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Dear BBC,

Many thanks for filling your web-site with pictures of London in the floods. The pictures of Victoria Station with about 1/2 inch of rain on it (which you've decribed as 'flooded') made me appreciate just how heavy the rain must have been this morning. As did your other photos of Brighton Road in Croydon (a road I know very well).

However, it may have escaped your notice that for the last month other parts of the country have been drowned by the torrant of rain we've had, yet this seems rarely to have graced the pages of the BBC web-site . Hull was under several feet of water, and indeed Llewellyn Road in Tan-y-fron looked like a river as I walked down it on Tuesday. The fact that water came over the top of my wellies wasn't even mentioned on your 6 O'clock news, let alone your 10 O'clock

So BBC, what I'm saying is this. As much as I like hearing about the South East of England (it is my spiritual if not literal home), there are other parts of the country that do exist, and its very annoying to hear that a puddle had developed in Victoria Station when you need a submarine to get to Wrexham station...

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Massive 'Niagra' surge down our steep drive this morning!: Foul weather gear protected, plus 'wellies', then baled the sunken terrace, as the soakaways were not coping. Then installed the Hippo submersible pump, which I have left it situ, awaiting the next deluge forecast.:
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Any news of the weather brightening up yet? Seems you've had your fair share of wetness. Time for the clouds to move on.
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Lincolnshire was under 4 ft of water a week ago.
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So true Gary

I live 20 miles north of London.... and we never get a mention on the South East... sorry..... London news.
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Good point, well made Gary. The Beeb has been criticised by the watchdog for its incredibly London-centric approach.
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The inflatable we had was a Flatley Force Four I think, years back? Would of come in useful looking at the sodden state of the UK, if we still had it!:
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the weather forcasters are the funniest, they'll open their forecast with "umbrellas at the ready, it's going to be a terrible day today" - but when they show the map, eveywhere outside the home counties is basking in 90 degree sunshine. equally they'll come on and say "well it's been another GLORIOUS day today" when in fact the 90% of the country that isn't in the south east will have had snow, tornadoes & biblical floods over the years i've learnt to "invert" what they say to the opposite, i now get a fairly accurate forecast

the whole of the bbc are (as jim points out) LAUGHABLY london-centric. they do the same with place/street/district names - for example they would refer to such-and-such happened "on bury new road in the broughton area of manchester" whereas if the incident was in london all they would just say is such-and-such happened "on seven sisters road", like the whole f*cking world must obviously know everything about london cos its so important

the sooner they get half the beeb moved to manchester the better

the press are the same, they seriously think that north of watford we all own whippets and mine coal with our bare hands

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Agree with you Gary, couldn't help raising an ironic smile this evening when I saw what was being called a "flood" in London....looked more like a few puddles until a car was in deeper water, in an obvious dip in the road

My home town was one of the first to be seriously flooded...coincidentally, a month today!

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The BBC weather forecast for here is always wrong!!










 
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You mean there are places outside of London?

They must be rubbish ;-)

(just jesting. i'm don't live in London, and I really don't like it that much either. I agree that the Beeb seems to think the world was formed - and lives - exclusively in London).

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the weather forcasters are the funniest, they'll open their forecast with "umbrellas at the ready, it's going to be a terrible day today" - but when they show the map, eveywhere outside the home counties is basking in 90 degree sunshine. equally they'll come on and say "well it's been another GLORIOUS day today" when in fact the 90% of the country that isn't in the south east will have had snow, tornadoes & biblical floods over the years i've learnt to "invert" what they say to the opposite, i now get a fairly accurate forecast
Yeah I know what you mean - they just don't seem to understand how irritating it is...
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Errhhh...to be fair to the BBC they did previously show the floods in other parts of the Country before any occurred in London/South East; and they did continue to show flooding in other parts of the Country after London and the SE got hit
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Not really - the flooding in Hull had sudsided before it was even mentioned. Victorisa station had a puddle on it and its front page news, but other parts of the country get flooded like that all the time, and nothing is mentioned. If London was flooded in the same way that York was a few years ago, or Carlise was a couple of years back, the whole of the BBC news would be devoted to it. Lokk what happens when the SE has a sprinkling of snow
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Not really - the flooding in Hull had sudsided before it was even mentioned. Victorisa station had a puddle on it and its front page news, but other parts of the country get flooded like that all the time, and nothing is mentioned. If London was flooded in the same way that York was a few years ago, or Carlise was a couple of years back, the whole of the BBC news would be devoted to it. Lokk what happens when the SE has a sprinkling of snow
Well, I've been hearing nothing but certain parts of the country getting flooded, eg Lincolnshire, prior to LOndon and the SE.
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i was on the A3 that day and water was about 1 1/2 feet deep! on the elevated section! and my dad said that on a section of road in wandsworth, the water came to the bottom edge of a busses windscreen! all passengers had to get out via the escape route in the back end!! on the way back down the a3 after water had subsided, the water had filled the underpass 2 foot deep! was fun driving through the earlier waters!!
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Your quite right Gary I have noticed over the past week that now London is being affected the BBC seem to be reffering to it as a huge disaster (which any flood is really) but seriously there is a country outside the M25 which is having a hard time!
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I can't speak for the BBC News website, I don't look at it, but there has been extensive coverage of the floods, all over the country, from the beginning on BBC TV news. As new developments have occurred, people trying to find accommodation, the insurance repercussuions etc, they heave been dealt with too. You can't just keep putting the same stuff on the news all the time, they have a limited amount of time and there is other stuff around the world like soldiers being killed in Iraq. It's a tough balance to find but if you watch ITV News, you'll see a very similar balance. A bit like when Thatcher's govt were up in arms about the coverage the sinking of the Belgrano got, and when they conducted an in-depth enquiry, they found the BBC to be exactly the same as other broadcasters. By this token, yes, the 1st time London was affected by the floods (I know, not nearly as bad as Gloucs for example), this was highlighted in the news. And yes, partly because it is the capital city! I think the balance has been pretty good though.
 
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To be honest, although I think the balance was about right today (the BBC focused on Gloucester), the fact is they harked on about London being flooded before they even mentioned about Gloucester
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Weather Forcasting as a vocation? Yes please! Money for 'old rope'
Attempting to work out nature and, the elements, makes us look ridiculous, and really puts man in his stupid, relevant place, in the structure of this tiny celestial body, we call Mother Earth.
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the press are the same, they seriously think that north of watford we all own whippets and mine coal with our bare hands
You mean you don't - I've been lied to all these years! DAM you BBC and Hovis advert!!
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We had a Whippet, and a Terrier, and two Ferrets, and lived in Luton! No floods that I recall, much to speak of, only later, walking on two legs.
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That confirms it, Luton is north of Watford!
 
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Hovis advert!!
You mean the one showing Gold Hill in Shaftesbury? Shaftesbury, as in the little town that is in fact further SOUTH than London?

Maybe we need to move the borders of BBC bias to north of Watford and west of Reading

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Good point, well made Gary. The Beeb has been criticised by the watchdog for its incredibly London-centric approach.
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the whole of the bbc are (as jim points out) LAUGHABLY london-centric.
how true!

Unfortunately, it happens in Ireland too - Dublin is the centre of the Universe there Probably true for the capital cities in most countries.
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