Archive | April 2013

The Biteful Game

I’m pretty sure you love my puns.  This week Liverpool superstar striker Luis Suarez was slapped on the wrist for biting someone in the middle of a match with a 10 match ban, which seems to have been received with some controversy.  It doesn’t take a genius to work out that Liverpool fans aren’t going to be too happy about their star player missing the rest of the season and the beginning of the next one.  However, a lot of people are calling racism because of the length of the ban, but to me 10 games seems about fair, he bit someone for crying out loud.

Ok, biting someone and not even drawing blood isn’t the crime of the century, however it is still really a form of assault, he still intended to cause pain through it.  Either that or he’s teething.  The best thing about this is that he’s done it before, and last time he got an 8 match ban, so for re-offending he surely needs more, I mean 8 matches didn’t get the message across that biting it naughty, so we need to give him a slightly longer detention.  We should also make him write lines after school.

Also, is it just me or is biting someone really weird?  The last time i bit someone i was probably less than ten years old, because I didn’t know any better, what is this guy playing at?

I also have to bring up the whole “role model” argument too here.  As much as I think it’s idiotic that people think of footballers as role models these days, when you get payed that much (£6.25 million per year in the case of Suarez) for a job I don’t think its asking too much for the players to realise that many children look up to them and dream of being like them.  They should act like respectable grown-ups when performing in front of thousands of people, it really isn’t hard.

Fake Bomb Detectors

I still can’t wrap my head around this, had the story broke three weeks ago I would have assumed it to be an April Fools joke.  If you haven’t heard, the British Army have been using fake bomb detectors in Iraq.  As shocking as it is to think that apparently hundreds will have been killed due to our troops letting bombs through check points because of these literally empty boxes, I can’t help but laugh a little.

I am absolutely gobsmacked that at no point someone has thought to themselves “this isn’t working, i’ll open it up and see if i can fix it…”.  I’m even more gobsmacked that these were sold to our army claiming to be able to detect bombs up to 5km away when on an air plane.  While McCormick deserves to be jailed for his complete lack of caring for other people’s lives like this, I think he needs some sort of reward for his salesman skills.  I wonder how some of the people who let this sort of thing happen get their jobs and remain in them.

Maggie Thatcher is Dead

Well I had to take a break from uni work to write about this.  For those that don’t know Maggie Thatcher was the first ever woman prime-minister (or equal) in Europe and she had a controversial reign to say the least.  She helped the struggling economy of the country quite a bit, but at the expense of thousand’s of working family’s livelihoods and all she gave them in return was the middle finger.  It’s understandable that there is so much hate towards her, but I can also see why people support her.  So it was inevitable that there would be even further divide upon her death.

Now I’m going to refrain from describing in-depth what she did for the economy and to piss off so many workers at the time, people have their opinions and at the end of the day I wasn’t actually around back then, so I have no first hand experience to comment from but to me it sounds to me like she hurt a lot more people than she helped, and a lot of those that she helped were already well off, its the good old Conservative motto, “the rich get richer the poor get poorer” really, so from that ground I’m really not a fan.  Her attitude towards working families also seems like it stunk, which frankly is despicable, and she once labelled Nelson Mandella a terrorist, which probably gives you an idea how her mind worked in some respects.

To me though, a biggest kick in the bollocks from all this is that we’re expected to pay for this woman’s funeral, which incidentally will cost the country millions.  The real twist in the knife though, is that there are plans to stop protest.  Ok, 99% of the time protesting at a funeral is pretty sick, but when we’re being forced to pay that much for the funeral of someone who outraged and seemingly hated the majority of our population, I think our right to protest should be exercised and certainly not stumped.  There has of course been a more creative protest been formed, in the way of Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead getting into the charts.  There was an uproar about this too, saying that its disrespectful and it probably is, however its a form of protest and there are enough people feeling strongly about it that it’s worked, and I see no reason they should be silenced, this is what free speech is all about.

I would really like to hear people’s thoughts on this one as it’s causing such a divide.

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