Monday, 30 November 2009

Be on TV with Charlotte Church!

We've been contacted by another TV company (We're going to have to start charging!), to help them find people for a new pilot show starring the very very lovely Welsh strumpet that is Charlotte Church.

Details below:

Do You Have an Interesting or Quirky Obsession?

A new Channel 4 ‘Charlotte Church’ pilot is looking for individuals with interesting and quirky obsessions. Can you tell a car make by its engine? Can you remember every cast member of your favourite TV programme; can you name your favourite pop song when played backwards? Do you know everything about your favourite pop band? It could really be anything!!

If you or know of someone with a quirky obsession and would like to hear some further information, then please get in touch with me, Laura, on 0207 749 3164 or email me lauras@monkeykingdom.com.

As always don't forget to tell them that AngryBritain.com sent you!

Now, where's that Star Trek collection ...

Be on TV with Charlotte Church!

We've been contacted by another TV company (We're going to have to start charging), to help them find people for a new pilot show starring the very very lovely Welsh strumpet that is Charlotte Church.

Download the International Interview Podcast!

AngryBritain's International Interview on China Radio International is now available to download as a Podcast.

Link below:

http://bit.ly/78RkrZ

Worth 60 minutes of anybody's time we recko, so put the kettle on, your feet up and listen in to AngryBritain talking about why 'Cool Britannia' is now more like 'Fool Britannia'

Thursday, 26 November 2009

It's International Day!

Tonight (Well tomorrow morning at 2am!) Will see AngryBritain.com going International. If you are unable to sleep we will be on the panel of the Today program on Beyond Beijing, talking about what happened to Cool Britannia. The discussion topics are as follows:

A policy document published a couple of years ago by the opposition Conservative party painted a picture of Britain as a broken society riddled with debt and addiction, welfare dependency, family breakdown and educational failure. It said that family breakdown costs £24 billion a year, educational underachievement £18 billion and crime £60 billion. Is Britain broken?

Who broke it? Some say the left is largely responsible for the destruction and despair – conversely, others say the country is fighting a war on two fronts: the economic downturn and the lingering legacy of Margaret Thatcher. Which is it?

Susan Anderson, director of public services and skills policy at the Confederation of British Industry says the number of 18-24 year olds not in employment, education, or training will continue to rise. She says “We know from the 1980s recession that unemployment scars the lives of young people, so they need our support.” Are they getting it?

Official figures from the Government's Department for Children, Schools and Families indicated that 959,000 of the nation's 16- to 24-year-olds were classified as NEET (not in employment…etc) by June 2009. That is an extraordinary number. Why is there such a lack of opportunities?

Immigration has become an almost taboo word in what has been described as today’s Politically Correct Multicultural Britain. Yet it is a matter of fact that where there are nearly million of the so-called NEETS, that number is matched by Eastern European workers – largely low skilled – that have been recruited by British employers in the last 4 years. Is there a connection?

As we’ve just mentioned, sometimes even just talking about problems related to immigration can immediately lead to accusations of being a member of the British National Party. But just how concerned are average citizens, and is there any really sensible debate in the UK over immigration?

It has also been suggested – at least according to a report released by the Department of Work and Pensions – that the NEET phenomenon is at least partly (and possibly largely) due to the fact that “British workers lack basic employability skills, incentives and motivation.” Fair comment?

If we take the report from the DW&P at face value, then obviously it is a pretty shocking indictment of the education system, wouldn’t you say? According chief executive Sir Tom Leahy of the Tesco supermarket chain, “despite all the money that has been spent, standards are still woefully low in too many schools.” In 2008, 40% of 16-year-olds failed final high school exams in math and 37% failed the same tests in English. What has gone wrong?

“Broken Britain” is a term that the Sun newspaper in the UK uses to describe the supposed lawlessness of the youth there. Just casual reading of the headlines on UK newspaper websites suggests that there is indeed a problem with youth crime – and in particular knife crime. But are the press exaggerating the problem simply to sell papers?

Legendary British actor Sir Michael Caine has been somewhat outspoken on youth violence in Britain and even suggests a return to national service. Not to put boots on the ground in Afghanistan, but simply to give the youngsters a sense of belonging somewhere, to something, rather than what he describes as an aimless existence. So, non-combat national service? What do you think?

