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  1. Big kids

    May 23, 2013 by superlative

    Blog every day in May topic – Things you’ve learned that school won’t teach you 

    I had to think about this one for a while, but in the end all the things I came up with seemed to have to do with children’s perception of adults – either the perception they create themselves, or the one adults ask children to have.

    So the first thing I’ve learnt that school won’t teach you is this: adults are just children in bigger bodies.

    When you’re a child, you might typically think that your parents and your teachers know everything. That they’re always right. That they generally know what they’re doing. That they’re sensible and grown up, and probably a little boring. This, however, is false.

    Adulthood seems to consist of a learned veneer of maturity and a way of speaking with a degree of confidence. But underneath, we’re all just big kids. We might speak to children (and adults, in formal situations) in a lofty, knowledgeable way, but lots of adults when left alone in a group will just talk about rude things because it’s titillating. We’ll make idiotic jokes. We’ll talk about people who we don’t like, and encourage other people not to like them either. We’ll hope that other people like us, and secretly worry that they don’t. We’re just unsupervised children with driving licences and credit cards.

    Lots of adults aren’t very confident either, even if they seem it, and lots don’t seem to know anything at all. They might know more than a child, but there is a reason why children have a reputation for asking difficult questions – it’s because if you press most adults beyond their veneer of knowledge, there isn’t actually very much underneath.

    We need children to trust adults because adults have to exercise authority to keep them safe. If an adult says drinking bleach is dangerous, a suspicion that the adult doesn’t know what they’re talking about is not going to be advantageous to the child. So I’m not advocating that we reveal our flaws and foibles to our offspring. I suppose I am instead just musing that there must come a point where a child will realise the truth on their own. And at that point the child could choose to start behaving like an adult if it pleased them, and all they’d be missing is the bigger body.

    Related to this is the second thing I’ve learnt that school won’t teach you: it’s OK to question what you’re told. In fact, it’s very important to question what you’re told.

    This is a funny one, because children spend their earliest years being instructed to accept knowledge as it is presented to them. We might say we want them to be independent learners, but for all the core stuff, basic skills, social mores, and anything to do with any religion they’re being instructed in, we actually just want them to shut up and memorise.

    It’s only later in their education that they start to be told that this is a very bad thing. By postgraduate level, you’re not meant to be reading and regurgitating – if you aren’t questioning the text you’re reading, you’re not reading it right. But what happens if children never get told when they start questioning things? If it’s left too late, or they never learn that lesson, they go through life accepting things just because someone says so in a loud voice, or because it’s printed in a newspaper or written on a webpage.

    This is a very, very bad thing. As mentioned earlier, lots of adults don’t know what they’re talking about. Accepting what they say is a recipe for disaster. Learning about something, hearing different points of view, and making up your own mind based on evidence, is extremely important, and not enough people seem able to do it.

    So I suppose my advice to children would be – yes listen to adults, but be a little cautious. Look at a dictionary or an encyclopaedia (it’ll be an online one, I imagine, so make it reputable) and don’t be afraid to check things. Taking control of your own learning is one of the most valuable things you’ll ever do.

  2. Loads of stuff, crammed into one blog post

    October 13, 2010 by superlative

    I have so many things I could blog about at the moment that I haven’t actually blogged about any of them. Which is a shame, because usually anything I have to say is both interesting and hilarious, and you are therefore being unfairly deprived.

    So I will have to do a very quick run down of the great shifting sands that are my life right now, and I apologise in advance for the brevity.

    Dirty thirty
    Chris turned 30 last weekend. Although he’d already had his main party for it (the pirate party a couple of weeks ago), I tried still to make his birthday a bit special for him, and I think he had a nice weekend overall. It was gloriously sunny, which was pleasant for October, and so we were able to indulge his penchant for lounging around semi-clad on the beach one last time before the winter hits. He was also able to take some nice pictures with the SLR camera he got for his birthday, even though neither of us knows how to use it properly yet. The ones of the fit man playing beach volleyball came out particularly well.

