Posted on 12-06-2011
Filed Under (Just a Thought..., Random Musings) by Steve

Its official, our relationship is over

at least it shall be once Pip reads this.

I just could not help it.
That Pip is in many ways like Bridget Jones; okay, so she is not a smoker, does not care much for men or the amount of sex she is getting (as she has me) and does not have three ‘wise’ friends who are constantly telling her to finish with me (she actually has two).

But Pip is in the wrong job, she should in fact be in a similar industry to Bridget, she does keep a diary of which from an accidental peruse about six years ago the content bares a great similarity, at the start of our relationship she could choose from either me (studying Law at the time and choosing Human Rights & Legal Philosophy as subjects) or Adam who eventually went into journalism and who clearly showed an interest in Pip (even if it was fleeting).

There are many similarities between Pip and Bridget but due to selfish reasons [primarily rather liking my balls to remain attached to my body] , I shall let you make your own connections.

Right, I’m off; need to find a flower shop that is still open and can arrange for a dozen yellow roses.

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They’re just animals.

And they are only required to serve just one purpose.

What is the ultimate present you can buy your seven year old that shall truly trump all others?
Something they can love, feed and be with.

Something that as soon as they find something far more exciting to do like play the latest PS3 game they can just throw away; something that as soon as you decide that you no longer want or care about so can take to be euthanised?

Thats right, a cat or a dog.

I find it hard to believe or understand that even in these times that people are still taking the family pet – a living breathing person to be destroyed when they can no longer be bothered with them. How wicked can you get.

Just last night a friend of ours that works for one of the pet rescue charities told us that her vets refuse to euthanise in favour of contacting the rescue centre to arrange for an alternative home.

One of my colleagues once remarked to another when her dog was ‘misbehaving’ [by misbehaving I mean he was chewing through everything out of boredom as the 'owner' in question was far too lazy to walk him and would not give him any affection] that as he would not ‘play ball’ that they should “put him down” as “that is exactly what I would do”.

And then there’s the fact people are allowed time off to care for a sick family member but any hint of needing to care for the family pet results in illegal disciplinary proceedings – Do company’s not know about the clauses set-out in the Animal Welfare Act 2006?

What is it that causes people to think and act in such an irrational and destructive manner?

They’re just animals.

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Posted on 22-04-2011
Filed Under (Just a Thought...) by Steve

The truth is out, I am a nerd – and bad in bed apparently!

Thankfully, this view is not one that is shared by Pip, just a couple of her friends – I wish that I could tell instantly if someone was a bedroom flop on sight (not that I would/have means to use such a skill but still).

I drive a Fiesta (60 plate) – it doesn’t have:

  • Tinted/Blacked-out windows
  • Lowered Suspension
  • Body-kit
  • Rally Exhaust
  • Dump-Valve
  • 6×9 (Six-be-nines)
  • Neon lights
  • etc

I just don’t see the point.

The real question is, is being a nerd something to be shunned at? I must raise the point that being a nerd has propelled me to the top, now being on middle-management salary and driving the decision making in the company to which I work for compared to those that said who are middle-managers but are earning at least £20k per year less and who are constantly left out of the decision making.

Maybe being a nerd is exactly what we all strive to be but there are two types, those that want to make a real difference in life no matter what the salary and labels and those that see it as a stepping stone to more money.


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Posted on 17-03-2011

Before I start, let me point out that with brown skin, I too am from an ethnic minority.

What is the problem with having a pure white/Caucasian cast to represent Midsomer Murders?

I absolutely love the programme and I have to say that I am very sorry to see that Det. Chief Inspector Barnaby has now taken an indefinite holiday the only thing I say here is “You now have no escape from Mrs Barnaby’s meals Sir!”
But to see that Brian True-May has now been suspended pending an investigation into the exclusion of ethnic minorities in the programme is plain ludicrous!

I am from an ethnic minority and I too live in a similar village to many of those represented in Midsomer and there have been occasions when I too have been the ‘only brownie in the village’ – does this make me resent MM? No! I thoroughly enjoy the quintessential ‘typically English’ village as seen in Midsomer, its what makes many of the murders enjoyable, to see that people would go to such extraordinary lengths over nonsense.

How many people would honestly kill because the neighbours house doesn’t fit with the rest of the rustic aesthetic, or because they couldn’t act? There must be something in it or these plot lines would not have been used in the recent comedy Hot Fuzz1 ; and besides, it is nice to detract from the more serious plot lines that we see in Silent Witness and Waking the Dead, both of which deal with more contentious issues (both of which I thoroughly enjoy).

Midsomer Murders caters for a certain demographic which given the continual viewing figures and long running success would demonstrate that the current formula works; changes to the programme could harm the current demographic which could lead to a demise of the programme and besides, where would you put the minority?

Now they would have to be coloured; as there has been white minority groups in previous episodes such as Series 2 Ep 1. “Stranglers Wood”2; but with such small villages where the story only usually includes no more than 4 families / suspects, to ensure that they are seen, they would have to become one of the groups which means that at some point, they would either have to die for which there would be an uproar and possible complaints such as “they only died because they were an ethnic minority”, or, they would have to be the offender for which there would be an uproar and possible complaints such as “they were only portrayed as the offender because they were an ethnic minority”!

Either way, the programme will not survive and once you change the formula, you cannot revert back to the old ways.

All I can say is – Well Done Midsomer Murders, at 14 years and over 220 murders 3 you’ve had a good run but I now believe that your days are numbered!


  1. Simon Pegg / Nick Frost Hot Fuzz 2007
  2. Portugese (Anna Santarosa) & Brazillian (Carla Constanza)
  3. Which actually only equates to 16 murders per year across the whole county – not bad btw
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Posted on 05-02-2011
Filed Under (Just a Thought...) by Steve

Everyone is familiar with the age old method of blaming the dog for something done at the dinner table, but now, as Malawi is on the brink of new legislation that criminalises such ‘atrocities’ in public, could it be said that it is time to get pooch out of the country?

The BBC has reported that a row has erupted in Malawi as to whether the offence should be made law; the Justice Minister of Malawi George Chaponda has said that it shall be enforced in the same way as public urination – seems like a load of hot air to me and besides, how do they think they can actually proove who did it; its already difficult to point the finger in a crowded lift.

You can see it now, they’ll be using the age old adage of ‘Whoever smelled it dealt it…’ as evidence – can’t really see many being sent down for it though!

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