A lovely tale of caveat emptor.....
Alright, I'm cynical and sometimes that can be misconstrued but when do I cross over into the "heartless" category?
Oh, I know; when reality show contestants start gushing out the heartbreak stories of dearly departed relatives. I am not an avid watcher of X-Factor/Pop Idol/Big Brother (in fact I've completely missed them all this year) and here's why:
I wish my mum was still alive to see me now
I promised my granddad I'd enter the competition, he made me audition but he passed away before the show began.
Yeah.... I know the stories are TRUE, I am not doubting the facts.... it's the sentiment. Everybody loses loved ones BUT that's got bollock-all to do with why we should vote for you in a kareoke contest.... or does it? This always strikes me as a shameful ploy of using personal tragedy to further your career. It has been going on for centuries because we all love a hero who has had to drag themselves up from the mud. We want champions who have had to defeat all manner of foes on their road to success. Apparently, just turning up and singing a good song will never be enough. Well I just think this I would never voice my opinion in a public forum....... oh shiiiiiiit
DERMOT O'LEARY (who may feel the same way as me) has fallen foul of expressing similar views about a certain X-Factor contestant.
X FACTOR hopeful Amy Connolly last night branded show host Dermot O'Leary a "two-faced fake".
The teenager was furious he mocked "sob stories" - after consoling her when the memory of her late Scots mum reduced her to tears during the auditions.
O'Leary, who presented The X Factor for the first time last year, made his attack on ITV2 quiz show Celebrity Juice.
He declared: "It's past 9 o'clock, I can say what I f***ing want. So, I don't care what your dream is. I don't care what you want to sing. And I don't care about your dead relative."
Now 18-year-old Amy, whose Fife-born mum Rosemarie died of cancer when she was just seven, has hit back.
Amy, whose half-brother David was also killed in a car crash just months after she lost her mum, insisted it had never been her intention to gain sympathy votes by telling her family's tragic story.
Amy will be doing everything she can to try to make it two in a row for Scotland after the win for Leon Jackson, from Whitburn, West Lothian, last year.
Maybe I miss my school days when the boredom of a lunch break could be shattered by a clarion call of, "FIGHT!!!". Most (if not all) of the school would rush over to try and get a view of a scuffle that could barely be classed as a mild stramash. I've never seen a good school yard fight BUT maybe that’s because there were rarely nerds involved. I would like to believe that if a nerd goes into battle then they do it with all their gusto... and what better arena than the internet?
Here is an excerpt from a recent fight about... about... um.... white line painting on a road... (sigh, this is obviously how modern wars will begin)
NOTE: Names have been changed, glorious syntax preserved.
Shane: The white zone is for FAILing only. There is no FAILing in a red zone.
Cheeze:The red zone is for immediate FAILing only. There is no FAILing in a white zone.
Looser: Dammit Betty, don’t start in with your white zone shit again.
Gaycat: DOWN WITH THE BLUE ZONES!
Looser: Reference fail! (try google, Airplane, Script)
Gaycat: Reference fail on your end too. (Try Google, Blue Zone, Tiberium Wars)
Looser: And since when does C&C have anything to do with roads? Double reference fail. Up for 3? Bring your cup!
Gaycat: There are plenty of roads in C&C. Just look at any of the maps.
Looser: Answer fail. I asked you want C&C had to do with roads, I didnt ask if there were roads in C&C. Again you fail to understand the concept of “CONTEXT”. Engrish fail. Stay in school.
Gaycat: Hey, I’m just playing off the whole “zones” thing here.
Looser: http://www.awesomefilm.com/script/airplane.txt Read the lines that say voicelady and voiceman. It will all become clear. It is an older movie but classic none the less.
SillyWhiteBitch: Funny, you don’t look Blueish….
Gaycat:That’s right. I’m red and black, and I fight for Nod.
Looser: OMG you are killing me here. Again you missed it. Its a spaceballs reference. Stop while you are behind. Catchup fail.
Gaycat:Well, I’ve never seen Spaceballs. CRITICISM FAIL.
Looser: NEVER SEEN SPACEBALLS!!! CULTURE FAIL!
SillyWhiteBitch: Although, when it comes down to it, I’m not sure what’s wrong with responding to a reference with a reference to something else. It just adds to the general winnage.
Looser: Its perfectly acceptable, the only contingency is that you must let the first reference run its course before the introduction of another, otherwise you end up on a Tolstoy-like montage of references which in the end just aren’t funny at all. So it becomes reference fail instead of endless reference win.
This short 10min film about Malcolm Evans, the former editorial cartoonist for the New Zealand Herald. During his six years at the paper, he was twice awarded the New Zealand Cartoonist of the Year.
But back in 2005, Evans was dismissed following complaints over several anti-Zionist cartoons, and his subsequent refusal to stop publishing cartoons on the Israel-Palestine conflict. The video showcases his art along with many of the cartoons about Zionism that the New Zealand Herald refused to publish.
Food for thought: Anti-Zionism does not equal antisemitism.
Thiago da Silva was a 25-year-old Brazilian soccer player who had spells with Brazilian club Fluminese, European clubs Porto and Dynamo Moscow, and was also a part of the 2008 Beijing Olympics soccer team that lost it’s semifinal match to Argentina. Silva, who was playing for Estacio de Sa Soccer Club, a second-division club in Brazil, had recently run into trouble with his girlfriend, Alyne Padula, whom he was trying to break up with. Unfortunately, she had other plans.
Before he passed away, da Silva was able to tell the police that he had fallen into a trap last Thursday evening, shortly after discussing the end of his relationship with his girlfriend, Alyne Padula.
The former Vasco player was overwhelmed by three people (including a member of the military police), all of whom are friends of the girl’s aunt.
He was handcuffed, beaten and tortured. When he tried to flee he was hit by three bullets.Both the former girlfriend and her aunt, Marcia Padula Viana, were arrested on Sunday as instigators of the crime, and accused of hiring the assassins to kill da Silva.
Yep, that's the link if you feel brave enough to click... be my guest. It's just a site for posting pics of female "bloggers" and it looks like it's not been updated since early 2007. Why? I mean, if there are (real) females on the interweb then they better be good looking or that would just shatter my dreams. Obviously, since early 2007 all girls who have not been beaten by the ugly stick have left the Internet and are playing Wii or Nintendo DS OR this website was just a shallow piece of junk that ended when the owner got himself a girlfriend (or incarcerated)?
UPDATE: apparently the pic is Leah Dizon (No, I never heard of her)... she moved to Japan in 2006 and now is semi-famous... blah,blah. I don't believe she blogs anymore though.... ha!
I was closing up the shop last night and two merry guys were making their way (in a zig-zag) down the street..... whilst singing. I thought to myself, "Hmmm that reminds me of something".
If Amy Winehouse can make a career out of that style of performance.... why not anyone?
For those who have never lived in the city centre, enjoy the video, this is what you are missing in the suburbs.
"Pray for a pipeline Alaska!", "Pray for God's will to be done here".
I feel the icy cold chill of fear down my spine. If Whitehouse policy is going to influenced by prayer meetings and the hope of divine intervention rather than common sense.... then we all lose.