    I did some balloons for him at home (he likes balloons), and we had a few people over for champagne on Saturday night before going out for a bit of dancing at the Brighton Ballroom. Not as many people came to the champagne drinking as I would have liked, but I suppose that’s because practically everyone came to the pirate party and you can’t keep on demanding people celebrate your birthday.

    So yes, he’s 30 now and seemed to cope with it rather well. I have six months to get used to the idea before I hit the big three-o myself. Six months I’m going to cling onto defiantly. ‘Late twenties’ sounds so much better than 30 or ‘early thirties’ and so I’m reluctant to give it up. Maybe I’ll just start saying ‘very very late twenties’ once I pass the milestone.

    Open University
    My course has been going fairly well so far, although it is quite time-consuming. I’ve had my first two assignments back just a week ago; they’re only practice assignments, but they’re meant to give you an idea of whether you’re ready for the course and to give you practice at the assignment format. For the first one, a computer-marked multiple choice one, I got 100%, and for the tutor-marked written one I got 99%, so woo hoo! I guess that means I should be able to manage the course OK.  I’ve really missed the validation you feel when you get a piece of academic work back with ticks all over it and a nice comment at the end. I just hope I do so well when the assignments start actually counting towards my final mark.

    Flat hunting
    We have started flat hunting again, as we suddenly found that with a 15% deposit there are mortgages we can actually afford. And in a shocking display of speed, we saw five properties last Friday, saw the best one again on Monday, and today I’ve put in our first ever offer on a flat with the estate agent. I’m waiting to hear back at the moment.

    I have found the whole process VERY stressful and unsettling, purely because I don’t handle change very well and I’m terrified of committing to the wrong thing. I was alright up until the point where we started thinking about making an offer, and then I had a complete freakout and probably pissed Chris off a bit with my general flappiness. I’ve settled down a bit since then, and I was quite a bit happier once we had a mortgage agreement in principle sort out, as that gave me more confidence as a buyer.

    We’ve gone in a bit under the asking price for the flat we like, and the estate agent indicated afterwards that it will probably be turned down, as the seller has received an offer for that price before. We are in a strong position to buy and move quickly though, so you never know. And the fact he’s been offered that price before made me think actually it may not have been that cheeky an offer; people obviously think it’s worth about that much.

    So anyway, I’ll wait to hear back I guess, and then we’ll see if we want to increase our offer or look elsewhere if the man says no. It’s very exciting, but very scary, and I have to not think about it too hard or I start feeling sick.

    Other bits and bobs
    The X Factor has started its live shows at last (bam bam bam, bam bam b’naa naa), and has picked a right motley crew for the final 16. Well, final 14, because two of them have gone already. I hate loads of them, I’m indifferent about the majority of them, and I only like about two or three acts. Still, it was nice to scream at the screen again for a while on Saturday night, and Twitter always comes alive during X Factor and that adds to the fun. My current favourite is probably Treyc despite the fact she cannot spell Tracy correctly, but I also quite like the fitty twink boyband (because they are fitty twinks), and Rebecca is alright, and even the made-up girl band seemed OK to me. Who knows who we’ll end up with by the series finale. It isn’t the strongest year, but I shall watch for a giggle nonetheless.

    Oh yes, and Smash EDO is conducting one of its idiotic protests in Brighton again today. I’ve written previously about how ridiculous and pointless their protests are, so I’m not sure I can be bothered to get into it again. All I will say is that they’ve dubbed their protest ‘Hammertime’ (hmm, peaceful protest, or MC Hammer tribute?), one person was arrested for carrying a blade in about the first hour, they’ve covered their faces again (always a sign of good intentions), and they’ve probably cost the police hundreds of thousands of pounds.

    I’m sure the protest will be entirely successful at achieving the permanent closure of the EDO factory. I’m going to hold my breath. Ready? Holding it. Still not closed? Still even now not closed? Not even remotely bothered by the protesters you say? And nor is Israel? Or the Palestinians? Oh right. Well fuck that then, I was turning purple anyway.

