As utterly cringeworthy it may be to don a paper hat and read out a horrendously bad joke, Christmas crackers are still an essential part of a family Christmas. But the Health and Safety officials have now taken the move to ban anyone under the age of 16 from purchasing a pack of Christmas crackers. Futhermore, anyone found selling crackers to someone underage could be fined up to £5,000 or sent to jail!
In fact, the law dictates that anyone who looks under the age of 25 should be asked for ID. Christmas crackers are now in the same category as fireworks. While it's probably best not to pull a cracker right in someone's face, it's not exactly in the same realm as a potentially lethal firework.
Yesterday, I got sent a press release about Boris Johnson. That doesn't happen very often. You see, part of his pre-election campaign focussed on saving London's only rape crisis centre. He promised to fund it for the next four years. He also promised to open three more centres across the capital. None of that has happened yet. Now, the possibility of him reneging on this promise looks possible. So what can you do to help make sure this doesn't happen?
What with everyone speaking out inappropriately at the moment it seems, Jeremy Clarkson, Jonathan Ross, Mr Brand.... It was only a matter of time I suppose until someone took it that step way too far and said something no one could argue away. We all know whatCarol Thatcher said by now I think. The main problem is that she just won't seem to apologise, that would at least be a start.
So it seems people are taking a stand and taking that stand today.
My last post got me thinking, what records would I give to various world leaders, when I'm in a position to be hanging out, you know, politicking? Have you noticed both Briony and I have leadership fantasies? This might be something worth addressing head on, but for now i'm going to embrace it..
Gordon Brown would get The Rakes - Capture/Release
Something upbeat but still 'gritty' (he likes Artic Monkeys, you know) for old 'Birthday-cake-in-the-rain' face... The Rakes are a cut above the rest of the UK entry level indie bands, they have songs about like, society and shit, whilst remaining slightly detached from the real issues, so pretty much a perfect fit for our very own Obama, the political equivalent of a greyscale bagpuss following a charmectomy.
Bush, Putin and Mugabe picks after the jump, plus pick your own!
Fittingly, as yesterday saw the Dolly Mix inauguration of the Bry/iony power-force, today the world can breathe a sign of relief as it sees in the inauguration of US President-elect Barack Obama. All round successful good 'un Obama held a free festival in celebration of his first step to world domination this weekend, where Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, and Will.I.Am all performed amongst a raft of other celebrity Obama supporters.
It kind of got me to thinking about the celebrations I would hold if I found myself in a similar position. That's right, Briony Edwards, US President. How the world would applaud. The free festival idea is a nice one, as it lets people think that you're already really giving them something, you know, lets them believe they're taking part in something important. Okay, thumbs up Obama, on that one. That's pretty much where Obama and I divide on this subject, though, as instead of filling the running order up with second rate pop star collaborations (Wonder and Shakira, ouch), I'd provide entertainment ONLY from bands who have at least one record in my collection.
I can foresee now that this would probably be an unpopular move, as I am fairly sure that this means at least 95% of the population will never have heard of anyone playing. Unless, by the time my inauguration rolls round it's due to the fact that a) everyone else in the world is dead, therefore rendering me the sole candidate for world captaincy, in which case a party would be harshly inappropriate and live entertainment impossible, or b) I actually can't think of any other circumstances under which I would be elected president of Anywhere, let alone America, so it's probably best I press on (although if GB can do it then surely anyone can).
If The Jesus Lizard will reform for ATP, then damn it, they'll reform for my President-party too (or face deportation), as will The New Power Generation and Charles Bronson. I'm sure you can see where that's going. Everyone would be supplied with free vodka, party hats, and there would be dogs in costumes. I would also (because I'm still working on that tolerance stuff) have a list of people banned from setting foot at my President-party, and top of the list would be Boris Johnson. Like the sound of that? VOTE EDWARDS.
All that aside, though, I would like to take this opportunity to genuinely congratulate Obama, and here's hoping that this is the start of better things for America.
On the eve of arguably the most significant inauguration of our times, I am eating granola and leafing through my RSS. Plus ca change, no? Picked up in various blog posts, the cover of Ms. Magazine caught my eye somewhat. I'm delighted, amused, bemused and instantly cynical, all at once.
Of course there's been an intense reaction. Remember that the first Ms. Cover was a provocative cartoon: 'Wonder Woman for President'. There are easy conclusions to draw here as to what this image says about progress. Response-wise there's an identifiable split between the 'Christmas, Thanksgiving and Hannukkah all at once' school of O-bots (see the video below) who are lapping it up, and the, as usual, more than slightly self-contradictory feminist Right, who are principally tearing up the former for being 'floosies.' Very constructive. I do agree that the souvenir poster edition doesn't quite sit right, unless its some kind of incredibly 'knowing' parody, in which case I'm not sure if subscribers are the butt of the joke. Still, the real significance here is in the way women have thus far related to this man - who has himself been dissected and sexualised by popular media. (That's a mammoth sea change in itself, perhaps a discussion for another post) More analysis after the jump..
This is 'I Would Take the Pain Away', a song recorded by Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's 18-year-old daughter.
Bakhtawar is currently a student at the University of Edinburgh. Apparently Bhutto encouraged her daughter's musical pursuits, and in 2007 Bakhtawar met P Diddy. 'I Would Take the Pain Away' is dedicated to her mother, and the video features footage of Bhutto at an election rally, shortly before she was killed by a suicide bomber.
It was inevitable. No central heating + cold weather + early morning walks in the icy park + recovering immune system = BIG FAT COLD. Runny nose, headache, tonsils screaming for pain relief. And guess what I'm doing today? Writing vocals with The Young Punx! Owwwwww.
I bet Adele can commiserate with my woes - read more about her in the news (after the jump):
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.