What a joke.

Submitted: Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 13:47
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I have just had the miss fortune to watch Pat Callinan's 4WD adventures, well not all of it as I turned it off after 1/2 and hour.

This time he did the Canning, well I'm not sure because I just watched 5 minutes of the Canning and the rest was just advertising.

Any info given was nothing a city slicker wouldn't already know.

The show should be called is, Pat Callinan's Advertising bonanza and occasionally we go some where.

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Reply By: Member - Christopher P (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 14:06

Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 14:06
Unfortunately thats what media is today. As most people who watch, read and hear. Pat Callinan probaly couldn't afford the mass media production so he approached people for money to make his dvd. They in turn said we want this much time on your dvd. The part of sponsorship.

Much to your and my disgust. But marketing sells.

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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 14:16

Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 14:16
Part of the reason I don't buy 4wd mags, most are more advertising than articles and the articles lack any depth, On the odd occasion I do read one in a waiting room I turn to the next page expectiing the article to continue. Especially when it is plastered across the cover that there is an article on so and so and then all it is is about one page of writing, a few pics and/or advertorial.
Then they expect the punters to pay for the mag when the advertising has already covered most of the cost.
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Follow Up By: Allan B, Sunshine Coast, - Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 17:07

Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 17:07
Totally agree Peter. I have been sucked in by covers too many times. No more but.


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Reply By: mikehzz - Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 17:43

Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 17:43
I wonder what the alternative is? I don't mind watching Pat, Roothy or Simon and Danny because they are doing things I like and going places I like to go. I agree it's unfortunate that they have to flog stuff to be able to afford to do it but those are the times we live in. Most of the stuff on tv is absolute garbage and I sometimes feel like I've been dropped on another planet when I see what other people are enjoying but I think that's called getting old. Anyway, try not to be too hard on them as at least it's something close to entertainment. If they weren't flogging arb stuff etc then we would have to sit through some other product anyway. I"m sure that normal advertiser's are not climbing over themselves wanting to sponsor specialist shows so the guys have to build it in.
My opinion, good on them even if there are annoying flaws.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 18:41

Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 18:41
I think what people find annoying is that there are still the normal ad breaks.
So it is predominately just ads between ads!
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 18:56

Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 18:56
"I wonder what the alternative is?" The alternatives are shows like the Bush Tucker Man or even Malcom Douglas. They had far more content & were sponsored by companies like Land Rover for example using subtle placement of the vehicle & badges to advertise the sponsors. They generally don't get on the camera & say this product is the best (just because that company is signing the cheques).
I find Pat's show nothing close to entertainment and his credability is pretty low when he recommends products solely on who pays. For me it's a case of having no 4x4 show is better than a rubbish advertorial.
Cheers Craig............
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Follow Up By: mikehzz - Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 19:14

Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 19:14
Fair enough and I tend to agree but the operative word is "were" sponsored. The shows mentioned are no longer with us. Throw in the Leyland brothers and a few others. Sounds old to say 'they don't make em like they used to'. The cars are way better but the drivers aren't. It's why I was asking for alternatives. Mike
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Reply By: Lindsaydi - Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 21:35

Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 21:35
I find that most of the 4X4 shows are not worth looking at !! If you see a place that you think would be nice -- do it just fill the tank and go. Too many people have to know to much crap, ask yourself , can I read a map,how much fuel do I have , do I have enough water[3 liters per day per person-- hot] and then do it . The 4x4 shows and all the mouths around try to sell something ------- DO THE BLOODY THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reply By: Member - barbara M (NSW) - Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 21:39

Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 21:39
I enjoy watching his shows> Yes there is advertising but you do get to see a bit of the country,
To give him a BIG pat on the back. I emailed him asking would he consider sending over a set of his DVDs to the troops in Afhaghanastan (I have a son serving over there) The response was swift and he did more than was asked he sent over several of his sets plus books, didnt ask for advertising or anything. The boys really appreciated them and were so thankful. So I can only say a heaarful thanks. Watching them beats watching the mostly garbage on TV any day. If we don't support what shows we get we will end up with nothing at all
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 22:01

Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 22:01
Nice one Barbara
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Reply By: Joe n Mel - Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 22:30

Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 22:30
i will add to this and say that i wish some would stay at home and watch these "crap" shows, it would save many people like us that live out in the bush from the pain of seeing those would be "watchers" stuck on the side of the road and begging """" please help us""""" ........ ask if they bothered to at least CHECK the road conditions, """nah mate""" or do you know that this road is closed, did you see the sign, ""yeh mate, drove past that"""" and bash on the shop door, """ please maaaaate, i need some fuel"""" sorry mate CLOSED means CLOSED ............
I might be crap but PLEASE watch it, read up as much as you can and the tiny little bit you pick up could well save your life ......... and to say the least make it a fun trip and not a """ wish i had done that """ trip........
I now watch more than i ever have and read even more when i plan a trip and i live VERY remote and have done so for the past 10 years (and with 3 kids....) .... the more you learn the more you realise there is to learn ...
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Follow Up By: Steve and Viv - Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 21:44

Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 21:44
Thumbs up guys, thumbs up....:-)
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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 22:03

Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 22:03
Oh so true.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 23:12

Sunday, Jun 27, 2010 at 23:12
Just a thought, how about a bit more encouragement to guys like Equinox, Mick O and all the other travellers we have right here on Exploroz. I would much rather watch their videos and read about the places they visit and all without any ads. The only thing better is getting out there and doing it myself.
Some 13 or so years ago we enjoyed a trip down the CSR, the good wife did the video and I took photos of everthing that would stand still long enough. Must try and find it again........lol

Cheers Pop
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Reply By: Road Warrior - Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 15:35

Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 15:35
So, the cut and thrust of it is, this show was another one of those lame "infotainment" shows
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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 20:55

Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 20:55
I agree with you....But.... writing a post about it has just done exactly what he is promoting? Advertising!
Turn it off and say nothing.........
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Follow Up By: Joe n Mel - Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 22:30

Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 22:30
funny eh, must have made a damm good impression to spend the time to put up a post ......
...... SMILE ....... you may be on the ad
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