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Welcome to the Dave Porter Blog

Dave Porter

Everyone else has a blog these days, why shouldn’t I! As you may know, I have been in broadcasting for many years. This blog is just an extension of that, it’s an opportunity for me to share my thoughts on whatever subject attracts my attention. Comments are welcome!

I have an iPhone 5!

I have an iPhone 5!

I have an iPhone 5! It's fantastic. I love it. When the iPhone 5 was announced I could see how good it was, but hadn't expected to be able to upgrade until next year. But several things ran through my mind. I was talking to Ben Weston, and he pointed out that these...

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Goodbye Mark Thompson

Goodbye Mark Thompson

Today is Mark Thompson's last day as Director General of the BBC. Many within the BBC, and many like me who left the BBC during his tenure, will be happy to see him go. The BBC is unique in many ways, particularly in the way it is funded. I can think of no other large...

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iPhone 5

iPhone 5

Beautiful, just beautiful, and packed with great features and great apps, I can't wait to see it. Another splendid design from Jony Ive, who really is the best at this sort of thing, a Newcastle University graduate too!. Apple recruit the best people in the world for...

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Two unique events

Two unique events

Two unique events are occurring in our household this week, two in three days actually. One was yesterday, it was Nick's 18th birthday. It went well. Here is the birthday boy sampling a pint of real ale, my pint actually. He ordered a Peroni. My quality real ale was...

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Time flies

Time flies

The photo on the left was taken by Helen, probably in August 1995, Nick and his dad walking in the garden. Nick was about 11 months old then. The photo on the right was taken by Helen today, Sunday 9th September 2012, Nick and his dad walking in the garden. Nick will...

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Kindle is the future, but ..

Kindle is the future, but ..

I like to read, especially on holiday when you can relax, soak up some sunshine and read a good book. Hardbacks are out, too heavy to hold up when you are lying on a sun bed, also why would you pay £20 for a book, when you could wait a few months and get the paperback...

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Wake up America – you have a problem

Wake up America – you have a problem

It's the run up to another American election, and Americans do some funny this at a time like this. In the year 2000, for instance, they narrowly voted for Al Gore as President, probably, but the voting was so close, and as they couldn't figure out how to read the...

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A sad demise

A sad demise

There was a time, in the early 1980's, when if you were going out for a meal in Newcastle upon Tyne it really had to be Italian. Why? Because that's all there was. There were plenty of restaurants to chose from, but they were all Italian, okay not quite all, but the...

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The Olympic flame passes through

The Olympic flame passes through

The Olympic Flame made it to the Tyne Valley today and passed by rather uneventfully. I'll never see it again in my lifetime so I suppose it was a historic moment. Before it arrived literally dozens of Police motorcycle riders came through in short convoys of three or...

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BBC 1 is NOT a sports channel

BBC 1 is NOT a sports channel

  Here is today's schedule on BBC 1 - Saturday 9th June 2012: 4.30 - Match of the Day Live: Euro 2012 7.10 - BBC News 7.30 - Match of the Day Live: Euro 2012 10.00 - BBC News and National Lottery Draws 10.30 - Formula One: Canadian Grand Prix - Qualifying...

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Sense at last, the pasty is saved.

Sense at last, the pasty is saved.

These are Greggs Steak Bakes. They contain, amongst other things, Protein: 16.5g, Carbohydrate: 28g, Fat: 27.5g, Salt: 2g. The chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, announced in his 2012 budget that VAT was to be applied to food sold hot in shop like Greggs....

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The Queen is not really to blame

The Queen is not really to blame

Damp street party or red hot pool party, which would you choose? I had an interesting conversation on the phone yesterday with a nice guy I have never met; he wanted to rent my lovely apartment in Spain for a week. He loved the apartment, the location is just right,...

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Just a few things

Just a few things

This is not a difficult choice is it! I've not written for a while, as I've been busy making websites, and I had a short trip to Spain too. I'm not going to write much today either, just a few things though: Princess Anne, the Princess Royal For God's sake get your...

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Nice, but flawed

Nice, but flawed

We saw a nice property for sale on the Sanderson Young website. It's on the large side, has seven bedrooms and seems good value at only £4,950,000. We quite like it. There would be room for Nick to put his drums somewhere, we could probably put a barbecue in the...

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A producer is born

A producer is born

For someone doing their A levels at the moment and planning to go to University to study music production, producing a You Tube video in one day is quite impressive. Nick put the band together, played some of the instruments himself, recorded it all, audio on a...

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