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Monday, January 30, 2012

Models on the Runway

Models on the Runway - sounds dangerous ! Can someone tell me why when displaying the latest fashions the models have to walk in such a silly fashion ? It looks ridiculous ! Have you ever seen any normal person walk like they do ? It doesn't make the clothes look any better, so perhaps they are asked to walk like they do so as to distract the attention of the buyers. It is all so stupid ! I haven't noticed the male models doing it !!

Monday, January 02, 2012

Really, California !

There is currently an ad running on commercial TV here in the UK, advertising the wonders of California in an attempt to attract visitors. A young lady appears in the ad, and states that there are "many misconceptions about California, most of which aren't true". Do I need to write more ? Think about it ! I'd like to know how a misconception can be true !
I presume the state has a large publicity department, so how on earth can they let such a howler get into an ad, even if it was produced by an agency ? Disgraceful !

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Social Networking Sites

I don't know about you but I find some of these terribly confusing. Perhaps it's because I'm getting older, but Facebook in particular confuses me. I can't seem to work out what is happening or how to use it. There seem to be lots of chances to do stuff but I find navigating around the site a nightmare, and also I don't trust them to secure my information. So I only use it at a minimum - actually I don't know why I bother, but perhaps it's in the hope that one day I will find the time to learn more about how to use it.
Twitter is amusing - perhaps because of the silly name - and although I only use it to advertise my website, it is easier to understand, even it doesn't really explain how to use it very well.
Squidoo is a sort of social network/miniblog site which I started using recently, again to advertise my website. It has lots on it but is mainly USA based so it tends to be all very nice and proper and know, lets make some cakes and a pumpkin pie and have a coffee morning sort of stuff.
I've also just started using Pinterest which is a site where you can "pin" pictures of whatever you want to a board or boards and also look at other peoples' boards and if you want pin their pictures to your board and comment and "like" things. Quite fun, and again quite good for advertising - I use it to publicize my Zazzle stores.
No doubt there are a lot more - just thought I'd write a bit about those I know.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The Demise of bin Laden

The following comments are based on the assumption that Osama bin Laden was actually killed by US forces last weekend.

First of all the fact that this man is dead is probably welcomed by the great majority of the world's population who view with horror the crimes he apparently engineered, and although someone's death is always sad and always mourned by someone, I must say I feel the world is a better place without him.

However, the circumstances of his death are most disturbing and cause me great concern. The US "invaded" another sovereign state without so much as telling that state that it intended to carry out this operation. They've made a lot of excuses about not being able to trust the Pakistani government, but imagine if the boot were on the other foot and a covert mission was instigated by, say, Canada, into the USA in order to kill or capture one of their public enemies. The US would not be happy ! Supposing the Pakistani air force had intercepted the helicopters and shot them down. What then ? No matter how much of a threat there is perceived to be - and in this case there was no threat - one country cannot just send its troops into another, particularly when that country is supposed to be a friend !

It has also become fairly obvious that the US wanted bin Laden dead. They've made a lot of show about him "resisting", but they are fooling no-one, they wanted revenge and they wanted him dead, thus avoiding a trial and the adverse publicity this would bring. But this then raises the point that no government has the right - legal or moral - to act as judge, jury and executioner. Everyone believes that bin Laden organised the attack on New York in 2001, but where is the evidence ? Has anyone seen any ? Has the US Government made any of it public ? No matter how evil the perpetrator, under civilized law he or she is entitled to a fair trial, and this should have been the case here, as it was with S Hussain, no matter what you may think of that trial.

There is no doubt that the US forces carried out a very clever mission. I'm a great admirer of Obama which makes it very difficult to understand why he allowed it to be carried out in the way that it was. If, as has been reported, bin Laden had been living in this compound for six years, then surely it would have been possible to do things differently without arousing his suspicion, and capture him alive. He could then have been passed over to the International Criminal Court for trial. This would have relieved the US of the problem of trying him in a US Court and would also have shown the world that, no matter how heinous the crime, they wanted to see this man have a fair trial. America is a democracy and as such MUST live by - and be seen to live by - fair, democratic law. This is where the previous administration made such a big mistake, a mistake which cost the US many friends all around the world whilst achieving nothing.

