If your post-Olympic hangover is currently in full swing then you could do worse than tune into the third and final series of Scottish comedy sketch show Burnistoun, which airs tonight at 10pm on BBC2.
Just to be sure to avoid all London 2012 withdrawl symptoms of happiness and joy-joy go ahead and follow Burnistoun creators Robert Florence and Iain Connell on Twitter for further hilarity. You can thank me later.
Technology is a wonderful thing, that is unless you happen to be Scottish, (which we are by the way, you got a problem wae that, eh? eh?), and an iPhone user.
Turns out Apple’s latest product is proving to be a right pain in the hoop for users in Scotland who are failing to reap the benefits of Siri, a personal assistant application exclusively used on the iPhone 4S, simply because it doesn’t understand Scottish accents.
As the video above demonstrates something is lost in translation between the user and the voice activated software, even when the user slows speech down and accentuates clearly. Granted James McDonald, the UI/UX designer from Scotland, who’s featured in the video does have a slightly thick accent but then so do Welsh, Irish and certain Northern English users too. We’ll just have to wait and find out how competent Siri is dealing with those dialects.
Looks like Scottish comedians Iain Connell and Robert Florence were way ahead of their time.
Right now British TV is seriously lacking in anything even remotely funny but like Omar Sharif on that camel in Lawrence Of Arabia, Scottish sketch show Burnistoun is slowly coming into view over the barren comedy desert horizon…as we stand in the unfunny sand…waiting for it’s arrival…so that it can…
*(Points at imaginary squirrel in the room. Makes hasty exit)*
Following on from their highly successful first series Burnistoun is written by Iain Connell and Robert Florence who also star as a range of characters who inhabit the fictional Scottish town. The second series is due to air on BBC 1 Monday 4th. Above is a small taste of what to expect.