A FAVOURITE pastime for many during the coronavirus lockdown has been to closely scan what can be seen in the background when people appear on TV from their homes over online systems like ‘Zoom’.
There has been the occasional funny moment when someone or something strays into the background.
During the lockdown what appears in the background often becomes a topic of conversation.
A BBC Northern Ireland reporter for example painted the fence at his home after people noted it was not as pristine as it maybe should have been.
Another BBC Northern Ireland reporter caught the eye with a mug with ‘Ballymena United’ written on it in the background.
Many people have been taking to scanning the backgrounds and on occasions titles of books for example are plain to be seen with some scholarly titles often on show.
So when Mid & East Antrim Borough Council livestreamed its first ever meeting this week on Facebook, which featured a number of councillors taking part from their homes, there was a bit of interest in scanning the background.
First of all it all appeared to go without a hitch with no reports of strange incidents in the background on the public feed.
On one occasion a councillor did appear to be briefly struggling with the technology but quickly got the hang of it.
All in all the new way of doing things seemed to go well for the Council.
As well as live pictures from inside the Council chamber in Ballymena – where a sprinkling of councillors were social distancing – we got to see a glimpse of local representatives in their homes.
One councillor could be seen wearing a ‘hoodie’.
Another councillor had a studious looking container of what appeared to be pens and one was pictured in front of a well-stocked book shelf.