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For any other citizen of this fine country, we would possibly be under investigation for (political correctness jumps in) some stupid law like harrassment or harrassing phone calls. But not Jonathan Ross/Russell Brand. No, they can (and probably will) get away with their prank on Andrew Sachs (and it’s being extremely generous calling it that).
Their behaviour was appalling, what a nasty thing to do. What pisses me off though, is that the BBC (us, taxpayers) pay Mr Ross something like Â£6 million a year. I don’t think he’s worth any more than Â£250,000 and that’s really pushing it. Brand, well, I don’t think he’s worth anything really. Fire them both.
Well, specifically I miss the warm weather.
That’s because it’s BLOODY FREEZING here! What on earth made me think coming back to the UK was a good idea?! I should have stayed in a nice warm climate. Sure there were hurricanes, poisonous spiders, alligators the size of a car, poisonous snakes, and republicans, but I could live with that.
At least I have central heating, something that I could not do without right now.
The news had an article about the new purple tomatoes that they are showing off, supposedly packed with far more anthocyanins (antioxidants) than normal tomatoes. They raised the dreaded spectre of genetic modification saying it could be harmful etc.,
Great news if you want to help with fighting cancer, higher levels of antioxidants have been proven to make mice live longer.
What drives me crazy about putting these anti-GM people on the news is that they don’t know half of the vegetables we eat are modified and bred over countless centuries, but I guess that doesn’t matter to them.
Carrots weren’t always orange for example – before 1700 they were purple. Wheat has been selectively bread for centuries to produce higher yields. Parsnips weren’t always as big as they currently are.
Anyone think it’s a little hypocritical of Sen. McCain to criticize Sen. Obama on his lack of foreign policy experience, and yet pick a first-time governor as a running-mate who believes that because her state sits next to Russia that gives her vast amounts of experience (is there indeed, any evidence she’s met with cabinet level Russian ministers?). Sen. Obama made a well-thought out choice for running-mate, a seasoned veteran who will probably act as a voice of reason and give good advice on a variety of subjects. President Obama will need lots of advice in the coming years I fear…
While we are sat here, at least if this were a normal weekday, we would probably be losing billions of pounds off of our companies. At least, given the last few months as a guide, we would.
So I ask – if all of this credit crunch is being fueled by people panic selling, why not shut the stock markets down until cooler heads prevail and the banks are more stable? It seems they can do that at will anyway, Wall Street shut down futures trading yesterday because of panic selling, so why not temporarily shut it all down?
So my new TV, which I’ve written about, is just the bees knees. But – one problem exists. Channel Five, for some odd reason, won’t come in on digital TV; on the analogue TV it gets tuned in no problem (albeit rather static-laden).
I’ll have to make do with the other 41 channels I suppose. Not that I watch a great deal of TV but it’s still nice to know you can get all the digital channels when you’ve just spent money a new telly.