Archive for January 18th, 2007

Wind blows me away….

I am at The Bollo. It is 3.30 in the afternoon. I am not drinking – I am using their Wifi to communicate with the world because high winds have blown a tree down which hit the front of my house / office, tearing all the telephone lines down and knocking my motorbike over. No-one was hurt – but I have to exit the building by jumping over a wall to my right. To the casual eye (and those who do not know that I run my private office from a house) I look like a burglar or looter – running away with a laptop in my hands! I cannot receive email or calls at the office and have had to set up a makeshift office at the pub in order to do so. Life can be hard. I thought of calling Channel 4 News to see if they wanted the story – but suspect that all their newshounds are busy trying to track down Channel 4 Big Brother executives to interview and are just too busy.

The good news is that the winds have given BT, the Council and all those other jobsworths in call centres a chance to be lofty with the British public and tell demented home and office owners that it may take weeks to repair all the telephone lines, tow trees away etc etc. I may have to stay at the pub the for the remainder of the day in case the winds return to strike again.

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Lord of the flies…

I am not the first to make the comparison between Celebrity Big Brother and Lord of the Flies by William Golding – a book which we were required to read at school. I looked the book up on the web and quote from the first paragraph of the first website I came across:

“Lord of the Flies is a thought-provoking novel authored by William Golding in 1954. The book describes in detail the horrific exploits of a band of young children who make a striking transition from civilized to barbaric. Lord of the Flies commands a pessimistic outlook that seems to show that man is inherently tied to society, and without it, we would likely return to savagery.

I understand that Ms Goody (pictured) is up for eviction tonight. The Mirror and other tabloids cover the story with their usual subtlety – here is a selection of statements by Ms Goody and her disciples to give you a flavour :

Extracts from The Mirror
“The bitterness inside the BB house intensified after Jade – who is up for eviction against Shilpa tomorrow – laid into the Bollywood star and accused her of lying about buying an Oxo cube.

She hissed: “I f***ing hate liars, don’t lie over something stupid.

“You’re not some princess in f***ing Neverland. You’re not some princess here. You’re a normal housemate like everybody else. Everybody else.

“Go back to the slums and find out what real life is about lady. “You’re so far up your own a**e you can smell your own s***. You’re a liar and a fake.”

Shilpa, 31, told 23-year-old Jade she needed elocution lessons, before fleeing to the bedroom.

Sniggering Danielle – who once fronted an anti-bullying campaign – said to Jade: “That was f***ing fantastic, I loved it. I think she should f*** off home.

“Does that mean I need elocution lessons because she can’t understand what I f***ing say? She can’t even speak English properly anyway.”

PR guru, Max Clifford, and other pundits have suggested that Jade Goody is going to have a very difficult time when she gets evicted and realises she has ruined her entire career and reputation. Channel 4 executives have, so far, declined to comment. Jon Snow, on Channel 4 News, told viewers. “We asked someone from Channel 4 to come on but they declined.” The Endamol chief has declined to comment.


It is rare for me to extract a comment and place it in the main body. I do so here: This is from Corporate Blawg:
Grotesque and bizarrly fascinating. One hopes the careers of Jade and her droogs immediately reach cessation, and they dwell in the cess pool of celebrity they have created for themselves.

Besides the new television low that Jade has taken us, what about the extreme dignity and gentleness exhibited by Shilpa? Shilpa has demonstrated herself to be of such outstanding character (patience, tolerance, humility, kindness, humour, etc) that Corporate Blawg believes she is a walking exhibit of the greatest art form there is – the one we all aspire to achieve – the complete control and majesty of, and the celebration and raising of the human spirit.

For that alone, for the hope she inspires by her model, Corporate Blawg hopes that India awards her the Bharat Ratna for advancement of Art, Literature and Science.

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