- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Rover simply can’t get over the Brits’ absurd obsession with “Big Brother,” the 24/7 reality TV show that tracks a handful of twentysomethings all forced to share the same roof.

A country that boasts a paltry seven stations shouldn’t be allowed to devote one of them solely to such nonsense. Tune in at, say, 2 a.m., which the jet-lagged Rover has had the misfortune to do more than once, and you will see a black-and-white picture of the seven “Big Brother” inhabitants … sleeping. No kidding. More disturbing still is a report that a shockingly high percentage of the nation’s younger generation has trouble sleeping without the telly on and tuned into this voyeuristic slumber scene.

• Four cleanings from the crack Adelphi staff and the Rover’s roommates (pint glass, cigarette butts and used napkins) remain undisturbed. The Rover has, however, found a solution to the hotel’s squalor-induced insomnia: John Smith’s Extra Smooth Bitter. Given that only one thing in the hotel works, the fact that it’s the pub taps is a true blessing.

Barker Davis

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