Is seeing things in the flesh overrated? Travelling all those miles and spending all that money when you can see the world from the comfort of your own front room?
Many will say that nothing beats seeing it for real, but with today’s high definition TV I disagree. The best place to see things is from my sofa!
It would have been a much better experience if we were at home in our onesies, beer in hand with the surround sound up high
My mum travelled a lot in the 1990s. She regularly backpacked across Africa, Asia and Australia. She’ll tell stories of sunrises on the Serengeti, following herds of wildebeest across the plains and watching lions stalk their prey.
Well I’ve seen all that too, thanks to the TV camera lens – and I knew exactly what was happening thanks to David Attenborough.
I’ve been to Wembley five times to watch Pompey play. Each time, I found Wembley lacked atmosphere and we were so far away from the action you couldn’t get a feel for any of the games. Plus it’s always cold at Wembley.
I remember thinking our 2008 appearances were rather boring, but watching them back on TV the excitement was there to see.
Those instant replays of contentious decisions and an explanation of what had just happened dispelled the confusion we felt while at Wembley.
And don’t get me started on cricket. Why on earth would you want to actually watch cricket for real?
You can’t see what’s happening to the ball and, unless the bails are sent flying, you have no idea if or why a batsman is out.
By comparison, TV coverage is so complete.
I remember Sarah and I stood in the rain at the Isle of Wight Festival, half-a-mile away from the stage, being barged about by the crowd, watching the Foo Fighters on a nearby big screen with a delay on the sound.
That would have been a much better experience if we were at home in our onesies, beer in hand with the surround sound up high.
I’ve seen New York from the top of the Empire State Building and climbed one of the Pyramids thanks to BBC2.
Sarah think’s I’m turning into Jim Royle from The Royle Family.