I hope we will soon be able to draw a line under this unfortunate affair.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Memories of a Warwickshire Orchard

I grew up in a Warwickshire village, a few miles outside Stratford-upon-Avon. My parents kept the local pub, which was a large, rambling building with several outbuildings and quite a lot of land including a field with a disused stone quarry, several vegetable gardens, a bowling green and an orchard. I was recently reminded of the orchard whilst watching a TV programme about fruit growing and how it changed in the second half of the 20th Century.
The orchard had -"had" because I believe the trees have all but disappeared now - a variety of apple, pear and plum trees, something quite magic to a young lad who had been brought up in the town and suddenly found himself in the countryside. There were several varieties of apple - at least two cooking apple trees, one of which must have been a Bramley as I remember enormous green apples which my mother used to make apple pies. There was another cooker too - it grew by the edge of the bowling green, and had grown at quite an angle as I could easily walk up the trunk and into the tree where I had a sort of perch on a convenient branch. I used to spend hours up there, but of course the apples were too bitter to eat without cooking. Our old dog used to get angry when I went up as she couldn't climb the damned tree ! Then there was my favourite apple - a Blenheim ! The tree was huge, must have been fifty feet, or is this memory making things seem bigger ? Anyway it was too high for us to put a ladder up and pick them, so we had to throw sticks at them or wait for windfalls, which were inevitably bruised - but we found the bruised parts were always sweeter than the rest. These apples were much sought after by the pub's customers as they had such a delicious flavour, so we kids used to collect as many as we could before the pub opened !
There were two pear trees, and these were most unusual in that they each bore two distinct varieties of pear - presumably some clever horticulturalist had somehow grafted them. One was a very tall tree which had small, sweet pears on one side, and lovely, large yellow fruit on the other. We used to collect the little pears and sell them to the customers, although the regulars just used to help themselves. The other pear tree had one variety which were medium sized and like bullets, so we used to throw them at each other until my mother found they stewed well and made us collect them instead. The second variety on this tree were medium sized and took a long time to ripen, so although they were worth the wait, we had already gnawed at most of them before they had the chance !
And then the plums. As far as I can remember there was one Victoria plum which never bore much fruit in the 18 years I was there, and also several smaller trees which had delicious, yellow plums. The trouble with these trees was that by the time the plums were ripe most of them had grubs in them, so we had to eat them carefully. But they were good, wish I could get them now !
It's so sad that so many of these old varieties have all but disappeared. They all had so much more flavour than the commercially successful fruit available today.
Oh there was one other delight in the pub grounds - a huge old walnut tree, now long since gone, which only ever produced one crop of walnuts in all my time there. The nuts would often drop off in their green casings and were delicious pickled, when they turned black.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Laying" and "Lying"

Bloody Hell ! WHEN are people going to learn the difference ? I've just seen a picture of someone "laying" on the beach - for fuck's sake, she's not a bloody chicken ! She's LYING on the bloody beach !

Is this driving anyone else mad too ?

Friday, September 03, 2010

Aynuk and Ayli Jokes

This one cracked me up !

Aynuk was being interviewed for a job in the local stables.

The boss asked "Have you ever shoe'd a horse ?"

"Not a hoss, no" said Aynuk, "but I once told a donkey to bugger off".
You have to come from the Black Country to appreciate and understand just how funny this can be !

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Why We Drive on the Left !

We drive on the left (in the UK) so that it is easier to protect ourselves from on-coming riders - at least that was what we did several hundred years ago ! The assumption was that the majority of people were right-handed and therefore would use their sword in their right hand. Thus any rider who approached would be easier to fend off successfully - picture it for yourselves. Since then we have seen no reason to change !

