Whoooaaa!!

I know, it’s a catchy post title, but that was the point ;-)
So, in a week that brought us my buddy Dr Sue Black asking her other half to marry her on Facebook, the sad news that Davy Jones of the Monkees has died, Gabsatrucker looking on in disbelief as a locksmith offered to unlock her friends car with a lump hammer, Angelina Jolie proved that she has finer legs than any table and I made my own cup of Tea for the first time in years – yer gotta ask “what’s next?”

Well I’m getting drawn more into Adobe art things and think I’d like to qualify properly in it at some point, so much so I bought a Wacom drawing tablet, and for those whom know me – me actually spending anything is kinda rare (especially on myself). So it was to the finest market in the world (eBay) to acquire said item for 1/3 its RRP. :-)
This my friends also means you’re gonna have to put up with more of my crazy artwork at some point :D

Now… The Argies..
On my birthday, it will be the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War… I remember this war well, a few friends of mine fought in it, most notably in South Georgia,  Goose Green, and the other, after establishing the Beach Head at San Carlos, walked 70+ miles to battle.
The reason I mention this isn’t because I have some benign rhetoric on this issue – just that simply, the UK isn’t shouting about this, there is no dispute here. Argentina on the other hand is running around screaming blue murder everywhere and even getting famous folk like Sean Penn and now Roger Waters of Pink Floyd harping on about it…
JUST SO WE’RE CLEAR… The Falkland Islands are NOT under UK control, they no longer belong to the UK – they belong to the people of the Falkland Islands…
WE on that basis (and that they wish to remain British) will defend their right to do so…
Basically the freedom of the people of the Falklands is our priority… as it should be for any free and fair society on earth.
The military strength on the Falklands is simply at a level to repel another illegal invasion of the islands and incarceration of its people. People failing to understand this have a serious flaw in their over all ability to be intelligent – I should know, I’ve met a few flawed folks in my time (and you should see me when I’m drunk).

Moving on:
I was grimacing about some fashiony type things while being shown a website on Skype the other day, this led to Gabsatrucker falling about laughing and suggesting I should create a fashion blog or website with my point blank point of view (i.e. as rude as hell). This I could see strangely working because my opinion is often very straight, blunt and clear – when you look like sh*te, I’ll tell yer. This is based of course on a lifetime’s practice of looking this way, which I believe (as do others) puts me squarely in the ballpark of being ever correct and on the ball… But it will of course be funny, very rude and probably get me sued :D

This blog’s very own culinary expert in all things of where is best to eat wherever you are in the world (Dom Joly) [ok, I say "this blog's", but I simply tweet him and he tells me where to go] is drawing his epic global monster hunting expedition to a close as he looks for real life source material for his book due to be released later this year.
As I write this, Dom is in Tibet and due to return to Blighty tomorrow. As such he has been filling the columns of The Independent newspaper and you can read about his exploits HERE and check out some of his pics HERE. If you want a fun read though, Dom’s other great book “The Dark Tourist”, and you can find it at Amazon by simply clicking this book cover.

Finally…
Now I know I mentioned the new life brought into this world by Gabriela and of course Dad; Alex Elwood… but how can I go without posting a pic?
Ladies and Gentlemen from whatever country you reside, whatever language, faith, creed or other things you hold dear, it is my great pleasure to introduce you to:

Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and better known to you as

Benjamin Elwood

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Sometimes… words are enough! (troublesome teen)

I’ve just seen this, it was drawn to my attention on twitter by @andrewbaron and I have to say… Wow! Nice One!! :-)

Basically, here is about the most responsible parenting you’ll find anywhere… This video was posted on Facebook and You Tube by father Tommy Jordan. He had just spent a day upgrading his daughters laptop and came across a letter she’d posted on Facebook… Enjoy the results.. and please, watch it all!!

Now… obviously people will or wont agree with this, so I can’t leave without posting what Tommy had to say in response to the comments left to and at him.

By Tommy Jordan

For those that wondered, commented, criticized, and just in general wanted to know: My daughter came through it fine.

Yes, she’s in trouble, and yes she’s grounded, but that doesn’t mean every moment of her life has to be miserable. She’s going to come to terms with the changes that will be present for a while; no TV privileges, no Internet, etc.

In the meantime, once the initial anger passed, she sat with me reviewing some of the comments that have come in via Facebook and YouTube. One person even suggested collecting the shell casings and auctioning them on eBay. I said I’d do it if it would help contribute to her college fund! When I told her about it, she thought a minute, got a funny calculating expression on her face and said, “in that case you should shoot my phone too. We can use more bullets and I’ll go half-sies with ya on it! It’s not like I’m going to need it any time soon. And I can use the money we get to buy a new one.”

While the whole point of this story isn’t funny, what is funny to me is how weak some people out there think kids are. Our kids are as strong as we help them to be. My daughter took a horrible day in her life, had her crying fit, then got over it, accepted her punishment, and hasn’t let it (or people’s comments) destroy her strength. I don’t get any credit for that. She’s strong and able to overcome almost anything life throws at her.

