|Work's underway at the 'old' White City TV centre|
Around 35 years or so ago a couple of friends I shared a flat with worked for the BBC and I'd often visit (I saw a TOTP or two being recorded and hung out in the Club bar too), one of the guys, Mike used to drive a London Taxi at the time and sometimes he'd get access to scarce parking by carrying an empty film can on the back seat of the car implying it was 'urgent'.
And the BBC Programmes are still better than their 'commercial' rivals
With Philosophy on my mind (I've just enrolled on another series of Philosophy for Everyone course I took a look at one of the ultra bright Bettany Hughes expositions of the Genius of the Ancient World BBC TV programmes, this one on Socrates.
|Was Aristotle ignored here?|
It was a reminder of the enjoyment there is in Philosophy but a little light I felt with plenty of footage of Modern Athens (which illuminated little for me) and also no discussion around how much the Socrates we 'know' now was or might have been a construction used by Aristotle to pursue his own ideas.
I'm not really sure that it's accurate even with our limited knowledge of the events to say he was executed for his beliefs.
All in all a shade disappointing but I will try the other two accompanying programmes on Buddha and Confucius who I know even less about than I do Socrates.
[On a slightly related point I heard a comedian talking about how Chairs play such a role in design with all seeking the perfect chair - as Jesus was a 'carpenter' (this is not to so clear ether though!) wouldn't he have produced the chair to end all chairs?]