Two British academics argue that almost every social problem, from crime to obesity, stems from one root cause: inequality. Here are some figures. Obesity is twice as common in the UK as the more equal societies of Sweden and Norway. Teenage birth rates are six times higher in the UK than in more equal societies. The academics say countries such as the US and the UK where the top 20% earn seven, eight or nine times more than the lowest 20%, scored noticeably higher on all social problems at every level of society than in countries such as Sweden and Japan, where the differential is only two or three times higher at the top. So is that the root cause of Broken Britain?

It is all well and good blaming everything on Maggie Thatcher and the Tories – but according to research the Labour government has only maintained inequality at the level at which it inherited it. While there has been some positive action at the bottom income levels for pensioners and young families, the damage has all been done at the other end. Peter Mandelson said early in the Labour administration, 'We are intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich. And according to the academics, he has been as good as his word. Is there really anything to choose from between the Labour Party and the Conservatives these days?

Britain’s National Health Service used to be the envy of nations! But the other day I read this rather weak attempt at humour – “The National Health Service – a free for all but worthless to many.” Too harsh?

Paraphrasing from the UK Progressive website: Gordon Brown knows that as despised as his Labour Government currently is, the Tories, because of their own past history and an unconvinced electorate with the leadership ability of David Cameron – next year’s election is still wide open. Is it? Which way do you think (wish?) it will go?

Listen live on the Internet: www.AM880.net

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Angry? Another Chance to be on TV!!

As you know from time to time AngryBritain.com gets asked by TV companies to find people for shows they are making. Well this time they've definately come to the right place!

Angry? Then you're destined for stardom:

"Wanted: The Angriest People In Britain

Mild and gentle TV company would like to meet exceedingly angry people for a TV pilot.

We're looking for ravers and ranters who are always stressed and lose their temper at every little thing.

Does your spouse despair? Do you terrify customer service assistants and traffic wardens?

We would love to get to know you better, especially if you wouldn't mind being on camera and would be up for trying some quirky anger management techniques.

We would also love to some home footage of you behaving badly. Have friends ever caught one of your outbursts on camera? If so send us a link!

Please contact me asap if you're interested: shamini@twohandproductions.com

Quirky Anger Management Techniques? We'll have some of that - it's got to be better TV than I'm a Celebrity ... Don't forget to mention AngryBritain.com sent you!

Friday, 20 November 2009

A lesson in Journalism in Britain today ...

And the power of Social Media ...

EPIC FAIL!

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

AngryBritain.com goes International 27th November

AngryBritain.com is going international on 27th Nov on China Radio International

Pretty much everything will be on the table for discussion: What happened to 'Cool Britannia' - why are Britons so angry? We'll look at the national health service (once the envy of the world) to violence on the streets - that prompted Sir Michael Caine to suggest a return of National Service.

The "NEET" generation - Not in employment, education or training...

Of course, immigration, unemployment... aging population...

Is Britain broken? Who broke it? Can it be fixed?

Whatever happened to Cool Britannia?

Listen Live - 2am UK time

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Mama's and Crapa's

A word of warning to expectant, dewey eye'd, parents out there looking to buy furniture for their nursery. AngryBritain has crossed swords with Mama's and Papa's, and they aren't playing nice.

So now, neither are we.

In summary, we bought their 'Murano' furniture in May. It's falling to pieces. And apparently it's our fault:

"I have spoken to our technical department and they have suggested the following:-

1) Please can you check the instructions as there is a possibility that the runners are upside down.
(They aren't!)

2) The other thing to check is that the correct location holes have been used as over time the drawers could slip out if the correct ones have been used.
(They have!)

3) Generally the advice is to check the instructions as we are confident that if followed correctly the drawers will fit ...
(AngryBritain is good at FlatPacks!)

... The advice that I have been given is that after this length of time the only other contributory factors could be caused my movement of the item or overloading of the drawers ... I have advised that it is difficult for me to establish what has occurred and it is possible that the issues could be attributed to how the product has been used.

Mama's & Papa's Customer 'Care'
"

They've offered a replacement, we don't want it. We want a refund. We are entitled to one under the Sale of Goods Act - the furniture is not 'fit for purpose' as you can see from the pic and the admission above.

So, if you are looking for furniture that you can actually build without the help of Craig off Big Brother, put stuff in and use, and very occasionally move - might AngryBritain suggest Ikea?

Can we have that refund now? ...

FAIL!