Thursday, October 27, 2005

Global Warming?.......hmmmm

From the BBC news website:
"The late autumn mild spell is set to deliver one of the warmest October days on record, with temperatures in some parts of the country predicted to rise to 23C on Thursday.
The trouble is, record-beating climate conditions seem to crop up with such remarkable frequency these days, it's almost easy to be blase about such things.
Is it all down to global warming? Whatever the reason, it's something the Magazine has decided to keep tabs on new. From now on we'll be keeping an eye out for new weather records to bring to readers' attention as and when they happen. "

Why are we so blind all of a sudden! It's like we all know why the world is turning against us, but we are just too fucking arrogant and proud to admit it.

"Is it all down to global warming?" oh oh I really don't know...maybe it's errrmmm terrorists...YES! Thats it! Terrorists have prayed for this to happen, must be it....

Oh please when wil people just wake up and smell the ozone!!!!!


Suddenly Barbie is not cool and Cindy, well she’s long gone as we are now approached with dolls like Bratz and MyScene. Although many women would argue that both Barbie and Cindy had unrealistic bodies and “pretty pretty” faces then, I wonder what they would say about the latest trendy dolls. Not only do they appear to be the patron saints of facial cosmetic surgery, but they are also even more clueless and “dizzy” than Barbie or Cindy ever was!

When babysitting for two girls aged 4 and 6 I was introduced to Bratz dolls and then to the film. I just couldn’t believe at how these lovely little girls were in awe of these scatty, dense and facially deformed characters. They even knew all the words and would answer in sync! I know that they are only children and unaware of the blatant American propaganda crap they were watching, but it worries me that they might think this is the way they ought to and should look and act.
None of the Bratz characters were intelligent, individuals who stood up for what they believed in (apart from fashion) and to me they are just seemed so similar. Would it really hurt to make a series of dolls that can speak their mind intelligently and stand up for important issues in life such as the environment or global warming?… not just fashion and looking good. Even in the American TV show “Saved By The Bell” they had Jessie Spano who even though she was a rather stereotype feminist, she was still intelligent and got the point across that feminism is not something to hide and be ashamed of.

Of course I don’t mean there should be an army of feminist dolls all built with crew cuts and sneakers (although that is probably how they would be manufactured), but it would be a nice change to see a doll character, like Jessie, who is not a dizzy page three girl wanna be like the others seem to be. We can only hope that out children wont turn into the next Jordan or Jessica Simpson, although perhaps it is our responsibilities to educate them in the things that really do matter. After all we don’t inherit the earth from our parents and grandparents; we borrow it from our children.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Working Class Hero

According to society and John Lennon, a working class hero is something to be and in that case we should head out in to the rat race as soon as we are able to understand the concept of being a proud member of society. But what really does this entail?
To put it simply to be a good law abiding member of society you have to work an average 6 day week, have your own residence, 2.4 children, a spouse, a family vehicle, not claim benefits and preferable have a dog! Ok so this is a little far fetched, but this is what is portrayed to us since we were tiny.

As soon as we are born we are force fed career ideas and constantly asked by our elders “so tell me Charlotte what do you want to be when you grow up?” and often we will say “I want to be a vet” or “I want to be a doctor or a teacher”. We choose anything that we have seen examples of, and liked the idea of being someone important, someone admired and thought highly of in society. Even those who want to be come actors and singers love the idea of being practically adored and worshipped! Of course when we get a little older or choices may and often do change, because we now have a greater understanding of what this career requires and also the pay package!

When we finally make it in to school the whole thing continues, yet only when we reach secondary school does it get “serious”. It’s the time when you have to pay attention and really learn all what they tell you and most of it is for the exams, not actually for your life.
Everyday in class you feel on show and venerable, because children can be so cruel and it’s true what John Lennon’s song says “they hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool”. If you’re lucky you won’t stand out in class by being smart and hopefully just fade into the woodwork like so many other children with high potential. Tell me, what kind of example or lessen is this teaching us? If only to just be quiet and shut up in society or get constantly get kicked back down by the bigger kids! You are taught how not to be different and how you must always be the top of what ever you do (pretty hard if your used to living within the walls or if you find it hard to step on everyone weaker than you, just to get one step ahead). And then after all this you have to pick your subjects, which will help you in you chosen career, and ta-da you’re on your first step to becoming a working class hero! Honestly they should give you some kind of certificate, no wait they do, your GCSE certificates!
So while you’re sitting your exams you get assembly after assembly on how you should do you’re A- levels and then go one to university (forgetting to mention the debt you will be in for the first most important years of your adult life). All because this will get you a high paid job, which will help your working class life be as picturesque as they portray it to be. Well no thank you, that’s not for me.

It seems that we really have no time to think anymore, and your thought of as a “hopeless dreamer” “hippy” or “drop-out” if you do actually take the time to find yourself and who you are at the age of 16, rather than 60.

As soon as your born they make you feel small,
By giving you no time instead of it all,
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
They hurt you at home and they hit you at school,
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool,
Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
When they've tortured and scared you for twenty odd years,
Then they expect you to pick a career,
When you can't really function you're so full of fear,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV,
And you think you're so clever and classless and free,
But you're still fucking peasents as far as I can see,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
There's room at the top they are telling you still,
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be like the folks on the hill,
A working class hero is something to be.
A working class hero is something to be.
If you want to be a hero well just follow me,
If you want to be a hero well just follow me.

A Working Class Hero, John Lennon