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Friday, August 06, 2010

Windmills and the Environment

I live in a small town in the centre of England. Over the past few months, several 500 ft high windmills have been erected about half a mile outside the town. These will soon be generating electricity which will be fed into the national grid. The opposition to these windmills was extraordinary. A group of local - and not so local - individuals decided that they didn't want them there and went to great lengths to stop them being built. Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and personally I love them. It gives me great comfort to look out of my bedroom window and see them turning - every revolution they make saves a few drops of oil or lumps of coal from being burned. Far from spoiling the landscape, I think they enhance it. So why are there not more of them round the country ? Go to southern Spain and see the arrays there ! Together with solar panels we have two marvellous ways of getting what is in effect free energy, and yet governments don't seem to be encouraging this advance enough.
We could, for example, do the following (for all I know it already is being done !) :-
(1) All new industrial and retail developments should be required to generate their own power, either from windmills or from solar panels. It would be so simple to include a couple of these windmills in or near any out of town shopping centre. Existing retail and industrial estates would be required to catch up within a defined period.
(2) All new housing developments would also be required to do the same.
(3) Government should give small communities, with a population up to a certain number, encouragement and grants to build their own, local wind-farms. The community would own the windmills and power generated sold to the national grid. The money made from this sale could go either to individual families or to the local council - either way, bills would be reduced. I am aware that this is not a new idea and at least one village in the UK is already doing this.
(4) For exisiting houses, the problem is expense. Solar panels, although paying for themselves over a few years, aren't cheap and it is difficult for the average householder to afford them. So, either grants or interest free  loans would be required. I understand that there are also mini-windmills available which can be attached to your roof, and the same would apply.

This all seems to me to be so easy, but I'm sure there are a few difficulties to be overcome. But we have the ability and the technology to do all this, so let's get on with it !

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Wimbledon, Sue Barker and the Queen

This is a moan !
Now I love to watch Wimbledon. I'm not a big tennis fan but  I look forward to this annual feast. I'd love to go there and experience it for myself, but it's too expensive and too far to travel.
On Thursday, the Queen went and sat in the Royal box to watch that Scottish lad Murray play. OK I don't mind that, although the old bat obviously doesn't give a damn for tennis as this was her first visit for 33 years. But what really got on my nerves was bloody Sue Barker waffling on about what a great occasion it was, how wonderful it was, how marvellous it was, what a special day etc etc, ad nauseam. Do we really have to be subjected to this nonsense ? Someone persuaded the queen to go, no doubt against her will as she sat there looking pissed off for a couple of hours - probably needed a pee after her free lunch. So what was so bloody marvellous about it all ? That Sue Barker is so annoying, she should have married Cliff Richard, they would make a good pair of obnoxious......oh shut up Dave and write something else !

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Leap Years

A friend asked me the other day why we have to have an extra day in Leap Years, and why does it have to be in February ? "Why can't we have it in June when the weather's warmer ?" Think about it.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Found in an Easter Cracker

One of our British Christmas traditions is the Christmas Cracker - (if you don't know what it is, follow this link). The retail industry has recently tried to increase its profits by introducing Easter Crackers, which are the same but in Easter colours. My partner in her wisdom decided to buy some, and we got the usual silly hats etc. One of  the "gifts" in the crackers was a small netting bag of half a dozen coloured glass marbles - with a label attached with the following. "WARNING ! Not suitable for children under 3 years due to small balls". What about the girls then ?

Friday, March 19, 2010

The British Sense of Humour

I was reminded recently of a couple of nick-names which I think reflect the British sense of humour and our love of plays on words.

The first was appended to a lady with whom I used to work. Her name is - or was, before she married - Julie Andrews. She was known in the company as Hilsa. Worked it out yet ? Sound of Music ! The Hills are alive with the.....

The second was also a young lady, this one called Yvonne. Her friends used to call her Yerdraws. Bit more tricky this...... it comes from " 'eave on yer drawers, yer mother's coming !"

Well they made me laugh. Do you know any like this ?

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Personal Pronouns

Yesterday a company left a message on my telephone answering machine, asking me to call them. The caller stated "This message is for Mr Joe Bloggs - it is urgent that they call us immediately on......etc".
So I called them and asked who they are. There is after all only one of me (that's more than enough, I hear you say !) The person who answered could not understand what I was talking about, which didn't really surprise me. I hung up and they lost a customer.
The reason I get annoyed about this sort of thing is that correct grammar helps communication and comprehension. The use of "they" as a substitute for "he" or "she" has grown because of people not wishing to appear to discriminate between the sexes, and whilst a "neutral" third person singular pronoun would be useful, "they" is certainly not appropriate as it is already in use as a plural pronoun, whilst "it" implies a non-human object. "He or she" has been used for goodness knows how long and serves its purpose even if rather clumsy.
The person who left me the message referred to me as "Mister" and so knew my sex, so there was absolutely no excuse for his error.
I'm all for language changing and evolving over time, with new words and phrases etc. But there is a need for a basic structure, otherwise we will find communication becoming more difficult.
Those people who draft laws and write legal documents will know how careful they have to be in what they write so that there are no ambiguities which could give lawyers a field-day in court.
I hope I'm not alone in this - leave me a comment and cheer me up !

