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My father and I struggle to switch on the TV

Tom Winnifrith
Saturday 6 June 2015

It is just Dad and myself here in Shipston right now. My father wishes to watch the news and Dad's Army. Sadly my stepmother has, in the name of progress, bought a new TV. It has two remote controls. My Mrs bought us one with three. And as with her boxes of torture my father and I have now been struggling to get the screen to show anything other than "no signal" for half an hour.

Bring back the good old days when you switched the TV on with a button on the box and - after it warmed up - changed channel with another button on the box say both Tom Winnifriths. We are united in not liking progress and now await the arrival of a "young person" , that is to say my Mrs, to show us what to do.

Bingo! My father has pressed all the buttons and we have a new screen up saying DVB-T. Not - as he admits "a total success" but variety at least.

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About Tom Winnifrith
Tom Winnifrith is the editor of When he is not harvesting olives in Greece, he is (planning to) raise goats in Wales.
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