My blog in 2012

 

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

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Why.

A woman leaps from her burning flat in Croydon after it's set alight by rioters.

It’s a sad, shameful day when you turn on the TV and open up Twitter to see your country and your capital city being ripped apart by violence, but that is the situation that people in England have woken up to today.

We all know the extent of the riots and the damage done in London over the last few days, but it seems that no-one can quite understand why violence on this scale has erupted in London and sporadically in other British cities.

There is no apparent cause unifying rioters in London, unlike other scenes of violence seen over the last year.  The London Riots started after the police shooting of Mark Duggan in Tottenham, but I refuse to believe that the murder of one man has triggered this surge of opportunistic crime.

It’s absolutely right that the public demand answers after the police shoot a man, but the abhorrent crimes that we have all witnessed can never be justified, and the perpetrators must be punished accordingly.

A bus fire in Tottenham on the first night of violence.

How can this violence be explained?

Many people will have different explanations for the crime, but this is my personal view. I believe that today’s youth have been let down by successive governments, creating a youth which has uncertain prospects for the future. Economic crisis, inflated prices and rising unemployment frustrates a youth which has seen wealth in their country but now know that the ability to make a decent living in the future is now much harder. This has created a generation that has contempt for a government which has targeted them specifically by raising university tuition fees to extortionate level.

This is by no means justification for the crimes committed. Burning homes, businesses, attacking people will never be right. I’m by no means a pacifist. I understood the reasons for violence towards banks during the anti-cuts protests but I don’t understand the violence sweeping our country at the moment.

Despite the shameful behaviour of a not so small minority of people, a glimmer of hope for community spirit has been shown by the people of London. Today, people have been out in force trying to clean up streets affected by violence.  But I think some damage caused will be irreparable, including to relations between police and ethnic minority groups.

Once this situation has been dealt with, Britain needs to seriously consider the social issues that lead to this level of violence and how we can restructure our society and governance for a brighter future.

I hope tonight sees a restoration of peace in London and other affected places, and I’ll finish this post with a quote from the great Martin Luther King:

“A riot is the voice of the unheard.”

What a Planker….

The current internet planking craze might suddenly seem a little less funny now, after angry chef Gordon Ramsay tweeted pictures of

Fly like a G6? Lol JK its only a G4

himself planking  on a plane as well as a yacht in some sunny location, apparently in California.

For the uninitiated, planking is a prank where a person lays face down, hands at their sides as if they are standing up – just look at the pages on facebook to find planking pictures!

Planking gained notoriety in the press last month when an Australian planker fell to his death whilst  planking on a balcony.

It’s thought the craze originates in Somerset where it was called the lying down game ( this probably indicates how much there is to do in Somerset) but the term planking is thought to have come from Australia.

Although this is the first time pictures like this have been released, Ramsay has been called a planker many times befor….oh wait…

Chef Gordon Ramsay tweeted several pictures of himself planking

 

James Corden to donate Brits fee to Comic Relief

James Corden is to donate his £50,000 fee for hosting the Brit awards to Comic Relief.

The Gavin and Stacey star thanked the thousads of fans who tweeted him, saying “Thanks for your kind messages about giving my Brits fee to comic relief. It felt the right thing to do. I’m glad you agree x x x”

Corden is said to be a huge music fan, and will be returning to hosting the Brits after hosting it with Matthew Horne and Kylie Minogue in 2009, and was apparently delight to be asked to host the music awards again.

This years Brit Awards ceremony will take place at the O2 Arena in London, and will be on ITV1 from 8pm.

Rihanna Angry as BBC Censors “S&M” single

After the BBC announce Rihanna’s provocative new single “S&M” under the title “Come On”, Rihanna blows her top on twitter after finding out from a fan. When tweeted by a fan asking why the single’s title had changed, RiRi replied “Are you f**king kidding me???”

The Only Girl in the World replied “Absolutely NOT!!!” when another fan asked if she approved of the name change.

The re-name happened when the Sunday chart was announced on BBC Radio 1, and comes after the video for the track was banned in 11 countries. Moreover, the BBC has refused to play the track, with provacative lyrics including “Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me” before 7pm.

The song joins the list of songs banned by teh BBC at some point, including the ban of “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood” and cutting of lyrics from  “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues.

Watch Rihanna’s video to see if you agree with the its censorship (some may need to sign in):

Packers win Super Bowl 2011, Xtina fluffs the US National Anthem, B.E.P rock the Halftime show!

Major Monday Mews: Green Bay Packers win the 2011 Super Bowl with a 31-25 win over Pittsburgh…..

I’m sure thats very interesting to the NFL fans out there, but to people like me who don’t really understand ball games, we’ll skip the actual game part and go to the entertainment part of the Super Bowl!

So, the lovely Christina Aguilera sang a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, and no one could question her originality as she completely re-wrote the US anthem. Apparently she should have sang “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?” but in fact sang “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming.” Very different.

But really, its surprising anyone noticed. I mean, in the UK many believe our National Anthem is “…God Save the Queen! Do do do do,do do, do do do dooo do do” etc!

Here is a lovely BBC article explaining exactly how Xtina messed up and has a video of the moment:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12378790

The Half-Time show was a spectacular performance by the Black Eyed Peas, featuring Slash, Usher and several B.E.P hits including “I’ve gotta feeling”, “Pump It” and “Boom Boom Pow”

Will link a vid asap,

Peace.

Andréa