Player Two – Grab The Kleenex

Player TwoI’m not one for video games. Loved playing them with my younger brother when I was a kid, but somehow I grew up and fell out of love with them. My love loss was further compounded years later when my 9 year-old nephew kicked my ass playing Call of Duty (I swear to this day that I still didn’t see what I was supposed to be shooting at!!).

But I am soon to become a father for the very first time. So my tendancy for sentimentality has been slowly on the increase these past few months. That’s probably why I really like this advert for Microsoft’s Xbox. I’m not at all expert enought to espouse the pro’s and con’s of one system versus another. I just liked the story behind the ad and the heart strings it was tugging on me when I watch it.

Apparently (I saw “apparently, because it could be true, or it could have been planted by an ad-man) a user on a forum posted a message about how he missed playing with his Dad, who had sadly passed away. He found an old Xbox in the garage and found the ghost of his Dad on one of their favourite games.

It’s a simple but heart warming ad, and if you have any remnants of a soul, thenI defy you to not have a little lump in your throat after you’ve watched this.

Another One Born Every Minute – Mass Media Gone Mad

Metro Herald Royal BabyIs it just me, or has the worlds media devoted WAAAAYYYY too much time and energy regarding the coverage of the pregnancy and recent birth of the newest member of the Windsor family. One would have thought that there were far more important or interesting things to cover, such as the recent earthquake in China, the about face of the Russian dictatorship with regards to Alexey Navalny’s recent court case or the announcement that scientists have found of way of regrowing retina’s using stem cells which in turn can help reverse blindness!

I am generally the first to skip past Sky News on any given day, but even quicker when either Tim Marshall or Kim Burley are occupying the screen. So imagine my delight when I saw someone take the opportunity to poke fun at the entire exaggerated, overblown coverage whilst being interviewed by that Dame of histrionics herself, Kay Burley, and it turns out he was Ze German, no less. Utterly hilarious.

Now that the royal tike has finally arrived, I hope that we can all move on to more important things in life, like will he be breastfed or not, will William be changing any shitty nappies and how long will I have to wait until this stem cell thing is available on the NHS!

ISPCC Advert

This simple, yet powerful advert succinctly highlights why I firmly believe that people should be made get a licence before they ever have kids. And having personally had the horror of seeing parents berating their children with similar verbal abuse as portrayed in the video, I sometimes wonder why, if there WAS a God, does he/she choose to allow these cretinous excuses for humans to procreate, only to bring their poor unfortunate children into existence to suffer at the hands of horrible parents, meanwhile there are couples crying out for a child and who go through life childless, when you just know they would love and adore their little ones, if they would only be lucky to fall pregnant.

It’s sad to say though that being a parent is the only vestige of human life that thus far remains void of the tentacles of the Nanny State, save for China, and in which the accident of birth continues to be the greatest source of inequality and suffering known to man.

Dutch Guttersnipe Advert Attacking Ukraine’s Women

Have you seen the advert in the Netherlands playing on the fears of Dutch women and their promiscious husbands heading to Ukraine for the Euro 2012 championships to enjoy more than just football?

To say that it plays on stereotyping is an understatement, and I would not be surprised if this was partly funded by that racist bottle-blonde neo-nazi wannabe, Geert Wilders and his PVV party who are not just anti-muslim, but have extended their racism to include anyone from Eastern Europe. And painting a picture that all women from Eastern Europe, in particular Ukrainian women, are on the game, is just another example of the racist propaganda appearing across the Dutch media of late.

What they fail to realise is that if you walk down the narrow streets of the Red Light District, you’ll see as many Dutch women advertising their wares as women from everywhere else. So who are they trying to kid?

To be honest though, if Dutch women got their act together and stopped wearing skirts and trouser combo’s, stopped eating junk food all the time, actually put on a bit of make-up and learned how to wear high-heels and skirts from time to time whilst being a little more feminine and a lot less in your face, then maybe they wouldn’t have to worry about their mens wandering eyes. Sadly though, all a Dutch man has to look forward to instead is a beer machine at home. Maybe it’s to help him get in the mood so he can actually face his Dutch wife? <evil grin>

Afterall, I doubt the women of Spain, Italy or France have the same worries as their Dutch counterparts 🙂


Aussies Don’t Swear

Really? Well, the ones I know do. In fact they’d put most Irish people to shame if it came to a swearing competition. Herself made this innate observation when we would hang out with our Aussie friends (of which we have many) and noted that she once thought that I had some choice language, until of course she met her first Aussie. Seems this trait for colourful articulative language was to be found amongst all our friends from Down Under.

Which begs the question about why these TV presenters had an American styled “politically correct/potty mouth” reaction to the woman who answered, in a very normal and accepted Aussie manner, so when asked would she like to win $10,000. I can’t for the life of me understand why they looked so shocked and appalled at the answer or reaction they got from Ms. Jay Grumley, when this is in fact par for the course across Australia. Or maybe the folks in TV-land are above ever using colourful language at all whenever tasked with overemphasising their surprise and delight and winning a few bob 🙂

Maybe they were expecting her to say “Strewth!”

