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I came across a programme on Really tv called ‘virtual life and cyberspace love’ by chance last night.  It was the story of Carolyn and Lee, a not so happily married couple plus four kids from the US.  In her fantasy world Carolyn plays a sexy looking character in ‘Second Life’ a virtual reality programme and struts her stuff in skimpy g-strings and thigh length boots and uses her avatar to create an on screen  existence to escape her  real life.

In real life housewife  and mother Carolyn is a slightly over weight red head in need of  a dose of some real help. It’s not hard to figure out that  she has no time to make the best of herself as she spends up to 14 hours a day on her pc in her especially adapted bedroom.  Carolyn had  almost abandoned  her four real life children and her enduring hubbie Lee, who compensated for her withdrawal from family life by taking on the house and kids  in addition to working ,whilst Carolyn frolics in her fantasy existence.

Carolyn and her on screen lover meet in real life when Carolyn unable to function in normal life  finally flies to the UK to meet Elliot. The documentary follows the story of the cyber couple but it’s definitely  not love at second sight and Elliot makes it clear he has no desire for Carolyn in the real world. Conversation is stifled and awkward and it’s plain to see the sparks did not ignite and the on screen love affair was not going to become a reality.

Curious, I googled ‘ Second Life’ and it came back at me with umpteen hits. It seems ‘Second Life’  has been around for  a good few years although I had never heard of it ! It’s a complete cyber empire where avatars live, love, work and socialize. Avatars buy property, get married, go shopping,  play sports, visit art galleries, and everything else imaginable. Not only that but a handful of countries such as Sweden, Serbia, and the Maldives to name just a few are represented by embassies!  Avatars can even get religion. Virtual land and has been bought by a number religious institutions and there are numerous churches and mosques so avatars can get their godly fix.

All fascinating and mind blowing stuff and yet it’s also a sad reflection of real life where vulnerable people like Carolyn can lose themselves …..literally. I figure she may have been bored with her real life and became an addict of her cyber life as an easy option and there are many who unwittingly fall victim into it, but what she really needed was a  more assertive husband who did more than ‘allow’ her the space to let their real world be taken over.  The whole family have suffered through Carolyns addiction and I’m sure there’s a new market in cyber addiction just around the corner.


Chessington are offering chocolate covered  insects as an alternative snack this week. The idea is not appealing. If it catches on, Chessington plan to offer locusts and other creepy crawlies along side other snacks. That’s enough to put me off going there all together.

Eating insects has long been considered a delicacy by some and are said to be highly nutritious … maybe if you’re living in a jungle and protein is in short supply, yes but,I can things of a million other nutritious things I’d rather eat.

According to ‘Sheila’s Wheels’  who are now ‘experts’ in this matter some Brits only change their bed sheets three times a year.  London Brits wash their sheets on average once per month and are the worst offenders at 25% with the North East coming a close second at 22%. Ukkkk!

apparently there are anything from between 100,000 to 10 million mites in bed feasting on our dead skin, sweat, hair and the bacteria, not to mention …crumbs. A haven for bed bugs.

It seems incredible given that here in the UK we all have access to washing machines and cheap bed linen that people chose to sleep in dirty sheets.  I’m not sure if I believe it and what does it imply anyway? Are these 25%  mostly made up of teenagers?… that I could understand!

Statistics published in 2006 estimate that of London’s 7.5 million inhabitants only half are British. So does the poll truly represent ‘Brit’s’ ?

On the case of Polanski

The case of Roman Polanski arrested and charged 33 yrs ago for sexual abuse of a 13 yr old still remains unresolved…. how come?  What he did is and always will be rape and child abuse and nothing less no matter how it’s been redressed and repackaged by his defence team and excused by his fans.  No matter what spin  is placed on it, Polanski  is a self-confessed paedophile.  To call it by any other name is an offence in its self.  ‘Statutary rape’  implies something else, it’s a term which somehow diminishes the offence . Since when did sodomising and raping a child become less than it actually is. It’s scandalous that Polanski has thus far played International legal process and has been able to live a  successful life which would not have been possible for him had he not had the advantages of his career.  Imagine for one moment that he was not a world famous producer and just a  teacher, or a bus driver!  There is no defence for his behaviour and that he has a sad history is of no significance and has no bearing on how he should be dealt with. At 44 yrs old ( his age at the time ) he fully understood that getting a child drunk and giving her sedatives before raping her was illegal as well as  immoral.

I don’t want to hear about the ridiculously named  ‘witch hunt’ of Polanski, something the mastermind created himself by running away from his crime … its irrelevant. Calling the  persual of Polanski a ‘witch hunt’  implies that he has been unjustly harassed or persecuted. Since when was the persecution of a paedophile unjustified ? And equally I don’t want the current views of the victim herself, who for some reason wants the charges against Polanski dropped, to be taken into account . She is still every much his victim now as she was then.

This man has dodged the system for 33 yrs and it’s time he was brought to justice. He has cleverly  outwitted and manipulated international legal systems and these should also be brought into account. If I get a parking ticket and fail to pay the penalty, it accrues. Why should Polanski be dealt with differently?  If Polanski  and Geimmer want closure then the only way is for Polanski to do the right thing before he kicks the bucket. He owes Geimmer that much at least.

The thought that Polanski is sitting in his chalet in Switzerland believing he is above and beyond the law makes me feel sick.

Saudi Arabia’s attempts to promote ‘good’ muslim morals again.  This time it’s a boycott of women’s lingerie salesmen. Reem Assad began the boycott from her Facebook profile because protesting is illegal in Saudi. No doubt she’s one of the contestants for the Miss Morals Beauty Pageant too.

