Archive for the ‘my opinion counts’ Category

The Return of the Tories

May 12, 2010

They’re back! The old etonians have taken over the asylum. Welcome back?  I think not. I consider this ‘historic’ moment a sad day in Britain. Having grown up under Thatcher and her cronies from ’79 to ’97, I truly dread the Conservatives taking back control of this country. The only saving grace is that the coalition with the Lib Dems has clipped their wings….for now.

David Cameron is now the 19th Prime Minister to hail from Eton. Says it all really. Despite his claims of modernisation of the tories, they are still a middle and upper class group who despise the working class people of this country. They also loath the NHS and would surely love to dismantle it. They’re the party whose members were born with silver spoons in their mouths. As for Nick Clegg, he’s cut from the same cloth. Just another toff. Classless soicety? My…there’s goes a pig flying by my window.

The Lib Dems should adopt the Beach Boys song ‘Wipeout’ because that’s what will happen to their MP’s at the next election. And we won’t have five years to wait for that. I reckon by 2012 we’ll be trudging back to the polls. In the meantime, God help us all!

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Easter egg goodness

April 1, 2010

Ahh! The joys of Easter are upon us once again. I love this time of year. For many people, it’s a time to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus gave when he died on the cross for the sins of many. For others, it’s a time to pig out on lots of chocolate easter eggs.

I fall into the latter category. Well I had planned on chowing down on a nice Rolo egg, but alas I’ve been sworn off sugar for the next month due to  dietary reasons. It’s so frustrating as this is the first Easter I’ve spent in the UK since 2001. During my absence I’ve had egg parcels sent to me by friends and family or paying exorbitant prices for imported eggs.

I’ve dreamt of this moment for nearly ten years and now it’s all been scuppered. Damn you sugar gods. Damn you all to hell!!!!

Twitter is for the birds

April 1, 2010

Okay. I have given this new fangled Twitter thingy a try and I am suitably unimpressed.

Yes it’s instanious and all that, but do I really want to read about what people are doing or where they’re going to? I think not! I can live without it. I just don’t see how some  people I share the planet with find Twitter addictive. Are some of my fellow earth dwellers really that anxious to know what the person they follow is eating for dinner or doing in the loo? I guess so.

From a journalistic stand point, it really is rather pointless. Aside from updating your followers, it has no news worthy value in terms of moving things along. Perhaps if I’m caught up at the scene of a developing news story, then maybe it might allow me to get word out quickly. However, that applies to any member of the public. I think Facebook does just as good a job.

To each his own. Different strokes for different folks. All the cliches come rolling out. Good luck to those of you that tweet, but I don’t rate its chances of being around in a couple of years. If I’m proved wrong, let me know by sending me a tweet.

Ashcroft dom goes on and on

March 18, 2010

Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft is still on the hot seat despite documents showing that he did not have to be a full UK taxpayer to become a Lord.

It was widely believed that Ashcroft had agreed to pay UK taxes in order to become a Lord. However, the document leaked to the BBC confirms that the Government did not make this a stipulation for Lord Ashcroft when accepting his peerage. He and the Tory party didn’t help matters by initially refusing to clarifying his position.

William Hague, who as party leader nominated Ashcroft for a  peerage back in 2000, crowed today about the peer being vindicated. He said “The idea that this was a secret Tory deal for Lord Ashcroft to avoid whatever people thought he should have paid is rather blown apart by the knowledge this was all copied to Downing Street,”

However, Foreign Secretary David Milliband retorted “It is now clear there has been a decade of deception at the top of the Conservative Party and I repeat my call, which is backed today by a former Chief Executive of the Conservative Party, that David Cameron sacks Lord Ashcroft.

“As for William Hague, he needs to explain why it’s taken 10 years to drag the truth out of the Conservative Party and why he continues to obfuscate today.”

The saga continues.

BBC video content review

March 14, 2010

The video content on the BBC website is quite extensive. The BBC news site has a section dedicated to both audio and video.  It shows the strength of the organisation that they are able to post a wide range of news topics with video content. Ranging from news through to health issues.

Most of the content is accompanied by a brief description of the story. All of the videos are summaries of news reports that run on the BBC news channels. It follows the traditional route of television reporting. So there’s nothing groundbreaking to see.

I love the video content on the BBC site. It’s so varied and also reliable. The only frustrating aspect of the site is accessing the video content from outside the UK. Some of it is restricted to people around the world, which is extremely frustrating as many people want to watch these videos.