    Smash EDO supporters often like to leave abusive comments on my blog if I dare to question the motive, method or efficacy of their ‘protest’. I wonder if I’ll get any today? Let’s see shall we….

  3. Your Country Doesn’t Need You

    March 16, 2010 by superlative

    OK, so I’m quite a big Eurovision fan.

    I never used to be, but in the last 10 years or so I have fully embraced it to the point of someone needing to shoot me in the face I get so excited about it. Every year we have a big Eurovision party at our house, and there are home-made little flags and scoresheets and a sweepstake, and all guests are compelled to show excessive enthusiasm, or feign enthusiasm, or get out.
    So, pretty much I don’t think anyone could be more pro-Eurovision than me.
    But what. The. Fuck. What the fuck was that they gave us on Your Country Needs you last Friday?? It was APPALLING.
    First of all, we had half an hour of ‘oo let’s all spunk over Pete Waterman’, which in itself isn’t a particularly attractive image anyway. Admittedly, he has co-written some excellent songs in the 80s and 90s. But take note of that last bit, THE 80s AND 90s . His music has a very particular sound to it, which I enjoy and grew up with, but which is quite dated now.
    And in any case, he hasn’t actually written a new song for us anyway. He’s just smooshed Kids In America and Better The Devil You Know into a single song, which does give it a familiar feel, but also makes you think ‘er, this is a total rip off of something else’. Maybe he’s hoping the foolish Europeans won’t notice.
    But that brings us on to our choice of act. They trotted out six unknowns (well, one of them I knew), who then proceeded to sing Pete Waterman songs out of key and of a quality that would get you three quick Xs on Britain’s Got Talent.
    I really REALLY wanted Miss Fitz to do well, as I remembered them from this year’s X Factor where they’d had an AMAZING first audition. But alas, blame it on the microphones or the acoustics or whatever, they weren’t in key and it sounded terrible.
    So his highness Queen Pete eliminated three acts, although sadly not ‘eliminated’ in the Terminator sense, but in the thank you now get out sense.

    This left us with one boy with a girl’s name (Alexis – WTF? Would you not shorten it to Alex?), one boy with a big face, and girl with a good voice. The girl’s going to win then, we thought.
    But no. Even with only two songs to learn and perform, she somehow managed to forget the lyrics half way though (she could have just made them up, they were quite generic anyway) and the public quite rightly binned her.
    And so now we’re left with Josh from Basildon (Basildon for fuck’s sake) as our Eurovision entry for 2010. He’s got a fucking cravat on on the BBC Eurovision website! What the hell??
    He’ll be singing the instant not-classic That Sounds Good To Me, but I’m afraid it does not sound good to me, or to Europe, or to anyone else.
    It was a disaster, a DISASTER I say. Bring back Michelle Gayle, she kicked ass with the song she wrote for Eurovision and would piss all over “Josh”. I’m picking some other country to support, maybe Switzerland with their entry ‘Il pleut de l’or’, or ‘Golden shower’ in English (my own translation).
    Fuck you, Pete Waterman.

  4. Selfish children take to the streets and get in my fucking way AGAIN

    January 19, 2010 by superlative

    For those of you who read this blog from time to time, you may remember my angry ramblings regarding the puerile and ill-directed protest that Brighton endured last May courtesy of the Smash EDO organisation.

