Friday, 7 December 2018

Am I the only sane one around? Bits of craziness!

This morning we received two Christmas cards from the same person. Someone has not been keeping track of which people she has sent cards to!! And then there was a card from Phil’s old chess playing mate, Jim. Jim’s is usually the first card we receive each year. This year he was beaten to it by two other friends. Phil recognised the writing on the envelope. What’s more Jim had put his initials and his post code on the back of the envelope. All of this is good as he completely forgot to sign the card. If we were really cynical cheapskates we could re-use that card!

Here is a link to a list of the best Santas in films. Well, it’s someone’s opinion of the best Santas in films. While I find it hard to,imagine Gene Hackman as Father christmas, it has to be accepted that Richard Attenborough makes a very, very good one.

That’s enough Christmas stuff for the time being.

Political correctness continues to be crazy. It seems that vegans are objecting to our using expressions like “bringing home the bacon” and “flogging a dead horse” on the grounds that it trivialises cruelty to animals. They would like us to talk about ‘bringing hime the bagels”. As I eat neither bacons nor bagels, I wonder what I should bring home.

Then there is the case of a chap who was sacked by the League Against Cruel Sports because he disclosed that the organisation invested pension funds in firms involved in animal testing. Apparently he drew management’s attention to the fact that some of their investments were in such firms and when they did not change their investment policy, he went public. So they sacked him. And now he is claiming to have been discriminated against because he is a vegan.

He says he is an "ethical" vegan. "Some people only eat a vegan diet but they don't care about the environment or the animals, they only care about their health. I care about the animals and the environment and my health and everything. That's why I use this term 'ethical veganism' because for me veganism is a belief and affects every single aspect of my life."

And now a tribunal is to be asked to decide whether veganism is a "philosophical belief" akin to a religion. The League Against Cruel Sports denies the sacking was because of his veganism and says he was dismissed for gross misconduct.

Yesterday O2 had a big breakdown and people were left without access to social media. On a more important level, transport systems were also left without the means to announce times of travel and the like. But the social media question threw up funnier stories.

There was a man interviewed on Radio 4 news. He is a you tube star and was protesting, in a rather amusing fashion, that he had had no way to take and post photos of his breakfast. How would his fans know what he ate? There was no way to post videos of what he was doing. Another problem for communicating with his fanbase!! He wanted to go somewhere but could not send for an Uber as the app on his phone was not working. So he set off on foot but soon got lost because the google maps app was not available.

Do people really earn a living this way?

Seemingly so. Earlier this week I came across the story of a small boy who has earned millions doing reviews of toys on you tube. Basically he is filmed playing with toys and the videos are posted.

The world is full of crazy stuff that we could never have imagined fifty years ago! Or even twenty-five years ago for that matter!

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