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Liberate me ex inferis

Liberate me ex inferis

It has taken a mass mobilisation of the police, a sudden move towards what looks like instant justice and the usual soundbites and mealy-mouthed proclamations, but it finally appears that the spate of urban unrest and looting – or this phase of it at least – is over. As the dust is beginning to settle on the broken streets of England’s cities, who or what to focus our attention on is beginning to dominate the political agenda. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sophistry Corner: What a div(a).

Sophistry Corner: What a div(a).

I really have had enough of “race card” stories – good old “is it because I is black?” scenarios. You know, the sort of accusation that gets fired at you when you step out of line when referring to or dealing with a member a protected minority – particularly individuals that have one of their shoulders adorned with that special sort of soggy chippy-chip. Clearly, somebody somewhere is making a shedload of money from this. Read the rest of this entry »

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Golly Gosh…

While thousands of Japanese people are homeless and our meddling and foolishly well-meaning government is helping to cause a right royal kerfuffle in North Africa, some people still have time to get into a flap about life’s minutae. Yes, it’s poor old Golly again – this time making the news after he made an appearance on the Facebook profiles of two prospective Conservative Party councillors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Amir blip

Amir blip

…on the history of boxing. Yes, I am talking about he of the over-inflated ego, Amir Khan.

The boxing world is full of people with massive egos, but this chap just doesn’t get it – in that he has apparently decided that he is not seen as a “superstar” in Britain because of racism.

A superstar has a personality, and is someone who attracts fans and supporters not only through their sporting prowess but with their personality and quirks. Someone like Muhammed Ali, who could spar with the best of them using words alone or the eccentric Chris Eubank, who made many of us laugh with his comically arrogant ringside poetry, monocle and jodhpurs – even if we wanted to see him hit the canvas double-quick.

Khan on other hand has only made a name for himself outside of his boxing career by racking up a string of motoring offenses, including hitting pedestrians in busy city centres. Hardly the most endearing trait. Now of course we can add to that his whinging about what he sees as racism – a claim that even his own father disputes.

So no, Amir – you are disliked by a number of people not because of racism but because, quite simply, you are a bit of a berk.

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Strictly Bullshit…

Strictly Bullshit...

Am I the only one to have had enough of this Strictly Come Dancing crap? I try my darndest to avoid this sort of thing, yet when I am there looking for news yet another non-story about this bullshit is sitting above what are far more important headlines.

OK, so some non-entity served up a racial insult – or in-joke, whatever you wish – to another non-entity. Cue yet another bunch of non-entities getting into a merry flap about it. The truth is, do we really care? Is this non-story worthy of being reported alongside more serious headlines, or is it just a ploy by the BBC to get more viewers to switch across from the equally dire X-Factor?

According to one article, the number of complaints about this incident have “quadrupled”. Now perhaps I am being deliberately obtuse here, but surely complaints should be issued at the time of airing? Might those who have since complained have been offended days after the event? Did some people mull over the issue and then decide whether they were offended or not?

Of course, this is all moot as the incident was off-air anyway, which makes the existence of these “viewer complaints” even more ridiculous; it is quite clear that this saga is being driven, controlled and directed by the media.

It’s all nonsense, really – and I do have to wonder what a woman of mixed Moroccan and Indian descent would need spray tan for. That said, I have wondered why anyone needs spray tan – what’s the bloody point, given that you end up looking like a walking advert for a popular orange soft drink?

Nonsense, nonsense, nonsense.

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Poles apart…

Poles apart...

It’s a case of same old, really. Some years back, auto giant Ford was dragged screaming in front of the politically correct arbiters of “what goes” when they had their marketing folks “whiten up” a staff photo for an advertising campaign in Poland. While at a push one could have argued that this photoshop foolery was arguably crass, it was clearly geared towards a specific locale.

It now appears that software behemoth Microsoft have fallen into the same Polish trap, though in typical Microsoft style they have not quite finished the job – leaving the freshly-phooed white exec with a Michael Jacksonesque black hand. They’ll probably release a version 0.2 patch to fix the issue.

It’s all a load of nonsense really – if you are going to run an advert, you quite clearly have to match the demographic. This is not just good old-fashioned right wing talk, it’s basic common sense. However, to avoid treading on toes and disturbing some rather large chips resting on rather weak shoulders, it would probably be more worthwhile using stock photography from the target country.

This gaffe is simply the result of Microsoft wanting to cut costs – though if they had blacked up the Asian guy and white woman for their campaign in Angola or Mozambique we would all have been none the wiser. Likewise if they had changed the woman for a man – or worse still, copied and pasted in a burqa – for their advertising campaigns in the flourishing democracies of Afghanistan and Iraq.

It’s all rather pathetic.

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