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An expanded "Tweet" for today (sigh) [May. 18th, 2009|09:25 pm]
Bob Bain
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In my "tweet" for today I made mention of probably watching the first (or one of the first) screening(s) of the Eurovision song contest. I most certainly recall watching quite a few of these [in Black and White and on 405 lines that was running in the United Kingdom at that time]. In those days however the term "Eurovision" wasn't synonymous with a song contest. It was a term used to describe a system of broadcasting between the nations of Europe that had - just a decade previously - been at war, or under occupation in the case of France, and which had different broadcasting standards. The European "song" contest in those days concentrated on the "song" rather than the performance. This is the first time I have watched a recent incarnation of this phenomena and I noticed that the one thing that hasn't changed is the voting system which doesn't seem to have changed from the way it was done back in the late 1950s.

In 1964 (link 625.uk.com) the United Kingdom changed from 405 lines to 625 lines. I recall the debates in parliament about the supremacy of the PAL ("phased alternating line") system which was later adopted. In the early to mid 1960s I attended quite a few sessions of the jazz program JAZZ 625 and note that some recordings of this program have found their way onto YouTube (search Jazz 625) which took it's name from the number of lines adopted under the PAL system of broadcasting. Jazz 625 was an excellent way to watch American jazz performers for free. Many (if not most) of the Jazz 625 programs were recorded at the Marquee Jazz Club in Soho which co-incidentally is where the Rolling Stones used to perform in the early days before they became well known. In 1961 the jazz pianist Dudley Moore and his trio used to play at the Marquee before he drifted off into Hollywood stardom as a comedian. I can recall his last performance as a jazz musician at the Marquee Jazz Club.

I have just received a new Australian passport and note that it's an e-passport and that the Australian government have changed the colour from blue to black. It will expire in the year 2019. Hopefully I can keep my mind and body as fit and well as nature will allow and make it through to the year 2019 to a world which will no doubt have changed considerably - although I have a hunch that both Doctor Who and the EuroVision Song Contest will be going strong - possibly being carried by the NBN Company established by Kevin Rudd in the Year of our Lord 2009.

As a twitter or tweeter I have decided to "follow" Reader's Digest (Australia) which endowed me with the life of luxury I currently enjoy through two decades of dedicated service.

Footnote: Pilkington Committee 1st. June 1962 (PDF) pushed for the adoption of 625 lines deemed necessary for broadcasting in colour.

The report criticised commercial television for triviality and endorsed the view “Those who say they give the public what it wants begin by underestimating public taste, and end by debauching it”.