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Is a lisp speech impedement an advantage in the media

February 4, 2016 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Just a thought…..for this month from a valued customer of ours.

I can’t sing a note and so I don’t sing (professionally or otherwise)

I can’t lay bricks and so I do not build walls at my home – anymore. I tried it once and the brickie who came in to rectify my mess hid his grins non too well.

This event made me think; if I can’t sing or lay bricks and  if I can’t play football or play tennis or box or play snooker to a pro level should I expect to be employed in one of these professions?

My common sense told me no.

But then I thought just how many presenters on the BBC (tv and radio) have speech impedements and/or lisps and they gain professional employment from speaking or broadcasting despite be unable to pronounce words correctly, ex. saying words like “spice” as “thspice”.

I appreciate that the individuals may have other attributes, such as investigative and journalistic talent that brought the story in in the first instance, but does that automatically mean that they need to be the ones who convey the story?

Before any one thinks I am dissing ANYONE with speech issues or other issues – I am not! I have my own issues with wall building, and more seriously I have speech problems as well.

But considering this I would not expect, nor apply to get a job announcing or broadcasting news/pop culture shows, etc…, as there would be 98% of other people who don;t say Thspice when they mean spice, and hence would make understanding the language easier, for say for example people whose mother tongue is not english.

I recall at school some two + decades ago speech therapists were assigned to help students with speech issues to “correct” the issue. It seems that now lisp is no longer an impediment to broadcasting and voice overs and maybe is no longer an issue that requires “correction”. Should the lisp now be “treated” and should accademics try to “treat” and “improve” the issue or is it a positive advantage to have some sort of speech impedement if one wishes to pursue a career in media, particularly BBC media.

Now I have just watched Chris Packham who has a decided lisp, but he is an expert in his field and as such anyone interested could be expected to make the effort to decipher any difficult to interpret words this clearly gifted man has to say.

Chris Eubank, we all listen to him (media wise) as he is a World Champion Boxer and on boxing matters his voice is valued.

Alas, the BBC would take him on to read the six o clock news if he had been to school with Alan Yentob et al.

Robert Peston now comes to mind, he is so painful to listen to it is torture and his financial nouse is hardly worthy of his salary or his place on any business or news programme, BBC or ITV.

I have just enjoyed viewing a BBC 4 show on spiders with Professor Alice Roberts – who has a pronounced lisp – telling us about the arachnids around the world. I did struugle with her accent and the lisp made me concentrate a little too much on those spidery fiends, oooh I mean friends.

Thanks for reading….food for debate!

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Countryside Adventures – Great New Forum for Knives and Tool Opens UP!!!

June 9, 2011 by admin · Leave a Comment 

A new and exciting fourm has recently been created, it is Countryside Adventures;


If you are interested in tools and knives why not take a look

CRKT – Columbia River Knife and Tool. Some Now Made In Far East – Good or Bad ?

May 26, 2011 by admin · Leave a Comment 

CRKT, like most USA brands of knife and tools, to include Leatherman, despite their recent heavy advertisement about OREGON and PROUD, more like CHINA and CHEAP(ER), have some or all of their lines made in the far east

Anyway, I, personally am warming to Chinese goods (quality wise), yes you still get let’s face it rubbish from there but you get what you pay for. I get to see lots of far eastern tools and knives and the quality now matches and in some cases surpasses what the USA and Europe can/could produce, so from mt point of view (apart from political implications) buying a tool or knife made in China is not a bad thing at all, providing you get the right brand

CRKT come to mind, they were one of the first big USA manufacturers to go east and they get the quality right, that’s why we stock them.

