Archive for the Disasters Category

Ciao, Twitter

Posted in Dearly Departed, Disasters, Geeks, New Stuff, Words on July 5, 2010 by Johnnie

After too many tweet nothings, I have departed Twitter.  I won’t be missed.  And I get another portion of my life back into the bargain. Continue reading

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Things can only get bitter…

Posted in Disasters, Music, Unwanted Comebacks on June 18, 2010 by Johnnie

The Tories are only back in power a wet minute and look who’s crawled back from the lair of the woodworm.  Only Phil Collins.  Back, back, back, he is.  Considering Britain’s now going back to Victorian values, back to basics, back to colonial, feudalistic, tally-ho, smash-the-oiks Conservatism, why not go the whole hog and bring back old Phil too?

I’m sure he’s been missed, not only by his legion of  middle-class, middle-age spread fans, but also by other right-wing musicians, ones who didn’t flee the country when Labour got in: people like Rick Wakeman, Gary Numan,  Eric Clapton, Tony Hadley, Gary Barlow and, er, Geri Halliwell.

In the spirit of c(C)onservatism, Collins’s album is called Going Back, a ‘Motown inspired’ collection of, er, Motown covers.   Continue reading

No more excuses, guns are not sport

Posted in Disasters, Grave News on June 4, 2010 by Johnnie

Another gun massacre in the UK.  Hungerford, Dunblane, now Cumbria.  The gun lobbyists will argue that’s not a bad figure, and figures certainly back up claims that gun crime in the UK is rare.  But this is entirely missing the point.  There shouldn’t be any.  Michael Ryan, who killed 16 people in Hungerford in 1987, Thomas Hamilton, who killed 16 children and a teacher in Dunblane in 1996 and now Derrick Bird, who on Wednesday this week killed at least 12 people in Cumbria, all held legally-issued gun licences.  Year in, year out, there’s some part of the world suffering this sort of tragedy because of people who were considered by authorities to be responsible or stable enough to hold a gun licence.

The sheer viciousness of gun crime is something the public are almost becoming immune to.  We’re used to those film scenes where passers-by are gunned down without any on-screen consequence: very little blood, no grieving partners or relatives, perhaps just a hope that the villain will get their comeuppance at the end.  Make no mistake, a close range blast with a shotgun will blow a gigantic, gory hole in you.  If you are any distance away you will, at the very least, be peppered with shot, a painful and horrifying experience.  Wednesday’s innocent passers-by were real people, real people with families who are now cruelly bereaved and needing answers to that age-old question – what kind of “civilisation” are we that we need guns and ammunition made freely available to anyone who can obtain a licence to hold them?  A licence?  Well, there’s a prevention measure for a massacre if ever we saw one. Continue reading

The End, Part 666

Posted in Disasters, Grave News on June 2, 2010 by Johnnie

We’re way, way more doomed than we thought before the weekend.  We moan and whinge about potholes in this country but imagine waking up to find that the actual entrance to hell has opened up in your back garden?  They certainly woke up to that ‘reality’ in Guatemala City the other morning.  In yet another piece of damning evidence that the world will end in 2012*, this terrifying hell-hole opened up after a period of biblically heavy rain over the weekend, the tropical storm Agatha, which also caused the deaths of 146 people across Central America.  Coincidentally, there was a power cut that caused disruption to the Hadron Collider – hang on, did we say “coincidentally”?  An outage caused by the power required to create a large hellmouth in Guatemala City, more like. Continue reading