What I Learned This Morning

Shortly, I’d like to mention that I’m on a bit of a sabbatical since Sunday. I won’t go much further into it, but will instead go off on a bit off a tangent about things I have learned between 7am and the very moment I type this (so the fact that I recently discovered that the 170 bus goes all the way to Roehampton won’t play any part, unfortunately).

Firstly, that Erdogan is hilariously backward, but we knew that already. That ridiculous things happen even at places like Oxford (this abortion debate business); and that once again ones (conservative-)liberal values are forced to somehow clash with the rest of ones values because everyone’s a monger nowadays (even, thankfully, the Spectator) – but that I truly thought a little higher of society and its tastes. That there are a bunch of fun things one can do to make ones house smell Christmassy – even in November, when nothing’s supposed to smell Christmassy. That even if I’m a terrible grump denouncing this far-too-early Christmas spirit, here’s a nice little compilation of Christmas markets and fairs (sorry, not sorry) happening around here. And, that even if there are lots of wonderful fairs in London, let’s not forget that it appears to be a horrible world out there (an unarmed teenager! 3 blacks and 9 whites! It reads like they’re asking for riots, surely – whatever the details of the case; which I’m embarrassed to say I’m not far too familiar with). Being a pacifist myself, I still cannot fathom how there’s a shock whenever a riot breaks out over something like this. I didn’t know the godawful Bono/Geldof-promoted/ing Do They Know It’s Christmas? is about to get an even more godawful remix by David Guetta (let me reach for the nearest bag, bin, or bucket) and I didn’t know that William Whitaker’s partner is Swedish. I didn’t know that 110 people control 35% of Russia’s wealth (It’s in the Economist; but can that even be correct?!) and that I’ve still got the vague remains of an artistic talent left in me.

Three Articles

Briefly, I’d like to applaud the BBC for its sensible journalism in an era when you have to dig like a starving dingo for quality news/writing, while being spoon-fed drivel from dusk till dawn. As it’s a widely understood concept, I won’t go anywhere near a tangent of abuse over the appalling lack of self-education out there, but will instead highlight my personal favourites of the day.

  1. Cameron’s newest stunt about ‘benefit tourism’; being one of these horribly naughty (potentially job-stealing) EU immigrants myself, I find the recent EU farce to have gotten completely out of hand (mainly as a result of atrocious journalism). Curious as I am about society’s absurdities, I couldn’t keep myself from reading some of the deeply intellectual remarks that always seem to surface once you invite the more clueless parts of the public to have a say. I know that what I just wrote comes off as smoothly as a goat trail (and incredibly undemocratic), but if a society fails to educate itself it’s obviously welcoming disaster with open arms. It seems as if between the freedom ohomeycameron120dpif being a cretin and the freedom of doing minimal research, we’re applauded for our emotional braying and not for basic, civilized, educated correspondence. Anyway. I shall only fleetingly mention that when it comes to ‘job stealing’ and how the blue collar jobs ‘offered to the British workforce’ are ‘below their dignity’, I can tell you that if the UK universities offered free/cheaper education to the UK public, or maybe educated nurses and NHS staff for free (they seem to forget this is a very well-off country) instead of making them pay appalling sums of money to perform a relatively low-paid job, the NHS wouldn’t be looking elsewhere. The public would hardly feel like it’s competing for blue collar jobs. Can we just like, take a moment to think about this. Privatising the universities has basically made a large percentage of the UK public border-unemployable, unless they had money to begin with. As the comments show.
  2. Danny Shaw’s article about sex offenders; with the Ellie de Freitas and Ched Evans cases plastered all over the place, it’s funny how this is finally brought up. And just so painfully obvious. In the first case, we have a young woman with bipolar who mustered the courage to report a man she didn’t have enough evidence against, but who had clearly done her wrong in some way (I say this only because the police believed her story). The case was dropped, the man went unnamed and wasn’t even brought to court – and suddenly there’s a huge fuss, lots of money thrown at the whole thing, and a young woman takes her own life. In the second case, we’ve got a convicted rapist who is suddenly invited back to be a public figure, still denying his guilt. And then we ask ourselves why rape and sexual assault is so seldom reported – well, you sure don’t get this sort of contradictory hullaballoo over alleged robberies, I can tell you that. Shouldn’t we, as a society, have a little more sense and a little less prejudice? The year is 2014. Ordinary people don’t sing rape from the rooftops, they just want a fair chance in the justice system. Why would a jury even be used for the Max Clifford case? Anybody willing to illuminate me?
  3. The fined banks; I’m terribly ignorant on this subject, but I feel like we all knew this was sort of happening. But – quite the interesting subject to acquaint myself with. My only question (scroll down to the chat room interaction part): how clever do we actually think these blokes are? I was simply waiting for the ‘well played’. Mate.

A Very Cyprus Problem

CY coastline; picture obtained from http://melissahekkers.com/protecting-shores-right/Before heading off to bed, I thought it necessary to post a little something about the Cyprus coastline. In short, Melissa Hekkers has written this fine article, discussing the looming dangers of what the Cypriot government’s got in store for the island’s shores. It’s all rather unfunny. Having spent my teenage years living in Cyprus, and experienced first-hand the monstrosities erected in the name of ‘real estate’ (so terribly tasteless), I’ve signed this petition; hoping this will all remain a greedy wet dream of the Ministry of Interior. There’s also a facebook page about it here.