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How many people were watching the royal wedding?
« on: 29/04/2011 15:53:53 »
Many sources are claiming 2 billion people will watch the wedding. Others - like this one: http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2011/04/28/royal-wedding-unites-the-world-in-mathematical-lunacy/ - are sceptical.

So what does everyone here think? Were over a quarter of the world's inhabitants glued to the box this morning, or were they glued to a loo seat, washing their cars, going to work, or watching footie re-runs?

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« Reply #1 on: 29/04/2011 16:59:34 »
From CNN:
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British Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt predicted the ceremony would be seen by an estimated 2 billion people worldwide,
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But the British themselves are lukewarm about the event, with just under half saying they were planning to watch it on television, and 56% saying they were not interested.

But Jeremy Hunt didn't say it would be seen live on television by 2 billion people.  It seems reasonable that 2 billion people will watch some form of coverage of it at some point, just not live  coverage.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 29/04/2011 18:31:13 »
The crowd in London was estimated at a million people. The population of London is roughly 10 million; so 9 out of 10 people who were nearby didn't bother to watch it.

I heard some of the news coverage and they explicitly said  "Blah Blah Blah... while 2 billion people were watching throughout the world" So they plainly think a third of the Earth's population were glued to their televisions (many of them in the middle of the night) to watch.
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« Reply #3 on: 30/04/2011 08:23:55 »
It depends on what you mean by "watch the wedding".
I assume that BBC has a several hour special.

Perhaps a 30 second snippet would be interesting.

But, truthfully I have no interest in the British Royal Soap Opera.

I talked to a friend in Peru, and she said that since Latin America was a Spanish colony, the British Monarchy is little more than a curiosity to them.  Perhaps it would be different in Australia/New Zealand, or even India.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 30/04/2011 08:40:00 »
a quick straw poll at the pub  showed that about eight in ten watchting.  a look at my posting history and times yesterday  would show that i was not one of them although i did rush out to the garden to see the fly past on its way to the palace
 

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« Reply #5 on: 30/04/2011 23:51:06 »
Overheard on the bus; 3 out of 4 not watching.

I still don't see how a third or the world's population can have been watching.
Do 2 billion even have access to a TV set?
 

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« Reply #6 on: 01/05/2011 12:11:27 »
The radio networks I appear on in Australia and South Africa were absolutely buzzing about it on Friday morning ahead of it all happening, and many networks had reporters over from all around the world; I don't think it's so unlikely that 2 billion people will watch the footage, one way or another. But whether they would watch the whole thing live is, as alluded to above, another matter.

In relation to whether 2 billion people have tellies or access to one, the answer is definitely yes; even people in the worst Africa slums have bars with screens, and the lady I visted in Soweto, South Africa, despite living in a tin shack, had a better TV and DVD player than mine in there!

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« Reply #7 on: 01/05/2011 20:24:45 »
I WATCHED IT SOME blame it on media hype but what a waste of natural resources?   
 

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« Reply #8 on: 01/05/2011 20:46:41 »
a quick straw poll at the pub  showed that about eight in ten watchting.  a look at my posting history and times yesterday  would show that i was not one of them although i did rush out to the garden to see the fly past on its way to the palace

I loved the Lancaster fly past! Were those Spitfires with it? I didn't catch the dialogue.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 02/05/2011 15:56:54 »
I didn't watch it because Kate hasn't married me...
 

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« Reply #10 on: 03/05/2011 09:56:06 »
a quick straw poll at the pub  showed that about eight in ten watchting.  a look at my posting history and times yesterday  would show that i was not one of them although i did rush out to the garden to see the fly past on its way to the palace



I loved the Lancaster fly past! Were those Spitfires with it? I didn't catch the dialogue.

Spitfire one side and Hurricane the other.  My dad can still tell the difference in half a glance and he's now in his late eighties - those flash silhouette cards of raf training in WW2 definitely worked.  The easy way to tell is the position of the air intakes under the wings - but I have forgotten which way round they are

edit: the spitfire had two scoops positioned under fuselage at point where wings started, the hurricane had a single central scoop.
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« Reply #11 on: 09/05/2011 20:36:38 »
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