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Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:13 am
by KathyLauren
We haven't had a telly for about 13 years. We've got the hardware, but we only use it for watching movies, initially on VHS or DVD, and more recently on Netflix.

I like music, but I was brought up to be considerate of other people. I don't like it loud anyway, but if I'm where people would find it annoying, I use headphones.

Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

Posted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:07 pm
by Weedo
We have nominated the farm house as a sreen free zone; much to the shock and horror of our urbanite, screen addicted grandchildren. We dont have hard wired phone lines there so no internet link other than via wireless which works really well on the South East corner of the verandah, in the evening and if the west wind is not too strong.

I go with Ina, a good book beats TV anyday; I am one of those people who re-reads and actually wears out books and have to replace them.

Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:24 am
by ina
Weedo wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:07 pm

I go with Ina, a good book beats TV anyday; I am one of those people who re-reads and actually wears out books and have to replace them.
Yep - so do I. And at the library they've stopped pointing out that "you've read this book already" - so what? If it's a good book, it's worth re-reading. I read the entire disc world series at least once every year... And I still find new bits that I hadn't noticed before.

Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:11 pm
by Weedo
People commonly re-watch the same movies, TV serials, go to the same gallery, walk in the same places etc. etc. so why not re-visit a good book? I have occasionally had a clean out and donated books to the local library or op shop but have found myself often buying some of the same titles again later.

Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:24 pm
by Green Aura
I don't re-read anything regularly, but definitely have a few go to's when nothing else fits the bill - anything Jane Austen, Terry Pratchett, Marge Piercy etc. Eclectic tastes for every mood. :lol:

I find TV channels don't address our current watching style - it started out with a box set of The Sopranos, which we binge watched on a lazy Boxing Day many years ago. Watching a couple of episodes or so each evening, of whatever is our current fancy, seems to suit us much better than one episode a week and the regular schedule gaps for golf, football etc which seem to happen all too often.

Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:39 pm
by happyhippy
I'm actually fed up and bored of TV these days.There are way too many competition type shows.Monotanous and predictable.

Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:42 pm
by ina
Green Aura wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:24 pm
I don't re-read anything regularly, but definitely have a few go to's when nothing else fits the bill - anything Jane Austen, Terry Pratchett, Marge Piercy etc. Eclectic tastes for every mood. :lol:
Marge Piercy? I shall have to find out about her... But Jane Austen - yes, definitely another one.

Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:59 pm
by Green Aura
She's a feminist novelist and poet, ina. I have all her novels and some of her poetry. Her most well-known novel (excellent, but not my favourite) is "Woman on the edge of time".

Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:45 pm
by Weedo
"free to air" Tv here is not worth watching; even the sporting events have been bought up by the pay TV mob. I don't subscribe to any pay TV systems on principle.

I have managed to scrounge early editions of some Dickens, Conan Doyle etc. Different reading to the modern versions

Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:35 pm
by PurpleMcGowan
When my husband left 4.5 yrs ago he took the TV with him and I never replaced it. Don't miss it either. We used to have it on all the time, even as background noise, so at 1st it was strange, but the kids (5 & 11) aren't bothered, for one its all hes ever know here anyway. Kids have a couple of portable DVD's but they prefer to read or play outside.
AND I'm £80 a month better of without the license and Sky fees :)

Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:34 pm
by Flo
Can't imagine what a telly would add to my life. But then most of my 72 odd years have been without one.

Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:16 am
by Odsox
Ah thanks Flo, I thought it was only me that had odd years.