Saturday, 3 July 2010

Football Is Just a Game

Obvious, right? Perhaps not. I've enjoyed the buld up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and have watched my fair share of matches to date. Every team I've supported has been eliminated, but let's not dwell too much on that unfortunate fact. At least, I still remember that when all is said and done, football is just a game. And I was taught from a young age that winning or losing doesn't really matter; it's how you play the game. How sad, then, that our professional footballers choose to lie and cheat through every match, and I'm not talking about exceptions. It's the norm! Diving, raising of hands to appeal against non-existent fouls and hand balls, and feigning innocence in the face of blatant misdemeanours... The list could go on and on. Add to all that the weeping and crying and shouting and fighting on and off the pitch, and you'd be forgiven for thinking that we're talking about some thing more serious than 22 people trying to kick leather-bound air between vertical wooden sticks and under a crossbar.

They're all overpaid anyway. Perhaps that's the root of the whole problem...

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Airbrushed for Success

The recent furore over David Cameron's campaign poster has been entertaining, to say the least. I still recall the first time I saw the now infamous poster of the Conservative Party leader, his eyes piercing into my soul, forcing me to pay attention to his written words: "We can't go on like this. I'll cut the deficit, not the NHS." Of course, I spotted straight away that he had been airbrushed, as did most of Britain. But I didn't think much if it. Some others clearly have a lot more time on their hands. Do check out when you have a moment, and you'll see what I mean.

Now Labour says, "They can airbrush their leader, but they can't airbrush their policies!" Well said! As disenchanted as I am with the Labour party, I remain extremely distrustful of the Conservative party. Sure, David Cameron is a photogenic leader, but what will a Conservative government really mean for Britain? I look forward to the televised leaders' debate. Perhaps then I'll know what Dave and the gang have to offer. After all, we can't go on like this, with suspicious minds... ;)

Monday, 11 January 2010

It's Snow Joke

You know how in many countries an abundance of snow simply means that everyone sighs at the beautiful landscape and kids look forward to snow fights and building snowmen when they get home? Well in Great Britain, a lot of snow is no joke at all. It’s the next worst thing to a terrorist attack. Okay, that’s a wild exaggeration but it does affect us pretty badly!

Last year, 5 inches of snow shut down a significant section of London’s public transport system. This year, there’s been a lot more snow, but still we’ve had a lot more time and recent experience to prepare for it, right? Wrong. Yet again, we have public transport mayhem, delayed trains, children staying home from school, workers unable to get to work, grit and salt running out on a national level and until recently, the threat of gas shortage. It’s not like we’re talking about a hurricane or an earthquake. Yes, we had up to 20 inches of snow in some places but is that seriously enough to shut down whole cities?

I can’t help but think someone somewhere is not doing something right…

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Another Labour Coup

The folks at Westminster are at it again, and no I'm not talking about pilfering public funds via expense reports! The knives are drawn for our dear leader, Gordon Brown. I saw a local headline this morning: "does Labour have a death wish?" They must do; how else can one explain this insane in-fighting, months before the next general election?

I'll be the first to admit that Gordon Brown isn't the most charamatic person in the world. Not that I know him personally, but I see enough of him in the media to form an opinion! However, is it not logical to get behind your leader at this crucial time and sing his praises, as well as that of the Labour party?

Former Cabinet members have called for a secret ballot on Gordon Brown's leadership. If he should lose, then Labour will be plunged into a late leadership tossle. Unless it turns out to be the coronation of a clear successor (and I really don't see that happening) then by the time the good people have finished beating one other to a pulp, the unashamedly photogenic David Cameron will walk all over them on his way to an easy victory! Not like that's exactly an avoidable outcome. It's safe to assume, save something pretty dramatic, that David Cameron is the next British Prime Minister.

I think that's just the problem. In their heart of hearts, the Labour Party has given up. They don't think they have a realistic chance of winning the election, and so are focussing on saving as many seats as they can. Who can blame the MPs? Self-preservation is a really powerful instinct. How ironic that this very instinct could lead to their collective doom. I'll watch this drama unfold from my comfy armchair, with an ample supply of popcorn. Shakespeare couldn't have written it better.