Black Genocide

March 4, 2010

According to some groups in the U.S state of Georgia, black children are an endangered species.

The anti-abortion groups have placed huge billboards across the city of Atlanta saying that abortion is killing off the African-American race. Their argument being that white people have deliberately targeted black women for abortion to reduce their numbers. They even go as far to equate it with slavery.

When I lived in Atlanta, I worked for G-CAPP (Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention), which helped to educate young girls on pregnancy and to limit the numbers of children they had.

This was for various reasons. Ranging from  lack of education, poverty and being able to to fully understand what raising a child involves. I think this ‘genocide’ argument is very disingenuous and misleading.

Review of Google Reader

February 21, 2010

I’ve been using Google Reader for only a few days, but I must say, I like it….with reservations.

For me, the biggest challenge, has been to remember to use the reader once I’ve finished checking my email. The habit of going to the individual websites via my bookmarks has been hard to break. However, I am slowly, but surely weening myself of the teet as it were.

I do like the convenience of having all my favourite sites centralised in one place. It not only saves time, but also highlights stories that may be of interest to me. The design of the homepage could do with a splash of sexiness as it is rather bland.

The one criticism that comes to mind is the big brother effect. By that I mean I’m not entirely comfortable with the mighty Google overseeing my web habits. Privacy is something to cherish, so I’m not too keen for all of the sites I visit to be added to my subscription. The next thing I know is they’ll be sending me emails telling me they think I might find a particular website of interest. Much like  Amazon.

Anyway, I’ll keep using it for now and see where this all leads.

The Ausiello Files

February 1, 2010

Entertainment Weekly columnist, Micheal Ausiello, has a great blog that provides readers with up to date information on american tv shows.

His blog is a great place to find out if your favourite show is doing well, has been canceled or renewed for another series. His blog is updated several times a day with information that is important to its readers and also breaks news. Once a week, his blog, has the Ask Ausiello feature, which allows readers to post questions about a particular show or to get scoops on upcoming episodes of the most popular and not so popular shows. Ausiello’s personality shines through on each of his postings. His is a very sardonic, funky and creative sense of humour.

His standing is such that he routinely gets exclusive scoops and interviews with major players such as the creators of ‘Lost‘.  There are some things he could do better. One of which is not to prattle on so much in his postings. He also can be quite dismissive of those who write in with questions. He’s not rough around the edges, just a little over the top with his put downs. Overall though, I keep coming back each day to check him out. It keeps the readers informed and in the loop on what’s occurring in TV land.

Baby you’ve changed

February 1, 2010

I’ve spent the past eight years outside of the UK and have just recently returned for the first time since February 2002.

I cannot believe all of the changes that have taken place in my absence. First off, lets talk about the influx of immigrants which is a hot topic these days. I was absolutely staggered how many people from different parts of the world now call the UK home. I knew about the influx of eastern europeans, especially the poles, as I’d read about that over the last few years. However, the number of Muslims now living here is amazing to me. In the borough of Brent, which is apparently the most diverse borough in the country, there are countless numbers of Somalians, Iranians and those from Afghanistan. I never saw so many women in burkas.

Tesco have used the Wal-Mart blueprint and appear to have taken over the whole city with their metro and extra stores colonizing all corners of London. Fried chicken fast food shops appear to have mushroomed out of nowhere. The greasy birds seem to going down a treat with all the victims of the recession. No wonder obesity is on the rise. I also discovered the Oyster card. It seems to have revolutionized transport in London. Nobody appears to pay with cash….on the buses at least. I quite like the flexibility of the card though, plus it speeds up boarding on the bus.

Continuing with buses, I traveled on one of the infamous bendy buses. I understand it’s also known as the free bus as most people who board it don’t ever pay. Seems a bit strange to have a bus with multiple entrances and exits. I really don’t see the point of them. I’ve been told that the police routinely storm the buses to catch the fare evaders and the UK Border Agency, new to me, also snare any illegal immigrants that they find on the buses too. Wow! That just tells me how much London has changed when that is a regular occurrence.

Finally, I want to talk about contraflows. Bloody everywhere I go! They are a royal pain in the arse too. I’ve never seen anything like it. Literally every street now has one. Things were never this bad in the past. Digging up the streets seems to be the new way authorities have of pissing off commuters.