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I'm a big fan of Neighbours and watch it every day, in fact I have watched it for about the last 15 to 20 years. I've been watching it so long I can't actually recall when I started watching it regularly because I even saw some of the early episodes back in 1987. I prefer this soap to Eastenders because it's less depressing and it allows me to end the evening in a happy mood.
One thing that annoys me about Neighbours though (apart from the cheesy sound effects) is the blatant product advertising, particularly with Apple products. Everywhere you look someone is pulling out an Apple notebook or poking away at an iPhone. When someone goes out for a run (this is something they do a lot in Australia apparently) they have an iPod strapped to themselves.
Apple devices are so prominent in the show...
Whilst I understand that Apple products may be cheaper in Australia than they are in the UK, I find this level of product placement to be a bit overwhelming and biased. These Apple devices are so prominent in the show one could easily believe that Apple have sponsored Neighbours. Surely that's not the case? What happened to good old PCs and Blackberry or Android smart phones? If we're going to have branded stuff, let's have a little bit of everything please or let's have none at all.
Facebook too seems to get mentioned all the time. This is very much a bugbear of mine because you can't walk down the street or turn a page on a newspaper without seeing Facebook mentioned and seeing the big blue "F". Interestingly enough though, they've got a search engine called "Poodle" which looks remarkably like another well known search engine. I have no idea what that's all about, but can we expect to see someone else searching on Weyhey or Bung any time soon?