The S*n and Page 3

So the S*n looked like it was going to bring an end to its topless models on Page 3. The Times had made the announcement the day before that their sister newspaper would be calling time on the famous page. The showing of topless models that saw the likes of Sam Fox, Linda Lusardi see their careers take off, would seemingly becoming to an end. There were happy faces and cheers from those who had campaigned for it to end, when they saw the announcement by the Times. It would seem though that The S*n had neither confirmed or denied the situation regarding the end of Page 3

It would seem though that their joy would be short lived, for the topless models returned in all their glory a week later. The outrage can continue for for a while and those who enjoy Page 3 can continue to peruse the paper and the topless images if they choose to access the S*n +.

Now that is the background, but what are my thoughts on it all. Well first off I am no fan of The S*n. Their behaviour, attitudes and lies helped destroy a community and helped tarnish the names of good people. Page three is not really anything special, maybe when growing up it might have seemed fun interesting and naughty, but now it’s past its sell by date and not really necessary. In the age of technology and the internet, you can find topless models and much more that will make Page 3 look like a comic entry.

So should it be banned or should it continue? Well to be honest I whilst Page 3 doesn’t appeal to me and it wouldnt bother me to see it disappear forever, I don’t think it should be banned. We live in a country where we can choose to do or not to do something. We are equally free to not purchase a newspaper if you don’t like it. I may or may not be wrong in this viewpoint, but if you don’t you are not a fan of Page 3, it is possibly likely that you are not a fan of The S*n newspaper. Of course there will be those who don’t like the S*n regardless of topless models. Is ending Page 3 really an oppression of women? I don’t think it is. Young women use Page 3 as a stepping stone to a bigger and better career in whatever they would like to pursue.

I also think that women should be able to enjoy topless men etc. We are free to choose and free to enjoy what we like so long as it is legal and not humiliating.

Not going well

I thought this year was going to be fab, I mean it couldn’t get any worse than the last 15 months. It seems that life is attempting to conspire it would seem. I thought I was finally getting somewhere but apparently not.

Having taken two steps forward, it would seem Im taking four steps back. I’m finding myself putting on a front, showing myself to be happy and plodding through is difficult as it does mentally burn you out. No one wants to see a down looking person in the office and I would rather avoid having to explain things.

I don’t enjoy this feeling, I thought I had it under control. It would seem it doesn’t work like that.

I guess people will be thinking how come this as he seemed fine when I saw him. I guess it’s easier to wear a mask than to reveal the pain.

The Cadbury’s Creme Egg saga

So the Cadbury’s Creme Egg is facing crisis. First of all it doesn’t taste as nice. This is because they have changed from the dairy milk chocolate to a cocoa mix. Ive not had one of the 2015 batch due to my self-imposed chocolate ban, but all I can say is that even as someone who loves chocolate, is it really something to get wound up about. I will eat most chocolate and enjoy it. One comment was that Dairy Milk chocolate bars don’t taste the same anymore. To be honest I have to disagree. They taste just as how they always have. Maybe that is my mind just seeing the Dairy Milk bar and giving me the taste I expect. I can’t say that I have ever noticed anything major. I’m not sure that if I had noticed that I would have continued eating them over the past year or so. If I however I had noticed it, I very much doubt that I would have gone to the extent of making a fuss about it. What I would have done is to just stop buying it and choose something different. At the end of the day how chocolate tastes, is hardly the end of the world when it come to life and the grand scheme of things.

The reality of the whole change in chocolate type etc is that if it really bothers you that much, then use the greatest power of them all. The Consumer power is the greatest power of them all. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it and go for something else instead. It is quite easier and more powerful than just complaining. If a product suffers then it is likely to disappear or something change. Complaining and spouting off, is not going to really see much progression or change.

Now to the other part of the discussion. Cadbury’s deciding to reduce from 6 eggs in the pack down to 5. I’ve rarely bought a box of six, but this is something I just don’t get. I could understand if they reduced from 6 to 4 as it would make more sense. Most packs of chocolate bars tend to come in even numbers, so to reduce it to an odd number is quite silly, especially for packaging measures. It would surely require a redesign in the packaging to accommodate.

I guess the reality though is that if you don’t like the new eggs, don’t buy them and if you don’t like the reduction to 5 eggs, go and find a shop with good offers for multibuy Creme Eggs.

The Paris Shootings – The after debate

This past week saw the tragic events unfold in Paris. Twelve innocent people lost their lives as Muslim extremists chose to attack the offices of Charlie Hebdo. Charlie Hebdo is a French satirical magazine equivalent to the UK’s Private Eye magazine. The attack is apparently a response to the insulting of Islam by the magazine. Ten journalists lost their lives all because they believed in the freedom of speech. Two police officers also perished defending them.

Following the terrible events, it brought out the discussion of freedom and the Islam debate. It was something that on social media, brought many different opinions. Social Media as usual was at the core of this and first of all it was the subject of freedom of speech. You often see many people say that it doesn’t exist. Well of course it does. People might not like to think it does because of minor issues, but it exists.

