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Mrs Brown’s Boys – Cathy’s Rant

A bit of light humor today from BBC’s comedy, Mrs Brown’s Boys.

..and I thought I was stressed!


Signs That Don’t Make Sense

Happy New Year everybody!

Thank you all for the support and the messages through Twitter – please keep them coming, as I thoroughly enjoy replying to them! 🙂

For the first post of the year, I’d like someone to please explain this sign to me.

I can’t be the only person to think that the M.E.N Arena didn’t quite think things through..

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The Liebster Blog Awards

Chunkee2na has kindly nominated Thursday Night Rants for the the Liebster Blog Award.

The Liebster blog award is for websites with a following of less than 200 people, and is used to highlight to best start-up sites on the web.

The award has most definitely been accepted. I’m going to nominate three new blogs which you should all definitely check out!

1) MozBAR – An amazing blog featuring just about everything! A really good read to pass to the time. Everything is well written, detailed and entertaining.

2) Classroom as Microcosm – An educational, frequently updated blog that delves into the life of a modern English teacher. From teaching techniques to the problems teachers are forced to face; it can all be found here.

3) Ande Ke Funde – This guy’s knowledge and understanding of the world itself is amazing. For any philosophical , religious or existentialistic reads, you can’t go wrong with Ande’s blog.

Check these websites out, and feel free to comment on their posts!


Sexualisation Of Children – Who Is To Blame? (Via The Guardian)

Music, magazines or merchandise? Tell us who you think bears most responsibility for exposing children to sexualised images

Are children too exposed to overtly sexualised images? Flesh and flirting are cheap but ever more common currencies with which to try to flog anything from push-up bras to magazines. It’s an easy decision to make a quick buck, but far harder to question the ethics of feeding children’s natural curiosity for things that make them feel grown up, a curiosity that is instinctively moderated by attentive parents.

Men's magazines

Celebrity and entertainment arguably have more responsibility than retailers for desensitising parents to the sexualisation of music, magazines, television and merchandise, and perhaps our own benchmarks have shifted as a consequence.

There is an understandable tendency to reject any attempt to restrict or impede our access to content, or even our experience of access to that content. But it is not about prudishness, English sexual inhibition orcensorship. It’s about sensitivity, restoring some level of dignity, of rationality, and a space where the images of women that children see every day are not semi-naked or prone.

In Hamley’s not so long ago I was horrified to see the role-playing toyssection: the boys’ shelf has a doctor’s kit and a builder’s kit while the girls’ shelf had what I can best describe as a Paris Hilton kit, with a tiara, mobile phone and stilettos. If we set our children up with such shallow expectations, can we really be surprised when they follow them?

The July edition of GQ is the latest of the mainstream men’s magazines to push the boundaries of acceptability with its choice of cover photo, showing a reclining Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in a slit dress that just about covers her crotch, though not without revealing the inner curve of her buttock. For adult males, that kind of titillation is so commonplace it probably doesn’t even feel like titillation anymore. But it’s not just men’s magazines; I still boycott T3 gadget magazine, which insists on putting a chick in a bikini on the cover with some token gadget. Or is that a token chick? Once when I described Page 3 as “soft porn”, a Sun editor phoned to complain.

Are magazines the biggest culprit or is it the popstars? Have you found bizarrely inappropriate clothing in children’s stores? And what about mainstream TV? Tell us all your horror stories…


GoodReads – Social Networking For Readers

Whilst scrolling through my Twitter account, I found that a blogger that I follow (@ToolsRoomKnightMozBar) had been using a service which I never knew existed. Entitled ‘Goodreads,’  this new social networking  site is the first that I’ve seen which is dedicated to literature; users are able to rate books, share their opinions and ideas, and check the reading lists of other people.

The service has a range of new features which I am already finding incredibly useful. Although I have only been using Goodreads for a few days, I have already been drawn to the recommendations section. The website offers you a selection of books that are personally catered to you, according to the books that you have already read and ‘rated’. I was impressed by the results; the literature that Goodreads recommended for me are books that my English teachers had advised me to purchase, as well as some lesser known novels that I hadn’t heard of. (..but sounded incredibly interesting!) The website’s social network integration with Twitter and Facebook allows friends to be added to a Goodread account. By doing this, you can see what books your peers have been reading, and what books they have been commenting on.

One of the main drawing points is the comments section. Unlike some other social networking sites, the comments posted are meaningful and offer insight on the topic being discussed. As an English Lit. student, I think a resource that allows people to be able to share your thoughts and interpretations on a selected book is highly beneficial.

Hopefully, by making reading ‘fun’ through social networking, more teenagers will feel inspired to delve into literature. Do you feel that a social networking environment would encourage reading and conversations regarding books? Do you feel that this ‘educational’ networking site will become used by the masses like Twitter and Facebook before it?

I’m currently working to set my profile up, and inputting the books that I’ve read in the past few months into my database. Please feel free to add me on Goodread (here), or follow me on Twitter for up to date information on reviews that I’ve published on the platform. 

http://twitter.com/#!/ThursNightRants


Swindon’s Taylor Jones to ‘Fall in’ To The Charts

Once again, Swindon’s Taylor Jones (TeeJay) is set to tear through the charts with his latest hit; ‘She’s The One’. The young artist is set to release his latest single after the success of his first, ‘Fallen Out (Of Love)’ – see previous post for more info. – which managed to sweep in to the Official Urban Charts for 8 weeks running, peaking at number 2; no easy task for even the most experienced artists!

Over the past two years, the 17 year old rapper has gained a massive following, achieving an amazing amount of hits on his youtube channel; approximately 225,000, coming from a barrage of different countries and age groups. It’s easy to understand why his fans and followers are so loyal; the artist takes all opportunities to thank his listeners for their support, and regularly gets in contact with them – answering questions and the like; a trait that many artists fail to adopt. It’s evident that TJ is dedicated and listens to all feedback that is given to him, as their demands are always met; merchandise is on its way, as well as a new CD, due for release in December.

As in the first single, Darren Martyn provides a catchy chorus that both lyrically and vocally complements the verses sang by TeeJay. The video is crisp and well recorded, sporting a high standard of professionalism on both artists’ part.

From the success of the last single – and the positive feedback already gained from this one – it’s safe to say that the young star has a bright future ahead of him.

‘She’s The One’ is to be broadcast on AKA, Starz, Smash Hits, KISS, Vault, Dance Nation, Flava & Pop, with a chance of getting on MTV; publicity for this one will be BIG. The song is due for release on 19th September, and will be available for purchasing through iTunes. All purchases would support the artist immensely. Please further show your support on Facebook & Twitter.

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/TaylorJonesMusic

Twitter @TaylorJonesTJ


Where do I fit in the big picture? (via Ande ke Funde)

Again, one has to question what relevance we – as one human being in a world of millions – have to the overall ‘events-chain’; this Great Chain of Being; this cause-to-consequence ordering.

Are we – as individuals, as families, as countries, continents or even the world in itself – really significant in a universe of such an unimaginable scale?

..or is life but solipsism? Is anything apart from myself really true?

I am sure if you are reading this post under the “Philosophy” tag on wordpress you have confronted this question and would like to see if I know what I am talking about. But today I want to take a scientific look at this question instead of the typical philosophical approach. So, this is approximately who I am (margin of error in these number could be in the range of 1-100B): Part of the Human species which has the population of 6.7B Living on a … Read More

via Ande ke Funde