The conclusion of The Hour warrants reflection time.Well, I’ll be buggered

AN ESPECIALLY exuberant ”g’day” to Paul Clark. Sir, I read your letter regarding the use of the vernacular with much interest and more than a little alarm. Is it true? Do Australians really not use those two particular words any more? Oh, bugger! Now you tell me!

Rachel Rowe, Coolaroo

Strine alive and kicking

PAUL Clark – ”pardon his Australian” – must have a narrow circle of friends. ”Buggered” and ”g’day” are alive and well in the ”vinacular”.

Myles Treseder, South Yarra

Moment in time ruined

THE last moments of the series final of The Hour deserved quiet reflection as the end credits rolled. Instead, all poignancy was ruined as the credits were minimised and replaced with a loud advertisement for The Doctor Blake Mysteries. Why must the ABC go down the same path as the commercial channels and spoil the programs they so heavily rely on for ratings points? We expect better than this.

Kym Cross, Campbells Creek

Mysteries worth unravelling

HOW can fans of The Hour survive withdrawal symptoms while waiting to discover if Freddie can be resurrected after his thrashing by the evil Mr Cilenti? The Doctor Blake Mysteries will partially alleviate the misery. Set in the same era of 1950s ”innocence” and filmed in Ballarat, it is another superior local drama. Craig McLachlan gives a nuanced performance as a flawed but very appealing war veteran and police surgeon.

Jill Mazzotta, Balaclava

Hard to follow

I WATCHED the first episode of Downton Abbey on Sunday night and would have thought the fact it wasn’t fast-tracked would have given the closed-captioners time to do their best work. So I wonder why we got only every second line of subtitles. I’m sure I’m not the only hearing-impaired viewer who struggled to keep up.

Eddie Wilgar, Yarraville

Grammar grates

I WATCHED The Paradise on ABC1 last Saturday, and enjoyed its audio-visual content thoroughly. However, being a language-purist and wannabe Grammar Policeman, considering the drama was set in the late 19th century, I was surprised to hear the phrases ”for free” and ”weasel-words”. Quite anomalous I thought, especially against that background of beautiful, poetic and correctly expressed English we rarely hear today.

Garth Lewis, Cheltenham

Midsomer murdered

I NEVER thought I’d see the day when I would contemplate turning off Midsomer Murders – and during a rare unseen episode at that – in a mixture of disgust and boredom. Someone ought to take a shotgun to the screenwriter, the director of deplorable acting and the new Mr Barnaby.

Patsy Crotty, Elwood

Interview packed a punch

THE Mike Willesee-James Packer interview has to have been the most emotional and incredible experience on television I have watched for a long time. Mike, you are as good as ever, and James, thank you for your honesty and showing us the person you really are. The family was silent and motionless during the interview.

Raelene Spencer, Healesville

Smile and turn

DID Giaan Rooney learn her presentation skills from the laughing clowns at a sideshow? The Channel Seven weather report now consists of smile at the camera, turn right 90 degrees, read from the monitor, turn left 90 degrees, smile at the camera, read from the monitor, turn right 90 degrees, read from the monitor.

Frank Stipic, Mentone

Shifting seas

ON SUNDAY night, Giann Rooney said winds were blowing easterly towards the Tasmanian Sea. On worldatlas苏州美甲美睫培训 I couldn’t locate it. Why a meteorologist was replaced by a person with no idea about regional geography is quite baffling. If anyone is unsure, it’s the Tasman Sea.

Dianne Pascoe, Balaclava

Balance of power

IN response to Bill Holmes, this week on Insiders we have Niki Savva and last week Gerard Henderson. When is the ABC going to stop this right-wing bias? Or maybe they are just getting it right – sorry, I meant balanced?

Geoff Kelly, Warragul

Chemistry fizzles

I REMEMBER when Catalyst was full of interesting, cutting-edge scientific topics presented by knowledgable people. The new format is dumbed down, presumably to make it more palatable to the lowest common denominator. Why is the ABC making such a disappointing program?

Don Owen, Hawthorn

Road to despair

CATALYST on the Road was promising viewing and full of exciting science. That was until the clanger, when it was deemed appropriate to describe Simon in the electric-powered Lotus as driving a ”girlie car” – repeatedly. What a turnoff.

Kerrie Cakebread, Camperdown

Huss hits the mark

MIKE Hussey is a welcome new member of the Channel Nine cricket commentary team. James Brayshaw should be dropped.

J. Biggins, Mount Eliza

Spot of satire

NOW the ratings year has officially started, Clarke and Dawe are back on air. For those who missed them (it was a well-kept secret), they’re on Thursdays on ABC1 at 6.55pm. Welcome, gentlemen, it’s been a long drought.

Ruth Boschen, Balwyn

Pull the other one

LOUIS C.K. might be the world’s funniest comedian. But let’s face it, there isn’t much competition.

John Hensler, Tesbury

Dressed to depress

WHY do male news presenters dress as though they’re going to a conference for funeral directors? Dark suits, white shirts and ties must be management policy, and allows no room for imagination. What a contrast to see Anton Enus and Janice Petersen on SBS. She’s cool and wears varied, attractive ensembles. Anton needs only a vest and fob watch to be a BBC clone. Surely men can appear suave and presentable without being constricted to almost formal evening wear.

Pete Williams, Metung

Don’t dumb it down

A LETTER writer decries a film reviewer for showing off by using the adjective ”onomatopoeic”, one word, which neatly replaces about seven. The reviewer is assuming Green Guide readers have a reasonable knowledge of English. Too often these days journalists explain the most basic of references. Surely no one likes being talked down to? Oh, and there’s a wonderful tool called a dictionary.

Carole Barden, Greensborough

Charged with meaning

I ALSO consider myself to be a person of ”normal intelligence”. I was educated to only year 10 in the 1950s, but was most definitely taught the meaning of onomatopoeic. I learnt this word in year 8 (I was 12 years old), along with an introduction to Shakespeare.

Evelyn Wilkins, Watsonia

Indigenous wonders

I AM gradually sampling programs on NITV. Nganampa Anwernekenhe (meaning ”ours”) shows programs in Aboriginal languages (subtitled) made by indigenous filmmakers. In less than 30 minutes each Wednesday at 8pm, a film takes you into an Aboriginal community and displays the unique features to be found. It has shown women painting murals in a church (that became a tourist attraction) and imaginative toys made from found objects. Each program is a gem.

Jan Lacey, North Melbourne

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