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Rewriting History

Over the years I have developed the habit of putting newspaper clippings inside my books. They usually have some relevance to the particular book's subject matter or author, but last night I found the following in a book of Sherlock Holmes stories. I've no idea which newspaper I clipped it from or how old it is. It's entitled "Rewriting History".

"From St Michael and All Angels Parish News, Bramhall, Stockport: The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and inventions. People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine. The invention of the steamboat by Robert Fulton caused a network of rivers to spring up. Thomas Edison invented the pornograph, and Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick Raper, which did the work of 100 men."

Friday, January 22, 2010

Obama/Haiti - a Comparison

Lots of aid going to Haiti, which is great - but getting it to the people is proving to be a problem. The intentions are good but there are practical difficulties.

President Obama has the right ideas - universal health care, closing Guantanamo, bringing the troops home, controlling the banks and big business - but delivering these is proving to be a problem.

In Haiti the problem is the lack of infrastructure and governmental control.

In the USA, the problem is the extreme right and the money banks and businesses are able to pour into anti-Obama propaganda.

Don't lose hope, either in Haiti or the USA ! And well done Obama and America for being so quick to help Haiti - pity Bush didn't do it for New Orleans ! And you might try helping your president instead of opposing everything he does.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Village Tooth-Puller

I went to see the dentist yesterday and we got chatting about dentistry in the past, all of which reminded me of our village tooth-puller. In the 1940s I lived in a village in Warwickshire. My grandparents lived with us, and granddad got a toothache. So of course the village tooth-puller was called. You couldn't call him a dentist, he wasn't qualified in any way ! Granddad had half a bottle of brandy and then had the tooth yanked out. I didn't witness any of the extraction. All I know is that the poor old man bled profusely and had to go to bed in our attic where no-one could see what had happened (don't ask me why !). Dad made him drink port, which was thought to replace the blood he had lost ! He got better eventually. Life was different in those days !
We also had a village pig-killer, but that's another story - he only had one arm.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

The Religious Right in the USA

I've been looking at a website this morning which gives some quotations from the religious right in the USA. What appals me is the positions of power that some of those quoted hold. For instance:-

On the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, quotes from Congressmen !
"It's part of God's plan for the future of mankind," -- Rep. John Carter of Texas
"We best not be messing with His plan." -- Rep. Bob Beauprez of Colorado
"It wasn't our idea, it was God's." -- Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana
"I think God has spoken very clearly on this issue." -- Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia

"All for Jesus. All for Jesus. All for Jesus. All for Jesus,"
-- Republican Candidate Sam Brownback's stump speech in Iowa.

"Between science and God, I'll stick with God if the two are in conflict."
-- Republican Candidate Mike Huckabee

"Freedom requires religion."
-- Republican Candidate Mitt Romney

"I would probably have to say yes, that the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation."
-- John McCain

"Our national leaders, are sending soldiers out on a task that is from God. That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God's plan."
--Sarah Palin, on the Iraq war

Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost. As the vice regents of God, we are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government, our literature and arts, our sports arenas, our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors -- in short, over every aspect and institution of human society.
-- D. James Kennedy, Coral Ridge Ministries and Bush advisor.

