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F***ing In Rhythm and Sorrow

Swearing.  Apparently it’s neither big, nor clever.  What it is, it seems, is a damn good excuse for a whining session designed to bemoan the end decline in “British standards”, the end of empire and general signal that Messrs. War, Famine, Pestilence and Death are abroad.

Stepping up to the plate in defence of all that is sacred to heart of Mr Churchill, Henry V and Sir Francis Drake is invariably the Daily Fail and their blood vendetta against the foul hand of leftie pinko communism that is The BBC.

It was the Mail who led the charge of the indignant during Sachsgate last year.  Whipping a storm of indifference into a feeding frenzy weeks after the fact.  They followed this up by manufacturing outrage at the Question Time appearance of Thicky Griffin and the supposedly controversial memo.  http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/mediamonkeyblog/2009/oct/26/question-time-daily-mail-nick-griffin.  They have however outdone themselves this time.

Sunday afternoon, BBC1.  The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has just been completed.  The cameras follow the top three finishers into the small ante-room they use to towel off, pull on a sponsors cap and relax before heading out to the podium for the presentations.  During this segment, snippets of a conversation between two of the drivers can be heard.  It’s quite interesting; in that normally we get the well rehearsed “on message” speak of sports stars.  This was more akin to a couple of mates chewing the fat, talking about what had been a very tight bit of racing between the two over the last couple of laps.  During this, one of the protagonists dropped the F-word.

Now, everyone knows swear words, everyone has used swear words.  We all try to prevent our kids from using them, but we know it’s futile.  We also know that on occasion they can be blurted out without thinking.

Cue the Daily Fail taking up the cudgels once more and swinging them in the general direction of the BBC.  It’s an action almost as preposterous as the Daily Express and their “Diana Monday” front pages.

By the time I’d realized he’d said it, three or four further sentences had been said.  I’d guess that large numbers of people watching didn’t register the “fuck”.

Whilst the pictures were shown on the BBC, it wasn’t a BBC camera crew and it wasn’t a BBC production team responsible.  Formula One have their own in house TV production who generate all the images etc used in coverage of the races.  The only bits the BBC control are those where the BBC presenting team is on camera.

Jenson Button is the person who swore.  This wasn’t the Sex Pistols and Mr. Grundy.  It was one word, not a string of them, and not all that audible really.

The Daily Mail.  What a bunch of fucking tossers.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1224611/BBCs-Jenson-Button-blunder-turns-F1-champ-F-word-chump.html?ITO=1490

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As has been written in the past, I’m a member of a cricket club.  Not a particularly big time cricket club.  Our first team plays in the third tier of Scottish Cricket.  Our second and third teams play in the Eastern District Leagues, in the second and seventh divisions respectively.

Like all clubs of our stature we have expenditures to meet.  We rely on subscriptions and sponsorships to meet some of those costs.  We also rely on fundraising.  Unlike many of our contempories we don’t own the pavilion facilities and therefore we don’t get any income from bar takings, a potentially large source of funds for any club.  To this end, our own fundraising efforts are key to the survival of the club.

Sadly fundraising events require a membership that gets off its collective arse and either volunteer to help out or gets involved.  That’s where we fall down.

This weekend Parent Association for the school my kids attend have organized to do a sponsored circuit of the Aerial Assault course here:

http://www.eica-ratho.com/content/aerial-assault/1155/

They originally booked a two-hour slot.  This would be enough for 40 people to get round.  Currently the school has around 20 people down to do it.  Seeing an opportunity, and knowing the organizer, I arranged to take 10 of the spaces for the club.

Despite a couple of appeals for emails round the club, a players meeting (admittedly cancelled on the day – no-one told me) and an email sent personally by me, we have a grand total of 3 people willing to do this.

Presumably, when the club goes to the wall, the ones who couldn’t be arsed to get involved will be the ones moaning loudest and longest about the demise of ‘their’ club.

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So, the big story of the weekend? Afghanistan?  Iraq?  Elections in the USA?  Nope.

Stephen Fry having a hissy fit?  You got it.