Here’s what CRKT have to say (the last piece about “for those who serve” gets a laugh - let’s hope USA never goes to war with China or the USA will be using Chinese weapons to fight the Chinese)

“…Quality, innovation, value. We’ve built our reputation on creating innovative, top quality knife products, priced very competitively. CRKT works with some of the world’s leading knife designers, and we offer the largest number of exciting new knife designs in our history. CRKT offers Sport & Work knives, I.D. Works™ Tools and knives built “For Those Who Serve”…”

Here is a list of our current CRKT stock;

CRKT Slip KISS 2 (2.375″ Blade) Razor Edge Pocket Knife 5565A

CRKT Slip KISS 2 (2.375″ Blade) Razor Edge Pocket Knife w/ Multi Colour Scale 5565-CRKT

CRKT Slip KISS 2 (2.75″ Blade) Razor Edge Pocket Knife 5569

CRKT Ed Halligan H.U.G. Combo 5580 Combo Edge Locker

Columbia River CRKT DRIFTER Plain Edge Lock Knife. Model 6450S

Gowan Extrik-8-R Rescue Knife

Columbia River Tuition Razor Edge McGinnis Sheepsfoot 1160

Columbia River M16 Desert Tactical Big Dog – M16-14D


May 25, 2011 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Spyderco Byrd Knife Lightweight Byrd Finch Black FRN Handle Plain Edge  BY11PBK

Byrd Knives are a species of knives produced and imported by Spyderco. The hollow-ground 8Cr13MoV blade is plain edged (toothless) and fitted with a “comet” shaped opening hole that is unique to byrd designs and represents a symbol of quality.

The smallest folder in the byrd line is the Finch. It is engineered to yield maximum cutting performance with a blade under two inches. A ball chain threaded through the lanyard hole (included) can be used as a keychain or lets you attach the knife to a purse, loop or zipper pull.

The inclusion of  texturing along the spine and a finger choil on the bottom of the handle let you wrap your hand around the folder for remarkable control and precision over the cutting edge. The back lock is positioned midway on the spine facilitating one hand opening and closing.

The Finch’s blade is high carbon 8Cr13MoV stainless steel that is hollow ground.

  • Knife Type: Folder
  • Blade Length: 1.875 inches
  • Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV
  • Blade Type: Drop Point
  • Handle Material: Fiberglass-reinforced nylon
  • Overall Length: 4.44 inches
  • Brand New In Box

Spyderco Byrd Knife Meadowlark Rescue Black FRN Handle Razor Edge BY19PBK

Byrd knives are a new species of knives designed and imported by Spyderco. They present a cost effective alternative to Spyderco’s main CLIPIT-line of high performance knives. Byrd knives stand independently on their design and performance merits and are engineered in a partnership of Spyderco’s Research and Development and several knifemakers.

The blade is high carbon 8Cr13MoV stainless steel

  • Blade Detail: Razor Edge
  • Blade Cutting Length (mm): 65
  • Overall Length (open) (mm):183
  • Overall Length Closed (mm): 104
  • Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV
  • Handle Material: Slip Resistant textured FRN handle
  • Lock Style: Back Lock
  • Weight: 4oz
  • Ambidextrous One Handed Openning
  • Round Tiped Sheepfoot Blade
  • 4-Way Pocket Clip
  • Brand New In Box

Spyderco Byrd Knife CARA CARA Rescue Black FRN Handle  Razor Edge  BY17PBK

Byrd Cara Cara Rescue Knife Razor Edge Distributed By Spyderco. Featuring a blade made from high-carbon 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a plain edge. The comet shaped hole in the blade is found on all byrd knives and symbolizes quality and tight manufacturing tolerances and allows the knife to be opened one handedly. Handle material: FRN, includes pocket clip

The blade is high carbon 8Cr13MoV stainless steel

  • Blade Detail: Razor Edge
  • Blade Cutting Length (mm): 87
  • Overall Length (open) (mm): 220
  • Overall Length Closed (mm): 120
  • Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV
  • Handle Material: Slip Resistant textured FRN handle
  • Lock Style: Back Lock
  • Weight: 4oz
  • Ambidextrous One Handed Openning
  • Round Tiped Sheepfoot Blade
  • 4-Way Pocket Clip


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