We’re being guided by God.
-- Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson

George Bush was not elected by a majority of the voters in the United States. He was appointed by God.
-- Lt. Gen. William Boykin, the defense undersecretary in charge of hunting down top terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan

No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God.
-- George Bush Sr., to a reporter in 1988

He [God] is using me, all the time, everywhere, to stand up for a biblical worldview in everything that I do and everywhere I am.
-- House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

"Why is this man in the White House? The majority of Americans did not vote for him. Why is he there? And I tell you this morning that he's in the White House because God put him there for a time such as this."
--Lt Gen William Boykin, speaking of G. W. Bush, New York Times, 17 October 2003

"He [Rumsfeld] leads in a way that the Good Lord tells him is best for our country."
-- Marine General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

The "wall of separation between church and state" is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor which has proved useless as a guide to judging. It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned.
-- William Rehnquist, Supreme Court

Get the few liberals out. If you don't do it, it ain't gonna be done. You will be doing the Lord's work, and he will richly bless you for it.
--Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, Christian Coalition's Road to Victory Conference, 2002, Washington D.C

I just hope Obama is aware of the uphill battle he has against these idiots and their supporters. How can people be so bloody ignorant ?
Follow this link to see the website.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Polish Your Shoes with a Banana Skin !

Here's a useful tip ! A few days ago I read somewhere that you could save yourself money on shoe polish by polishing your shoes with a banana skin. So I've just tried it - and it works ! Use the inside of the skin. Go on, try it ! Then put the used skin in your compost bin !

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Another Common Error

I've also just heard this one on the TV ! The word "pronunciation" is not pronounced "pronounciation" but as it is spelt !

Another Common Spelling Error

This word is mispronounced so much that the incorrect spelling has no doubt arisen this way. There is no such word as "momento" ! It should be "memento", meaning a souvenir or reminder, not to be confused with "momentum". I saw the phrase "Momento Mori" this morning !

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Third Dinner Guest

My third guest would be Michael Moore. He seems like a genuinely nice guy and would certainly get on well with me and the other two.
Should I be inviting people with opposing views I wonder ?

The Desperation of the American Right-Wing

Poor old Barack Obama ! I'm sure he was anticipating the republicans and the extreme right getting all riled up when he got into power, and no doubt he was having a quiet chuckle at their discomfort ! But they have rather gone over the top ! This Wilson idiot calling him a liar in Congress was very naughty, and I'm sure his career will suffer as a result. Jimmy Carter is quite right when he calls the attack racist. Many Americans do object to having a black man as President. Well tough ! You've got one and he represents the majority of Americans. You want a democracy and you've got one, so live with it. Your current President is probably the most intelligent you've ever had - read his books if you don't believe me - and certainly makes the Bushes and Reagan look like the fools they were. So let him get on with the job.
The recent parade in Washington showed them up for what they are - ignorant bigots. They had to recruit people from all over the country to get a decent crowd. Must have cost them a few dollars !
As for opposing the health care measures, I've never heard anything so silly in my life. The USA is just about the only country in the western world which fails to care for its citizens - and should be embarrassed because of this - and when someone tries to rectify the situation, the right wing and big business don't like it - which proves to me it's the right thing to do !
Just what is wrong with the government running health care ? The argument that it goes against American principles is crap ! Who runs your police forces ? Schools ? Fire Departments ? Do you have to take out insurance so that the firemen will put out your house fire ? Who runs the armed forces ? What about public libraries ? And yet health care has to be private. Why for fuck's sake ? Do you want to continue the situation where the Health Insurance companies question every claim you make and try to reject them ? They pay people to do this ! This is immoral and disgusting. Get rid of your Kaiser Permanentes and their dirty tricks. Is it right that they should make a profit out of your illness ? Why have insurance in the first place ? Just have a Health Service which is free to everyone and get on with your lives. How to pay for it ? Easy - repeal the tax cuts Bush gave the rich.
Have a good day - and don't catch any diseases !

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Dinner Party (2)

Second male guest - Tony Benn, a man I have always admired and one of the few politicians who talks sense ! A good, old fashioned socialist and no doubt great company and a great conversationalist.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Dinner Party (1)

Who would you invite to dinner if you could choose any living person or persons - assuming of course that they would want to come, which is another question entirely ! Let's make it three men and three women, just to make it more difficult ! You don't have to invite those who you think will get along, just those who you would like to meet, chat to and spend a few hours with.
Sounds quite easy really, but is it ?

My first choice is Desmond Tutu, who has always seemed to me to be such a nice man and who I'm sure would be excellent company. Not that I'm in any way religious, so I suppose we would have a good old debate about that subject !

