"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Formula One

Keith has not been happy these past few weeks, no, not because of anything I've done, but because SOMEONE decided that, for the next few years, Formula 1 coverage should be almost entirely on a special, dedicated channel under the auspices of Sky. Now, I can live with that. In fact, unknown to Keith, I was dancing for joy at the thought of not having to be subjected to endless, boring hours of kids in cars going round and round as fast as they can. For me, the pleasure of watching that sort of drivel entertainment, is not just limited, but totally, absolutely, definitely non-existent. Still, each to their own. Keith maintains a studied indifference, nay contempt for Emmerdale and Coronation Street (and these days, he could be right) but he still surreptitiously watches them if they're on.
Anyway, at the beginning of the week, his pain was almost palpable, as was his moaning, so I heroically suggested that maybe it was time to return to being Sky customers. I did also point out to him that I am actually not in favour of contributing any further to Rupert Murdoch's coffers, so my suggestion was purely because I couldn't stand any more moaning altruistic but, before I could draw breath, he was on the phone, had sorted out the package and arranged installation at the first available millisecond, which is some time tomorrow morning. So now, the moaning is all about how he is missing the practice sessions, which is, in effect, extra hours of boy racers hurtling round and round, so I'm not sympathetic at all on that score.
Tomorrow, I think Paddy and Jake might be getting some extremely long walks!


Shooting Parrots said...

I suppose you could have got Virgin cable and put the money in Mr Branson's coffers instead. Poor soul is down to his last billion and needs all the support we can give.

Sage said...

I have sky, and the ex loves F1 but I hated it... so I won't be watching it.. my viewing of sport is limited to rugby, nfl, skiing and athletics with the odd occasional horsy event thrown in for good measure.. one positive thing about him being an ex is I can now watch what I want, when I want and not one complaint from the Pond Boys lol xx

Yorkshire Pudding said...

It would have been cheaper to fill the bath and call Keith upstairs so that he could watch the water draining round and round as it went down the plughole. Far more entertaining than Formula 1. By the way, Robin is a big fan too...but I always question - Is it sport? And what sort of messages is it sending out about speed and conservation of fuel?

Jennyta said...

No cable round here, SP. This is wild Wales, you know. ;)

Jennyta said...

Well, Sage, my viewing of sport is limited to - nothing! I can always put my ipod on and practise my Welsh. ;)

Jennyta said...

Speed and conservation of fuel - no, I don't think I'll get round Keith with that argument, SP!

Cro Magnon said...

I rather like seeing them round the first corner, then watch the end to see if one of the Brits has won. But to subscribe to a dedicated F1 channel (at what cost?) is never going to happen in the Magnon household; even if it wasn't run by Murdock.

I hope you watched the Wales/France match!

Jennyta said...

No I didn't, Cro - another passion that passes me by, I'm afraid. We have actually just saved a lot on our phone package with BT which has more than paid for the F1 channel - hence my giving Keith permission to sign up to it. ;) I know, I'm a fool to myself!


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