Back in August of 2020, in a statement on her website, J.K. Rowling explained why she was returning her ludicrously monikered ‘Ripple of Hope’ award.
It was following the President of ‘Robert F Kennedy Human Rights’ claims, that Rowling’s views, “diminishes the identity” of transgender people.
Hot on the heels of this, the charity Mermaids, which claims to support ‘trans and gender-diverse children’, published a response to Rowling, where they delivered what felt to many, like a veiled attempt at indefensible emotional blackmail.
In it they said, “there have been cases of self-harm and even attempted suicide following J.K. …
LinkedIn is ‘the world’s largest professional network’. They have over 720 million members, and if you want a job in the corporate world, or indeed most office-based environments, you need some kind of presence on it.
For many, their LinkedIn journey would have started on a Monday morning, probably in January or February when, after some kind of skin-crawling experience with their boss, or a particularly miserable meeting, they were led there in an attempt to find a less horrible job.
LinkedIn is first and foremost, a job site. That’s why people are on there. But it has diversified and beefed itself up to become a ‘network’ where companies and individuals can connect, share insights, news, or simply stay in touch with colleagues (without letting them into their far more revealing Facebook or Twitter activity). …
As the US election enters zero hour, we find ourselves once again bombarded by celebrities informing us not just how they have voted, but how others should vote.
Even at the height of the UK Labour party’s Red Wedge tours in the 80s featuring The Style Council, Madness, The Specials, Jimmy Somerville, Silly Bragg et al (and the Conservative’s laughable equivalent where they wheeled out Michael Winner, Jimmy Tarbuck, Steve Davis, and Kenny “Let’s bomb Russia!” Everett) it was nothing like the swarm of puffed up narcissists we have now, offering advice or orders.
Don’t Worry Everything is Going to Be Amazing by Billy Moran, is set during the era known largely as ‘Rave’. I love the book and not least because it’s a time that for me, was the last great youth culture and one that has significant personal resonance.
When I read Billy’s book, I felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand up as the memories started to resurface. I used to think that feeling was flashbacks caused by the various chemicals and plants I may or may not have consumed regularly and in huge quantities during this time.
I have now realised that the feeling was simply the music. The music that still evokes strong memories from 1989 to 1993. Billy and I experienced it differently, but the same. …
10. Mark One | Hoovers and Spraycans 
Choci produced such a weird sound, such a chunking beat and instrumentation that sounded like an afternoon at Screwfix. We revelled in the homemade sounding track that put two fingers up at so called traditionalists who felt every artist should have a guitar in their hands.
9. Urban Shakedown (featuring Micky Finn) — Some Justice 
Both Some Justice and the excellent Sweet Harmony by Liquid utilised Ce Ce Rogers track Someday. Is it the most dramatic, and recognisable intro to any rave tune? Probably. And when those bass bins rumbled, the floor filled. …
Gretchen Weiners: Regina, you’re wearing sweatpants. It’s Monday.
Regina George: So?
Karen Smith: So that’s against the rules and you can’t sit with us.
Excerpt from the film Mean Girls (2004)
On Boxing Day 2019, the British lawyer ‘campaigner’ Jolyon Maugham tweeted, “Already this morning I have killed a fox with a baseball bat. How’s your Boxing Day going?”
There was justified disgust and outrage not merely at the act itself, but the tone and subsequent explanation that he “didn’t especially enjoy killing (the fox)” and that he was “in a kimono”, Maugham went on to say it was upsetting the chickens he keeps in his London residence, and didn’t know what else to do. …
I ran a comprehensive survey recently on this subject* largely so I could understand two things. Did the premise resonate at all or require too much explanation, and secondly, if it did resonate, to find out what people thought, and steal their ideas.
As it turns out, this is something most people are aware of. A cousin of virtue signalling, humblebragging, and that whole grimness, these are things that people actively pretend to like when in fact, you strongly suspect they don’t.
Why pretend? Because that person is under the impression that liking these things will make them somehow more likeable themselves. It could be anything; that awful Japanese animation or a dense and gloomy Norwegian film that just happens to be your favourite because it is usually followed up with questions that you think make you look ‘deep’ (when in fact the film you have watched the most is probably Pretty Woman), a punk band that deep down you wish sounded like The Carpenters. Or perhaps it’s a painting that unless it is accompanied by a long description of the artist, the artist’s history, motivation and why they felt it necessary to throw shit at a wall, IS indistinguishable from a wall covered in shit. …
Some shows never have the chance to ‘Jump the Shark’. That fateful moment where a tonal shift or more usually, a dip in quality, is felt by the audience. Derived from an episode in Happy Days where the Fonz inexplicably jumps over a shark while on water skis, the expression is used most often to reflect a symptom of a show’s success and therefore longevity.
A sitcom may have existed for so long that the writers got increasingly desperate in their search for plots, or they have moved the characters so far on from their origins that they no longer possess the essence that made them so appealing to viewers in the first place. …
David Icke is back in the news because an interview he gave to London Real, where he discusses 5G and the Coronavirus, was taken down by YouTube. Pointless of course for a few reasons, one is that it’s still viewable on London Reel’s own website, and secondly because David Icke’s been expressing these kinds of views for nearly 30 years.
And what’s more, whether you like it or not, people want to watch David Icke videos. Some people want to buy his books. Some even read them. At his peak he was packing them in at the O2 in London where he’d talk for hours about global conspiracies and how everyone’s life is basically a sham. …
I have a list, and it’s getting longer.
It originally started with this premise:
Any celebrity who has appeared on Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry no longer deserves even the slightest respect even IF, they possess talent in some way.
Harsh? Perhaps only make that claim once you have watched a couple of episodes of this hateful effluence.
Skinny little Tyler, a ‘clairvoyant’, ‘medium’, and with the gift of ‘medical intuition’ (whatever the inflamed gonads that is), bestows his particular brand of sorority insincerity onto various washed up celebrities, all accompanied by a grin that would unnerve Hannibal Lecter.