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Anyone else watching Secret Millionaire tonight??

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FAQ Tue 12-Aug-08 21:11:34

I like her - she actually seems like a really lovely person......be interesting to see how she gets on

RiojaLover75 Tue 12-Aug-08 21:13:40

She looks very NORMAL! Look forward to seeing what she does with her wealth.

ElfOnTheTopShelf Tue 12-Aug-08 21:13:47

Taping it @ 10 on channel 4 + 1hr.
Taping Trinny & Susannah (work colleague is on the show!)
Watching CSI

Why, oh why, are all the good shows on @ 9 on a Tuesday!! Thank the lord for Sky Plus & channel whatever + an hr!

ElfOnTheTopShelf Tue 12-Aug-08 21:15:00

(She's from Derbyshire iirc from what I read, so not far from me. Interesting, as in the last series, they had a millionaire in a town not far from me, I imagine the contrast is quite stark!)

GivePeasAChance Tue 12-Aug-08 21:15:17

I haven't caught how much she is 'worth' but I always think "tight bastard" when I watch this programme. " X is worth £ 7 million" and then it ends up that X gives away £ 100K ( at the most). Not even a drop in the ocean !

Heated Tue 12-Aug-08 21:15:58

10 million

tiredemma Tue 12-Aug-08 21:16:39

watching this with interest- its where I have done most of my mental health placements.

really tough place to live/work

fishie Tue 12-Aug-08 21:18:36

they filmed at my work this series. hasn't been on yet so who knows how we are presented. it is all a bit odd, the subterfuge. i bet some organisations tell them to get stuffed because they make such bizarre filming requests with no apparent benefit to the charity.

GivePeasAChance Tue 12-Aug-08 21:18:57

If she is worth £ 10m then I would think half a mill would be deemed reasonable for the amount she probably earns off the back of the programme etc.

Here's betting she doesn't give that much !

LackaDAISYcal Tue 12-Aug-08 21:23:04

I never watched the first series of this but caught last weeks and was really impressed by the programme.

I thought last week's millionaire was a bit stingy at first, but thinking about it some more, I don't think it's how much they are worth vs how much they give away that is the real issue, but what can be done with the amount of money that they give away that's important.

wish they would knock on my door though wink

Heated Tue 12-Aug-08 21:23:52

That community volunteer looks very mature for 21 and colin looks more like 86!

expatinscotland Tue 12-Aug-08 21:26:47

Well, you know, she doesn't have to give anything at all. So the fact that she's even going on the show, living the life, doesn't that show she's not an uncaring cow?

GivePeasAChance Tue 12-Aug-08 21:27:21

I questioned my view of thinking that they were stingy and came to a different conclusion - it features self-indulgent people who are using others to appear good (in the easiest way - giving a bit of cash) and also heavily related to the thread Xenia has started about how the rich have no idea about poverty.

expatinscotland Tue 12-Aug-08 21:27:33

I hope DD1 marries a man like that 21-year-old community volunteer. What a terrific man.

tiredemma Tue 12-Aug-08 21:28:32

that man on reception cooks brilliant caribbean food!

people in ladywood are lovely

FAQ Tue 12-Aug-08 21:32:50

I think with the amounts they give away you have to remember that someone being worth £10 million doesn't mean they have £10 million sat in the bank - much of it is probably tiied up in assets.

She does seem very normal.

Wasn't really keen on the bloke from last week - although I did change my view a little after how he reacted when he met that mother who'd lost her 19yr old son.

I don't think it is just "self-indulgent" people - some of them don't just give away cash - there was one last series (I think it was?) who gave the use of his company to help fight a councils decision to demolish a street.

And that bloke who hated aslyum seekers and refugees - but ended up giving on a job in his company smile

expatinscotland Tue 12-Aug-08 21:35:12

Also it shows the charities, too.

FAQ Tue 12-Aug-08 21:36:54

very true expat.

wow - did you hear what she just said to her daughter? about the volunteer work "because I love you" was her reponse to why lol

poshtottie Tue 12-Aug-08 21:40:28

I think it is so true what she said about family supporting each other.

GivePeasAChance Tue 12-Aug-08 21:42:30

It's this sort of thing I mean - to quote the Guardian

Why else would someone go on this show - really??
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'What can charity do for us?'
How the rich - or at least those who bother to give - are using philanthropy to boost their status

Charity used to be something you did quietly, unostentatiously. We attended a breakfast for high-net-worth individuals organised by the Charities Aid Foundation and hosted by the Lord Mayor of London. The main speaker was Stanley Fink, chief executive of Man Group plc, the hedge-fund managers. Charity, he made plain, is now a way to fame.

"I want to talk about what charity can do for us," he told his audience, describing giving as the ultimate door-opening lifestyle accessory. "What do you do now you've got all the toys?" he asked. "You've already got all the houses, yachts, cars and jets you can use, so what comes next is charity." It's not just the joy of giving, but opportunities to meet celebrities: "I get invited to places I'd never have seen otherwise." Charity is the passport to the in-crowd: he listed the eye-popping names and places his philanthropy had taken him, from No 10 upwards. Give and ye shall meet celebs. >

expatinscotland Tue 12-Aug-08 21:45:23

Well, tbh, when I'm in a position where I have much need, I don't really give a rat's arse what is motivating the giver. It's none of my business and I'm thankful for what I get. I hope it makes them feel as good as it makes me. I hope they get something out of it, too.

I doubt anyone's going to turn much-needed funds away just because they think the giver is using it to make themselves look good.

I mean, so what? If it benefits someone, then job done.

GivePeasAChance Tue 12-Aug-08 21:49:06

I agree Expat - I love the bit that is about to come up and people are so pleased to get a life line, which is why I watch.

I just think the 'look at me I'm a millionaire' types who go on it are arseholes, and hate the way they feel soooooo good about themselves for giving away what is essentially nothing to them.

expatinscotland Tue 12-Aug-08 21:50:50

I think, they didn't have to do it all. They did. People who had need benefitted. Good job!

pattymc Tue 12-Aug-08 21:54:45

ok this music is making me cry

GivePeasAChance Tue 12-Aug-08 21:55:55

I do agree with that. I still feel uneasy with the 'reality tv' element of it - people making money out of misery - tv companies, the millionaire etc. £65k to her really is nothing when she is worth £ 10m. It's a wierd programme.

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