tv guides for the christmas and new year.

20 Dec


i wonder if other countries have free tv guides given away by all the major newspapers today.

here in uk , we get these free 13day tv guides to what is showing over the holiday period given away by the newspapers.

what is surprising to me is that there are tv magazines which people can buy, like the radio times costing £3.60 , one of the many listings magazines on sale.

what makes people buy these rather than just get one of the many free guides given away by the newspapers?, and even as recent as thursday when the online gives out a printed magazine of their listings.

i nearly did not get that copy because when i went to the pimlico station to get it on that day there was none to be had. and even when i went to victoria station, expecting piles of them there was none. luckily i saw a copy face down on the floor in the station concourse, and on the ground near a pile of rubbish bags on the road from the tesco supermarket… so i got two copies of it … haha. but today there are so many free copies from all the newspapers that there is no need to buy them. and they are giving away a free pdf online for everyone to download. it is quite difficult to view it as a pdf file. much easier to see it as pages in a magazine. though personally i prefer the tv guides given free by the newspapers.or u can just go to and see the listings. 

so i am well prepared for the tv viewing over the holiday period.

one of the nice things about living in the uk is the tv programs over christmas and new year are very varied.

they do put on an effort to give us a nice selection of stuff. and you dont even need to subscribe to a paid channel, because the free channels are just as good. and now that i got a youview box we can get the HD versions too. at first i thought the youview box which comes free from the talktalk subscription was a waste of time, but the HD (high definition) is rather nice.

simon told me recently that it has been a year since we bought the HD tv screen (and he only realised it is a year when the free one year warranty expired and he was asked whether he wants to renew) but it has only been 6months since i got the youview box so we have only been able to watch the hd effect on our big screen for 6months.

at first i thought with the youview box, i could record or see films after they are shown, but it is not so. i still could not record or view the films esp the late night films after they are shown.

perhaps it is my fault, because i switch the box and the tv and my wifi off over night. ah well, nevermind, as so many films sounds nice when u read the review but are quite boring when u actually get to see them. 

added. the postman came just now and i saw there were two large envelopes and when i opened them i saw they contain two calendars from calendarMe which i wrote about some time ago. i never expected them to send me the calendars, as i thought you have to order them, and expected they will charge u for it.

so it is a pleasant surprise to see i got two calendars, one from the male section, the other from the female one. haha. well thanks to marcel, from

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i am going to ask john, my friend from poole who also made a calendar when i told him of it. i wonder if he got a calendar too.

2 Responses to “tv guides for the christmas and new year.”

  1. Sarah M Sunday December 21, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    do you really see so much on telly over the holiday that you’d want to watch? It all seemed like generic ‘family entertainment’ stuff to me. I’m planning on condensing it down to around 4 hours on catchup TV when I get back.

    • alifesgayventure Sunday December 21, 2014 at 9:34 am #

      on paper it looked good, lots of variety.
      not that i watch them myself, but i suspect there are others who will like it, that is why i say it does provide good entertainment. i dont necessarily refer to myself. i know all too well, i am not the only one to watch tv and no one need cater to me as i dont subscribe nor buy anything advertised and so am a hopeless target consumer. haha.

      if u have been living in malaysia like i have, you would really know what it means when they say there is nothing on. haha. and if u have seen american tv, at least when i was there albeit it may not be the case now, as i was there many years ago you would know the real meaning of inane. they might have improved, but somehow i doubt it.
      i like to watch the films on tv. there are a lot of repeats, but even then,some i have not seen.
      u say u can get all this on catchup tv, i think u dont catch up on films… because catchup tv don’t do films. at least i dont seem to get them on my youview box. now that i got a HD tv, i find even films i have seen before looks so much nicer that it is worth seeing them again. haha.

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