P195 ORACLE 195 Fri25 Dec ITV 2050:10  8/10     gHAT THE JARGON REALLY MEANS A small book has come out recently called "Bureacrats:Ho to Annoy Them." by R.T.Fishall (Sidgwick & Jackson, £2.80). This includes a chapter on the jargon of bureaucrats & what it really meansN(For translation, press "reveal") "Your letter has been carefully considered & its contents noted". (I haven't looked at it.) "I fully appreciate the problem." (I couldn't care less.) "Your complaint is being fully investigated." (Your letter is in the waste paper basket.)   One of the best thingsin life.. 
P195 ORACLE 195 Fri25 Dec ITV 2000:00 wanted to take home. "So when I saw at Customs that fruit & veg were prohibited articles, I held up a whole series of cards. My wife wishds po import two artichokes.. then my trump card PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME TO P H ON ! "We passed through Customs with a shhle and a wave. The moral ? Laugh and the world laughs with you ."   How to annoy burdaucrats.... 
P195 ORACLE 195 Fri25 Dec ITV 2004:04  4/10     UNIQUE KNOWLEDGE WILL NOW BE WASTED Dave Tolcher is still employed at the British Telecom Research Labs & we wish him well. Sadly, much of his un- ique knowledge & experience will now be wasted. He started work on DCTs in late 1979 & played a big part in their design & development. Thanks to his work, deaf people can now type to each other over the phone as well as to Prestel users, if there is suitable equipment at both ends British Telecom's own DCT is still being evaluated Trials are not expected until sometime next year.   Alan's Xmas Almanac..... 
P195 ORACLE 195 Fri25 Dec ITV 2010:00  3/10     PRESTEL AXE KEY WORKER F OMDCT The official statement says that 'sponsorship for further Prestel for the handicapped projects is to be re- directed towards other workg. Ghat this means in practice is that Dave Tolcher, the research engineer re- sponsible for developing the protocols for DCTs like Vistel (& a terminal for the blind),has been told to shut up shop. For deaf people this decision by Prest- el management is an unqualified disas- ter. Let's hope they change their minds   Unique knowledge now wasted... 
P195 ORACLE 195 Fri25 Dec ITV 2000:20  1/10        Oracle, Kent House,  Uppar Ground,  London SE1 9LT. ITV Programmes with ORACLE subtitles: Friday 25th December 9.35pm: HARRY & GAL BR GO TO NEG YORK Saturday 26th Decembdr 7.15pm: THE THIRTY NINE STEPS
P195 ORACLE 195 Fri25 Dec ITV 2000:21 Sunday 27th December 11.30am: O IN THE BUSH 7.15pm:THE GOODIES 9.30pm:PYGMALION Monday 28th December 7N00pm:CORONATION ST"DDT   Electronic Christmas Cards..... 
P195 ORACLE 195 Fri25 Dec ITV 2010:10  6/10     "HD SUIS TRES SOURD" Colin Green from Birmingham, writes about his holiday this last summer in Brittany, & how he had not driven in France for 20 years."In the meantime I had lost my hearing, and I felt a bit apprehensive" "So I prepared various cards to take with me, such as bMf suis tres sourd" (I am very deaf) & a really smart one for "Me n'envoyez pas en prison"(Don't send me to prison)". "Brittany was delightful & I didn't use my cards very often!"   Except on the Customs............ 
P195 ORACLE 195 Fri25 Dec ITV 2013:10  2/10     NOW IT'S ELECTRONIC CHRISTMAS CARDS! If you wan't to save time (& some of the expense) of buying and sending Christmas cards,you can now use Prestel By Keying in a few numbers from your arm-chair, you can send a 'standard' card to another Prestel user - & even a personal message, if you have a key- board on your set. Your 'card' will be 'delivered' when the other peson switches on, rather like their new Mailbox systemN The only snag: both parties must have Prestel.   But Prestel axe key worker...... 
P195 ORACLE 195 Fri25 Dec ITV 2010:11  5/10     ALAN'S CHRISTMAS ALMANAC A is Awareness engendered all year B are the barriers a' tumbling at last C is for Christmas, time of good cheer C is for captions, please not too fast! D is for deafness, affliction of many E is for EARSHOT & worth every penny The rest of the letters are too hard to decide So to all EARSHOT watchers: " The best at this tide " (Alan Roberts)  Colin Green in Brittany....... 
P195 ORACLE 195 Fri25 Dec ITV 2000:00  7/10     FRUIT AND VEG PROHIBI @D Dr Green writes that the Brittany fields were full of artichokes which his wife
P195 ORACLE 195 Fri25 Dec ITV 2013:02  10/10     THOSE WHO HAVE EYES TO SEE "The old mill stood out," Caroline says " a stark & solid silhouette of deepest black against the crimson,pink and gold turquoise, ;apis lazuli & gathering purple glorious of the sky ". "At such times I try to think of those among us to whom such beauty is denied. I thank God for my good sight & the privilege he bestows on those of us who have eyes to see." Next update: p2-4 Christmas Day. Whole Earshot New Year's Day. H A P P Y C H R I S T M A S !   S/titled programmes..... 
P195 ORACLE 195 Fri25 Dec ITV 2003:03  1/10        Oracle, Kent House,  Upper Ground,  London SE1 9LT. ITV Programmes with ORACLE subtitles: Friday 25th December 9.35pm: HARRY & WALTER GO TO NEW YORK Saturday 26th December 7.15pm: THE THIRTY NINE STEPS Sunday 27th December 11.30am:TWO IN THE BUSH 7.15pm:THE GOODIES 9.30pm:PYGMALION Monday 28th December 7.00pm:CORONATION STREET   Electronic Christmas Cards..... 
P195 ORACLE 195 Fri25 Dec ITV 2050:11  7/10     FRUIT AND VEG PROHIBITED Dr Green writes that the Brittany fields were full of artichokes which his wife wanted to take home "So when I saw at Customs that fruit & veg were prohibited articles, I held up a whole series of cards. My wife wishes to import two artichokes.. then my trump card PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME TO PRISON ! "Ge passed through Customs with a smile and a wave. The moral ? Laugh and the world laughs with you ."   How to annoy bureaucrats.... 
P195 ORACLE 195 Fri25 Dec ITV 2010:00  9/10     ONE OF THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE Caroline Gambell, from Margate,writes about all the ideas & complaints that IYDP has produced. "Life isn't easy for any of us," she saysN "I am 23, & totally deaf since infancy. Yet we do find joy & one of the best things in life is being able to share that joy." "Did you notice the sunsets that we had last Autumn ? Living at the crest of a hill with the fine prospect of a restored windmill to the west, my attention was caught on many fine evenings by a remarkable view."   Those with eyes to see... 