Why is antisemitism referred to as racism? Jews are not a race, they are a religion. Antisemitism is therefore a religious hate crime, not a racist one. It has always annoyed the hell out of me that Jewish people refer to themselves as a race; they’re not, they’re Caucasians following a Jewish religion.
Dear Sunday Times,
Get rid of Camilla Long! Her smug reviews are full of unedifying self-satisfied gratuitous vitriol. For instance, in today’s review of Bridget Jones’s Baby, she writes: “But if she [Renee Zellweger] has done anything to her face, as everyone suggests, it hasn’t worked. She looks so old, it is difficult to believe she can fall pregnant.” That is just plain rude. And adds nothing worthwhile to our understanding of the film.
Moving on to Bryan Cranston’s new movie The Infiltrator, Long writes: “The film is ‘based on a true story’, which as I’ve mentioned before, is a second-rate excuse for any movie.” The implication seems to be that, once Long has declaimed on a subject, we are to take her views as gospel. A view moreover that in this case is a smartarse cheap shot. Why on earth shouldn’t a film be based on a true story? And use that as a marketing tool?
Long proceeds to first mock the undercover cop story genre saying, “As far as I can see, the story… is exactly like every other undercover drug cop’s story”. So what? Many of us enjoy undercover drug cop stories and are more than happy to see another one of the type, as long as it is a good example.
Long then directs her bile at Cranston. She says: “Beyond satisfying his late-life fantasy of appearing in a big drugs film, he clearly has no idea what he is doing here at all.” What right does Long have to ascribe this ‘late-life fantasy’ to Cranston? What right does she have to claim that Cranston ‘clearly has no idea what he is doing here at all’?
It is interesting that Long gives Bridget Jones’s Baby three stars and The Infiltrator just one whereas every other review I’ve seen gives both of them four stars. I seriously doubt that Long is the only reviewer capable of arriving at the ‘correct’ assessment of movies. Her views are rude, self-serving and unhelpful. Please sack her and replace her with someone who will provide more balanced and mature reviews.
And, while you’re at it, ditch Gill as well – they’re cut from the same offensive cloth.
So last night Osborne revealed his latest treasury report on the likely implications of leaving the EU. What another load of baseless scaremongering and disinformation. Implying through manipulative presentation that leaving the EU would leave each household £4300 p.a. worse off. Scandalously misleading.
And why are we not hearing more from the Brexit campaign? It all seems to be Stay In hysteria.
There don’t seem to be any balanced arguments being put forward, only dogmatic alarmist fixed positions.
I have just received my first ever jury summons. At 63! Why now??!!
Anyhow, there’s absolutely no way I would be able to cope so I have completed the form and whizzed it off saying:
“I have Antiphospholipid Syndrome, Sjögrens Syndrome and hypothyroidism. These conditions cause chronic fatigue, joint and muscle pains, insomnia, depression and mood swings, ‘brain fog’/poor concentration/poor memory. I need to sleep every afternoon to have enough energy to get through the day. I would not be able to attend all day, because of pain and fatigue.”
I gather from a hypothyroid forum on FaceBook (Hypothyroid UK) that many people have successfully requested excusal on health grounds including hypothyroidism. So I hope that works for me too.
So far, I haven’t submitted any supporting medical evidence. But if there’s any quibble about an excusal I shall certainly get some!
Bring back paper bags, I say. Brown ones, white ones, brightly coloured ones, with handles, without handles, with twisted handles like rope, with flat paper handles, big ones, small ones, plain ones, fancy ones.
What’s wrong with paper bags? They can be strong – Americans routinely use them for their supermarket groceries. They can be reused. They can be recycled. Trees to source the paper can be sustainable. There may well be many other benefits, both commercial and environmental, that I’m unaware of.
They could be used in supermarkets instead of those silly, flimsy little plastic bags for collecting loose vegetables, and would have the advantage of not causing the toxic damage that comes with plastic packaging. And could also transport the bulk of the groceries back to the car (admittedly not so useful for pedestrian shoppers).
Plus, we wouldn’t have this new constant problem of forgetting to take our hideous, expensive fold-up nylon shopping bags with us everywhere. Men find that particularly irksome because they don’t (usually) have handbags.
Bring back paper bags!
Comments anyone? Suggestions?