DIARY: I’M ONLY A PUNTER BUT

I’m only a punter but I can’t punt on Sundays. By this I mean that I am a genuine punter - an absolute horse racing fanatic, in fact.

I’m only a punter but I can’t punt on Sundays. By this I mean that

I am a genuine punter - an absolute horse racing fanatic, in fact.



I happily glue myself to the terrestrial television channels to watch my

favourite sport during the week. However, horse racing is only available

on Sky Digital on Sundays so I arranged to upgrade my analogue satellite

subscription to digital. And that’s where this sorry tale of woe

begins.



After half an hour, the engineer informed me that while he was happy to

fix the new dish to the side of my house, as soon as the leaves grew on

the tree 50 yards away, my picture quality would suffer to the point

that it wouldn’t be worth watching.



He explained that while the analogue dish was not affected, the tree

prevented the digital signal from being picked up properly, resulting in

the subsequent loss of picture on my screen. He went on to explain that

even if he put my dish up now, by the summer the leaves on the tree

would totally block the signal and the picture would be very poor

indeed.



By this point, I was incredulous. How many other punters does this

affect?



On asking the engineer, it turns out that he comes across this problem

at least once a day. How can the Government even contemplate switching

off analogue if the leaves on a tree 50 yards from my house are going to

prevent me from receiving digital TV?



Short of bulldozing every tree situated near a house, I can’t think of

any alternative. People will be affected everywhere and when the

analogue signal gets switched off, we’re all going to be out on the

streets, bored and eager to find alternative entertainment. The

Government doesn’t realise what it’s started.



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