Am I the only person left in Britain not to own a DVD player? For sure, I must be one of only a select
number of people to be currently flogging the life out of their vintage VHS video recorders.. but I'm not all that bothered.
At the end of the day, a movie is no different whether it is played in DVD or VHS. Or is it? Well yes, I suppose DVDs do provide much better sound and vision quality, and then there are countless enticing 'extras' that you never seem to get on video, so I suppose - deep down - I do understand all the fuss surrounding DVDs.
It just makes me mad that the entire population is seemingly being forced into buying DVD players whether they like it or not, as though VHS is really a strain of some nasty virus or other that should - from this day forth - be avoided at all costs. Go into any high street retailer in town tomorrow and you will see that DVD-affiliated marketing strategies have totally taken over in most shops, almost to the entire exclusion of good old video recorders and videotapes.
The top floor of the Virgin entertainment Megastore in Hull, for example, is almost totally overrun with DVDs, leaving the tiniest of flimsy fixtures for sad old videos.
Perhaps the main reason that I'm still somewhat reluctant to go all out and buy a DVD player is simply because that I know to a large degree it would take over my life. I'll be honest.
When I was twelve years old and got my first video recorder, I suddenly transformed into an obsessive compulsive movie buff, spending every last penny of pocket money on new movies. My love for movies has only got stronger over the years, although I don't buy as many new movies as I used to.
A new DVD player in the house, I'm sure, would soon see to that. So I'm going to resist buying one as long as I can (purely for financial reasons.. BUT even DVDs and DVD players are already scandalously cheap), all the while realising full well that such resistance is really rather futile. Ok, I'll admit it - I need to get up to speed and change with the times.
I just feel really sorry for the all those movies presented via VHS format which are now being chucked on the scrap-heap in favour of the all new and improved DVD equivalents. Clearly, gross sentimentality could very well be the death of me, but then that's life.
Opinions - Youth Clubs? By Andrea Longstaff
Why is it that the only youth club in the Newland Avenue area opens at ridiculously limited hours?
I went out for provisions (milk) the other evening and there were four teenagers sat on the outside stairs.
I asked them what they were doing, they looked cold. Nothing really, so I asked them if they wanted a cuppa,
they ended up coming in and
Opinions - 'Ull - The Friendliest City In The World By Elsie Henbrun
I live abroad due to circumstances beyond my control but come 'ome to 'Ull as often as possible.
I must say that I was surprised at how negatively outsiders seem to view the city. To me it is the friendliest city in the world.
Opinions - Reclaim Your Rights - The Disorganised Collective
Around a 100 people gathered in Pearson Park on Saturday (18th September), for a Reclaim the Streets
protest. Unfortunately around only 30 of those people were protestors,
the rest of the numbers were made up by the police.
Now there are a number of reasons why the ratio between protestors and police
Opinions - QUEER? Queer in the head..! By Rich Mills
I recently picked up a copy of a new zine called Queer.
A new newsletter for the non steryotypes (sic).
A supposed literary publication that can't spell stereotype is a bit crap,
and that is only the front cover. The inside pages, most of them blank
(like the mind of its author) are even
Opinions - What is Reclaim The Streets about Anyway? A Personal Perspective
Many moons ago in my misspent youth, I, like many others, used to have a problem with Authority
and 'fought injustice' wherever I discovered it.
So I joined others in the grand mass of those in the non-conformists uniform, and would
march, relevant placard in hand, most Saturdays.
These days the
Opinions - Musings By Mark Pollard
A couple of things that have perplexed me over the years:
Firstly, why the link between heel bars and key cutting? They always seem to be combined
under the same roof. I don't geddit.
Potential for major calamities, too - imagine going in for a new heel
on your brogues and ending up
Opinions - Pete Docherty Is Dead! By Rich Mills
The headline they all want to see! I've watched the development of what is a disturbing form of hero worship.
The desire to see self-destruction in the flesh, is how I read many of the reviews I've read about
Pete Docherty, Babyshambles, the Libertines new album,
Opinions - The End of Solidarity? By Jane Foster
Recent experiences have spurred me on to write this little piece. In the space of a year or so I've gone from being a community-loving socialist to something resembling an individualist...well in some ways anyhow.
I'll start from the beginning. Having been brought up on an estate with definite community
Opinions, Reply - Of monkeys, mice and men. By Martin J Deane
In her A Call for Peace, Michelle D Clark covers
much ground as to why we do awful things to each other.
The key is, to quote her, that We are all guilty.
We are. We are all guilty - we make enemies.
We create them out of people who think differently to us, or eat rice, or act in different ways.
We are human; some people annoy us, some wind us up, others
Opinions - The War By Carolyn
Since the war in Iraq has been reported about, I made a silent agreement with myself that
whatever thoughts about the war I have I will not write about or permanently express in any way.
I think this is because of some type of anger that I haven't felt
Opinions - Will graduate plumbers be up to the job? By Jane Foster
The recent programme Posh Plumbers on BBC1 highlighted the growing number of middle class graduates and professionals turning to plumbing for a living. With a national shortage of 32,000 plumbers, and salaries to match those of a decent job in the capital, the profession is changing.
Opinions - Come On You Hull! By Laura Baldwin
So our latest award to sit alongside our much treasured worst city to live in the UK award'
is that of the fattest city in the UK. Yep, not content with telling us that we live in
the most crap city in the UK but apparently we're also a bunch of big lard arses as well. Charming.
It seems that no-one has anything good to say these days about the historic city of Hull.