8 August 2010


Most of us rather like it when something unexpected happens during a live TV broadcast. There's surely a little anarchy in everyone. Don't we rather enjoy those idiots in the background jumping up and down, waving at the camera or pulling silly faces? Often their antics are in direct contrast to the serious content of the broadcast.

I don't know if you've seen the clip below shown on the BBC lunchtime news last year when an American tourist from Canton, Georgia tripped during his walking tour of the City of Westminster. Passers-by helped this confused old gentleman to his feet and sat him on a wall. They asked him what his name was but at first all he could remember was that it rhymed with "vague". Fortunately, he recovered quickly and returned to his homeland with a handsome tale to tell.
WARNING The embedding of this video clip required advanced computer skills. Such an operation should not be attempted by novices as any wrong move could result in hard-drive meltdown and the end of the western world as we know it.


  1. "confused old gentleman"

    Back atcha, YP! Always remember that any time you point a finger at someone else, you have three fingers pointing back at yourself!

    Seriously, it borders on the miraculous (I know, I know) that (a) the old gentleman didn't fall into the path of the car and (b) the car was standing still.

    I am favorably impressed that the other people actually stopped to help. Wouldn't happen in some places.

  2. I keep looking out for the 'Man in the White Jumper who keeps turning up on outside broadcasts. It's a great way of watching the news without getting depressed.

  3. And all I want to add is "well done". for what I gather is your first YouTube implant.


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