The Editor's New Year Message
Long-time visitors will know that I usually take the opportunity
to write an 'Editor's Xmas Message' at this time of year,
supposedly reflecting on the past 12 months in the world of
our fave TV show, Big Brother.
This year, however, it's more of a 'New Year's Moan' and
thankfully, just a few days into 2004 and Christmas Day seems
so long ago. Thank God all that card writing, untangling of
Christmas Tree lights and intense thought about what pressies
to buy is over for another year...
Actually, for me the latter part of that sentence is slightly
inaccurate, mainly because I did the time-honoured 'bloke'
thing of starting my Christmas shopping on the 24th of December.
My philosophy? If Argos didn't have it in stock, you were
getting a voucher!
You can't blame me really though; the 90-minute trip 'nipping'
to my local ASDA store just to buy one specific CD was rather
ridiculous. Even more ridiculous though, were the, ahem, 'lovely
bargain hunters' who'd clogged-up my entry to the overcrowded
car park and were seemingly ecstatic that they'd managed to
buy 3 bagfuls of cauli and carrots for just £2.
"Arrggggh, GO AWAY. I have legitimate 'last minute'
shopping to do!" Some people, huh?
I must remember to calm down next year and to get into the
spirit a bit more. Christmas is all about giving and not receiving
they say, which basically meant that I had to pretend to be
pleased upon receiving the obligatory tat like cheap aftershave,
novelty socks and a bulls**t detector. Oh, ha-bloody-ha.
It's okay though; it's not as if I wanted something remotely
useful like the Ricky Gervais video, 'Tommy' cologne, or the
keys to a Lotus Elise/ Lamborghini Gallardo. Actually, thinking
about it, all my recent talk about buying myself a bright
yellow Lambo within 12 months may have had something to do
with my receiving a BS detector!
Seriously, I'm not that much of a scrooge and I had a great
Christmas and New Year really. I hope you all got what you
wanted, had fun buying other people gifts, didn't eat too
much turkey and refrained from embarrassing yourself at the
Of course, traditionally now's the time for making woefully
ambitious vows to change your life. You know: promise to get
fit, to get a new wardrobe, a more fashionable hairdo, a new
car, move house, climb the career ladder, blah blah blah.
Well, I've decided to burn off the season's excesses by getting
my Quality Street-enhanced butt down the gym this winter.
A 6-pack stomach in time for the summer? Don't count on it!
To be honest, it's something that I've been threatening to
do for bloody ages but it'll be nothing short of a miracle
if I last more than a month on the old treadmill of boredom.
Still, if anyone wants to sponsor me (something I appealed
for last year and had a positive response - thanks) as an
incentive, I might even sign myself up to run a Marathon and
raise some money for 'chari-dee'.
Please get in touch if you can spare a few quid and would
like too show your appreciation for all my (our) hard work
on the site over the past few years aka: watch me suffer!
And now on to the subject of Big Brother.
Let's not beat around the bush and try to pretend otherwise,
Big Brother 4 was a bit lame. I mean, several of us in the
BBO office had a conversation about it in the Autumn and we
literally couldn't remember the names of several contestants
(it's easier for you now, as their pics feature at the top
of the page).
The upside of this, however, is that Big Brother 5 in 2004
will inevitably be a much better series. True enough, many
fans threatened to stop watching the show last summer and
despite all the spiel from Channel 4 about it being a ratings
success, programme makers Endemol have more recently conceded
that they chose the wrong contestant group.
So, there's life in the old format yet and the success of
Series 5 depends on two things: firstly, the Producers must
immediately discount 'nicey' applicants who aren't prepared
to stick their necks out, in favour of choosing fiery, argumentative,
controversial, manipulative, arrogant, loud, funny, camp or
dippy people; basically, the types who aren't afraid to say
what they mean or do what they want.
Secondly, and probably just as important, is that we
fans must remember NOT to boot out the controversial characters
too early-on. During BB3 we managed to keep dizzy youngster
Jade Goody in the house when there was a very good chance
of an early exit. For BB4 however, we reverted back to our
old ways of gunning for the loud-mouthed contestant, by evicting
Anouska way too early.
Lessons learnt, Big Brother fans?
Right, that's enough waffle from me and it just remains to
wish you all a Happy and Successful New Year. The BBO team
are really looking forward to Big Brother 5 now and we thank-you
for your continued support. See you again soon, hopefully
in our Forums during BB5.
Don't forget to check back soon
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