It seems Mr Fry, not normally known for diva like antics took exception to someone on Twitter describing his musings as “boring”.  Well, boo-hoo.  Cue ‘hurt’ responses claiming he was leaving Twitter, followed by a frenzy of followers giving him “hugs” and “cuddles” to get him to stay.  Couldn’t he have just ignored the fella?  Blocked him?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a fan of Mr. Fry, for a man so much more talented, witty and intelligent than a mere mortal, he’s very down to earth and seemingly genuine.  He’s pretty much a national treasure, and not really given to outbreaks of “lost in showbiz”.  He’s also I would say for many people, the “acceptable face” of gay.

He doesn’t wear his sexuality as some sort of badge of honour.  He’s not in your face about it at all, none of that, “look at me, I’m gay, isn’t it faaaabuuulous!”  Compare him to the likes of Dale Winton, Graham Norton, George Michael, Julian Clary or Ainsley Harriot.  Each of them is camper than a Winnebago convention.  They all appear to be competing to be the most flamboyant, conforming to the worst kind of stereotype.

This “story” seemed to be a big issue with weekend news bulletins, achieving a prominence wholly at odds with its importance.  Celebrity has argument with pleb, sulks!  It was the third top story on the BBC News website at one point.  Of course there was the follow up story the next day.  Celebrity grows up, remains on Twitter, world saved!

Who says the UK media has become a celebrity-obsessed trash-fest?  Use of the word celebrity is to massively over-rate many of the people being photographed or written about.  Never mind A-List and all that.  For these reality show rejects grimly whapping out their breasts for the paparazzi a whole new alphabet is required, although given the surgical enhancements they all seem to get maybe DD list is the answer.

I fear for the future of this country given the numbers of Sun reading, X-Factor auditioning, WAG wannabe, make me a footballer youth out there.  The entitled generation is upon us.  God help us all.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/pda/2009/nov/02/stephenfry-digital-media

 

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It’s the finaaaal Countdown….

…or it just might be soon.

One of the delights of a “staycation” is watching Countdown, (rock and roll) although if the cunning plan of Channel 4 is to succeed, it might not be for much longer.  Having seen the clothes they are pouring the new Vorderperson into I fear large sections of their audience may be shuffling off this mortal coil at an increased rate.  Those “greyhound” dresses, you know, the just about reach the hair, are fantastically short and tight, but given the blood pressure of the average OAP, they must be playing havoc with grandma and grandad’s circulation.  (Insert cheap stroke gag here.)

No wonder Stelling is smiling, and it’s not because he’s away from the unbelievable Chris Kamara for a few days.  If she drops a letter, she may end up winking at him as she picks it up.  Actually, that’s the one thing she has in common with the audience.  It seems necessary to wear sensible, big-ass, granny pants.  They need something substantial to hang the microphone battery pack on.

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I saw “The Quick and The Dead” last night.  Long story, but it was the only western available I hadn’t seen.   It’s OK I guess, the story is familiar to anyone who has seen a western.  The twist being, the “hero” is a *gasp* woman.  Anyway, about midway through came the obligatory “Sharon Stone gets her tits out” scene as she cosied up to Russell Crowe.  Got me wondering, has anyone else ever had their career so completely upstaged by their own va-jay-jay?  The only other person I could think of who has seen their career so completely killed off in this way is Michael Douglas.  Yep, the Stone bush casts a large shadow.

In 20 years time, when Ms Stone stars in the remake of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane”, I have this horrific image of her uttering the immortal line, “I’m ready for my close up Mr De Mille”, only for us viewers  to be treated to a loving soft focus tracking shot starting from her head, then moving down, taking about 15 seconds to travel the length of her spaniels ears, until finally reaching her waist, where her distented nipples will finally be seen, pointing floorwards. *shudders*

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So, “Nasty” Nick Griffin, the man who would be Austrian is going to be on BBC Question Time tonight.  Seems it’s an issue that has divided the country.  Whilst his fascist outlook is unwelcome, I do believe it’s time these guys were given the chance to be seen and heard for what they are.  Unfortunately, Question Time isn’t the right platform in my mind.  It tends to deal with the issues of the day, in a semi scripted manner with pre-chosen questions.  So, tonight it will likely cover The Postal Strike, Iraq, Afghanistan etc.  I doubt they’ll let Joe Public ask anything that’s likely to prove overly controversial, and whilst Griffin is undoubtedly an idiot, even he isn’t going to be so foolish as to start ranting about “Jews, Paki’s, blacks and the wholesale destruction of all that is pure and white and British.”