    Well they were kind enough to do it again yesterday, and once more they got in my fucking way and generally annoyed me.
    The protest was directed as before at the EDO weapons factory in Moulsecoomb, and to the protesters’ credit this time they actually managed to find it. Someone must have bought them a map or something, as last time it seemed they couldn’t be bothered to walk the three miles up the road from central Brighton to where the factory is actually located.
    This time they managed to protest near and around the factory, but unfortunately they got bored after a while and decided to fuck off the rest of the city by coming into the centre. Despite taking a different route home, I still had to take several diversions in order to avoid the places where the police were trying to hold them back. I was also unlucky enough to catch sight of a few of them, wearing black, faces covered and hoods up, looking not at all like the group of peaceful protesters they claim to be. Fortunately it seems that there wasn’t as much wanton destruction as last time, but their presence was still rather intimidating for the city’s residents, and as always seemed rather pointless.
    Why did they need to come into town? No one in town CARED about their protest, all they did was fuck us off AGAIN. It stops even being about the protest after a while, and they instead just seem to enjoy trying to outwit the police and get to places the police don’t want them to get to. It’s childish and pathetic, and it costs the taxpayers a ridiculous amount of money in policing.
    I was also annoyed to learn that EDO denies that it supplies weapons to Israel anyway. According to a tribunal ruling last November, there is nothing in their export licences that proves they do so, and so the tribunal turned down Smash EDO’s request to publish them (they’re normally confidential, apparently). Of course, Smash EDO retorted “that doesn’t prove that they don’t, it just says there isn’t evidence they do”.
    Well I’m sorry but I object to that on two counts. Firstly, we live in a country where our legal system is predicated on a party being innocent until proven guilty. Secondly, as a person with a scientific mind, I base my opinions on the evidence that is presented to me, not on the say so of a bunch of idiots in face masks. If I see evidence that EDO sells weapons components to Israel, or if EDO confirms that it does, then fine I’ll believe it, but not until then.
    Furthermore, even if they do sell components directly or indirectly to Israel, I don’t actually give a fuck anyway. People talk about the murder of Palestinian civilians by the Israeli army in illegal military action – but as I said before, if that’s your beef then go and protest outside the Israeli embassy. Stopping a small piece of equipment being made in Brighton is not going to matter one jot to what happens in Palestine, and it is insulting to the Palestinian cause if that’s where you decide to focus your efforts. If you care that much, go to Gaza and help the injured. Stand in front of an Israeli tank. Lobby the British government and the UN to condemn their military action and impose sanctions. No? Too much effort? Prefer to piss off the people of Brighton instead? Well fuck you then.
    While we’re on the subject, I may as well make my position on Israel/Palestine clear. I am not pro-Israel, as some people might infer from the above. My position is that both sides are as bad as each other, and so I just don’t care what they do to each other any more. I do not take this view lightly, or without having taken them time inform myself on the subject beforehand, I might add.
    The problem I have with their conflict is that neither side is prepared to compromise. They are much happier to carry on killing each other, so why should I care about it? The broad strokes of a peace deal between Israel and Palestine have been known for years: a two-state solution; shared custody of Jerusalem; Israel to stop expanding into Palestinian territory, and to give back large portions of the land they annexed in the 60s; limited right of return for Palestinian refugees to land within Israel; recognition of Israel’s right to exist. There have been times when they have been close(ish) to peace in the past, but every time one side or the other or both fucks it up, because ultimately they don’t want peace. They aren’t prepared to share. It’s ridiculously childish considering what’s at stake. And yes the land is ‘holy’ in various ways to them, but you can still fucking share it.
    Yes Israel kills far more Palestinians than Palestinians kill Israelis because they have bigger guns, but the Palestinians aren’t innocent either. If they were, they wouldn’t elect Hamas who want to see Israel wiped from the map to represent them. They wouldn’t tolerate militants firing rockets at Israeli houses. Being the weaker person in a fight doesn’t necessarily exonerate you of all blame.
    And yes, I fully acknowledge that perhaps it would have been better if the world’s superpowers hadn’t plonked Israel there in the first place, but it’s there now. You have to deal with the situation as it stands.
    So I agree that it is all a big fucking mess, but it needn’t be if both sides wanted to compromise. They won’t, so fuck them.
    Anyway, I have digressed a little from my original topic. The protest was annoying, achieved nothing, and cost me money. I don’t agree with their cause, but that’s not the major problem I have with Smash EDO – it’s their methods I object to. Their protests end up directed more at the police than anything else, they disrupt the lives of people who really don’t care, they directly or indirectly cause violence and intimidation, and they generally piss me off.

