Man Day, you came and you shipped in a bottle
"If you can treat those two impostors the same, you will be a man, my son.." Said Kipling. However, this site *link* suggests that whittling and ships in bottles are the more important characteristics.
To act like a man is to behave gentlemanly, considerately, with dignity, integrity and honour. If you happen to have a cigar in your mouth, and a ship in your bottle, so much the better.
One wonders what it might feel like to be a woman on man day. Is the sight of testosterone fueled masculinity attractive? Is the musky aroma of burning tobacco mixed with fresh aftershave on shorn cheeks intoxicating or repellent? The answer will remain forever a mystery.
As the fire burns ever dimmer, stir the umber ashes, contemplate your place in the world, the people around you, the future to come and the past you have lived. Man day is a welcome respite from the challenges of modern day living. Where political expediency too often overwhelms the just and the good.
Experience and wisdom is the reward for those who dare to live a well considered life.
If Kipling were alive today, we would respond that to be man is not to take the instruction on manhood from anyone - be they politician, poet, or priest. Or website.
Quiz of the day... complete this title of a Jim Davidson show...
What is the final word?
Did you guess 'Boring'?
Then you are correct, sir. Well done, pat yourself on your non-prejudiced back.
“We need alcohol to function, that's the disadvantage of chronic alcoholism,” the 45-year-old said.
– 20 November 2013
Turns out those canny Dutch are putting their alcoholics to work - and paying them in beer.
Talk about cutting out the middle man. Also, thanks to the Indpendent for this story - else I might never have known what possible disadvantage there could be to chronic alcoholism.
So instead... krokodil!
Another fine crime you've got me into
Stan Laurel in sinister criminal past shock…
Incidentally, this is totally ok for me to joke about, because I allegedly look just like Stan Laurel. It's like black people using 'the n word' right?
So the winner of Miss America this year is of Indian descent.
Needless to say, thanks to the wonders of twitter this brought a bubbling up of unpleasantness from the nation’s murky depths.
So far, so predictable.
The question is why newspapers see fit to report the witterings of wankers on Twitter and other social networks. These aren’t peer reviewed papers, they’s hastily and (in my case anyway) drunkenly scrawled messages on a digital whiteboard. You might as well just go down to the local pub and write your story about things you overheard at the bar.
Miss America has risen above it all though. Top lass.
Also, she is keen to shake off the stereotypes of Indians. She’s using her money to go to medical school.
Well, it was that or grow a moustache and start driving a taxi I guess.
Footballer protests immigration by becoming immigrant
It seems that celebrity testicle-grasper Vinnie Jones has declared himself fed up with immigrants
He made the announcement from his home. In Los Angeles.
Showing a keen grasp of geography, he said, “It’s not the country I grew up in. It’s a European country now,” presumably referring to the nation’s previous, little-advertised status as part of Latin America.
Common objections to immigration often refer to a failure of new arrivals to assimilate with the culture and habits of the host nation. On this issue, Jones stated, ““I get my Walkers crisps delivered once a month. I have a box of Roast Chicken, a box of Salt and Vinegar, and a box of Monster Munch... and there’s more Premier League football on TV there than there is here.”
You're an asset to any nation, Vinnie.
Although you were a rubbish and strangely rubbery Juggernaut.
Of mice and other mice in charge of the first mice.
Look out Katie Hopkins, there’s a new contender
for the role of Fearless Baiter of Political Correctness (more properly known as ‘Massive Twat’).
Mr Godfrey Bloom, UKIP MEP famed for such elegant phrases as ‘bongo bongo land’ appears to be possessed by the spirit of a sweaty 1970’s comedian.
He had declared, ‘“Men and women care about different things on a micro-scale. Leaving the lavatory seat up, wet towels on the bed and the top left off the toothpaste will drive a wife made. A man simply cannot understand what the problem is.”
And men won’t ask for directions and women always have a headache at ‘that time’. Am I right guys? Take my wife. Please.
Mr Bloom is one of the breed of commentator who seem to think ‘telling it like it is’ is exactly the same thing as ‘being rude’ (*ahem* Clarkson *cough*).
Ironically, these often appear to be the same types who view themselves as the embodiment of an old-fashioned Britain where politeness was first among the virtues.
He also conveniently encapsulates one of my primary problems with all politicians and most journalists – a total lack of interest in evidence.
Had Mr Bloom pointed to a selection of peer-reviewed studies informing us that women never fill their cars with petrol, because they view that as a man’s job, it would be difficult to contest. Although it would make us wonder how any single ladies manage to get to work in the morning – but of course, what are they doing working anyway eh?
But no, happy relation of ‘how things are’ with no references whatsoever is once again sufficient to fill the column inches required by a content-hungry media. Which is ok, if undesirable in media commentators, but rather more worrying in our legislators.
If they are making their voting decisions on an ‘I reckon’ based solely on the experience of their peers, then it’s no wonder that many people agitate for a more diverse political class.
But the thing is this – we shouldn’t need a more diverse political class – just one that is capable of reading and understanding real evidence.
That’s evidence, note, not polling data.
Of course, that’s far more challenging than just assuming life in their particular part of the national Venn diagram is representative of the whole. And it might involve convincing voters of this self-same point and the consequent need to solve problems that may not be visible to the average voter.
In other words, that would require leadership.
Don't hold you breath.