BBC News

I WAS going to write about the article on Jacqueline Gold and discuss whether her Ann Summers shops were adding to the objectification of women, or whether they were helping women become more confident, empowered and… something else that fits the feminist checklist. I WAS going to write about whether being normal was a good thing, or not and at what point ‘being normal’ becomes extraordinary. I WAS going to tackle, as I said I would, the situation in the Middle East, hopefully offering some suggestions as to what (if I had the power) I would do to help rectify things but, in balance, I’m not sure there is much anyone can do. The simple fact, in that situation, is …

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Friday This and That

I watch BBC News in the morning and I’m getting increasingly annoyed by the “plug an upcoming BBC show” section. This morning it was about school reports as, apparently (I wasn’t really paying that much attention) the BBC will be a broadcasting a programme about this tonight. So, instead of catching up on world events and, you know, news, instead I got to sit through random excerpts from peoples school reports, emailed in by viewers, including the HILARIOUS revelation that one report card stated the pupil “didn’t excel at geography” and, guess what… go on guess… bet you can’t… yes, that’s right, they are now a geography teacher. WOW! I wish there was some way to convey just how far …

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Silly women

Honestly, you women. Running around, daring to be happy and comfortable in your sexuality, wearing flattering clothes and flirting, yes FLIRTING, with members of the opposite sex. It’s ridiculous, but tolerable. The limit is reached when you start drinking though. Honestly. You can’t have everything, that’s just greedy. Yes? No? I’m gobsmacked at the news today that 1/3 of “people” believe that it’s the woman’s fault if she is raped. Apart from general amazement, my initial shock was quickly tempered by the hope that these “people” are the minority who believe what they read in newspapers, and don’t question anything. If you look at it from that point of view, you can understand (although not condone) the findings of the …

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Central Perk

We’re attending the wedding reception of a couple of good friends tomorrow night, and we’re both thoroughly looking forward to it, I even have a wee ‘rehearsal’ this evening. It’s always good to catchup with friends, and I just know that we’ll come away on Sunday morning saying “why don’t we get together more often”. Funny that. I guess that sometimes friends just drift apart, it’s not easy when they do, especially if you’ve been close friends with someone for a long time, share a lot of history and yet despite the emotional ties something is missing and the friendship fizzles out. Shame. Thankfully this group of friends are the kind that you just pickup where you left off in …

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Firefox momentum

Almost 66 million people have downloaded the Firefox browser, and whilst I’m sure those stats can be manipulated (lies, damned lies…) it’s still an impressive number, and it’s one that keeps on rising. I know I’ve been banging on about it for ages now, but evidence that it is being taken seriously can be gathered from the fact that there is a link to a story about it on the front page of the BBC News website, which follows on from articles in most of the American mainstream media. The story states that 1 in 10 UK websites fail to work properly in Firefox, listing some examples: Odeon.co.uk Jobcentreplus.gov.uk Insurance.co.uk British American Tobacco Mansell.plc.uk Companieshouse.gov.uk Flybmi.com/cargo bssuk.co.uk I’m sure we …

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Knit One

Imagine my surprise this morning when, upon tuning into BBC Breakfast, I was confronted with the site of people sitting at a table on London Bridge and they were knitting. Cue “sound bite” from one of the artists (I use the term artist as presented in the piece): “I like the political aspect of knitting, the feeling of taking things into one’s own hands.” The political aspect of knitting? I bet democracies across the world felt a small tremor when he said that, dictators peered out of windows wondering why the crows were flocking over their palaces, and across the nation the sound of disbelief echoed through the streets – sounding just like people stifling laughs behind their cornflakes. I …

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Ivan Noble

I’ve linked to his diary on the BBC News site a couple of times over the past couple of years, today he signs off for the last time. I have written it ahead of time because I knew there would be a point when I was not well enough to continue. That time has now come. What I wanted to do with this column was try to prove that it was possible to survive and beat cancer and not to be crushed by it. Even though I have to take my leave now, I feel like I managed it. I have not been defeated.

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Just Push Play

Since we got Sky+ late last year I’m already noticing that it’s changing my attitude towards the gogglebox. But let’s rewind a bit first. Despite having a video recorder we rarely, if ever, used it. Sheer laziness, coupled with growing apathy about even watching television, was the main reason. If I did spot something I might want to watch the thought of having to check to find a tape I could use, then confront the recording options, was usually enough to put me off. Admittedly I’m quite happy with the fact that TV is a transistory medium, it’s not really meant to be around forever that’s why it’s broadcast. I think. Anyway, recording with Sky+ is so much easier. Zip …

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Choice

Springer protests pour in to BBC, 15,000 of them apparently. I’m very much FOR the Beeb showing it. I’m quite capable of choosing whether or not to watch it myself, thank you very much. And to all those naysayers who are complaining about the profanity and religious imagery may I suggest they talk a walk around their nearest city. Or just fuck off altogether. OK, that was childish and lazy. I should really be putting together a better argument shouldn’t I. Well I would but it’s early, I’m only halfway through my first coffee and I really don’t think this deserves much more space than a “rolling of the eyes” type post. Pah.

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Gotta laugh

Role of the blog is a fun little article by the BBC News website. I’ll pull out a few quotes and let you all have a little giggle, shall I? In their eyes, those bloggers at the US political conventions ceased to be bloggers the moment they accepted their accreditation. … “What began as a spontaneous eruption of populist creativity is on the verge of being absorbed by the media-industrial complex it claims to despise.” Yes, it’s true I DO despise it, he says, twiddling his waxed moustache Dick Dastardly style. In any case, as bloggers rarely go out and about, many of those who comment on the world at large get their information from mainstream news sources. OK I …

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