Archive for March, 2012

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Why do we always do it? We see a book for £1 or a phone cover for £5 a song for pence on ITunes and it’s such a good price and you like the look of it, you like the sound of it. It’s so cheap how can you resist it’s such a good deal.
The odd little indulgence won’t hurt surely, it barely costs anything. What’s £1 in the grand scheme of things?

What we don’t always see straight away is that the pounds mount up and before you know it you have spent a small fortune on music, phone accessories, books especially now we have the Kindle. It’s just too easy to spend to go overboard.

Now if I just go through this post and replace every we and you that appears with the word I then I think I would have hit the real issue I wanted to put across with this post.

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Before reading this blog please watch the video below.


Now is it me or does it seem more than a tad extreme what that guard did to poor Kate? Now I’m no expert but I have a feeling he didn’t go by the book with his encounter with her.

I do however have years of retail experience and I can say with absolute confidence that this would never have happened in any of the shops I have worked in. Once more I can also say with even more confidence that if anything like this happened here in England there would be a public outcry.

Kate at the very least deserves an apology and she definitely does not deserve either a huge fine or a criminal record. Please sign the online petition if you agree that the JC Penny guard was over the top and out of line.

Joseph Kony


When I think about all the things I moan and grown about when I see videos showing me what Joseph Kony is capable off it makes me feel ashamed of myself. I realise how self-absorbed I am how spoiled. There are so many children who have seen horrors beyond my imagination in Uganda because of this individual who does what he does simply just to stay in power.

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This man is pure evil and he needs to be made accountable for his actions. The way to do that? To make him famous, make everyone know who he is and what he’s capable off.

He has children abducted from their beds at night. The boys he gives guns and he makes them slaughter their parents. The girls are being raped and being turned into prostitutes. He beats and disfigures the children and kills them. He uses his child army to fight wars. He must be stopped.

Let’s make Joseph Kony famous and tell everyone we know who he is and what he does let’s stop this monster in his tracks.

If something like this ever happened here in England even for a day the press would be all over it. Everyone would be outraged and the police and the govement would do all they could to stop it from happening and to bring the person responsible to justice. Don’t the Ugandan people have the same right to justice as we do?

Spread the word – pass this message along or write your own it’s important we get the word out there.

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Please Help Kony 2012

On seeing that the book is based in Napoli in 1564 I couldn’t wait to lose myself in the virtual pages of my Kindle. However on reading the first few words I was disappointed to say the least.
There was I expecting language of old, instead it would appear that Francesca could seem right at home in our modern world of the twenty first century. Also it would seem that the author would have liked to have added “…and she breathed then she sighed then humming she went to the toilet.” It seems every step is documented, which is unnecessary, yet we know nothing of the smell of the street, the texture of the buildings. The general feel of the area; does it feel dangerous? Dirty, dank, suffocating? We know not how she truly feels about being a courtesan. Is there anything in her that is disgusted by the situation? Even though she may be good at it, does she actually truly enjoy it? If so what does she enjoy about it? The act itself, the power over men? Or does she close her eyes and think of Italy until it’s over?
We know practically ever step she takes, every ache, pain and incident that she goes through. There is absolutely no mystery to her story.

However having said all that because it is written in modern English with only the very odd word in Italian it is very easy to fall into. Her problems seem a joy to follow through, it’s almost as if reading an instalment of a favourite soap. You the reader in this case are aware of a trial the character is about to undertake even before they do. You are ready for the imminent fall out and tears. You know without doubt what is about to happen. I believe that is why it has been so easy to read during my lunch breaks at work and at night time before dropping off to sleep.
The book is despite the subject quite a light read and quite if you’ll excuse me for saying so, enjoyable. Just as the inevitable Christmas day tragedy story line of soap land.

Francesca seems very two dimensional, even though I wanted to know how the story turned out I just didn’t care much for her. Her daughters though they are very important to the story and are beautifully child like I feel that their innocence and purity could have been expanded on. To me they seem mere shadows of children dancing across the page.

Carlo and Gianni two very different brothers and suffering an inner turmoil was hardly touched upon. You know of their family tragedy but not how it happened, or their continuing feelings of that situation. We know Carlo is the “bad guy” but we do not know his motivation behind this. Or how Gianni turned out to be so different to his brother.

For me the story of Maria and Fillipo is the one that seemed real, I really felt for Maria who wanted to come out of her shell but was unable to do so. And for Fillipo who didn’t want to hurt anyone but felt he had no choice in the actions he had taken. Something in me wants to know about Marias sisters story, and how Marias and Fillipos life turned out. However the way that their story ended feels right for this particular book. I only hope that Gabrielle Kimm feels a need to write a short story or novelette for these particular characters and finish their story properly.

This book felt like it would have made an amazing novel if only the story had started a lot sooner than it did, and if the language was of the time. Also if only more detail had been added, I enjoyed the story for what it is. But it could have been so much more.

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Knock Me Down With a Feather

You could have knocked me down with a feather this morning. There I was watching Something For the Weekend when the doorbell rang. There was my cousin and her baby boy out in the rain come to visit. I was told as I was making a cup of tea and frying up some bacon for a nice bacon buttie that I will need to start going to church again as baby will need at least one godparent who attends church!

I can’t quite believe it me a godparent! It sounds just so grown up, mature and responsible. Considering I still feel like I should still be at school rather that in a responsible job that I am in is so amazing.

It now seems I have some homework to do as I need to find out what the whole job entails. Apart from the obvious: should anything happen to his parents I will be in the immediate chance of bringing up a human being. (Touch wood that need won’t ever arise.) I have no clue what my “new job” means

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