Friday, February 17, 2006

Parental guidance

A plea to the President of the USA:

Please stop trying to be 'Do As I Say and Not as I do' Parents to the rest of the World and act as good thoughtful Guardians - you will not have the upper hand forever so make friends now by showing you do care, it is not all about money.

Climate change is worse than you thought...

Would you expect a US citizen to be treated thus?
Guantanamo Bay prison camp
... as if carrying out these
atrocities for all the World to see was not bad enough, who knows what goes on behind our backs?

And then there are
GM crops!

Wolves in sheep’s clothing

It is said that you should not judge a book by its cover, yet it is something we all do and, in an instant, make a judgement as to a persons character and position in society without even knowing them.
Dress code can influence your attitude to someone as you look for a stereotypical hole to slot him/her into.

As an example, I saw a young lad walking up the street the other day and immediately deemed him to be a sudo
Chav; baseball cap, sports-gear, trousers tucked into white socks, swanky walk. I characterised him as belonging to a typical gang of youths who hang around street corners swigging cheep cider, smoking cigarettes, spitting on pavements and shouting obscenities at passers by. I then wondered what type of parent would allow their children to succumb to being such a social nuisance in allowing him/her to wander the street looking for trouble. I am in no doubt that he would be a trouble-maker, or at least would be in a larger group since they are always braver in a crowd.

My thoughts then formulated a picture of what his parents would be like and I even clothed them in a fashion I deemed suitable for uncaring parents. I dressed them according to how they would have looked at his age and then I recalled some of the hilarious and outrageous costumes I had worn down the decades.
During the Seventies we wore shoes that even Niaomi Campbell would have difficulty walking in; trousers with the highest waist band imaginable sporting several rows of buttons; twin set cardigans and tank tops; cheese-cloth shirts; the list could go on forever but I am too ashamed to admit to most of them.

With each remembrance a smile crossed my face, sometimes through joy and others through shear embarrassment.
We may have looked daft, but we never looked threatening. We left the threatening to the kids who shaved their hair and wore Bovver Boots.
It is quite ironic then that I now wear Doc Martin boots and sport a near-to shaven head (the hair is through necessity rather than choice due to an ill fated lack of hair!). I am even less of a threat to society now than I was then despite my appearance.

Will the Chav ‘look’, which at times reminds me of the look of an old man in cloth cap, become the acceptable face of old age in years to come? If so invest in white socks and caps to sell on ebay for I would now amass a small fortune for some of my ‘retro’ fashion mistakes.

Monday, February 13, 2006

My Dad’s allotment is now a housing estate…

I am totally opposed to GM crops and unless anyone can convince me otherwise I can seen no proof of their necessity other than to line the pockets of those that are trying to force them upon us.

Although GM seems to have taken a back seat in world events, or at least on our daily news programs, it has not gone away, far from it.

Europe may now be forced by the WTO to pay for its opposition to GM in our defiant stance against the US who are once again trying to impose its will upon the on the rest of the World.

The Americans do not have a particularly good reputation when it comes to human rights and placing free trade above any thought for our rights and the environment will do it no favours.

‘The US maintains that through the WTO it has won a great victory for free trade, and passed a significant milestone in US attempts "to have GM crops accepted throughout the world". Perhaps, but the battle is far from won, and in the meantime anyone opposing the crops is being reclassed as an enemy of America’.

If this stance means I am an enemy of America then I am happy to be just that.