Sunday, 21 February 2016

I still don't get it!!!

I saw this on YouTube this morning, it is hilarious but I still don't get it!   Is there a book on Physics for Dummies, factor chess into the equation and I'm lost!!!

My daughter loves Dr Stephen Hawking!!

I was remonstrating with my little girl the other day over a particularly bad case of constant misbehaviour and we started to go down the road of the "demons on our shoulders" (you know the angel on one shoulder, the devil on the other, or in Izzy's case the Good Izzy and the Bad Izzy!).  When out of the blue she said that "Dr Stephen Hawking must be a really good man because his head is always listening to his Good Stephen!!"   Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings never rang truer!

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Monday, 15 February 2016

Social Media Good or Bad? Discuss!!

This morning I was trawling through the "news" on the internet, when I came across an article about Rebel Wilson and her speech at the BAFTA's last night.   She was asked to present the award to the Best Supporting Actor and, in my opinion, she was hilarious.    She made a risqué remark about the gorgeous Idris Elba and how she was "socially programmed to want chocolate on Valentine's Day" (which it was).   At the time I thought "Oh no! The liberal lefties will not like that" and I was proven right. 

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Now the question is two fold, we are all entitled to our opinion, Freedom of Speech, is the tenet we should all live by.   Indeed there are many armchair warriors (and I am fully aware I count as one!) out there more than happy to give their opinion on any and all topics.   The irony is these very warriors who stand up for their idea of social justice are the same ones that want to stamp on the Freedom of Speech for others.

The liberal left appear to be the worst of hypocrites.   They condemn something said by someone to someone else, as in the case above, then they go about labelling the speaker fat, talentless, ugly etc...   YOU CANNOT BE OFFENDED THEN SEEK TO OFFEND.

The world wide web was the brain-child of Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, the idea of being able to share information being the ultimate goal.    The ability to be able to look for a piece of information on the web is far easier that searching through a mass of encyclopaediae to find something only to find, subject to the date the book was published, it was out of date!   Such easy access to this knowledge has enriched everyone lucky enough to be able to access the web.

However, the dark side of the web, in my opinion, is the social media aspect.    The ability of people to insult others under a cloak of anonymity and the obsession of people to constantly update their profiles has imbued them with a sense of false self-importance.    I know of quite a few people who's self esteem is based directly upon the number of "friends" they have on Facebook.    Yet this very same social media, and Facebook is just one of many, is responsible for a inordinate amount of cyber bullying, indeed Daesh have been known to attract and recruit from their various Facebook accounts.

I respect the right of others to have their point of view, only in as much as they respect my rights to my point of view.    Unfortunately, in this day of political correctness gone mad, the sane, level headed, rational people's voices are being drowned out by the agenda driven, politically correct, mob mentality.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

I'm eating Humble Pie and it doesn't taste so good!!!

Okay.   I will admit that eating Humble Pie can stick in the throat.   But I am big enough to admit when my opinion is proved wrong.    I wasn't the only one questioning the choice of the captaincy of the England Rugby Union team, but that does not hide the fact that I was wrong.    Dylan Hartley handled himself with a maturity that impressed me greatly.    Eddie Jones's two weeks in charge of the England team has appeared to sharpen their set pieces.    They were better in the scrum than they ever were under Stuart Lancaster and the passing was crisp.    Billy Vunipola was deservedly awarded the Man of the Match, he has acquired a fleetness of foot that has previously been missing, his normal lumbering physique replaced with a toned and agile one.  Now. Swallow.....Yuck!!!!