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November 14, 2007
To avoid the “Oh my god it’s already Christmas season and I haven’t got any presents for anyone yet! Oh, they are gonna be ma-a-a-a-d…” effect, Christmas now begins in October. Restaurants, bars, clubs and even pubs have started advertising their ‘exclusive’ and ‘ultimate’ Christmas plans even before I started shopping for a Halloween pumpkin. So really, there is no excuse for not having a good Christmas present now. Except… if you get philosophical.
If you start by pondering aloud, in an as-a-matter-of-fact manner, “why, oh, why do I have to buy?”, any reasonable person would just give up trying and make a mental note not to get you anything worth more than 2 quid for next Christmas.
If, however, they manage to miss the sarcasm in a haze of holiday hype and courteously listen in on your deep and meaningful monologue, then you can bring in the religion card. Caught in the spirit of ho-ho-ho, even Muslims and Sikhs go on spending sprees and set up emergency Christmas funds. But if you take a step back from that ever-so-charming spirit and go back to the roots of the holiday… most of us aren’t even Christian! We just like the sales, and the ribbons, and tearing up layers of wrapping only to discover your boyfriend doesn’t know you all that well after all.
Another philosophical thought worth a PhD thesis is whether all the consumerism is in accord with the Green idea that is so en vogue these days. Perhaps as a gesture of desperation to save the planet and to make poverty history you could buy each one of your friends a copy of the Big Issue: a quality read for them, a big sincere ‘thank you’ for you and a hot meal for the homeless.
And if all that fails, then perhaps you should consider getting some new friends. After all, it’s all about the new beginnings.
November 10, 2007
The relationship between Brown and Cameron seems awfully hostile, even for a couple with diagonally opposite views. Or perhaps that is the problem: they are not that much different at core? Surely, Brown being a Scot with a common man’s upbringing and Cameron with his privileged background and private education are very different? Yes, but if the opposites attract, then the only reason these two are in such a deadlock of hatred and disdain is because they are in fact very much alike.
They share similar ideas ; ideas that they like and in fact agree on; nevermind whether the ideas are actually good or employable, but the two of them both like them. So they hate each other because the idea that they like rests comfortably on the enemy’s lap.
October 19, 2007
Has anyone asked whether the return from ‘voluntary exile’ of Bhutto was worth 140 human lives? “We are prepared to risk our lives”, shouts she into a microphone, “but we are not prepared to surrender our great nation”. I’m sure those who died didn’t mean to surrender their lives, not like this anyway. The most appalling thing, however, is how no one is criticising Bhutto’s management of her magical return (as if it was an actual physical return of democracy), knowing she was targeted and still going back to Pakistan with great hype exercised only by Hollywood bimbos.
I question her ‘miraculous’ survival; I question the motives behind the suicide attacks; I’m more inclined to believe that Bhutto’s own people were behind the attacks as a twisted form of political campaign. After all, it’s always easy to blame it on the bad guys – that’s what they are for!
Why do people lose their sense of judgement whenever ‘democracy’ is mentioned? What’s wrong and evil is still wrong and evil, even if it’s done in the name of democracy.
And Bhutto is ugly.