Other choices later - but who would you invite ?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The National Health Service

President Obama is, quite rightly, trying to fulfil his promise of universal health care in the USA, but, as expected, he is finding that there is opposition to his proposals, most of it ill-founded and from those on the right of American politics who only care about themselves and their profits and who resent government becoming involved in the provision of medical treatment.
Unfortunately, Britain's National Health Service is becoming involved in the debate, and is being used by the oppositon in what appears to be an orchestrated campaign of misinformation with outright lies about the service being spread. As an example, someone has said that, were Ted Kennedy in the UK he would not receive treatment for his brain tumour under the NHS because of his age. This is utter rubbish, as we all know in this country.
So to put things straight, the NHS is something of which we in the UK are rightly proud. We provide free health care for everyone regardless of age, colour, sex or anything else. It costs nothing to go to hospital, other than the cost of your daily newspaper. Not only is it free but if you cannot afford to get to hospital, the NHS provides free transport so that you can get your treatment.
OK I agree the service has some faults. It is a huge organisation - it has to be to cater for 60 million people - and suffers from some organisational problems, as would any business of this size. There are some waiting lists, and in general the more minor your complaint, the longer you will have to wait to see a consultant, with urgent cases being given priority - urgent cases, not patients with the most money ! The waiting lists are coming down, however, as more money is injected into the NHS by a Labour Government which puts people first.
Seeing your GP is now by appointment, and you are usually seen within a few days. If your case is urgent, you are seen the same day.
You might well ask who pays for all this, and the answer is that we all do - through our taxes. There is a direct tax on your earnings and a tax on what we all spend (VAT). The money has to come from somewhere, but at least this is a fair way of raising it.
Britain spends less per head on healthcare than the USA, but life expectancy is longer. The WHO places Britain 18th as against the USA's 37th in provision of quality healthcare.
Having spent some time in the USA I am aware that the concept of "socialised medicine" is anathema to the right-wing. Well, tough. It's time they realised that a fair and just society is more important than profits. Is it just that the top 5 percent own 95 percent of the wealth of the country ? Is it fair that, because you are rich and can afford decent health insurance, you can be looked after and given priority over the poor ? If you think this is the case, think again. Maybe you should be ashamed of yourself. Perhaps it is time to re-evaluate your principles. I hope Barrack Obama will be like our famous outlaw, Robin Hood, and rob the rich to give to the poor. At least he is in a position to do it legally !

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Rats on the Move

Having just seen a film in which there were a large number of rats, I was reminded of a story my mother told me several times. When she was a young girl, in Snitterfield, Warwickshire, she was lucky enough to have a bicycle and used to ride all round the nearby countryside. One day whilst crossing Yarningdale Common in about 1920, she saw what appeared to be a brown carpet across the road, several feet wide. As she drew closer, she saw movement, and being a young girl and a bit nervous, she stopped, got off her bike and slowly approached. Then she realised that it was rats, hundreds of rats, crossing the road and moving off across the common. She didn't stick around to see what happened and cycled home in a hurry. Of course everyone in the village soon learned of her experience and several other people told her and my grandfather - who was the local blacksmith - of similar experiences of "rats on the move", both in Warwickshire and elsewhere. Has anyone else heard similar tales ? Tell us about them !

Monday, June 29, 2009

Michael Jackson - Read This !!

There is a great article about Jackson in the Observer for 28th June 2009 - follow this link to read it. The funeral should be interesting !

Saturday, June 27, 2009

This is Getting Silly !

Anyone would think the world has come to an end just because some pop "idol" has snuffed it. Come on, let's get a sense of proportion here. OK so this Jackson person was a great entertainer, and no doubt had a lot of fans, but there are far more important matters in the world than his untimely demise. Yet there has been nothing else on the news for 36 hours now, with documentaries and "specials" sprouting up all over the bloody place. It's just like when that Diana woman was killed, and it's driving me nuts. Can someone please let me know when it will all be over so I can turn the TV on again ? Am I the only one who thinks like this, or is the media trying to convince me that I should really care about a person whom I only knew about because of his silly publicity stunts ? Not everyone likes pop music. Farrah Fawcett died a few days ago and was making the headlines until M Jackson died - is her passing to be mourned less now ? And what about the sixty poor devils killed by a car bomb in Iraq the other day ? Doesn't anyone care about them and their families ? This idolization of pop stars, film stars, footballers etc makes me sick. When will the world grow up ?