris in his TVAM prime on you tube and surf for retro pages of Ceefax. I like the Apple nerd I am watched the presentation of all things new and shiny in the Apple world. How good do the new i-mac’s look. My i-mac (lovingly nicknamed Macca) will be 6 next year so maybe then eh oh shit hang on it will be iphone 5S time then, ahh bollocks just not enough time (and money) to keep up with being an Apple slag.
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