18 Oct

My thoughts on Chris Moyles

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I don’t really listen to much radio, so I don’t get as worked up about the presenters as some people. One who does get on my nerves a bit is Chris Moyles though. He’s not a terrible radio presenter, but he’s not brilliant either. His “jokes” are often not funny (although the show has its moments when I listen) and the huge team he seems to have can be a bit confusing if you’re not a regular listener.

The main reason I’ve got a problem with Chris Moyles is his latest outburst about not being paid. I can understand that not being paid is annoying – and it’s not acceptable – but that doesn’t mean you should make it public. The vast majority of people listening to his show will not make anywhere near the kind of money he does, so it’s insensitive to complain about a couple of months pay and expect them to care.

I also think that the shoe has had its day. I remember listening years ago and there being certain features, and when I recently listened many of these are still part of the show. The jokes seem dated and worn, and the chat goes on for far too long. In the morning, I suspect most people mainly want to listen to some music on their way to work, not some people chatting (which is basically what the show consists of). Constantly referring to himself as the “saviour” of radio 1 doesn’t really help his image either.

I know that a lot of people like him, but surely there must be someone better for the mornings than Chris Moyles? I’ve heard that some other radio presenters have said its time for him to move on, and I completely agree with them. The show can’t last forever, and the BBC should know when it’s time to call it a day, otherwise it will continue to lose listeners which will ultimately end up on rival channels.

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18 Oct

Should Wayne Rooney Leave?

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I know the whole footballing world is talking about Wayne Rooney at the moment for one reason or another, but I thought I’d give my opinion too for what it’s worth! How can a player go from one of the best in the world to being barely able to kick a football in just a few short months? Injury hasn’t helped, but I’m not sure that his ankle problem can be blamed entirely.

For a start, Rooney has recently come out to say that he never even had a bad ankle this season, so it sounds like Ferguson just dropped him. I completely agree that a player should be dropped when they aren’t playing well, but we know Rooney is a great player so surely he needs game time to get back into form? Hernandez, his replacement, will be a good player in the future but is still very raw, and Macheda even more so.

The off field problems have got to be the main reason for his lack of form. All the rumours about his personal life, plus the pictures of him drinking and smoking, probably hasn’t helped. When John Terry went through something similar last year his form suffered too. Being left out by Ferguson because of an injury he never had is probably not going to make the player too happy either. Even so, it’s difficult to see how such a good player can now barely control a ball. He was meant to be the star of the world cup, but turned out to be a complete flop, so there must be a reason.

If he does leave in January, I think it will be a huge loss to United. On form, he’s one of the best strikers in the world, and without the money to replace him it could be difficult for them to compete. Ferguson will sell him if he thinks that his focus is elsewhere though, so if the rumours are true then he could be on the way out. His preferred destination is probably Spain, but would anyone be very surprised if he ended up at Man City? What a story that would be – and it may yet happen.

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18 Oct

The broadband swindle

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There have been loads of problems with broadband providers in recent years. Not only do they quote a speed that is almost impossible to achieve (something which most people have caught onto by now), but many of them also tell customers that they have “unlimited” broadband, when in reality there is a cap. I think this is a disgrace, and needs to be banned immediately.

For example, on O2, old customers who bought the unlimited plan thought they could use as much bandwidth as they wanted. It turns out that under the companies “fair use” policy, any user who went over 50GB of data in a month (or something close to this, I can’t remember the exact number), was sent a letter saying they would be cut off if they did it again. I understand there is a fair use policy, but if there is a STRICT cap at 50GB, how can O2 advertise it as unlimited? Surely it should be advertised as a 50GB limit?

There are other companies with similar “deals”. People are becoming more aware for this too, so hopefully the providers will be forced to display how much bandwidth you actually get for your money. To me, this should be a basic requirement, and any provider who doesn’t do this should be charged with false advertising

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