One example included a few posts saying that it didn’t exist. Ironically these were people on a party political page slating the Prime Minister and calling him various names that were far from pleasant. They don’t believe that there is freedom of speech yet despite posting various posts of insults, those people wont be tracked down,arrested or even worse killed for having the ability to criticise the Prime Minister on the page. In the UK at least we are at liberty to say what we like so long as it does not commit a criminal offence.

Satire is one element of freedom of speech and it plays a part in our daily lives. Many of the news pages that get shared on facebook such as Newsthump are satire. Satire though comes in all forms from paper to internet and radio to tv, we are surrounded by it and long may it continue. Many of us would have watched Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, Bremner Bird and Fortune amongst others. We have listened to The News Quiz and The Now Show and even possibly read the magazine Private Eye. In Britain it is something that we seem to excel in and something we thrive in. Life without the freedom of speech would not be quite the same.

It is something though that we often take for granted. It is the same for freedom of expression. Within reason we can all walk down the street wearing what we want to. It might not be to everyone’s taste, but we are not likely to be arrested for it. Other countries could see an individual detained and imprisoned.

Satire itself dates back to the times of the Ancient Egyptians and has continued through time to the modern day, so it is by no means something new or the latest fad. In the free world it will continue long after many of us are gone and so it should.

The other subject brought up was that the whole of Islam should basically apologise for the actions of a minority. I like many decent people will disagree. Those that murdered the twelve innocent people do not represent the majority of decent hardworking muslims. They are free to condemn the actions but to apologise, is not necessary. They have nothing to apologise for. It was not they who committed the barbaric acts.

Did Christians apologise to the world for the various atrocities and crimes committed in the name of god? No, why should they. It wasnt carried out on their behalf and if they don’t, then why followers of Islam. It is not like the Muslims in your local town wanted to see people murdered for daring to criticise their religion. They might not have liked it, but to bring death to those who criticised, was not something that they would support.

In my mind it is a sorry state of affairs, if we find ourselves as either followers or non followers, apologising as a group for an atrocity committed by a minority that is not our fault or not in our name. We will rightly criticise and condemn such things, but never apologise.

The world may not be a perfect place but whilst we still have a voice and a means to criticise those that we find fault with, then we will continue to ensure that the freedom of speech will never die.

Did he really decide to do that?

Happy New Year everyone. So 2014 went out discreetly attempting to make too much disruption. I saw in the new year with old friends and the fantastic Funkle Pie. A band very much worth going to see. I recommend checking them out when you can. You can find them on Facebook along with upcoming gigs.

I thought I would take a break from blogging over the festive period. It’s always nice to take a break and relax when you can. I spent most of it when not out and about, playing Football Manager 14. Become quite addicted to it. Don’t think I’ve played the game so much since I had the Championship Manager 93 back in the early days when I had an Amiga 1200. Now that’s going back a while, back to the age of Sensible Soccer, Cannon Fodder, Lemmings , Populous, Operation Stealth.

Anyway, back to the main focus. As I lie in bed attempting to get to sleep and failing miserably, out of the blue an idea pinged in my mind. I’ll give up eating chocolate, not permanently mind you, god no, that would be a painfully horrible idea. I couldn’t give up chocolate permanent. That would never do. Then though as if that wasn’t enough, I decided to stop drinking coke. Double strike on a Monday, nothing like diving in at the deep end at the start of the year.

Thing is that I gave up chocolate for the period of lent a couple of years ago and said to myself that I would never do that again, so why am I doing it again. The chocolate lover is casting his favourite thing to one side for a period of time…I haven’t quite got to that bit yet. It will definitely be longer than a month, I wonder if I can do it until Easter. I mean come on, do you really think its possible to go without chocolate through the Easter period? nope I’m not that stupid….that’s one best not left open.

Of course I tend not to do things by halves, so not only giving up chocolate for a period of time, I decide I’m going to stop drinking coke, I haven’t decided how long for, but that one will be easier. I gave it up last year for a while, so I can easily do it again. Typically though, the day I decide to give up chocolate, one of my lovely colleagues brings in some chocolate that they have been told to get rid of. Sadly I will not be able to partake in this usual delight of cleaning up on the sweet side of things. I did think about cakes too, but there are likely to be birthdays and cakes brought in. There is of course only so much a man can give up before he starts to wonder about his own sanity….and Ive been wondering about that for quite a while.  One other thing I wont be giving up just yet is alcohol. I know it’s that time of year and I commend all those who are doing it for the January. I know a few of my friends are doing and one who is not just doing it for one month, but two. To be honest, it wouldn’t be worth my trying to do it as to be honest I can take or leave drinking alcohol. It’s nice to have a beer or glass of wine, but I could go a while without drinking. In fact I had one of those small one glass bottles of Jacob’s Creek and you know what? I wasn’t really fussed and although I finished it, I’m glad it wasn’t a whole bottle I had bought as I could have left it.Maybe it was because it was Jacob’s Creek? who knows but I certainly wasn’t fussed about it that’s for sure.

Something I did do though today and that was buy a bag of bananas and apples. Had bought bananas the other week, but havent had an apple for ages. Who knows, at this rate I might get a new pair of trainers and take up running…maybe one step at a time (no pun intended).

Anyway, that’s that for now and I shall be back soon with more musings. Till then, feel free to check out some blogs that my good friends write.