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I invite anyone to an experiment.

1. Do not watch any TV for a month.

2. Then sit and watch some - you can literally feel your anxiety levels rising, particularly during adverts.

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I invite anyone to an experiment.

1. Do not watch any TV for a month.

2. Then sit and watch some - you can literally feel your anxiety levels rising, particularly during adverts.

I thought TV encouraged passivity and induced people into some kind of sleep mode.

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Another new property show on BBC One: Wreck or Ready.

Identikit property show, episode 1 of 15. Faux chumminess between the Kirsty and Phil ripoffs...

Aaaaaaargh.

Why don't they show more programmes showing people how to fix up things other than houses. A show explaining basic car mechanics or how to repair clothes or small electrical items could be interesting to watch and fairly cheap to make.

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Why don't they show more programmes showing people how to fix up things other than houses. A show explaining basic car mechanics or how to repair clothes or small electrical items could be interesting to watch and fairly cheap to make.

Probably because of the throwaway culture, if electrical goods break its normally cheaper to replace them, same for clothes. To fix most modern cars you need specialist software to diagnose the fault and the entire catalogue of snap on tools just to replace something simple like a headlight bulb. Also theres nothing sexy about grubby finger nails and greasy overalls.

A house on the other hand cannot be thrown away (well it can but its not very likely) and you can look half descent while smashing a wall in with a hammer.

There are TV shows that show how to fix cars (wheeler dealers for instance) but not so many on fixing electricals, clothes and other items of use, which if they did I would probably watch and in these 'austere' times I imagine they would get decent viewing figures too.

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Probably because of the throwaway culture, if electrical goods break its normally cheaper to replace them, same for clothes. To fix most modern cars you need specialist software to diagnose the fault and the entire catalogue of snap on tools just to replace something simple like a headlight bulb. Also theres nothing sexy about grubby finger nails and greasy overalls.

A house on the other hand cannot be thrown away (well it can but its not very likely) and you can look half descent while smashing a wall in with a hammer.

There are TV shows that show how to fix cars (wheeler dealers for instance) but not so many on fixing electricals, clothes and other items of use, which if they did I would probably watch and in these 'austere' times I imagine they would get decent viewing figures too.

I'd forgotten about Wheeler Dealers. A good show, cruelly shunted onto a channel and time-slot that ensures that no-one watches it. Also, the likable mechanic chap always wears gloves when working on the cars, so no dirty fingernails.

I expect that the BBC wouldn't want to do a show like this because they already have a car show.

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Why don't they show more programmes showing people how to fix up things other than houses. A show explaining basic car mechanics or how to repair clothes or small electrical items could be interesting to watch and fairly cheap to make.

Quest has shows like that, and they must be really cheap to make.

Thought the Beeb had been told off for cluttering the schedules with collectibles and property pr0n shows.

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Homefront started out showing people how to uncover victoria tiles and clean them with spit and baby ear wax rubbed on a soft skin of a cat and polished in by a peruvian goatherd.

Ok not quite like that but it was the start of the property porn.

I think we do need an austerity living range of programs.

how to sew a button on might interest a few people...

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... if electrical goods break its normally cheaper to replace them...

Not sure that's true. I've fixed a couple of things recently (touch-controlled lamp, remote controlled mains socket) by simply taking them to bits and soldering a replacement fuse onto the circuit boards. I've also fixed a couple of local kids' Nintendo Wiis with a £7 part from Ebay. People look at me like I'm some sort of magician, but this stuff is really really easy, just nobody knows how to do it any more.

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Not sure that's true. I've fixed a couple of things recently (touch-controlled lamp, remote controlled mains socket) by simply taking them to bits and soldering a replacement fuse onto the circuit boards. I've also fixed a couple of local kids' Nintendo Wiis with a £7 part from Ebay. People look at me like I'm some sort of magician, but this stuff is really really easy, just nobody knows how to do it any more.

Yes, I fixed two PS3's that were overheating by ripping them apart and sorting the poor heatsink contact. It's very satisfying to fix things.

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Homefront started out showing people how to uncover victoria tiles and clean them with spit and baby ear wax rubbed on a soft skin of a cat and polished in by a peruvian goatherd.

Ok not quite like that but it was the start of the property porn.

I think we do need an austerity living range of programs.

how to sew a button on might interest a few people...

Don't be daft - if a button comes off or a hem comes down, you just chuck it and buy something new at Primark.

My two had two whole compulsory years of needlework at school, and at the end of it I still had to show them how to do hems and buttons.

One daughter's friend did 'textiles' GCSE and the profoundly useful thing she made was a basket of knitted fruit and vegetables, including a cauliflower. At one point when she was getting near her deadline my D came to me and said, 'Katie says could you please knit her a lemon because her mum can't knit.' :P

(and I did)

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Yes, I fixed two PS3's that were overheating by ripping them apart and sorting the poor heatsink contact. It's very satisfying to fix things.

Upgraded the RAM on a Vaio netbook yesterday.

The screws to undo were hidden under tape the same colour as the plastic and on a step...totally invisible.

Point is, they were covered in a place where you wouldnt look anyway.

I wonder why they hide screws like that....probably to defeat the home fixer into submission and a £100 bill for the "Authorised" to fix it.

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Don't be daft - if a button comes off or a hem comes down, you just chuck it and buy something new at Primark.

My two had two whole compulsory years of needlework at school, and at the end of it I still had to show them how to do hems and buttons.

One daughter's friend did 'textiles' GCSE and the profoundly useful thing she made was a basket of knitted fruit and vegetables, including a cauliflower. At one point when she was getting near her deadline my D came to me and said, 'Katie says could you please knit her a lemon because her mum can't knit.' :P

(and I did)

whats a hem?

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Yes, I fixed two PS3's that were overheating by ripping them apart and sorting the poor heatsink contact. It's very satisfying to fix things.

I've fixed an expensive battery charger - the internal fuse had blown - but only after drilling out the rivets which held the case together and glueing back together afterwards. A lot of stuff is designed to NOT be repaired.

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I invite anyone to an experiment.

1. Do not watch any TV for a month.

2. Then sit and watch some - you can literally feel your anxiety levels rising, particularly during adverts.

We never watch anything with adverts live. We record everything we want to watch on a hard drive recorder and watch it later fast forwarding through the adverts.

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