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“What Do You Watch Then?”….

Just had a conversation with a couple in the bank, about their TV bill here….

They have cable, and were moaning about the amount they have to pay, for adverts and nothing on the TV, so I started chatting to them and it came round to the question, "What do you do?"

So, having had a few emails about the same thing from people wanting to emigrate and worried about the TV, although I’m not sure why, this is the deal.

I flatly refuse to pay for a cable service, to then be bombarded by adverts, simple as that. Why anyone would pay for the privilege to be subjected to inane adverts, is beyond me. Add the fact that there are channels and channels with nothing on and I simply choose not to have it. ( I do enjoy the comment, "Well, you know, we don’t watch much TV anyway." Yeah, in that case, why bother paying for cable at all then. Baffling…..)

"But, what do you watch."

When you get past the fact that you can actually, play games, read books, go out, have a conversation with your kids, or partner, this is what we do.

1.    We go to the library – a lot. They have all manner of DVD’s, from travel documentaries, to historical, educational and nature programmes, documentary films, as well as various box sets and discs of TV shows, a lot from the UK. In the last couple of weeks, we have been working our way through the Stargate TV shows, all 10 seasons, as well as Michael Moore’s latest movie, "Sicko". Sitting in the pile waiting to be watched there’s Inspector Morse, the HBO series, "Heroes" and "Rome"

2.    I subscribe to a DVD rental service for a fraction of the cost of cable and movies in the post. That keeps us going with films, new and old, more TV shows if we fancy them, both for us and the kids.

What more do you need? And I haven’t got onto the internet yet, again, with You Tube and other video services. You actually find you see far more news and educational programmes this way, as opposed to simply vegging out in front of whatever is on. Everything I would be watching, should I manage to find it, we get. We’re watching what we want, when we want. Our problem is we now have too much to watch!

So, if you’re finding it hard to justify those high cable bills, especially with rising fuel and food costs, ditch the cable and get out there to your local library. You never know, you might actually learn something. (I’m trying to get my head around bee keeping right now, as well as learning how to construct a proper "live in" tree house). Or failing that, break out the board games….

Take it easy,

M

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