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Hard Spell by Palinite14 on 30 November 2004 1:13pm
Did anyone see the first episode of the BBC's new spelling competition last night? I know opinions in the press have been divided about this; some people think spelling bees promote literacy and awareness of English; some have condemned the programme as a cruel competition that humiliates young contestants. Any comments on the programme?

I had a special interest in this because one of the five Scotland competitors (on last night) was my best friend, who became the champion for Scotland but lost out to Mark from East England for a place in the grand final. I was on the edge of my seat watching it although I knew all too well what was going to happen, as it had been filmed a couple of weeks ago. My friend told me that as it was a pre-recorded TV show, they would do takes again and again, so after she'd made a mistake (and knew she was out) she had to spell the word again and make the same mistake deliberately, which I thought was pretty cruel. Other than that, I was SO PROUD OF HER when I saw her on the show. I thought she was brilliant.
Re: Hard Spell by Godfather on 30 November 2004 7:07pm

I wotchd tonyt's episowed. I felt so soree for the litul kid that liked skaytbording. After getting the first two kwesthuns wrong, he just went to peesez and ultimuttly left in tears with 0 (or was it 1 point?). Taz was strange. When they said he'd been knocked out, i thought he was going to hurl himself off a bridge after leaving the stewdeeo.

Seigfried (good west country name there) was the one i supported. German stock,but a good speller and down to earth kid. Pity he got knocked out near the end though.

Some of the other kids were a bit too much of the Geeky type if you ask me. Typical ones that you'd pick from a school to go for a spelling contest. Frowning expressions and probably raised on bed time readings of Freudian Analysis. Indian kids are always little swots when it comes to this sort of thing. That's why that girl won. Not suprising though. I have to say that i was a bit unsure about Pierre (another good old english name). Cant have french winning it.


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