Friday, 27 February 2009
“...a minority of parents expressed concern that Ms Burnell's appearance was "scaring" children. One father said he feared it would give his daughter nightmares and a mother said her two-year-old girl could not watch because she thought the presenter had been hurt.”
The presenter says in relation to these concerns from parents and addressing disability with their children:
“It's a totally personal thing and people have to do it when they feel comfortable to do it. But I would just hope that, I guess, me being on CBeebies would present an opportunity for them to do that in the comfort of their own home.”
I certainly agree it's a better to address the question within the home, rather than how children usually do it! The idea though that she's scaring children just seems ridiculous, “my child is scared of watching because she thought the presenter was hurt”, isn't that just your inability to communicate to your child properly? It's like calling death “going to sleep and not waking up” and then wondering your child doesn't want to sleep at night, they just lay there crying softly.
Disability is a fact of life, from being in an accident to being born with a mental or psychical disability. If we were more open about this, wouldn't make it easier on everyone. As I think for a majority of people, you just don't know how to react to disability. It's not something that a large amount of people have been exposed to. But giving disability a platform and visibility like this is a good place to start.
So I say right on Cerrie!
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
The information IMDB has in relation to this new addition says:
IMDb has partnered with a number of third-party advertisers to present sponsored links that are relevant to the pages you are reading. When you click on these sponsored links they take you to other third-party web sites where you can get more information.
Interesting since I'm getting an advert for - The Cure for Bad Breath - on a post about Richard Dawkins.
Monday, 23 February 2009
The cannons that were recovered from the wreak, were reconstructed and historians believe that Elizabeth changed English warships to have guns, of uniform size, firing rates and standard ammunition. The benefit of this is it's more effective to have lots of small guns, all the same and firing all at once.
Timewatch did firing tests on the replica gun, which showed the cannonballs were travelling at almost the speed of sound, estimating that they could hit a target about a mile away, and puncher right through a ship at 100 yards. The historians involved say this made the English Navy 50 years ahead of their time technologically.
Which goes some way to explaining the mystery of why Elizabeth's fleet were able to the defeat the Spanish Armada, even though they were out numbered by 200 ships to 130.
You have to wonder why they would invest so much expectation in this to begin with, as what real value does it have? Obama has of course bailed out the banks and economy in the way Brown did, but does a possible endorsement of his policy effect votes? Will that really be what people think of in the voting booth, when so much news about Brown's role in this recession or how much New Labour have claimed from tax payers has been in the press. People don't unlearn things, forget, but it doesn't take much to remember.
If opinion polls do go up off the back of these meetings, how permanent will that be? Given that there are so many things fundamentally wrong with the direction and actions of New Labour. That unless they're addressed, why would voters listen to them? They have to use any positive attention as a spring board for something more. Which means working through their fatalism. They've become a far too divided party, media certainly sense that and are picking at them one by one.
What's worrying about New Labour expectations is that desperate springs to mind. Not just desperation for improved poll results, but desperate to take what you can before you have to give it up and people with nothing to loose can do very desperate things.
Sunday, 22 February 2009
Here he is in all his glory, lest we forget.
Thursday, 19 February 2009
In 2018 they are coming back.
They've got a teaser trailer on their website.
Slumdog Millionaire given how many awards it's received already it seems the most likely.
Usually links up with Best Picture so Danny Boyle.
Sean Penn, which may seem an odd choice given Mickey Rourke is favourite, but I think he might just have the edge with the politics of the film.
Kate Winslet, she's been nominated too many times.
Best Supporting Actor
Heath Ledger as Hollywood will want to honour him.
Best supporting Actress
I'm a little unsure on this, but two actress from the same film (Doubt) may split votes enough for Penelope Cruz.
Wall-E clear winner.
Best Foreign Film
Waltz with Bashir clear winner.
Best Original Screenplay
I'm drawn to Milk or Happy Go Lucky, I'm going for Happy Go Lucky though given that I think Sean Penn will win the Actor award.
Best Adapted Screenplay
Benjamin Button, it's got to win something.
You've got to wonder what went through his mind . . . .
1. Nappies, check
2. Bible, check
3. Kidnapped woman, check
Ok let's start
“In the beginning . . . .”
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
This is just another clear sign that politics really needs to change, but how is it to do that when it's so party focused. Would we get more of the leaders we need rather than they need, if we were able to vote on the party leader nominations? There needs to be a line drawn somewhere in the ground, but will we ever be able to get this balance with politics so closed off to us?
Perhaps the voting polls show a light at the end of the tunnel. The Lib Dems and New Labour are drawing ever closer to one another and since New Labour has inhibited our ability to hold them to account by others means. Would it be enough of a shock wave if they were to become the third party after this election? It would need large amounts of people to tactically vote, are we that angry?
I say, go forth and multiply!
Along the lines of this subject, there's an interesting article by Simon Heffer that looks at the response to Jacqui "fiddler" Smith grabbing money like she's in the Crystal Dome.