Category: Spiffin stuff

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.


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 !

There’s much talk about whether or not the partial outlawing of the veil in France is justified or not …. well Im not going to blog about that, it’s been done and it’s old news. However this caught my beady eye in the news today ‘ Ambassador of Dubai’s marriage to a bearded lady is anulled’.

It’s truly ‘a mans world’ when he advocates the wearing of the veil and then is legally allowed to anull his marriage because he didn’t like what he got!  I can’t help but think serves him right and what an irony! The poor bride must be feeling pretty rejected although no one will recognise her anyway and how come she didn’t go to a beauty salon before her wedding? All sounds pretty illogical if you ask me….. after all it’s claimed she’s an educated woman, a physician no less and yet she didn’t de fuzz.  It leaves me to assume she actually didn’t want this marriage in the first place…..I would hazard a bet that the disappointed groom is balding, fat and certainly no Adonis himself .

Researchers in Copenhagen claim this is what our ancient ancestors must have looked like 4,000 years ago. He’s said to have lived in Greenland, a pretty inhospitable place to live I would imagine. With a large body mass index, dry ear wax (how off putting), shovel shaped teeth ( what are they? )  and prematurely balding he didnt have a lot going for him. Hmmm …and  paints a pretty unattractive picture of life in Greenland 4,000 yrs ago. This ancient hairy or rather hairless chap lived off the land, lived in tents … in that climate ! eating seals and sea creatures. No wonder he didn’t live to a ripe old age.

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