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Houston, we have a problem

I woke at 3am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I looked at my iPhone and read the news.

Whitney Houston has inevitably died.

I then tried to get back to sleep, but a song was stuck in my head…

No… Not a Whitney song, but Tim Minchin’s Pope Song (Download free at his website HERE)

(Lot’s of swearing, but the message is spot on).

Anyway… yes, Whitney Houston had died. That once amazing songstress and actress.

Personally, I liked some of her songs, and it’s a shame to see a wasted life, but I didn’t know her & I’m not overly upset.

More upsetting is the fact that people are dying everyday, trying make our lives safe, to protect us, and they don’t get a mention. People dying from incurable diseases who didn’t bring it on themselves… What about them?

Nope, the death of someone who chose their own terminal lifestyle is more important.

I have few tears for self indulgent drug abusers. If you become an addict through your own choices, then you made your own bed.

Each time a celebrity or well known figure dies from drug use, every time the news shows drug abusers, the general population look on and see them all as junkies. This really doesn’t help the cause of those people who have become addicted to their prescription medications, as people see all addicts under the same banner.

I’m not saying Whitney Houston’s death isn’t news, as she was a household name around the world, I’m just saying there are more important things going on in life. Pretty much like Tim Minchin says in his Pope song….. Anyway, I digress.

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Before her life choices

She made her choices, and the result is a pretty good anti-drug message.

After her life choices

Anyway, some people on the ‘social media‘ sites are getting angry at negative Whitney comments & jokes.

Look, some people didn’t like her. That didn’t suddenly change when she died.

Don’t speak ill of the dead, they say…

Right then, no more Hitler jokes or mentions of how much of an evil genocidal tyrant he was. He’s dead, so you have to love him too. Just a shame about the Jews really.

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The lovely, misunderstood Mr Hitler

Pol Pot can’t be referred to as a murderous mad man. Sure, 2 to 4 million people died (20% of his country) under his rule…. but he’s dead now, so we shouldn’t mention that.

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Pol Pot smiling as he watches a butterfly

Sure, the jokes can be seen as a bit crass when she only died hours ago, and sure, people could hold their tongues for a while… BUT if they didn’t give a rats arse about her when she was alive, then can you really expect them to give a rats arse now?

Heck, when that pain in the arse car crash Jade Goody died, I still managed some respect, even through I couldn’t stand her.

Gah!!!! Moron.

Twitter, Facebook & other ‘social media‘ sites are a slice of many people with many views. If you tweet or use Facebook, then you’ll see it all. Some good, some bad, but some of everything none the less.

People are individual, so expect individual views.

In much the same way you can have a film or new Dr. Who episode spoilt by a Tweeter who’s seen the show before you have, you can guarantee dead celebrity jokes will do the rounds.

When dealing with a cross section of people from around the world, you must expect these comments. Simple as that.

Ignore them. Just don’t waste your time moaning about them.

It’d be easier to stop the Earth from spinning than it would be to stop dead celebrity jokes/comments & TV show spoilers.

Freedom of speech cuts both ways.


So long Terri, at least you had a good life in retirement

Sad news today as chicken Terri had to be put down. We’ve had her six months after her rescue from being a battery hen. In that time she has been spoilt rotten and with her three sisters become a loved family pet.

A happy Terri a few weeks ago

 

This morning she was gurgling – a sign of sour crop. It all happened very quickly – she had shown no signs until this morning. Christine administered first aid ┬áto alleviate the problem enough to get Terri to the vets. She was quite far gone and had actually inhaled feed into her lungs, so the only thing for her was to be put to sleep.

Alex asked how Terri was, to which I replied she had gone to sleep because she wasn’t very well. Alex replied that she should sleep in his room if she wasn’t well. He was remembering when she had had bumble foot and lived in the house for a week, sleeping in Alex’s room and watching TV during the day with Alex whilst generally being spoilt as her foot got better. He seems okay at the moment, although he’s not really realised that she has gone now.

She is now buried under the bird feeder in the back garden – her favourite place for dozing and nicking food.

Looking back, she has come along so well from the scrawny oven ready bird we rescued. She’s had a good retirement, but it’s a sad loss of such a friendly bird.

Her first free days

Meeting the cats - She wasn't bothered at all

Gradually filling out and right at home

Fully feathered after her moult

A few weeks ago in the snow. One fat happy hen

 

 


Michael Jackson Died – Sad, but over blown.

Farrah Fawcett died, and so did Michael Jackson…. rumours are buzzing around about Harrison Ford and Jeff Goldblum… but the two that have backing and are currently legitimate are Fawcett and Jackson.

Don’t get me wrong – These people had an influence on the world, but let’s not blow this out of perspective.

I need to remind myself that the hysterical masses represent only a small number of his fans – as one great friend said on Twitter:

It is the media who are out of all proportion. Most of us just are feeling the way we feel, quietly. xxx

The blanket news coverage just winds me up – It’s like the rest of news doesn’t exist any more. Millions die all over the world with no one giving a damn. Are these people any less important?

It sickens me when the media bandwagon starts rolling on things like this. There are people fighting for freedom in Iran, there are starving millions and countries at war, yet Jackson’s death is the headline.

There is NOTHING else showing on Sky news…Nothing…..

He was a singer and writer – he was not a God or life saving scientist, he was not some person who ended wars or spent their life trying to improve life or save people in war torn, famine struck, disease swept continents. He did not cure cancer, he did not create free energy…. he sang songs people… he sang songs!

Okay, he wrote and performed some of the songs that are true modern classics. Personally I didn’t like his “preachy” songs, but his disco and dance tracks were great. Even those preachy songs were so very well written… He was a musical genius.

I can’t blame him for the press and media coverage – the hype was focused on him and he had little control of the sheer force of that.

Yes, it’s a little obvious that there was something a little unhinged about him, there were things he shouldn’t have done – innocent or not, and I think he needed more help than he got.

Beyond it all though he was still this musical genius.

Sickening though, that many things are now being wrongly assigned to Michael Jackson as if he was a hero – Including some reporters saying he brought black music to the whites… That happened years before he was even born… Anyone would think Michael Jackson was the worlds first black musician.

It’s all press and hype though. I’d like to think he’d be upset at the fact he has taken up so much news space when there are real global events of more urgent importance… His press coverage isn’t his fault after all – it’s the story hungry media that is too blame… Again.

Hopefully Jackson will finally have peace.


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