Monday, 12 April 2010


Haven’t blogged for a while, so figured I would. The last post made reference to future posts and further updates, so I’ll do that now. When tomorrow is concluded, I will not have had a cigarette in 6 weeks. I am quite impressed with myself for that. Like last time, the only cravings I have had over this time are at work. Apparently the boredom smoking has passed as when I am at home, I rarely want one. I do think that I’ll become a social smoker at some point, despite not wanting to. The temptation to have a cheeky smoke when drinking is becoming a very hard one to fight. Smoking only while drinking is something I’ve long said is stupid. But now I am a former smoker, I can slightly see their point. I should point out that I still think if you are someone that calls themselves a non-smoker, but smokes when drinking/drunk, you fail. Either smoke or don’t! As for the blogs about gigs this year, I still intend to do them. Ones to come are about Rammstein, Trivium and Airbourne. Was going to do ones about Whole Lotta Led and Lostprophets but I’ve since decided against those. Maybe I’ll do one blog with them both in. Who knows? Anyways, here are some thoughts.

According to the Telegraph’s “How should I vote in the General Election 2010?” survey, I should vote UKIP, then BNP, then Lib Dem, then Conservative. Awkward! UKIP I get but BNP?! I would like to state for the record that no, I’m not going to vote BNP. Another one I’ve done (here) gives a more accurate result for me I’d say. Just did a third one while preparing this post (here) which gave me a similar result to the 2nd one.

This election is certainly interesting though. I know who I am going to vote for and I hope the rest of the country follows suit. I can’t believe there is a possibility of Labour being given ANOTHER 5 years to completely ruin this country. One thing I am trying (and failing to do) is avoid opinion polls. I often find myself wondering how accurate they are. I used to answer one every fortnight for Yougov (laziness prevents me from doing it now). Do they pick 1000 of those randomly? One thing which was fascinating was the head of Yougov on the Jeremy Vine show, who talked about the impact of tactical voting on opinion polls. Hopefully people will tactically vote Labour out of office this time. They do not deserve to be re-elected.

Can I also ask (and maybe I'm seriously missing something here) but why do people refuse to debate politics sensibly with people who vote Conservative? I do, and whenever I've tried to spread that message, the response is "Don't care" (most common) or "how can you, considering the days of Thatcher?" - People, she left office 20 years ago. The party has changed; the country has changed and the world has changed. If you use "Thatcher" as an argument to me as to why you won't ever consider voting Conservative, forgive me but you'll be considered an idiot by me.

Frankie Boyle in “Comic tells Offensive Joke” Shocker – REALLY?! The woman in this case might have a claim if she had gone to see a comedian whose “thing” wasn’t being shocking. But when people think of Frankie Boyle, they think of an offensive, edgy, non-pc and funny comedian (well, I do anyway). A comedian who makes a living telling jokes that shock people telling a joke that might shock people isn’t a surprise in the slightest. The woman herself said:

“I expected dry, nasty, crude humour, yes, but unimaginative humour poking fun at the stereotype of people with Down's syndrome was not something that I expected”

So basically, you expected jokes that had the potential to offend other people, but now there is a joke that offends you, he’s a terrible person? Go fuck yourself. How hypocritical of her to have that view. “If it offends others it is ok, but when it offends me, it is wrong!” That is not how comedy should be. I believe in a case where everything is funny, or nothing is funny. What should be remembered about the whole deal is that Frankie Boyle is a comedian, who tells jokes. If he was standing up delivering hate speech to a crowd of people who thought he was telling the truth then it might be different. I think this woman has a right to be offended, but in this example, she should have just stayed quiet. Or the “incident” should have stayed in the room and not made the press. How, in 2010, is it news that Frankie Boyle tells jokes that might offend people?!

Richard Dawkins to arrest the Pope? Well, this is something. I’m an atheist but I am not anti-religion. What I mean by that is I choose not to believe, but if you choose to believe then I have nothing against you for making that life choice. The reason I feel the need to say that is because I believe the Pope (if it is indeed true about him covering up sex abuse in the Catholic Church) should be removed as the head of the church, and perhaps face legal proceedings (civil and criminal). Being a priest does not give you the right to bugger children! But this is clearly a device to keep Richard Dawkins name in the press. Could be interesting.

On that note I will end this post. One last final thought though (as this occurred again this morning, and I just tweeted about it – follow me @MikeyTRRP). Jobsite – extend your covering letter maximum character count! 3000 is not enough! Some jobs advertise on there with 4/5 requirements for a person. I answer them fully with examples and it is too long. Jobs sometimes then ask for 10 requirements and suddenly I can see why I don’t get interviews when I apply through Jobsite. I can’t sell myself properly. Sort it out!

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