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Wednesday, 10 September 2008

If you walk in the park, you are a pedophile

This is not a joke.

If an adult (most probably male) is walking in the park in Telford Town, and has not got a child with them, they can be and are more likely to be stopped and questioned by members of the local council. If the council official is suspicious they can have the people "escorted" out of the park and banned from entering in the future.

A bit extreme don't you think? They don't think so. In fact despite being told even by the Home Office that they are over stepping the mark, the council remain adamant that they are doing right in order to protect children.

A prime example is when two environmental campaigners were in the park dressed as penguins. They were distributing leaflets on climate change when they were challenged by council officials who claimed they (the environmental campaigners) had not completed a risk assessment or a criminal records check, a process that is used to stop pedophiles from working with or being close to children.
So the enviromental campaigners were "escorted out."

When the campaigners complained to the council, a response by letter said:

"Our town park staff approach adults that are not associated with any children in the town park and request that the request the reason for them being there. This is a child safety precautionary measure.

After the Home office warned the council that they were perhaps over stepping the mark, a spokesman said:
"We do reserve the right to ask people what they are doing in the park. Otherwise it is a free-for-all where they can come and do what they want. "

Is it just me or is this country becoming more and more Orwellian? This is just yet another case in a long line of preposterous examples of how the government and local government are severely over stepping the mark in a crazed bid to secure the safety of themselves and the people around them. It comes across as if the world is going to end tomorrow, and if the government doesn't wrap us all up in cotton and put safety warnings on everything, then we are going to do ourselves harm. Its almost as if we are children and we can't do anything without them looking over our shoulders to make sure we are alright. It also shows that they obviously don't trust us with anything anymore.

Whilst reading the newspaper not to long ago, I noticed a letter by someone who said they had recently been to Eastern Europe. In this letter the person stated that in the older parts of the cities, the streets were still paved with cobbled stones and as a result the road was uneven.
And yet there were no signs warning people of this to cover the backsides of the government in case someone tripped over and hurt themselves. Do you know why? Because its common sense.
Common sense dictates thats you keep your eyes and ears open at all times and if you have disabilities then you have someone do it for you. You stay aware of your surroundings and if something happens like you trip then its most likely your fault not the local councils.

This country we live in is being driven to the brink by health and safety madness and political correctness idiots.

We need to change or else this country will implode. Short of that all the British people will just pick up their belongings and leave. Lord knows quite a few people are doing that already.

I hope people keep their senses.

Thats all from me, until next time, adious folks

Monday, 28 April 2008

The overuse of words like "Heroism" and "Brave."

I find these days some words are used in ways they wouldn't have been sixty years ago. This might be because we tend to exaggerate. There are certain words that are thrown around and used to much, for whatever reason. This is done mostly by the media, but is also done by members of the public who believe what they read. Sadly sometimes these people are in positions of authority.

Heroic people: Some prime examples might be soldiers serving in a conflict, more specifically those who have done amazing acts under fire and pressure and in the threat of death. Others might include first aid workers, search and rescue teams, charities, or even people renowned throughout history like Mother Teresa, or Florence Nightingale.

These are all groups of people who have gone out of their way to help others, and they can be described using these words.

In the last few years that these words have been used for other people too. This has included sports players, or so called "celebrities." Well this annoys me immensely.

When a football (soccer) player for example makes a run up a field past a few opposition players, the commentator might offhandedly use the word "brave" to describe him or a commentator might describe a winning side as "heroic."

Now I understand that there are many types of heroism and bravery, but I'm afraid I don't see any type of bravery in sports. Although there are many words to describe many sports, "heroism" is one of them.

The words in particular words that are often thrown around and used often are the words "brave" and "heroic" as well as any other word that might be associated. These are words that are meant to describe people who have done something extraordinary that no ordinary person might be able to accomplish. So quite why newspapers and those incredibly stupid gossip magazines that people read uses those words occasionally to describe "celebrities" is beyond me.

I wrote that word in such a way because the celebrity culture that is upon this country at the moment is dismal, pathetic, boring, and worrying to pick but a few words. The idea that someone can become famous by doing the simplest of things, or sleeping with someone, or being on a TV show. These people become idols to airheads even though they appear to have no talent at anything whatsoever.

Yet somehow they manage to gather a following not just from the media but members of the public who are fanning the flames just by acknowledging their existence.

Then whenever one of these fake tanned idiots falls off the wagon because they ate a tub of ice cream and felt fat they check themselves into rehab claiming 'exhaustion.' That's right, because their life is clearly that hectic.

Then when they re-appear they are hailed by the pin heads who run these gossip mags as "brave" because they shunned their footballer husband and took on their weight problems head on.

Oh my hero.

And now they have double page spreads about them in magazines. Its all rather pathetic.

Then before you know it they have their own TV show but before they can complete the series they start drinking, or do drugs, or they drop a glass whilst washing up and they have to go to rehab.

Anyway so they spend two weeks in rehab, lose some weight and release a fitness video and the media have the nerve to describe them as "brave?"

Brave? They're not brave, just another talentless idiot that for some reason had a bit of limelight and now they are milking it for all it's worth.

Then they get interviewed by magazines who offer them thousands of pounds for their life story even though they are in their mid-twenties.

Meanwhile the real heroes are out there in the real world earning pittance or hardly anything, feigning recognition and yet they are changing lives and making people happy through their work.

I wonder if the idiots who throw these words around have even watched television program's like "The Secret Millionaire" where so often we see people who for no extra money spend their extra time doing community work. They work long tireless hours.

It annoys me to high heaven how these days the media have gotten completely the wrong end of the stick. Because of them and their misrepresentation the real heroes go unnoticed and some idiot gets on TV for doing little.

Its pathetic.

And everyone now finds it acceptable to use the word "heroic" and "brave" for anything and anyone.

There are so many other words that are also commonly misused.

Ignorance is bliss.