Yet another retune threatening TV chaos

NEXT week some of us have to go through the painful process once again of retuning our TVs.

Digital UK assures us that this will be the last time (really?) and then the switchover will be finally complete.

June 27 is the day, but what channels we will end up with is a mystery – and, once again, I am not overly confident and predict more channel chaos.

After the initial switchover everything appeared to have gone brilliantly and our household had a terrific selection of channels. Then we all had to retune again when the Norfolk switchover took place – and we lost half the channels we had.

In Old Felixstowe, we have never had the best TV reception – being very much on the edge of civilisation it seems.

When I spoke to one of the experts in a local electrical retailer, he said what would happen next week was totally unknown – but there are at least two possibilities.

One is that we regain those channels we lost last time around – and keep those we have. That would be perfect.

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Alternatively, we might get the missing channels back (Film4, Yesterday, ITV4 etc) but lose other ones which we currently enjoy.

If we are unhappy, we could try installing a digital aerial, buy Freesat or point our aerial at the Ranelagh Road transmitter, which just provides the basic services.

It appears despite all the dozens of channels available and enjoyed by most of the UK, when it comes down to it households are only really guaranteed to receive BBC1, 2, 3 and 4, ITV1, C4 and Channel5.

It’s enough to make your blood boil.

And talking of blood pressure, weren’t those statistics concerning heart deaths in Felixstowe interesting?

The south-east ward of the town had 251 deaths per 100,000 (way above the county average) compared with the east ward with only 119.

Health bosses appeared to put this down to the east ward being the more affluent – though, of course, everyone in Felixstowe knows this is not true and that actually the most affluent part of the resort is the south-east area which has the heart problems.

It’s fairly easy to explain. This is the area of million pound-plus clifftop homes, executive areas such as Foxgrove Lane, Maybush Lane, Bath Road, Dellwood Avenue, Croutel Road, Lynwood Avenue, Hamilton Gardens, and so on, and huge Victorian and Edwardian town houses.

It’s the area where people may not have poor diets, but work hard in stressful jobs – or are retired, having worked hard in stressful jobs – and probably drink and possibly smoke, with less time to exercise. It all adds up, for some, to a recipe for a potential heart attack. Perhaps the NHS should investigate.

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