Crime DOES Pay – Update

It was reported in today’s press that after an extensive bidding war, Amanda Knox, Americans ultimate Femme-fatale, is set to earned a reported $4 million (€3m) in a book deal inked this week for her unadulterated pulling-on-heart-strings account of her time behind bars during the Meredith Kercher murder trial. Whilst the real killer is yet to be convicted, Knox is merrily making a mint. Crime, it seems, really does pay, and quite nicely too!

Knox was convicted alongside her Italian boyfriend Rafaelle Sollecito, of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher. However in a cruel twist of flawed Italian logic and law, she was released by the Italian courts and cleared of the murder, based on a legal technicality. The Italian prosecution, who maintain their adamant stance that Knox slit the throat of Kercher and then stabbed her multiple times in their shared apartment in the town of Perugia, have filed a petition appealing her release from prison last year.

In what was was described as a “heated” bidding war, publishing giant HarperCollins announced that the as-yet untitled memoir would go on sale in the US early next year. Doubtless to say that there may not be many takers on the book this side of the pond when it’s eventually published.

In a statement, Harper Collins said: “Knox will give a full and unflinching account of the events that led to her arrest in Perugia and her struggles with the complexities of the Italian judicial system. Aided by journals she kept during her imprisonment, Knox will talk about her harrowing experience at the hands of the Italian police and later prison guards and inmates.”

HarperCollins refused to confirm how much Knox will be paid for the book, but insiders have suggested it was at least seven figures, and probably close to $4 million (€3m).

Jonathan Burnham of HarperCollins said that Knox had studied creative writing in college, and would be writing the book herself with the help of an unnamed collaborator. No doubt those creative writing classes came in handy when she was being interviewed by the Italian police and prosecutors.

During her captivity, she was largely viewed in her own country an innocent victim of the chaotic Italian judicial system. In both Britian and Italy, however, Knox is seen rather differently, with some suggesting that she got away with murder.

She became notorious during the early investigation into Miss Kercher’s death after it emerged that she had turned a cartwheel in the police station soon after the murder, and was captured on television kissing Sollecito passionately. He is also said to be preparing to sell a book about the crime in Italy.

Miss Kercher’s family had called on Knox not to publish her story – her father called the American’s release from jail “ludicrous”.

So as predicted, Knox is using her notoriety and those despicable events to cash in and set herself up for life. The gravy train has only just left the station, there will no doubt be movie rights and TV appearances on the horizon, all the while, the Kercher family continue to mourn the loss of a beloved daughter and the fact that her real killer is making a mint.

Crime DOES Pay

As predicted in my post last October about Amanda Knox and her potential to earn millions from all those bleeding heart liberals who are keen to learn of her plight after spending (rightfully) almost four years in an Italian prison, it seems my predictions of untold riches was spot on.

Sociopath Knox, has hired herself a lawyer, and not just any lawyer, but the same one who handled Tony Blair’s memoirs, to help her land a lucrative book deal. The convicted murderess, who had her conviction overturned due to a Italian legal technicality, was already writing her memoirs whilst incarcerated.  She is expected to be paid well over a $1million for her story. Nice work if you can get it.

Washington DC-based Robert Barnett will represent her in talks with publishers. He purportedly helped broker book deals for US Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W Bush, as well as Tony Blair.

Knox served four years of a 26-year sentence, and since her release she has not granted any interviews, helping to preserve the value of an eventual book deal.

Knox’s parents reportedly spent huge sums of money on lawyers and publicists, as well as travel and living costs, during the fight to free their daughter. So they are obviously keen to recoup their losses. The parents themselves are also being prosecuted in Italy after they were indicted on charges of criminal slander as a result of an interview published by The Sunday Times in 2009, in which they said their daughter “had not been given an interpreter, had not received food and water, and had been physically and verbally abused” by police officers after her arrest. They sought to have the charges dismissed on the grounds that there was no intent. Knox’s parents’ trial was adjourned until 24 January 2012, so the extra bit of cash should come in handy to cover their own legal fees.

Earlier this year a film was made about the murder case, with actress Hayden Panettiere playing Knox. Lord only knows how much she’s made from that deal.

Although Knox was cleared of murder, she was found guilty of defaming bar owner Patrick Lumumba, whom she accused of Ms Kercher’s death. The prosecutors office in Perugia is also allegedly preparing papers for re-trial, as the defense only challenged the DNA evidence, irrespective of all the other evidence that pointed toward her and her boyfriend accomplice. If the prosecution is granted a new trial, it is highly doubtful that Knox will actually stand trial as she is sure to use her new found wealth to fight extradition back to Italy.

So it seems that crime certainly does pay!