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Just an Observation

It feels this morning as if spring has truly arrived after winter made a late comeback earlier in the week with icy winds, sleet, snow and general misery. It is Scotland however so make the most of it whilst it lasts as who knows what lies around the corner in April. At least with the clocks going forward one thing that is guaranteed is lighter nights and longer days.
This week the news has been focussed on the terrible situation in London and the attacks in Westminster. Horrific times and the loss of four lives is such a tragic waste however what has shocked me most in the aftermath is the reaction on Social Media with many using this tragedy to spout bile, hatred and misconceptions not only about the attacks but also about the political ramifications.
This is not the time for such debates and cheap mudslinging never solves anything and although many of us are on completely different political sides and have different beliefs it is most certainly not the right time to be turning the unnecessary loss of life into some slanging match while trying to prove a point. Ultimately the only point that needs made is that there has been an unnecessary loss of life and how can we help in preventing it from happening again.
Elsewhere the Indy2 debate rages on with a groundswell of support in Scotland where hopefully the inevitable and sadly predictable appearance of Gordon Brown-why does he even bother after his failure to deliver on his ‘promises’ the last time?- can’t stop it. Certainly Theresa May is doing her damnedest to block it but this may be a miscalculation on her part; one of several it would seem.
Again however it is social media and the constant barrage of posts about the referendum- before it has even been officially announced- which is irritating me somewhat. Yes, I am aware it is important but the constant didactic tone of so many people eating up my timelines becomes tiresome to say the least. Does anyone actually believe they are changing anyone else’s opinion with their constant posts on Facebook? If so they are delusional.
Surely a more effective means of having a positive effect- whatever way you intend on voting- is to actually communicate with people face to face and preferably with those who don’t already share the same views already. That might make more of a difference.
Out at the cinema Personal Shopper starring Kristen Stewart is worth catching if only for her stand out performance showcasing her immense talents as an actress. A full review can be found here.
Today also sees the release of the first Jesus and Mary Chain album ‘Damage and Joy’ in quite a few years and although I was quite a fan back in the day I must admit to being slightly underwhelmed by this latest offering with its lame, predictable lyrics and lack of musical inventiveness. Much more impressed by the new Gorillaz single Saturnz Barz also out today and the series of tracks from their upcoming album streaming on Youtube.
I must confess I am genuinely excited by the return of Line of Duty for its 4th series on BBC1 this Sunday at 9pm. Seriously one of the best British dramas in years I am hoping that its shift from BBC2 to BBC1 and from a weekday night to a family friendly ratings winner Sunday 9pm slot will not dilute what has always been a programme of detailed intensity and integrity. The loss of two of its most compelling characters –Lindsay Denton and Matthew ‘The Caddy’ Cotton- will hopefully not have an adverse effect either although in its favour Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar are still on board so I think we are guaranteed another full on intense ride with enough distractions and plot twists to keep us enthralled. Definitely one to watch!



Just an Observation

Well only just over two weeks in and 2015 has got off to a dramatic start both on a personal and general level. On a personal level disaster follows disaster and if anyone else out there receives an email from Apple/iTunes telling them they need to update their details then ignore or report it even though it seems genuine- I had been having problems that very day transferring some tunes form an iTunes folder- and the link to be clicked seems authentic and extremely convincing.
Unfortunately I made the mistake of following said link and found my bank account divested of nearly £300 the next morning when I checked my account; a rare and, on this occasion, random occurrence I must admit so it is fortunate the damage wasn’t higher although whilst I was in the bank an attempt to extort another £1300 from my account had just taken place although I doubt they would have had much luck with that one. Just be vigilant and I have learnt the hard way not to update anything online no matter how legitimate it seems.
Last week’s attacks in Paris have dominated global news for the past ten days and the fallout from the terror attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices. The attacks on the satirical newspaper have reared fierce debates about freedom of speech versus respect for others beliefs and many questions have been raised with many answers –some convincing, others less so- provided although none of the latter conclusive or even remotely satisfying and it seems everyone now has an opinion.
One thing is certain is that we live in scary times and news of a raid on a suspected terror attack in Belgium merely confirms it.
In good old Britain it is encouraging to see our unelected leader’s response to the issues is to start monitoring social media and our private internet accounts thus invading our privacy and freedom of speech. Apparently this is something he intends to push through if he is elected Prime Minister again in May. Not that, technically, he was ever elected Prime Minister five years ago but that hasn’t stopped him thus far.
On a positive note however it was good to hear that the Green Party membership has overtaken both the Lib Dems and UKIP this week. Let’s hope that this means that they get the same amount of coverage and support from the media that Farage and his twisted band of cohorts seem to have been receiving of late rather than being the excluded fringe party that didn’t originally get invited to the televised debate party. Along with the SNP, which is now the UK’s third biggest party although you would be hard pushed to recognise this from national media coverage, it is good to see the three main parties-not that the Lib Dems remain a serious contender and this alone should serve as a warning to anyone seeking to form a coalition with the Tories- are at last getting a run for their money.
Mind you I found it hard to differentiate between Prime Minister’s question time and the fifteen minutes of Celebrity Big Brother I caught this week.
Celebrities? On what planet?
Seriously it seems nowadays all you need is an over inflated ego to go with your over inflated breasts to be termed a celebrity and from what I managed to gather there isn’t a bigger tit in the house than Perez Hilton who emerges as a particularly noxious character even among the squawling, bitching whiny ‘glamour’ models who keep screeching about loyalty, integrity and their Masters Degrees. Do the latter come free as a bonus with an augmentation these days?
To balance out the tits on show in the Big Brother house there has also been much talk of Justin Beiber’s bulge in the latest Calvin Klein ads: Action man or Fraction Man? Personally I find it almost impossible to care what he has or doesn’t have but the fact that he felt compelled to respond to the allegedly un-retouched images showing him to be considerably less well endowed than the official shots indicate that Beiber does in fact care himself. Not that I think shoving his soap on a rope into a sock then wrapping a towel round himself and posting the pics on Twitter has does anything to convince anyone of anything other than the fact that it doesn’t matter how much he has down below it can’t compare with how much of a dick he is as a person: the biggest kind!
Out on the music front February sees the return of post punk funksters A Certain Ratio at the Voodoo Rooms on the 21st February and The Jesus and Mary Chain at the Corn Exchange on the 19th. The former were a firm favourite in my youth and the latter are a perennial go to band for me. However I still maintain that although I love both these bands it would be good if a new band could manage to excite me in the same way.
Also coming up in the next few months is ‘Big Gold Dream’ a documentary about the sound of young Scotland; the era and scene I actually grew up in and actually features many people I am pleased and proud to call friends. I am so looking forward to seeing this in its entirety and the trailer released just prior to Christmas didn’t so much whet my appetite as leave me salivating for more. A more detailed report on this much needed and long overdue two part film will follow in the very near future.
Right that is it for this week and all I can say is that at least we are more than half way through January so as far as I am concerned this is a good thing!