  5. 11 reasons why you haven’t got a boyfriend – part deux

    January 18, 2010 by superlative

    I have bought Attitude now and have read through their eleven suggested reasons why people don’t have boyfriends (see my previous post). The article is written by their ‘dating expert’ Pip McCormac, and while it is fine I think he is a little overly kind in it, and a bit too keen to recommend self help books by Pia Mellody. I’m sorry but the fact they are written by someone called Pia Mellody should be enough to put anyone off.

    But anyway, as promised here is a nice table I’ve made comparing their reasons with mine (yes I’m clearly not that busy today).
    Attitude Me et al.
    1. You can’t be faithful 2. Because you’re a slag and would rather sleep around than go steady with someone.
    2. You have low self esteem 6. Because you’re the kind of person who reads ‘How to get a boyfriend’ articles in magazines. (the low self esteem is implied in our reason)
    3. You come over too strong 7. Because you scare them off by being clingy and calling them every 20 minutes. (same reason, just meaner)
    4. You never seem to meet the right sort of guy 9. Because you stay at home all the time and never go out and meet real people.
    3. Because you try to pull people based solely on looks, and then are surprised when they have a shitty personality.
    5. You’re hypercritical 11. Because you have unrealistic expectations of your ‘ideal boyfriend’ that don’t correspond to any actual humans.
    6. You don’t seem to have any conversational skills OK I don’t have one that corresponds directly to this. I’m still doing pretty well so far though.
    7. You sleep with them too soon 10. Because you don’t know the difference between sex and intimacy.
    And also reason 2 again about being a slag.
    8.You’re not proactive enough 9. Because you stay at home all the time and never go out and meet real people.
    9. You’ve got a fear of commitment 1. Because you panic every time you get one and dump him.

    They’ve put this one down lower on their page so as not to draw too much attention to it, but I’d say it’s the leading reason for gay singledom. That and the slag thing.

    10. You’re clueless as to how to present yourself 4. Because you’re ugly and smelly and no one wants to go near you.

    They make the rather generous assumption that you’ve got something worth presenting in their reason. We didn’t bother with that bit.

    11. You’re not being yourself I don’t have one for this either. All I would say is that for most men you could equally put ‘You are being yourself’, and then I could cite my reason number 5 (most men are dickheads) as the corresponding one.

    So all in all I think we did quite well! I don’t know why I’m surprised, most of them are quite obvious.

    And yes I realise that I am fortunate enough to be in a relationship, and so it may sound patronising for me to list all the defects that I think cause people to be single. BUT, what I would say is that my opinions are based on many years of watching a whole raft of gay men sabotage their own relationships and mope about the place being dicks and not understanding where they are going wrong.
    I would also add that I don’t think there is anything at all wrong with being single if you’re happy. I’ve never tried it, but it looks quite fun, and it must certainly be nice to be footloose and fancy free sometimes. I think therefore that it can be just as unhelpful to be desperate to get a boyfriend no matter what, simply because you think it’s what you should want, because it probably doesn’t lead you to make very good choices.

  6. 11 reasons why you haven’t got a boyfriend

    January 12, 2010 by superlative

    The next issue of Attitude magazine will feature an article entitled ’11 reasons why you haven’t got a boyfriend, and what you can do about it’.

    For no particular reason, I and a couple of fellow homeowners on Twitter have compiled our own list of 11 reasons why gay men frequently fail to have or retain a boyfriend, despite purporting to desperately want one. Please find them below.
    1. Because you panic every time you get one and dump him.
    2. Because you’re a slag and would rather sleep around than go steady with someone.
    3. Because you try to pull people based solely on looks, and then are surprised when they have a shitty personality
    4. Because you’re ugly and smelly and no one wants to go near you.
    5. Because most men are dickheads, so the chances of having at least one dickhead in the relationship are unreasonably high.
    6. Because you’re the kind of person who reads ‘How to get a boyfriend’ articles in magazines.
    7. Because you scare them off by being clingy and calling them every 20 minutes.
    8. Because some dick hurt you so badly before you’re overly wary of getting into something new.
    9. Because you stay at home all the time and never go out and meet real people.
    10. Because you don’t know the difference between sex and intimacy.
    11. Because you have unrealistic expectations of your ‘ideal boyfriend’ that don’t correspond to any actual humans.
    I am fairly confident that the above reasons, in various combinations, accurately describe the difficulty lots of gay men have with relationships. Number 4 is particularly harsh; I didn’t write that one, but I’m sure it is a significant impediment to some people. They do unfortunately describe several people that I actually know.
    We haven’t proposed any solutions to the problems we’ve described, but that is partly because that part is far less fun, and partly because they are kind of obvious (i.e. avoid doing or being items 1 to 11).
    I’m quite looking forward to reading the Attitude article now, so I can see how closely they match and then sue them for breach of copyright.