It seems that the problem lies in a ban on female sales people, unless they work in all female shopping malls!  Perhaps the Saudi Govt.  will make an exception in the case of women’s lingerie or here’s another idea, why doesn’t Miss Assad use the all female shopping malls. The law in Saudi completely bans contact between men and women. I now have this image of Saudi women wearing ill fitting bra’s and bloomers underneath their burqa’s.

So what happens when women in Saudi need all the paraphernalia that goes along with being female…. I mean at least once a month they must need sanitary products!  So that’s ok but buying your knickers and bra’s from a male shop assistant is unacceptable for a Saudi woman. What’s it all about ?

Isn’t technology a wonderful thing. There’s much talk about the ‘big brother’ effect that camera’s and satellite’s bring with them but thank god for it. All there to help catch criminals and we can certainly add Ahmadinejad to that list.

Friday the 11th February 2010 was the 31st anniversary of the ayatollah Khomeini’s return from exile… really is that something to celebrate? More like one of the saddest days in Iran’s history.  This year there was much speculation and anticipation about what would happen in Iran following the self election of Ahmadinejad in the elections last June and we were all lead to expect the downfall of the despotic regime and the much awaited triumph of the Green Movement. Alas it didn’t happen and instead the images and footage pouring out of Iran were those of pro IRI supporters in their thousands…. what a shock as we were all expecting something very different. It’s said that Ahmadinejad lured people into the streets with promises of food and refreshments! Are Iranians so fickle ? …. well yes, sadly I hate to admit it  but it seems so many of them are and we only have to look at history to find evidence to support the fickleness of the  average man on the Iranian street.

The opposition movement is  becoming less and less evident.  The leaderless and fragmented Opposition, united only in their desire to rid Iran of the 31 year reign of clerical tyranny  appear to  have reached an impasse. The demonstrations have dwindled to almost none and if last Thursday was anything to go by, Ahmadinejad and his crew of motley men are winning the hearts, minds and bellies of the Iranian people.

Everyone’s confused about what’s going to happen next in Iran whether you’re on the inside (and those on the inside have less access to the truth of what’s really going on) or  in  diaspora. Iran has successfully achieved a media no-go zone and censors state coverage to suit it’s own ends.  Information coming out of Iran relies on YouTube, tweets and face book which represents only a select view point. Nobody knows for sure what the majority  of Iranians want although my personal belief is they do want change but are too disorganized to achieve it.

I’m guessing nothing much is going to change. My only hope is that Iranians won’t allow another 30 odd years drift by before they realise the moment they are waiting for is now.

DJ Tim Shaw (who’s he?) plans to spend a month in a metal box …. how bizarre is that! It’s supposed to be something to do with a nationwide treasure hunt where contestants have to guess where he is. Tim wont be leaving his 3ft high box in which he is forced to lie down or have any human contact for the duration of his weird purgatory . I don’t quite get it and doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun to me. And I thought the whole idea behind a ‘treasure’ hunt was that you would find some treasure. Instead the contestants will find Tim Shaw and £30,000 ! The £30,000 quid would come in useful not sure what they’ll do with Tim though.

It seems Tim Shaw is a DJ of some popularity in Birmingham.  Tim speaks about his past life  using cannabis which he states caused him years of misery. Tim now happily married with a family warns youngsters about the perils of drugs and still had issues with panic attacks and flash backs.

Well good on you Tim. Although I initially thought you were some oddball trying to raise your pubic identity, I’m with you on anything that promotes drug awareness.

I have every sympathy with her. I had my BMW nicked a few years ago too. Her BMW was a gift from her dad, worth £17,000…. is that all!  I was a little surprised to read that snippet.  I always imagine the ‘royals’ to have the best of everything. No doubt hers will be found or replaced. I can’t imagine she’ll be left without wheels for long.I was less surprised that she left the keys in the ignition while she popped out to do a little shopping!

My BMW was stolen by 3 16 yr old  joy riders! Well their joy didn’t last for long as they foolishly parked the car in a rather grotty area in Bristol which raised the suspicions of a local policeman on the beat., to whom I was more than grateful.  The 3 young men in question left a camera inside the car with pictures of them posing across the bonnet … nabbed! Unfortunately the law prevented a prosecution because of their tender age … like they didn’t know that stealing was against the law!  I stayed mad about that for some time after.

Simon Cowell has swung it again promoting REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’ as the charity song for Haiti.  He’s a man with the ‘midas’ touch. Lucky for him and hopefully good for the people of Haiti. We can’t knock it, anything that helps Haiti has got to be a good thing.

21 artists including Miley Cyrus, Leona Lewis, Mariah Carey, Robbie Williams, Jon Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Joe McElderry, JLS, Mika, Cheryl Cole, Michael Buble, James Blunt, Susan Boyle, Westlife, and James Morrison have got together and produced their version of the song and I must say it sounds pretty good! All set to moving scenes among the devastation that is now Haiti. Nice one Simon, Im sure it’s going to be a hit already and everyone can get involved and do something for Haiti.

The song seems to have developed an association with suicide and the BBC ask why ? It could have something to do with the lyrics don’t you think! And that it was  first released around the time of the Dunblane shootings.

The Middle East has some of the best news stories!

Saudi Arabia have just launched a ‘ Beauty Pageant’ with a difference. The 200 girl strong contestant line up will be judged on their ‘respect and devotion’ to their parents rather than their looks. The agenda is more about promoting Islam and focuses on how a good muslim girl should behave…. obviously there are parental concerns about the demise of good muslim girls in Saudi these days. And apparently this the contest’s 2nd year… it’s a wonder it made it two years in a row.  Somehow I can’t see the idea catching on any where else. I dont think  the Ambassador to Dubai who recently had his marriage to a whiskery bride annulled will be such a keen supporter of the contest !