48,000 views of my blog in 2012 – not bad going really, I think!
What IS bad however, is it was this fateful post from 2010 that brought about my busiest day…and why was that? Because there was a TV segment about bloody mantyhose back in March, and people were Googling it! More than 400 people landed on my blog that day due to that!
Sometimes I despair! But in the meantime, thanks for sticking with me.
There is so much I could say about my thoughts on the London Riots (probably starting with the fact that I don’t believe they are ‘riots’, they are the reuslt of sick opportunistic thieving hooligans) but it’s too ‘now’ – too raw. My beautiful city is being ripped apart at the seams, and it’s just way too sad…
We are lucky that we have appeared to have missed the worst of it (so far) in Walthamstow and the rest of Waltham Forest, but lying under my duvet the past couple of nights (as you know from all horror films, duvets are the ultimate protect-all), and hearing the sirens going along Hoe Street, my heart has skipped many beats, worrying that we could be next.
Beautiful old buildings and people’s businesses, homes, vehicles and livelihoods have gone up in flames or been totally ransacked, for no discernable reason. This is nothing to do with Mark Duggan whose family must be going through hell at the moment – this is just people seeing the police stretched to their limit and thinking they could get some good gear out of it!
Out of all of it, this photo seems exceptionally poignant.
And yet this photo gave me a little faith in humanity.
And this woman should be given a knighthood – or made an MP!
On Monday, me & my mate went to see “Yes, Prime Minister” at the Apollo Theatre. We went as part of a What’sOnStage.com ‘Group Outing’, which meant we only paid £25 each (in the stalls – 10 rows back) including a programme! Not a bad deal, I reckon.
The play was still written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn the same as the original 80s sitcom. On stage however, Simon Williams played Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne’s part) and Richard McCabe was Prime Minister Jim Hacker (Paul Eddington’s part).
They were both actually really good, although Williams didn’t come across as quite as self-assured and scathing as Hawthorne (although he was for a lot of it) and McCabe wasn’t quite as clueless and bumbling as Eddington. Chris Larkin was brilliant as Bernard Woolley – the Principal Private Secretary.
The writing though felt very true to the original, but with enough changes to give it a far more contemporary feel – in fact there were even a few phone-hacking asides thrown in for good measure to bring it bang up to date.
However, the main storyline was a little controversial to say the least. I had read a couple of reviews, so knew what to expect, but there was a hush over the audience when the whole penny finally dropped and everyone tried to work out whether they should feel offended, or if it was still OK to laugh. It all felt a bit subdued, and I was worried that they wouldn’t pull out of it.
***Highlight the white text below to read the spoiler – make sure you DON’T if you want to go and see it and don’t want the surprise spoilt!***
The main thrust of the story was of a foreign diplomat staying as a guest at Chequers whose country was offering enough money to bail Europe out of the current financial crisis in exchange for the EU allowing them to lay an oil pipe. However, the diplomat in question was currently demanding an underage call-girl for the night, or all deals were off. What a dilemma for the PM!
Personally, I think the very strategically placed interval meant that they DID manage to pull it off, and there were laughs a plenty in the second half – along with a lot of obvious spin that everyone appreciated as ‘just like real life’!
I’d love to see how much they change daily considering the current Hackgate scandal.
I am currently watching BBC London News, and there has just been a rather lengthy piece on the police raiding a brothel.
The Girl is eating her dinner and watching the news and has been making loads of comments and asking questions about previous stories, so I was a little concerned what she was going to ask me during this particular segment.
There were pixelated faces and loads of words being bandied around such as ‘prostitute’, ‘brothel’, ‘sex-worker’, ‘madam’, ‘client’ and I was gradually getting more and more wary as she looked as if she was concentrating rather intently.
Suddenly, there was a quick soundbite from the slightly chavvy looking, heavily pierced next-door neighbour of this particular brothel, when The Girl finally decided she had something to say.
“Do you know, you can get an infection from having your ears pierced twice.”
BBC Breakfast really manages to piss me off with its shoddy journalism and Daily Mail approach to everything. I hate it.
And yet, I still manage to end up watching it every morning, as The Man puts it on while he’s getting ready for work, and it’s just become habit.
So – when I’m NOT screaming at The Girl first thing in the morning, I’m screaming at Bill and Sian for being crap.
Anyway, I would like to point out that I am not in any way belittling what has happened in Japan, and I know that it is horrific – I have watched so much footage, and heard so many statistics on how many people’s lives have been affected. My heart goes out to all of those that have already been involved, and I can’t even begin to imagine what they are going through.
However, this morning, BBC Breakfast had some young British guy on the phone who has been living in Sendai, and the new angle that they were approaching this from was that there isn’t enough food. That the supplies are running low.
Now this seems awful for anyone in the developed world to imagine. We’ve all witnessed how decimated Sainsbury’s looks around Christmas, and had a panic that that we can’t find any sponge fingers for the trifle – so can you imagine what the UK would be like if there simply wasn’t enough food full stop?
They kept mentioning that everyone is having to queue for food, and how awful it is. And I felt awful – I’d seen the images of Haiti when their food supplies had dried up – it was heart-breaking. And then they asked the guy, “So, we understand that you have had to queue for food today.”
And he replied, “Yes. I went down to the shops and I had to wait around half an hour.”
I couldn’t quite believe what I’d heard. Half an hour? BBC Breakfast were making a huge deal about a guy who had waited for food IN A SHOP for half an hour? I’ve spent longer than that queuing up in bloody Asda in Walthamstow!! Half an hour?? And Bill and Sian still managed to look horrified.
I believe this is another example of shoddy journalism. I know that there are people in Japan who are really suffering, people who have lost everything, and yet we get some bloke on the phone (probably just cos he’s British) who is inconvenienced as he had to queue up for half an hour?
BBC Breakfast need to get real. And get researching.
So, there this item was on the news just now about the fact that Honor Oak Park in Southwark which was bought by the council in 1901 as burial ground is going to be used as a cemetry (confused yet?). Apparently it has always been used as a park by the community but the cemetries are all filling up!
“I’ve got a solution to this problem!” declares The Girl.
“Have you? What’s that then, “I stupidly ask. Do I not know any better even after all these years?
“Just dig smaller holes and chop all the bodies up into pieces!”
Yes. I did snort with laughter before I explained what was wrong with her very clever idea