Archive for the ‘Could do better’ Category
The thwarted aspirations of the man who discarded both ‘The Kama Sutra for Dummies’ and ‘How To Be a Gentleman in Seven Days’ in a Southampton hotel room can only be imagined.
From what appears to be a publicity piece par excellence in The Guardian. The image of the hurried would-be lothario, torn between gentlemanly aspirations and base desires—only to achieve neither—is almost Shakespearian in its tragedy. This silly season piece—which mentions the name of the motel chain several times, as well as listing some of the locations where one can find the chain—looks as if it were written by the motel chain’s PR firm rather than a journalist at what many would claim to be the UK’s most independent newspaper of record.
A nine-year-old girl whose parents named her Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii was put into court guardianship in New Zealand so that her name could be changed.
In his written ruling [family court judge Rob Murfitt] said names such as Stallion, Yeah Detroit, Fish and Chips, Twisty Poi, Keenan Got Lucy and Sex Fruit were prohibited by registration officials. Others that were permitted included twins called Benson and Hedges, other children called Midnight Chardonnay, Number 16 Bus Shelter and, the judge added, “tragically, Violence”. Another mother tried to use text language for her child’s name, he said.
From The Guardian. And I thought that the British can lack class when choosing names for their children.
There’s a certain logic behind abbreviated names such as “R8l” (Rachel) or “HiD” (Heidi): they would be easier to type into a mobile phone; could reduce the number of double-length SMS messages—resulting in cheaper phone bills; and would be much easier for a child to learn to spell. But what kind of lowest common denominator world do these parents want to live in?
Young people in Britain … regularly score at the bottom of charts that measure relative deprivation, poverty, educational attainment, health and general well-being in Europe.
From a New York Times article on knife crime in the UK.
Pretty damning, but sadly unsurprising.
Out of 21 rich countries studied by UNICEF in 2007, the UK was ranked worst for family and peer relationships (reflecting factors such as family structure, time spent with family members and the quality of their friendships), and behaviours and risks (reflecting factors such as whether children eat breakfast, are physically active, use legal and/or illegal drugs, and are involved in violence). British children were also in the bottom third of the countries for material, subjective and educational well-being.
I just Googled for my dentist; they initially appeared to have a website, but when I visited the site I found that the Yellow Pages had bought the domain and were cybersquatting.
Along with the BT Phone Book, The Yellow Pages took pride of place next to the phone when I was a child. Instead of staying abreast of technological changes and aggressively innovating—and becoming what Google is today, say—they seem to have tried to hold on to their dead tree monopoly and have been reduced to these bottom-feeding, scummy practices.