  7. The BBC have disgusted me today

    December 16, 2009 by superlative

    The BBC are really scraping the barrel today, which their repulsive Have Your Say ‘discussion’ entitled ‘Should homosexuals face execution?’

    Even the question is abhorrent, and I don’t know how they can justify posting it. Would it be right to have a discussion, under the banner of freedom of speech, on ‘Should black people be killed for being black?’, or ‘Should goats be executed for having four legs?’. NO. Of course not. Because the question in itself is ridiculous and stupid. All they’ve done is invite lots of horrible little bigots to submit their putrid little brain farts, typed out with their misshapen club hands, while they furrow their monobrows under the strain of trying to spell a word as long as homosexuality. It’s the kind of thing I’d expect from the Daily Mail, not from the BBC.
    The ‘Most recommended’ tab of the debate (sic) is particularly horrifying, both for the stupidity and the bile that it contains. And these are posts that have been RECOMMENDED as good by other readers. It’s truly terrifying.
    Chris the vile little toad from Guildford treats us to this awesome piece of widsom:
    “I suggest all gays are put on a remote island somewhere and left for a generation – afterwhich, theoretically there shoild be none left !”
    First of all, WOO HOO gay party island! We’ll take Mustique, thanks very much, and YOU’RE not invited because only people who can tie their own shoelaces and don’t clasp their pencils with their whole fist are allowed.
    Second of all, SHUT UP. Where do you think gay people come from? Not from breeding with each other obviously, you seem to have grasped that much. So what, you think we just swish past people in our fabulous outfits and somehow they get turned gay? You worthless little moron. I’ve known I was gay since I was in infant school. INFANT SCHOOL. Do you think I should have been put to death for it then? Or was it only when I started tonguing boys that I crossed the line? If the world ever has the misfortune of you breeding, I hope all your children ARE gay and I hope they hate you. Also, learn to spell ‘should’, you vacuous pustule.
    Rob D from Northampton is no better:
    “Homosexuality is not natural. It makes me very uncomfortable when you consider what it involves.”

    Homosexuality does not equal anal sex. Lots of straight people have anal sex. For FUCK’S sake. Do you think that’s all we do all day? Even if your problem is with anal sex, that’s completely different to homosexuality. That’s an act, not a gender. And you’ve got no reason to feel uncomfortable, who do you think is going to want to fuck you, you lard arse? Gay people have GOOD taste, haven’t you heard?
    It goes on and on. Anglobert from Surrey makes an attempt at being understanding, but can’t get past the ‘I’m a complete and utter DICKWAD with no right to be alive’ stage:
    “Let’s face it. Homosexuals are not wilful criminals but unfortunate disabled people who cannot enjoy Nature’s gift of attraction to and union with the opposite sex, and unable to treasure the family memories most of us take to the grave.

    Feel sympathy but do not regard their relationships as normal alternatives to marriage and procreation. Hopefully, medical science will find a remedy to normalise their disability. Meanwhile, they should not be regarded as criminals. They are born that way.”

