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christian symbols offensive? leave colin atkinson alone

Those who read my ramblings on a regular basis will know that I do not believe in G-d, but I have no objections whatsoever to those who do drawing comfort from their religion and the traditions and pageantry that go with them.

In a land that once was proud of its tolerance I am appalled that a gentle man by the name of Colin Atkinson can find himself in trouble with hie employers for displaying a cross in his vehicle.

I appreciate that it is their vehicle, and that they have to draw the line somewhere about how employees customise their working environment, but to say that it might offend is, to me, wrong.

Some 37 years ago I found myself in an early management role having to deal with customers who wanted a maintenance person to call, “but not the *****” (insert own word for someone of a darker skin). We have come a long way since those days of prejudice that Warren Mitchell parodied so brilliantly, and I am as angry about the treatment of Mr Atkinson as I was about the events of 1974.

I hope that someone sees sense here and drops this whole issue. To allow it to continue is to shame us all.

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when tv commercials were fun – weetabix robin hood

A bit of fun to start the week. With so many bland TV commercials around these days thank heaven for YouTube. Here’s the classic Weetabix take on the Robin Hood legend.

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Letters to the Editor #51 – QI, Top Gear and now Steve Coogan

Sir

I wrote here the other day in support of QI over the remarks made last week about Japan and the atom bomb raids that closed off WW2.

Over last weekend I had also watched Top Gear, and had heard the oafish remarks made regarding Mexico and its people, and those I cannot defend, nor would I want to. I regard that sort of behaviour, in a public forum, as being on the same level as Mr Gray and Mr Keys the other week. Some of Top Gear I find very enjoyable, but I missed an entire series after turning off part way through the first episode because of their antics in the deep south of the US.

It is a shame that three intelligent presenters seem to want to resort to this sort of behaviour, but the audience do seem to like it, as did that of the Sky football chaps (the 20 year success of the latter could not have come without the audience wanting to tune in).

Maybe I am in a minority here. If so I don’t mind, I make my own choices. Mr Coogan appears to be a fellow member, but maybe his public reaction has something to do with Top Gear drawing a bigger audience and getting more laughs? Certainly it is the first mention I have heard of him in a while.

Will I watch Top gear again tonight? Maybe, there’s not much else on, but the off button is there should I wish to use it.

Yours faithfully

Disgusted of Dorcan

 

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Unleashing the inner poet

The Berkshire Belle and I have been together for many years now. Twenty one in fact, if my maths are right, and this for what some who knew us said would be a six week wonder.

Maybe you do try harder the second time around, as it is for us two, but somewhere early on in our time together I decided I would do the twelve days of Christmas backwards. Starting on the 13th December I would produce a card and/or a gift on each day as we ran up the the 25th.

That evolved into a card with a short rhyme (I hesitate to call them poetry) and, apart from one year when things at work were really grim, I was working away and I forgot the 13th (you only have to miss one to screw things up) I’ve done it every year since.

Unless I am going to be away I don’t write them in advance. I’ve tried and it doesn’t work for me. Normally I write them in the half hour before I go to bed and, somehow, something will flow from my heart to my hand, through my pen and onto the card.

Some are nonsense, some are topical (I was always inspired by the calypso), some try to copy the style of something well known and now and again I come up with an epic.

The common thread is that they are written with love. Some come on guys, you don’t have to copy my idea of the 12 days, but why not buy your lady a card that’s blank inside and just write her something to say how much she means to you?

 

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letters to the editor number 9 – more fun with words

Sir

I write on behalf of all the structures that hold back water and protect those living in low-lying lands such as The Netherlands and the Fens.

Are their feelings to be overlooked by these inappropriate associations with a certain former lady jockey turned TV commentator?

We might urge those concerned in this tiff to get their fingers out and apologise, but digital extraction, too, has inappropriate connotations where our earthen banked friends are concerned. Perhaps the best course of action would be them both to get a life.

Yours faithfully

Dorcan Dyke Appreciation Society

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letters to the editor number 6 – bad language in public

Sir

Filling up the Jaguar with unleaded this morning the Wonder of Wokingham pointed out a bumper sticker on the car in front. I’ll not repeat it here, but it contained a four letter word that we both felt should not have been there.

How is it that the Police can prosecute a child for chalking a hopscotch pattern on the pavement and yet others are freely allowed to print, sell and display offensive bumper stickers?

Yours faithfully

Disgusted of Dorcan

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letters to the editor #31 – more fun with words

Sir

When I was younger, if asked to make a decision, people would say it was up to me. Now they would say it is down to me.

At what point did we get this inversion? I think that we should be told.

Yours faithfully
Worried of Wiltshire

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letters to the editor number 19 – initial thoughts

Sir

My attention has been drawn to the intials PM. Amongst other things, they appear to stand for:

a) Prime Minister
b) Puppet Master
c) Peter Mandelson

Am I alone in thinking that this is no coincidence? I think that we should be told.

Yours faihtfully
Worried of Wiltshire

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is the 2010 election just libdems vs tories? part 2

I tweeted on this earlier today and have had some comments back.

The reason for the question is that I’ve seen the local Tories out knocking on doors and working the streets every day round these parts since Saturday. Earlier on Saturday we’d been in Cheltenham and had seen loads of Tory posters and signs as well as, in Cheltenham itself, a good smattering of LibDem posters. Sunday I wasn’t out much, but today I’ve been over to Oxford, Woodstock, Kidlington, East Oxford and back. Loads of Tory posters, but not one for anyone else either there or on the way to and from.

Comments on my tweet suggest that Tavistock and Quinton, well to the south west and north of me are also a sea of blue, so where are the others? Are they just going to run media campaigns and not bother to get out and face their public? Time will tell.

One of the things that kept me interested in my younger days, long before political correctness and “staying on message” got in the way of the truth, was to go and see the politicians of the day. Heckling was both witty and good sport and a decent dialogue could be had. Politicians had personalities and could actually talk English rather than the sound bite loaded nonsense we get these days.

You didn’t have to agree with them. In some ways it was more fun if you didn’t, but the likes of Dennis Healey, (a young) Neil Kinnock, Michael Foot, David Steele, Barbara Castle to name but a few were bloody good value out on the streets where you can’t hide. I miss them all.

Still, we have an election and I’m trying to get exited about it hence tweets and blogs that are begining to pour forth. I shall be a bit quiet for a couple of days as I’m at a conference in London tomorrow and Wednesday, but will tweet odd thoughts if anything comes up while I’m there.

Oh, and if you don’t agree, then comment here. Let’s have some debate. It’s what democracy should have in its foundations. But keep it to issues; nothing personal. (Is this the right room for an Argument? Yes, it is, in this case Abuse is somewhere else).

PS: the #sswindon hashtag is for the constituency that I live in. Check my tweets for a link to find yours (I re-tweeted someone’s original with the link a day or so ago).

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getting the best from Powerpoint, part 2

For those of you that have enjoyed my 10 tips on getting the best from Powerpoint, I do a spoof presentation to illustrate the worst ways to use it with some discussion and examples of good practice. Feel free to get in touch if you’d like me to come along and present to your team or group.

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