What’s really needed is a debate style program where every party in the UK political scene gets to appear and give the public a proper insight into their policies etc, show how each differs in regards to particular issues.  This would be far more effective in enabling the true colours of each party to show through.  The big danger tonight is that Griffin comes across as reasonable…..

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All things must pass….

Lo!  It has finally happened.  After 407 days, and 15 consecutive wins, RHC3’s finally tasted defeat.  Clackmannan County 2’s were the visitors to ‘Fortress Bangholm’ on Saturday as first clashed with second in Division 7.   A forfeit had looked likely on Thursday as a rash of injuries, a sulk and a girlfriend inspired holiday conspired to leave us looking around for bodies to stick on the field.

Stand-in skipper Fraggle performed a minor miracle and we arrived at the ground with 9 players.  Four under 15’s (one aged 12) and the juniors coach, playing his first game of cricket since he got married.  He’s been married for over twenty years!!

Clax won the toss and stuck is in, no doubt expecting us to be rolled cheaply and to get home early.  JK and Jonesy opened up, and hung around for a while until the Jones was run out.  Fraggle arriving to swat a few, before JK was yorked.  SuperKev joined Fraggle and the pair added 40 before Fraggle was undone.  Corky swatted a quick 12, Wardie got an early pearler and Ally joined Kev.  These two continued to frustrate Clax, getting us up to the 40over mark.  Kev was cleaned up for a magnificent 44, Ally being caught for 12 soon after, barely making it back to the pavilion before his old man was trapped lbw first ball.  Chappers left stranded on 0, and the innings closing on 143 for 8.

Clax came out swinging, taking advantage of the short boundaries and the gaps in the field.  As well as some loose bowling from Chappers in particular.  Jonesy held a good catch to get an early break through but in truth runs were just too easy to get.  Wardie then lived to regret his tale of not having dropped a catch in over a year.  SuperKev then involved himself in two run outs, took a stonker of a catch on the boundary, moving to his right to get Wardie his first senior wicket.  He then bettered it taking a caught and bowled to get our 6th wicket.  I’ve never seen a ball hit higher, the hang time was close on 5 seconds!!!

Clax made the target in a little over 21 overs with 4 wickets to spare.  Lifting them to the top of the table with 89%, we’re second on 87%.  Edinburgh will be third, the best they can be is 85%.  Points deductions meaning that a 5-0 record would only be good enough for third.  It’s off to Dunbar next week, they were the last side to beat us before Clax.  Here’s to another winning run.

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So, the BNP got a couple of seats in the Euro elections.  Not massively surprising that the locations are in the North.  Areas traditionally reliant on heavy industry, with large numbers of unemployed in run down towns, that have large asian populations.  It’s easy, in times of economic blight to point fingers, and drum up blame.  Combine that with a low voter turnout.  Most people in Britain can’t be arsed to vote in a general election, never mind for a European parliament that seems distant, remote, removed from our lives.

Should we be worried??  I doubt it.  Whislt the rise of votes for the right all over Europe looks like a pattern, it’s understandable in context.   Most countries are governed by the centre right or left leaning parties.  These euro elections are pretty much mid terms.  It’s rare for governments in power to do well mid term.  The economic climate brought about by greedy bankers leads to a need to protest vote.  Or in some cases not vote at all.  In these situations minority parties always do well.  They say things that other more serious parties won’t, and appeal to the baser instincts at these times.  Will it lead anywhere?  Unlikely.  Labour in the UK are at the end of their days for now.  But the BNP are not a serious alternative.  Come the general election, we’ll wake up, smell the coffee and vote for a safer choice.  Eastern Europe?   Now they are a different kettle of fish.  Freed as they are from the yoke of communism, neo-fascism has a real chance to take root there, and indeed has, as a statement of nationalism.  Protecting ones own is a natural state when times are difficult.  The banks have a lot to answer for, unless and until we can spark economic recovery, the spectre of the far right grows darker over Europe.

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