Frankie Boyle has been in the media a fair bit recently, first for telling an offensive joke about Katie Price's disabled son Harvey, and then for being more than a little racist on his controversial show Tramadol Nights. Channel 4 defended the show, commenting "We think that it is important that a space on terrestrial TV exists for comedy that takes risks and pushes boundaries and we stand by our original decision to broadcast the programme."
But at what point does a comedian push the boundaries too far?
I had thought it was the stuff of fantasies and Friends reruns - having a baby with a male pal if you were still single at 35.
But writer Katy Regan did just that, as she writes in the Daily Mail:
"We'd had the drunken conversation: 'If I don't meet anyone by 35, will you have a baby with me?' But at 29, I thought I still had time to meet 'the one'. The trouble was, my attempts at dating other men were half-hearted. Louis may not have been Mr Right, but I couldn't quite pull myself away."
"It doesn't matter how old you are: you are never too young or too old to feel stuck or, far better, to get un-stuck. I have seen teenagers sobbing that their life is a failure and I have seen 90-year-olds begin an exciting new life in a different country.
"Take a few deep breaths and remember a mantra, murmured by a slave in the ear of triumphant Roman generals: "This also will pass." The good things pass, and the bad things, too. The important thing is to keep dancing."
But how do you get unstuck? How do you 'keep dancing'?
The government's equality office is attempting to address the gender pay discrepancy with a bill due to be published early this year.
Currently only public sector companies have to 'fess up to gender pay inequalities. And private sector business leaders are not happy.
"The Confederation of British Industry complained that forcing companies to produce "meaningless statistics" would do little to tackle the underlying causes of inequality, while the Federation of Small Businesses said the response was "over-prescriptive".
The protesters signed an online petition, staged an online "nurse-in" and held a small demonstration outside Facebook HQ in California.
Facebook claims it was just following its policy to ban sexually explicit material (EG
photos showing exposed breasts with nipples).
So it's really an anti-nipple thing rather than an anti-breastfeeding thing, which I can understand.
I wouldn't particularly like to log in to be confronted by a page of nipples - there are plenty of other sites I can visit for that. But then nipples aren't nearly so offensive as constant super-pokes from people I haven't seen since primary school, so you know. Swings and roundabouts. I reckon Facebook should go easy on the lactivists.
Ha ha ha. Erm. Never mind! I have compiled a Top 5 charity ecard list!
So come with me over the jump and let's send our wishes of the season in a way that helps those less deserving than us, treats our planet with respect, and doesn't depend on the vagaries of the UK postal system....
Now, I don't have anything against knitters. Some of my best friends knit. In fact, one of my best friends, the fabulous Tchatchke, knitted me this fetching beanie to keep my thoughts warm in winter. But the sad fact is I have needle envy. I can't knit, sew or crochet - I wish I could, but I don't have the patience and my fingers won't obey me. And I can't imagine the thought and care that must go into crafting a piece of work.
Sometimes I read news stories, shake my head and have to check my diary to confirm that we are, in fact, living in the 21st century.
This week Italian state television showed "Brokeback Mountain" - but it was a different version than the one we all saw at the cinema. The famous love scenes between the two lead males had been cut, transforming the film in to "the tale of true friendship between two straight cowboys", a move that has been furiously opposed by gay rights organisations in the country.