Monday, April 03, 2006

Sex, Power, and Money

This is really interesting it seems that this charity foundations former accountant embezzled $237000 in order to pay a dominatrix to beat him, (I can hear you now; saying he won’t need a dominatrix when his wife and boss get hold of him) but the interesting point for me is that this guy was willing to jeopardize his entire career his marriage his very liberty, just so some bored middle aged woman could pooh on him whilst he was doing the washing up (or whatever they do)

It just goes to show how deep our sexual urges go, (unless of course you’re on Methadone in which case you take all references to sex including the wistful meaningful ones by your own wife, as something you used to do a long time ago but can’t seem to summon the enthusiasm about these days, you can’t see what all the fuss is about!)

Sex seems to drive the agendas of he tabloids, well that and gambling and bigotry.

I know I’m stepping into a mine field here; but it strikes me that the tabloids do nothing but harm, they peddle bigotry racism sexism ageism and just about any other despicable

‘ism you can think of, I’ve spent most of my adult life living on a council, estate amongst the very people that the red-tops seem to think is their heartland, and I’m here to tell you that that the average Mr. and Mrs. out there is neither so stupid racist ,sexist or nationalistic as you tabloids patronizingly seem to think.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Sellafield/Winscale

Who do they think is going to buy Sellafield? Who in their right mind would want it? For years we’ve had to live nearby (less than 20 miles up the coast a large proportion of the town work there) it used to be called Winscale but got such a bad reputation that they had the brilliant idea of changing the name in the hope that people would think it was some other place than that leaky old embarrassment Winscale.

It sort of worked, but now that the environmental lobby has put the cat among the radiated seagulls with its ‘maybe-the-lesser-evil’ argument for nuclear power, if it weren’t for the medically proven clusters of diseases which seems to surround Winscale/Sellafield and any other nuclear power station for that matter, the whole thing would be funny

To the nimby’s who don’t want wind turbines on their horizon, come and live in the shadow of one of the worlds most dangerous nuclear facilities for a week or two and the see how you feel about your windmills.

Personally I actually like the look of the wind turbines I think they have a sculptural quality, which the hideous pylons (which no one seems to murmur about) completely lack, if ever there’s a blight on the English landscape it’s Pylons.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

We owe it to the Iraqi's

I’ve really got to say; that if you don’t already read it; then you must read Baghdad Burning ‘it has to be about the best blog on the web! Particularly for us insular insulated westerners; who only know of Iraq what we see presented to us from our sanitized and censored TV

, there is this feeling (not just about Iraq but about all foreign wars and incidents that we see reported on the television news and in the mainstream papers) that It’s happening somewhere else, (of course it is) but almost another planet, the people dress differently, the landscape looks different, their language is strange, all these things conspire to make us feel somehow disconnected from the incidents, as if these people aren’t like us, as if they are not really to do with us; not our problem somehow.

And this is exactly where personal blogs like Riverbend’s ‘Baghdad Burning’ comes in, she shows us that Iraqi people are exactly like us, she is a normal suburban citizen of Baghdad, trying to look after her family and survive in the mess that is Baghdad today, and it’s her eloquent and effective descriptions of the minutiae of their everyday lives coupled with their understandable fear as they try (with great courage) to live some semblance of normal lives that means it should be compulsory reading for all those in the west with any kind of influence in Iraq.