Wednesday, 19 March 2014

My Television Moments

My television habits have changed so much over the years. I used to be a complete addict, I would turn down outings and nights out if it clashed with my favourite tv program. There was always the option of making a recording if absolutely necessary. That's if I felt confident enough to set the VCR (remember them?)

I would leave my job at lunch time and rush home to catch my favourite soaps, while rushing a quick snack and running back to work. Good job I lived in the same street as the place I worked. 

In the evening I would rush the kids off to bed and then make a quick cuppa and settle down to watch tv until bedtime. I'd be annoyed if anyone turned up to visit or called me on the phone.

The kids tv was only on at set times, there were no all day channels. I would let them watch videos at the weekend if they wanted to. 

 I've just done a quiz on Talk Talk about Tv Tribes and the tribe I now belong to is:
T h e    C o m p l i a n t
I tend to watch whatever my other half or housemates watch. I don’t really mind what’s on, and even if it's something I don’t want to watch, I don’t get much say in the matter. I will often be doing other things in the same room while they have the TV on. I will either be browsing the internet while the TV is on, doing housework, or pursuing one of my hobbies.
9% of people belong to this TV Tribe
This is accurate of me now, see what I mean about changing habits. I barely watch any tv at all. I have long lost my addiction to soaps and when I was once glued to all reality tv shows, now I just don't bother. I don't know where the tv remote is half the time. I let the others watch whatever they want, with my other half it's usually football (or snooker, or tennis, or cricket, or get the idea, right?) I let the kids have their channels on if they want, I'm only slightly sick of Peppa Pig after 8 years.

There are times, however, that I do like to chill out and watch some television. Mostly, it's at the weekend, after the kids have gone to bed.  I like a good drama, or a film, or even a documentary.

Every Friday evening I spend some time with Eldest Daughter watching tv. She usually spends most of her time at home up in her room, so we use this time to catch up and spend time together without her little siblings around. Our current favourite program is The Walking Dead.

Then on Saturday, I like to watch a film or something with the Other Half. I'll let you into a little (not so secret) secret though. He is awful to watch tv with, he talks constantly, trying to figure out what is going to happen next, or solving the crime, or guessing a relationship..anything really, so long as he's talking. He drives me bonkers!

Perfect TV Moments of the Past

There have been a few perfect tv moments in my past.

My Dad passed away when I was only eight but I remember watching his favourite program with him, Doctor Who. I was really scared, but Daddy was always there to protect me from the Daleks and Cybermen and other aliens that might invade our home.

When Prince Charles and Lady Diana got married back in 1981, I was staying at my older brother's house and we all watched the wedding on tv before going outside to celebrate with a BBQ. It was magical watching Diana become a beautiful princess.

We all sat down as a family to watch the opening of the London Olympics in 2012. What a fantastic moment, how I wished we could have been there. Watching on TV was the next best thing, at least you always get a good view of these events on TV.

Now I'm not a huge sports fan but who could have missed Andy Murray winning  wimbledon and being the first mens champion for 77 years. A truly momentous TV moment.

Our perfect TV moment now is on New Years Eve, one of the rare occasions when we all sit and watch tv together, yes, all seven of us. We bring out the nibbles and the grown-ups crack open a bottle (or two) of Baileys and we settle down to watch a family movie. We don't like to party on New Years Eve, we keep the evening as a family only time, saying goodbye to the year that was and welcoming the new. After the movie we may watch a interactive quiz show and the fun continues with more grown-up movies after the little ones have gone to bed. (last New Years Eve it was Hot Fuzz!) We always welcome in the New Year watching Jools Holland's Hootananny.

It would make our TV moments even more special if we had a bigger TV. Last year we moved from a tiny house to a large one and our old TV looks lost sitting in the corner. This is why I'm writing this as my entry to Tots100 and Talk Talk TV Moments competition. Why don't you enter too?
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