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BBC - Northern Exposure
« on: August 03, 2008, 04:45:38 PM »
Celebrity designer / presenter Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and his wife Jackie have recently explored Northern Ireland. Their travels are being broadcast on a prime time show called "Northern Exposure."  Here's a comment made by Laurence as the couple were approaching Rathlin Island by boat "Oh look, the cliffs are all dirty. The birds have dirtied them." Did he expect the cliffs to be washed clean on a daily basis by the islanders so that visitors don't have to see such things? Has he never been to an island like Rathlin which others have described as having "a rare, untamed beauty"? It's perfectly normal for the droppings of auks, gannets, gulls and other seabirds to be found on cliffs of islands around our coastlines.

A correspondent to the Belfast Telegraph's Letters page said that Jackie wasn't too bad but Laurence was crushingly dull and patronising to Ulster audiences. He managed a hat trick of uns ... unentertaining, uninformative and unintelligent. Maybe the BBC should consider Laurence being given a course on painting with Dermot Cavanagh ("Awash with Colour") who  certainly knows how to present Northern Ireland scenes in their best light both in his verbal descriptions and in his paintings.