3 November 2006
19 December 2002
Watch with doom as remakes rumble onFrom The Northern Echo
10 December 1999 (which reviews Winter Angel)
"I'M confused. Not an unusual feeling among those who watch TV for a living but after two hours of Doomwatch (Channel 5, Tuesday December 7) I still hadn't a clue what had been going on.
"Just tell me in plain English what all this involves," someone pleaded at one point, echoing my own sentiments exactly. This was not to be. When the dialogue includes such lines as "This isn't even the end of the beginning", you have to conclude that the writers were either drunk, on drugs or hit the wrong letters on the keyboard. It made as much sense as viewing a foreign language film without subtitles."
Alert on danger gas theft
From Birmingham Evening Mail
"A DOOMWATCH scare was sounded by police in Worcestershire today after cylinders containing Freon gas were stolen.Two gas cylinders, both the size of dustbins, were stolen from the driveway of a house in Broomhall Green, in the St Peter's area of Worcester. They contain freon gas which had been extracted from old refrigeration units.West Mercia Police today warned that the gas could cause environmental damage and also serious "freeze" injuries to anyone standing nearby if released."
Pocket Fowler's Modern English UsageFrom The Oxford University Press
January 1, 2004
"-watch. The noun watch, meaning ‘a state of alert’, first produced a suffix (or combining form) in the 1950s, and is known earlier in verbs such as firewatch (a term from the Second World War), but it is essentially a creation of the 70s (doomwatch) and 80s in combinations to do with animal welfare such as badger-watch, birdwatch, and whale-watch"
FEARS OVER CHERNOBYL DISASTER 2From The Mirror
April 3, 1998
"DOOMWATCH experts feared a new Chernobyl nuclear disaster yesterday as a sister reactor went haywire. Lithuania immediately shut down an identical power plant after a check by worried maintenance engineers. They found a leak in the Ignalina nuclear reactor's cooling system.
Ignalina houses the two largest reactors of the same type that exploded at Ukraine''s Chernobyl nuclear plant in 1986. The result was the world's worst nuclear disaster. Experts said similar reactors were a dangerous time bomb. Less than 100 people were killed by the explosion. But the fallout left tens of thousands seriously ill. Whole populations had to be evacuated to escape the invisible but deadly effects. Five million people were left exposed to radioactive isotopes.
But Ignalina's director Viktor Shevaldin insisted yesterday's leak was not serious. In a statement he said: "There was no change to the levels of background radioactivity near the plant." International organisations have urged Lithuania to seek sources of energy other than the power from Ignalina, which provides 90 per cent of its energy. Since the Baltic state quit the former Soviet Union in 1991, much has been done to upgrade safety. But global watchdogs have been on alert after a string of small incidents."
HUMANSPERM COUNT COULD BE ZERO IN 70 YEARSFrom The Mirror
June 16, 1997
"Babies are being poisoned in the womb by chemicals contained in a huge range of everyday household products. World-leading research carried out for The Mirror shows that sperm counts and sex organs could be badly damaged BEFORE birth - with a devastating impact on the fertility of future generations. Scientists have long argued that the alarming fall in sperm counts in Britain, down nearly 50 per cent between the 1940s and 1980s, could be caused by chemicals.
One scientist warned that if the present rate of decline continues the sperm count will "reach zero" in 70 or 80 years. Our research project confirms that this nightmarish vision is no longer simply a distant doomwatch alert. The chemicals, known as phthalates, are used to soften a wide variety of plastics, clothes, food wrappings, vinyl floor tiles, building materials and even children's toys."