Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Bittersweet victory for the Corby parents

Some years ago I wrote about the Corby birth defects for a women's magazine. What struck me then as now was the sheer humbling dignity of the parents involved. It's incredible that their fight for justice has been allowed to drag on for so long, causing huge and unnecessary stress for them and their families. It is also inconceivable that the Council still, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, refuses to accept responsibility. They should be deeply ashamed.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Big Brother 10 - the Story So Far

The female of the species is more deadly than the male - in the BB 10 house, at least, where the lovely Noirin has been using her preying mantis-type seduction skills to knock off the blokes at an alarming rate.
First the incredibly irritating and totally self-deluded Sree fell for her charms. Then, momentarily at least, Halfwit (real name Freddie, changed his name by deed poll to stay in the house) decided there was an attraction between himself and Noirin (there wasn't, not in her eyes, anyway).
Then it was the turn of the even more deluded Marcus, aka Wolfman, to try his luck (his only resemblance to Hugh Jackman it has to be said is his sideburns. He's possibly the most unattractive male ever to enter the House.)
Noirin tried to show Marcus she wasn't interested in him by spending hours on end talking to him under duvets, giving him cuddles, allowing him to paint her naked back, that kind of thing. Understandably, perhaps, he was a little confused by her signals and convinced that if he pushed hard enough sooner or later she would succumb to his unlikely (non-existent) charms.
But while her stalker was in the BB garden jail, Noirin decided she fancied the flamboyantly/badly dressed Siavash, who is a little like Sayid from Lost, only not as attractive.
Meanwhile Kenny the millionaire and boyfriend of the incomprehensible Karly (who was previously evicted) walked out. Lisa the butch bitchy lesbian continued to bitch about her fellow housemates. Charlie and Rodrigo enjoyed a quick cuddle under the covers. Dogface (real name Sophie) started to emerge as one of the only entertaining housemates.
Then Noirin, clearly enjoying herself hugely and ensuring her longevity in the BB house threw a spanner in the works by declaring she fancied muscle-bound Tom. At which point Tom decided he'd had enough of the whole shebang and walked out, declaring the housemates 'freaks', a comment which made Lisa apoplectic with rage. (It remains to be seen who Noirin will target now, as the other three males in the house would rather bat for the other side).
You didn't miss much.

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Friday, 17 July 2009

Strictly ageism

This week it was announced that Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley (44) is being replaced by Fearne Cotton (27) .
Hot on the (sparkly) heels of Arlene Phillips' sacking from Strictly Come Dancing, where the 66-year-old has been replaced by Alesha Dixon (30), this smacks of astonishing ageism and sexism.
Given the BBC is a publicly-funded organisation, they have a duty to behave responsibly in all issues, but particularly when it comes to employment law.
As far as I know, it's illegal to get rid of people on the grounds that there's a younger, better-looking model waiting in the wings. I hope Arlene and Jo fight this all the way.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Too much information?

I am not sure what has possessed Katie Price to go on TV to talk about her recent miscarriage - (other than the obvious chequebook incentive) - particularly as it only happened in April. Of course it explains a lot - the breakdown of her marriage to Peter Andre, her alarming behaviour in Ibiza. But three months surely isn't long enough to recover from the loss of a baby, let alone discuss it with Piers Morgan on national television. That's what friends are for.

Mean time

As an experienced journalist, if there's one phrase guaranteed to make me furious, it's the term 'job' used in the same sentence as 'work experience', 'intern' and 'unpaid'. For a start, an 'unpaid' job is a contradiction in terms. But moreover, more often than not, these 'positions' don't even include expenses. There are few people who can afford to work for nothing. Every employer who offers an internship or work experience for the over 18s without any form of remuneration - not even for fares! - is guilty of exploitation.