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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.


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 !

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 .

In June last year Mr Ahmadinejad rigged the presidential election results in his favour blatantly ignoring the true wishes of the Iranian people. The aftermath of this injustice continues to be seen today some 8 months after. With the aid of modern technology  and thanks to the brave young Iranians who risk their very  lives in their struggle to get the footage out of a heavily censored Iran, the whole world has been a second-hand  eyewitness  to  countless examples of the  ruthless and heavy-handed response of this self-elected self nominated  ‘president’  to his opposition.

Ahmadinejad and  his equally crooked posse of bandits have so far been successful in maintaining their position as leaders in Iran ….. despite their unpopularity both inside and outside Iran, despite their flagrantly uncivilised, inhumane and excessive kickback  in response to the people’s opposition, despite their lying and game playing  over their nuclear  programme  and we have to wonder HOW they get away with it?  How do they get away with torture, rape and murder in 2010. How do they manage to consistently inveigle world leaders and get away with what are clearly time buying strategies. How does Ahmadinejad and the masterminds behind the puppet hold the world to ransom? I keep waiting for some response from Western leaders or some plan to be revealed but …. I fear I wait in vain and it’s pointless and disappointing to keep waiting. And I’ve given up hope now that the UN will take action and make a stance against all the atrocities against Human Rights.

I can’t help but feel that the western world leaders  really does not really know just who they are dealing with. That these characters are psychopathic in nature is recognised even by the ordinary man on any street in the world and goes without saying. However it seems as if the world is taking it all in its stride and that some how the people of Iran will just have to put up or sort it out themselves. How they achieve that is another question?

One of the biggest problems with the opposition movement is it’s distinct lack of leadership. Clearly none of the current ‘opposition’ leaders are up to the job. If they were, they would have succeeded to cast Ahmadinejad and his motley crew out by now.  Too late …. their moment is gone and past and it’s unlikely that another opportunity will avail its self for them. A fresh new leader is called for now but is there any one big and brave enough to take this role on? If we think about it logically Iran has only  a few choices left …..either carry on winning a few battles, with much loss of life and countless acts of cruelty by the barbaric regime  in repsonse and accept that alone it will not win the war: the people are unlikely to  overthrow this dark and deadly regime OR to accept it needs help from the West. Yes …. I think it is the only solution now.

I have one personal hot favourite for the leadership role.  He would have the backing of  Western leaders Im confident in that, he makes good sense and has the best interests of the people at heart and what a heart it is that has found forgiveness for the events of 31 years ago when his late father was rejected by the people and thrown into exile.  Reza Pahlavi has all the qualities needed to make a great leader of Iran….  if only the people  would stop, put aside their preconceived ideas  and  think about it for a moment.