    I’ll wait for my blue badge in the post shall I? It’ll make it much easier when I nip up to Tescos. You better be careful though, those bays are right next to the Mother And Baby ones, I might try to fiddle with some kiddies while I’m there.
    In case you hadn’t noticed, Anglobert, most gay people think gay sex is HOT. I for one do not feel a huge void in my life simply because I am unable to fancy Anglobettina, or whatever your snub-nosed dwarf of a wife is called. And lots of us also have FAMILIES. I know! Shocking isn’t it?
    So forgive me if I don’t rush myself down to the electroshock clinic in order to get my disability rectified. I’m far too busy spending my disposal income, wearing great shoes, and holidaying three times a year.
    The BBC should be ashamed of itself.

  8. Selfish children take to the streets and get in my bloody way

    May 4, 2009 by superlative

    Brighton has been taken over today by lots of idiotic children with no respect for other people. The ‘protesters’ have decided it would be a good idea to disrupt the lives of innocent (and uninterested) people by blocking roads, hurling missiles, letting off flares, smashing light bulbs, and dancing on a café roof.

    And what was all this in aid of? Well it was fairly vague actually. The ‘protest’ was advertised as being “against war and greed”. What, just war and greed in general? How ridiculous. You can’t protest against greed in general, it’s an emotion. It’s like protesting against feeling a bit grumpy. And who were they directing their protest at anyway? What power do the residents of Brighton have to prevent war and greed? As far as I’m aware, the city isn’t at war with anyone at the moment, nor is it in charge of any multinational banks. If you really don’t like Israeli foreign policy, go and protest outside the Israeli embassy. At least then it’d be vaguely relevant. Or even better, go to Gaza, and hopefully step on a landmine while you’re there.

    They were protesting in part about the presence of an ‘arms factory’ in Brighton (which they say sells bomb-dropping equipment to Israel). Which is fine if you really want to protest about it, but the factory is on the edge of the city so why didn’t they just sod off up there? Why are you protesting at the PIER??

    It’s just ridiculous. I hate stupid left-wing children who basically don’t like “the establishment”, despite the fact that they probably would have died from cholera without it years ago. Their protests end up not really being about anything (because they have no real argument), and they just do it for the sake of it, like a tantrum. And then they bleat on about their right to peaceful protest, before completely disregarding the peaceful part and inflicting wanton criminal damage on a city that really couldn’t give a toss. Why attack a café? Why?? What’s that got to do with it? Why block up the traffic?

    I really don’t get it. If people care about the cause of their protest they would already be attending it; if they don’t, then getting in their way is just going to make them hate you and hate your cause by association. I now feel compelled to campaign for the presence of the arms factory in Brighton just because I’m so cross.

    I feel really sorry for the police who have had to deal with it all day, having objects thrown at them and people shouting in their faces. The police haven’t got anything to do with war or greed anyway, they’re a domestic public organisation, and yet they have to bear the brunt of this idiotic behaviour.

    The protesters should count themselves lucky they don’t live in a country where they break out the water cannons and tear gas at the first sign of trouble. Their violent, antisocial, pathetic behaviour is more than deserving of a high-pressure hose in the face.

  9. Stupid Argus scaremongering

    March 20, 2009 by superlative

    Ha, I just read yet another ridiculous article on the Argus website about Google photographing the streets in Brighton for their Street View service (‘Every Brighton street to be photographed and put on the web‘). It’s so stupid! They’re such a rubbish paper, they try to sensationalise every story they write even if it’s a) not sensational, and b) old news because everyone’s heard about Street View already.

    And they write idiotic sentences like “How would you feel if you Googled your home address and were confronted with a picture of yourself putting out the rubbish or bleary-eyed at the kitchen window?”. Erm, that’s the same as saying “How would you feel if you did something in public and someone saw you doing it” – not fucking surprised!

    And then you get people chipping in with comments such as “What if you don’t want certain people to know where you are? What if you are part of witness protection?”. It’s not a LIVE fucking video, it’s a photo that was probably taken months ago, that probably has your face blurred, and that isn’t searchable by person. Yes I suppose criminals could trawl every street in the country in the hope that you happen to have been standing in the street when the Google car went by, but they could also drive around looking for you with about the same likelihood of finding you.

    Honestly, I despair, I really do.