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Monday, 26 September 2011

Now for some media management....


Next Friday our posh friend Alice will be on the telly, Digging for Britain near Carn Meini, in the company of two rugged fellows, namely Profs GW and TD.  We have seen the Youtube clip -- now for the real thing!

What's the betting that the programme will be accompanied by a flurry of press releases from the BBC and the two professors?  I look forward to that with fear and trepidation.....

What's the betting, too, that there may well be a preemptive strike by the MPP tribe, who will not want to be upstaged, just when they have all been having such fun in that deep hole at Craig Rhosyfelin?  So watch out for some press releases from that quarter too.......

9 comments:

Dr Who said...

You should be proud of Alice, she studied her medicine in Cardiff.

BRIAN JOHN said...

How very wise of her. She seems a very nice lady -- I just wish she would ask a few more probing questions when she talks to the archaeologists. But maybe her producer won't let her, on the grounds that the public would become confused?

Chris johnson said...

Thanks for the tip. I will try to watch, otherwise look forward to your summary.

Perhaps you too could become a media personality. You need to talk while walking and waving your hands about while maintaing a permanent smile and reading a Teleprompter. Of course glaciers are a minority taste. Best to talk about fairies. Long blonde hair always helps if you could become a woman.

Sorry for the cynical note. I like Alice too when it is not so early in the day.

BRIAN JOHN said...

Mixed blessing, being a media personality. I noticed the debate in BritArch about our friend Neil Oliver, and his habit of talking over his left shoulder (or is it the right one?) to the camera, while striding along on beetling clifftops. Some people love it, and others hate it!

But as you say, glaciers are a minority interest. A pity, since I think they are AMAZING!!

Tony H said...

Alice has done programmes for Coast and also on Wild Swimming, so maybe she has an as yet little-known penchant for Glaciers? Could be an acquired taste, Alice.

Tony H said...

In your last paragraph where you wonder if MPP et al will attempt an early preemptive strike, I suppose it may be a case of WHO, rather than WHERE or WHAT, could be their next quarry? I seem to remember MPP having a go at TD & GW over how earthworms could have upset the apparent stratification of material in the GW/TD Stonehenge "surgical incision" dig of 2008. MPP quoted Charles Darwin's 19th Century research on worm bioturbation as he witheringly dismissed GW/TD's claims, on the BBC's Radio 4 Science Programme.

Tony H said...

Brian, have you heard any further news of the Darvill/Wainwright team's other work this summer in Pembrokeshire, e.g. the Withybush pit circle near Haverfordwest, which you mentioned in passing in a mid-August Post? No doubt all will soon be revealed to a fanfare of trumpets.

BRIAN JOHN said...

No, I haven't heard anything more -- the current digs (of which there are several) don't ever seem to be recorded on a central database -- so there is a lot of secrecy involved! My impression is that there is a lot of seeking after Neolithic settlement sites at the moment...... and I hazard a guess that every time a trace of Neolithic settlement is found the word "Stonehenge" will be used in whatever conclusions are drawn!

Tony H said...

I have seen some mention of the Withybush post or pit circle somewhere pre-Darvill/Wainwright; possibly in one of Alex Gibson's books or articles.Gibson has done much work on post circles in Wales as well as England. It seems possible that D/W may want to compare the post holes or stone holes with You-Know-Where, amongst other things.