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BBC Side Effects

February 13, 2009 - Paul Giannamore

I've discovered the first unpleasant side effect of owning a satellite radio: The BBC.

The BBC World Service is fantastic and provides a view of the U.S. from the outside, Euro perspective, so it's great to listen to the news. But there are some unpleasant side effects.

For instance, I have a hard time saying the president's name now. No longer is he Bah-rock Oh-bom-uh. He's now "Bar-rick O-bamb-er."

I've learned way too much about telling time in GMT, as in the Universal Time Coordinate, Grennwich Mean Time or Zulu for you pilots. I now know I drive to work at 12:19Z, that I also pick up our evening broadcast of the news at 2 hours, as in 2 a.m. in England. Our morning newspaper deadline is at 14:30 GMT. We're GMT-5 when it's Eastern Standard time. And now I actually have a real use, other than travel and figuring out what time it is in Baghdad, for that world watch The Home Office in Wichita gave me several years ago (the one mom said I was too stupid to use. Hah!)

But the most unpleasant thing: Cricket talk. Endless summaries of cricket games, cricket teams, cricket scoring, cricket players. (They say the same stuff as all athletes: "We've got to just execute better and give the fans a win once in awhile," except delivered in a measured, clipped, clean British accent. I've got to learn how one scores 51 in what appears to be a baseball game......



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