Granda was right

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READERS of a similar vintage to Hurler, or older, will recall the halcyon days when the choice of television viewing was restricted to half a dozen channels. The remote control hadn’t yet been invented and if you wanted to change the channel there was nothing for it but get up, walk over to the TV and press a button (or turn a dial) on the television itself. Today’s generation – with access to hundreds of satellite channels and remote controls that could launch a rocket ship – would struggle to comprehend such Fred Flintstone-type backwardness. But them was the times we lived through. Those were the days too when the various TV stations observed a closedown. Hurler minds well that the BBC used to close down for the night by playing the British national anthem – God save the queen. Now, apparently the lyrics go like this: God save our gracious queen, Long live our noble queen…

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