Our recent observation that Sky TV seems to be becoming acceptable for the middle classes prompted one reader, KingBilly, to email us to say that one condition of his dad getting Sky for the family was that the dish could be hidden, i.e not put on the side of the house thereby making the house look downmarket. “He paid a lot of extra money,” Billy recalled, “to send a man up onto the flat roof, where it was invisible to all but the birds.” He wondered if this was common (i.e usual, not vulgar), and a quick survey of our office and contributors suggests that it is indeed. A non-scientific poll suggests the following top five locations for dish-concealment:
- Flat roof: ideal, though a bit embarrassing if the man who comes to fix it says he just puts his on the wall.
- Garden shed: quite appealing, as it may make the neighbours think you have Sky in the shed, which is impressive. Wiring an issue, though.
- Back of house: fine if you have no houses, behind, obviously. But reveals how conscious you are of other’s opinions.
- Garden wall: one person claims to have seen this. We are skeptical. We have however seen one on a wooden frame in a garden.
- Neighbours house: i.e, paying a neighbour to suffer the indignity on your behalf. Never actually tried, so far as we know. And not really worth it, as one doesn’t want to live next to a dish either.