Social Issues

Riots, Wrongdoing and Aggravation

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Tottenham Riots

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With more than one disaster competing for the top new headline position within the last few weeks, it does indeed feel as anything is possible at the moment.  Sitting from my safe haven of the North East currently, eyes glued to the unfolding dramas and pinching myself occasionally to ensure reality has not bolted out the door.  This country could quite easily be on the cusp of a civil war, revolution, be plunged into the sad reality of martial law(perhaps shipped in).  Whatever does eventuate, you can be guaranteed of two things.  Politicians who began the who fiasco, will be parading around  ensuring the required amount camera time and pithy sound bites are dished out, and it will damage our economy even further meaning more doom and gloom headlines for the foreseeable future.  Its grim up north some say, but at the moment at least we don't have to content with violious vagabonds tearing up our city centres.

The most beguiling of all recent stories is the eruption of wanton looting, burning and an array of different criminal acts being carried out by large gangs of young louts across the country. This feels like the culmination of blunder after blunder everyone currently in positions that have been gifted to the   The media come time and time again to the conclusion that Blackberry Instant Messager has had a large part to play, as have many internet social and communicative tools.  Bit of a shame for Blackberry really, getting caught in the crossfire between an large amounts of media companies attempting not to implode and venting their frustration at the recently departed bedfellows also known as current and previous members of the government, and a large percentage of disenfranchised, muppets with a thirst for Carling Special Brew, chucking things, especially if they can be ignited then thrown, and the odd 32 inch tv or 500.… Continues …

The Wake of the Week - Everyday Stories

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Do Good or Do Right?

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I hate “Do-gooders”. There we go. I’m setting my camp out early with that statement. More to the point, I hate “Evil-doers”. But I find it very hard to distinguish between the two as without one the other would not exist and before long and the closer you inspect you will find a point where the two merge.

Tell me you have not been in the following situation good reader; you have been invited to a social occasion, whether it be a party or a alcoholic gathering of sorts, or any given group activity/gathering for that matter and you are struck dumb by the arrogance and downright unashamed patronising gloat-fest spouting from the mouth of a herd member, going on and on about which charity they support, what “fun” activities they have taken part in to raise funds and or awareness and what “connection” they felt to the current chosen concern.… Continues …

Fact or fiction, it's all the same to me!

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For my first column I felt compelled to set out something of my mind-set for you to grab hold of in order to indicate where I’m coming from. The notion of what is and what is not, “fact” has for a long time been difficult for me to cope with and understand. Its trail is as elusive as time itself and throughout the course of my life has lead me down dark alley-ways of thought so much that I am now what most people would call a skeptic. That’s not to say I’m negative. On the contrary, being as I am, un-burdened by the notion of “fact”, my approach to life has the free flying exuberance of idealism as opposed to the weighed down guilt associated with the rigid infrastructure of realism. In short I find the infinite probabilities of the possible more captivating than finite possibilities of the probable.

Some in my circle see my stance as anarchic, merely a reluctance to conform or even a means of causing minor conspiracies in order to gain some form of recognition, credence or attention. Until fairly recently I had wondered myself, whether some subconscious effort was being played on my part to be different for different’s sake. Was there something in my past that triggered it off?… Continues …

The week that was - Punters, A Pound Up or a Pound of Flesh

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Best of luck for PNE this season!

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The Growing Threat From Alien Species

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The bullfrogs taking over Australia in the epi...

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In my life I have been unfortunate enough to witness many shocking things in relation to the state of earth's ecosystems. Shortly after moving to the town of Katherine in the northern territory the cane toads also arrived like a biblical plague. One could hardly even drive on the road without running them over. Their poisonous glands also spelt doom for many native predators such as the Goanna and northern Quoll. Now the Cane toad has reached the borders of Western Australia. Introduced to Queensland in 1935 in hopes it would control the cane beetle it has since steadily spread across the continent leaving a trail of destruction.… Continues …

Three parties - One choice.

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Last week, Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg made a speech to the Liberal Democrat Party in Liverpool, outlining all of the success that the party has already brought to Britain in the last 5 months, and the successes he aims to accomplish over the next 5 years.

Within this speech he claimed to be challenging political convention and tradition.  He claimed to have reversed the situation whereby the rich pay less in tax than the poor.   He has stated that the current government have guaranteed OAP's a decent increase in pensions.

Excellent speech.  Real hearts and minds stuff.  You could win a lot of votes with this rhetoric, and that's exactly what he did. So many votes that he effectively choose the majority of the Government, when he made a deal with The Conservatives.   Now its time for Nick Clegg to start delivering on his promises, because despite the speech, it seems that The Liberal Democrats are just another party.  Joining The Tories and Labour in a game of Bluff, but  presenting no options and blinded by their own lies.  Mr Clegg claims to be the leader of a party that promises to bring something new.  What's new Nick?… Continues …

The Pope, Pills and Pop.

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Pope Benedict XVI during general audition

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So the Pope has been and gone, leaving behind him the opportunity for The Prime Minister to overuse the word "Faith", and attempt to paint himself in a golden light, using the darkness of the previous ruling party as a contrast.  Utter twaddle, in my opinion.

David Cameron has suggested that the Pope asked questions of the UK that would have people 'thinking about our society and how we treat ourselves and each other.' Mr Cameron also went on to say ‘Faith is part of the fabric of our country. It always has been and it always will be. Faith is not a problem for legislators to solve but rather a vital part of our national conversation. And we are proud of that.’ Spin, in fact spin so transparent that it makes Alastair Campbell's statement 'We don’t do God’ seem like it came from an honest person.… Continues …

The Other Ground Zero Controversy

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Ketua BP MUPEL Bekasi

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A religious minority decides to build a house of worship in an area considered unacceptable by fringe elements of the religious majority. Although the country professes religious tolerance, and the group has a legal right to build their temple in said area, they are harassed by radicals and ignored by leaders and officials eager to gain political points.

No, it's not the mosque planned for construction in downtown New York, but it's awfully similar. Ground Zero in this case is Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia. In the world's most populous Muslim nation, a Christian group is trying to build a church on land which belongs to them. They've been threatened, harassed while worshipping, and physically attacked on their way to services. The mayor has asked them to move, and of course they've refused.… Continues …

VisitBritain Issues Bizarre Guidelines for Dealing With Tourists

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In an effort to prepare the UK's hospitality industry for an influx of foreigners during the 2012 Olympic Games, VisitBritain has issued a comprehensive guide to dealing with difficult tourists. Although the tips were compiled by natives of those countries, and are likely intended to cement Britain's reputation as the politest place on earth, the sometimes-bizarre list may perhaps serve to reinforce stereotypes and even offend the very people they were designed to protect.

Among the gems of wisdom:… Continues …

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