Accessing the BBC from outside the UK

David Woodhouse dwmw2 at
Fri Jan 6 11:14:35 EST 2012

On Fri, 2012-01-06 at 11:04 -0500, Derek J. Balling wrote:
> On Jan 6, 2012, at 11:01 AM, David Woodhouse wrote:
> > Actually convincing the man with the detector van of that fact, and
> > getting them to stop hassling you, is of course another matter :)
> Ha. Like there's any chance of a detector van actually accomplishing
> something these days. From what I've been reading it sounds like
> there's a sum-total of six vans for the entire country, and they don't
> even actually work all that well. :-P

Yeah, the technology has moved on somewhat. I really meant the
bully-boys they send round to 'inspect' your property when they think
you're lying about not using a TV.

> > (And that 'licence' is spelled with a 'c' when it's a noun, and 's' when
> > it's a verb. Like device/devise, advice/advise, practice/practise etc.)
> It's so much easier to just be my American self and always use the "s" :-)

Looks like your first paragraph was British, and your second was
American :)

I'm not really sure the US way is better though — you have the *same*
rule for devi[cs]e and advi[cs]e, use 's' for both forms of licen[cs]e
and as far as I can tell nobody actually *knows* what the correct US
spelling is for 'practi[cs]e' :)

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