Merry Christmas From Hull City Council Or Hull Not Fair By Dave Fox
I haven't had a whinge for quite a while now but recently something caught my attention and forced me to put pen to paper.
I've never really had a problem with Hull City Council despite them squandering my money on fibre-glass frogs and turning rush hour into a nightmare by putting road-works on most of our main roads all at the same time.
Whilst stuck in traffic yesterday I noticed a poster issued by Hull City Council which on first glance seemed to say that council tenants whose rent was up to date would get a free weeks rent at Christmas.
When I got close enough to read it properly I realised that what it actually said was, anyone who had rent arrears would get a free weeks rent if they brought their account up to date by December.
The logical part of me thought that if this were the case, then all the people who kill themselves every week to pay their rent on time should be in for some kind of reward as well so I rang the council to find out.
Basically this offer is only available to people who are behind with their payments as a way to get them to square up their accounts. Now I know we're in a recession so half of me respects the council for showing a bit of enterprise and initiative but the other half thinks that this isn't really very fair.
There's a message in here somewhere but I don't think it's the kind of message that Hull City Council would want to send to all of their tenants who pay their rent on time, do you?
Opinions - Big and Daft? By Dobski
A case of Natural Selection?
A question I've often asked myself is, and don't take this literally, but generally, are you less likely to be intelligent, the bigger your physical stature? We've all heard the saying, 'The larger the collar, the lower the IQ!', right?
Reasons I have thought this are ... when you look around at the jobs most big people do, they are usually something that demands a big person. Jobs like doorman
Opinions - Doing Drugs With Your Kids (Is It totally Wrong?) By Dobski
This idea may seem abhorrent at first thought and to most concerned, it probably is beyond even question, but let's think about it a bit.
Of course no-one in their right mind would endorse a combination of mother/father-son/ daughter sat in some squalid flat 'jacking' each other up, or passing a crack-pipe back and forth. To indulge in either of these substances at any age or situation is a path to almost inevitable destruction,
Opinions - Who Were You? By Dobski
Rock 'n' Roll, Teddy-boys, Hippies, Mods and Rockers, Punk, Hip-Hop, Rave, just some of the globally recognised scenes popular culture has spawned since the birth of recorded music as we know it. Scenes created, nurtured, often by a few, picked up on by the masses, and willfully adopted worldwide.
Most members of previous generations can instantly identify, when asked, which of these cults/ movements they associated themselves with as a youth.
Opinions - Arrest The Pope! By Christopher Skolik
To purposefully put out mad and dangerous notions; ('No Condoms, Death is Good, Sahame and Guilt that would seem to lead to Institutional Paedophilia'; do I need to go on here?) as FACTUAL - should be certainly criminal.
He can think this utter tosh, but it should be qualified with a psychological health warning, eg. 'No evidence - may lead to AIDS and mass starvation, lead normal male sezuality into twisted paedophilia', maybe.
Look into his eyes - or those of JP2.
Opinions - Jon Venables: Better a Monster than a No Mark? By Christopher Skolik
Thompson and Venables where already 'monsters' when they met James Bulger. That much is clear. Everyone is agreed on that. Circumstances had left the two 10 year olds so numb that self induced trauma was all they had left.
After the events on the railway track the nation was shocked - but we could have started screening for similar kids. We know the signs, but we howled, and baptised
Opinions - East Riding Writers By Jan Mc Geachie
Perhaps you can solve the mystery of why there is little here to help promote writers here in East Riding?
To enter the New Writing North awards you have to live in Tyne and Wear, the Tees Valley, County Durham or Northumberland. Signposts only have Writers Resource Centres in Sheffield Barnsley and Rotherham. NAWG lists nine writers clubs in Yorkshire, the largest county in England - yet the Wolds remains a literary wilderness.
Opinions - An Ordinary Blokes Blog By Gary Clark
Why am I worried at my age in life? I've been quite successful so far, for an Endike lad. I say that because nothing much was expected of us when were turfed out of school at 15 with a limited education under our belts. Although we did not realise it at the time, until it was too late.
You see we were all in the same boat. No-one knew any better, that's what we did; suffered the boringness of a Secondary school education, then followed our older
Opinions - The Green Electrek Power Company By David Sloan
A radical answer to mass unemployment, endemic obesity and the clean energy crisis.Benefits
Full employment. Cheap green electricity. Reduced oil and gas imports. Higher government tax revenues. Income for all people, regardless of educational skills. Healthier people, fitter people, less overweight people. Less social destitution, less heart disease, less mental health problems, less diabetes.
The NHS now spends £3000 a second on people
Opinions - Wacko Jacko RIP By Christopher Skolik
Since the death of Michael Jackson there has been much chatter about how we should forget the more troubling aspects and focus on the music.
To me that seems wrong headed and a waste!
His life may arguably prove the real art of this individual; he had the means and the psychology to change reality, and his physicality.
Like a Batman villain, living in a fun house as though a Scooby Doo phantom, drawing on the collective unconscious and its pop culture references,
Opinions - Hull City Council and the Concrete Jungle
Thought I'd share my thoughts with you over the council putting a car park where LAs is/was.
Glad to see our creative and pro-active council always thinking of exciting new ways to develop the city. Another car park will be great for the city: with more cars coming into the city centre we could employ some more traffic wardens creating more jobs and more revenue for the council.
Please don't pretend that
Opinions - Was Bob Quick 'Blunder' A Deliberate Smokescreen? By Michelle Dee
By now we will all have seen the disturbing images of Ian Tomlinson, the victim of an unprovoked assault by a police officer at the G20 Protest last weekend. Unlucky for the Metropolitan Police Force, news crews were filming at the time and caught the incident on camera.
Watching the Guardian's footage you can clearly see the officer stepping forward and the moment when the unsuspecting Ian Tomlinson
Opinions - COOL ! By Andrew Wastling
I woke up feeling optimistic about the future of the planet for the first time in many years
After eight wasted years of what amounts to government by a fascist junta of gangsters, crooks and warmongers - perhaps we can all hope that the US under Obama will now take a more progressive road and a lead on the environment for a change?
Opinions - Barack Obama By Lee Cassanell
Civilisations rise and fall. People live and people die but sometimes we are lucky enough to bear witness to moments of great historical significance, moments of pure hope and optimism for a better world and a better tomorrow.
The election of Senator Barack Obama has renewed my belief in the American public and the American ideal. It has renewed my belief that no matter who you are or were you come from,
Opinions - Dating Nightmare Part 2 By Leah Scarpati
I'm pleased to say that I have a different slant on the subject now. I'm so fickle...all it takes is a month of dating with a TDH rugby playing fireman and the dating garden's all rosy!
All the time I was complaining about the crap first dates with guys I very easily found something wrong with (often when there probably wasn't actually anything wrong with them); I wasn't really thinking too far ahead.