Your Views On Viewing
.0.0.40.w., By CONS TANCE HOLT l'54~Atat% rpo view or not to view—has -abeen a popular question in talk between neighbours or debaters ever since TV arrived. With the approach of the new programmes discussion will probably reach an all-time " high." " Give me a packet of fags and the Telly and I'm O.K.," said a cheerful bus conductress, relishing the prospect of her Sunday off. " Haven't seen a programme worth looking at for months," barked an elderly gentleman. " It has quite transformed our lives," said an intelligent countrywoman.
The number of opinions—both vague and violent—put out by nonviewers is surprising. In fact the whole institution of Television seems to come up for examination in some circles immediately the word is mentioned.
That is probably natural and healthy enough at a time when so many developments are pending. TV certainly is changing, or spotlighting. the tastes and lives of a great number of people. I find it odd, though, to be asked if I " like TV," which seems roughly parallel to being asked if I like weather. It all depends what—and when.
Between the Telly-happy conductress and the opposition, which tends to equate viewing with vice. there is all the range of real opinion. That can include a passion for panel games or a dislike of sitting indoors on a fine afternoon, which rules out viewing then. whatever the programme.
TV is not just another fitment in the home—it is something that affects a way of life -let alone a way of thinking. So. of course, there is much to say about it. MANY women who are most aware of the difference which TV makes in their home, whether as mothers of families or solo dwellers in flats or cottages, may have least time or inclination for setting down what
they think. Yet their opinions, whether as to the time or nature of programmes, are strongly held —and important.
is on page 3 Our readers are likely to offer the positive, balanced ideas of Christian women who arc neither spoil-sports nor time-killers. You welcome new ideas and inventions for your homes where they make family life a better thing--just as the Church does, led by our enterprising present Pope! As women you see practical snags—and opportunities.
So I would love to hear from you on any point about home Television which strikes you as im portant. If letter-writing is not normally in your " schedule "—will you make an exception for this? What you have to say will be interesting and stimulating to many people.
In the last resort public opinion becomes private decision at the top. The trend of Television, and all other twentieth-century enterprises, can be influenced by an " ordinary" Catholic woman in Nether-Backwash. who loves life and all that is in it and " would sec good days."
Any significant ideas expressed in your letters will be passed to appropriate quarters, and I hope to publish one or two letters (if not longer than 200 words) in my column later.
FOOD, furniture and, no doubt, for all I have noticed, clothes are designed to make viewing more enjoyable.
Possibly interval refreshments should look picturesque, and those consumed while the show is on must allow of silent service and need not be seen at all. (There really does seem to be a case for ardent TV guests to arrive with a slab of chocolate in the pocket.) A woman asked me recently if 1 found it strange to be eating while watching a religious feature. I told her I had not tried, but had never found any difficulty in combining a " holy " book—or even the Bible—with a glass of milk or a cup of tea. She looked rather grave and remarked that things were going to get very mixed up soon.
Rather looking forward to the fine medley of meals and meditations which she feared, I changed the subject. But the thought set me turning out a stack of recipes and supper ideas for any occasion. This summer we have been able to explore a wide range of salads, though L cannot always agree with cooks who describe their inventions as " simple." or " made in a moment."
HERE is a really quick refresher, with easily accessible ingredients only. If August ends up as kindly as it began, it would come in often at lunch or supper.
Each serving takes a few inches of fresh cucumber, cut into about 4-inch cubes; one or two firm ripe tomatoes, well cut up. a helping of yoghourt, and a few spring onions for those who like them. Black pepper a always a good seasoning for this sort of salad.
This—or some other pretty plateful—could arrive with or before the cold joint. to grace next Monday's splendid Feast!