Since this unsuspectingly threw her into the limelight much more strongly than either of us intended, I asked her if she wanted to make her own response video, and told her I’d let her do it if she wanted to. She doesn’t like being in front of the camera, so she declined, but I’ve told her if she wants to write a response or post a video response, I’d be OK with it. It’s only fair considering the viral nature of the whole thing. So far she’s not really interested. Quite frankly it seems she’s gotten bored of it much faster than the general public has. If that changes I’ll post it here.

Finally, my thoughts…

Shaping the will without breaking the spirit makes great parenting and turns kids into fine adults, sometimes that line comes very close when it needs too, but break the spirit and you either destroy the child or turn them into a monster. But this wasn’t crossing any line, it was taking control of the situation in a manner that would be fully understood, clear and direct. The most important point of all is that Tommy took a day to think about this, didn’t go off the handle, and you could see how much he cared in his body language. He was beyond annoyed, he was hurt and let down greatly.

The last point, a kid who has the space to rebell and yet can accept their punishments for their wrong doing – will make a great adult…

 

Published in: on 10 February, 2012 at 15:45  Comments (1)  
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Yup, another year….

As the earlier post suggests it was infact my birthday yet again… It wasn’t the most lively to date, infact apart from a short bout on twitter and a stroll to the shops to acquire a beloved treat in the form of a battenburg cake – it was for the most part exceptionally quiet lol.
But as the time and date roll into 3rd of April I can’t let it do so without thinking all those whom wished a Happy Birthday either here, on Facebook, Twitter or email.
Typically, not one wish at all from family, but that is normal.

Anyway, here’s to hoping for a far better 12 months and a huge thank you to you all as I retire to bed…

Cheers :-)

T W Brit

Published in: on 3 April, 2011 at 00:11  Comments (3)  
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Hey, watch out for this sucker….

So I get an email that my brother has left a message for me on Facebook which I really don’t use anymore. I log in and get the bizarre badly misspelt note about me suddenly being famous or something which has me wondering if he wrote it – and then theres a link.

Thinking this is humour and a bit of a piss take, I hit the link, sit back and wait for a vid or something to appear… No, my laptop gets suddenly upset and I get a warning flash up from both Norton and Windows…

Whatever it was, my security killed it. So now I’m looking on the main Facebook page and there is another note posted by my brother which a different link on it…. With caution, I hit this link and the exact same thing happens!!

Here is the posted warning I received. (Click on image to enlarge)

Ok guys, when you’re using Facebook and you see those little things that say stuff like ‘send a friend a gift’ or ‘play a game’ and anything like that that asks you to click an OK button – DON’T!!!! not ever, you’re not just agreeing to the two minutes of fun you think you are – you’re agreeing to a whole load of other stuff. Most of which is the transfer of valuable and more importantly, personal information being passed to a third party who WILL sell it on to others.

Published in: on 30 November, 2009 at 04:55  Comments (1)  
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Social Media, the Entertainers, the World and You

So called social media truly came of age over the last couple of years and even outstripped the internets number one use – smut.
I can’t go further without mentioning that internet shopping also became bigger than High Street shopping over the last 24 monmsn_messengerths – so, Web 2.0 succeeded.
However, most of us can remember the birth of Yahoo and MSNmessenger chat facilities and way back in 2000, it was the number one way of having a conversation from Saudi Arabia to the UK. You see, at £1.86 per minute on the phone, Messenger systems came into a world of there own. yahoo_messenger_logo
Texting had already been around for a number of years by this time, having started in the mid to late 90’s.
Ironically, the likes of MSNmessenger and Yahoo were streets ahead in this field on the web, but then the price of technologies started to fall. Suddenly we could all make half decent videos on a mobile phone and bounce it straight up to YouTube.
flickrWith the advents and arrivals of Facebook, bebo, Flickr, Twitter and oh so many blog providers, the game changed considerably. You see, many of these services (in one form or another) were already being provided through the known mediums of MSN live messenger and Yahoo, but these great giants in the www. were too generalised and not specific enough. This gave way to people providing direct topical services and indeed, specializing in them – like WordPress with blogs etc.wordpress-logo1
Based on the fact that the basic human condition is that we are very much a social animal and also the ability to have ‘that’ voice in the world that they did not have previously, lead to global networks of new found friends. Just from blogging, twitter, and other sites I have earned money and gained friends around the world I simply did not have before – andfacebook_pic lets be honest, I would have never have known these people otherwise.
We, in turn soon realise just how big the world truly is, we learn that no matter if people even if a look the same, or speak the same language – we are culturally very different. As such, a learning process starts to take shape, we develop, our perceptions change and slowly, a new way of thinking starts to creep in.
The effect of all this on the English language has been nothing short of astounding, not to mention the use of smileys and the constant shortening of words etc.twitter

Then people use the systems to gain popularity and work. Just look at the amount of Actors, Musicians and other famous people use them.. Through twitter alone you can just about talk to anyone you’ve ever heard of. And while a few people have tried to run fake identities of famous people, twitter is now verifying people from the entertainment industry so that you get to know they are who they say they are.

filmBeyond typical fan adoration, these people also get down to earth feedback on what they do. They get into and remain in the public eye, and people with an interest in a persons work, get to know the latest news without the gossip of the Tabloid Press putting a slanted angle on it all. In fact, the daily newspapers are in real decline because of all this and in time they will sadly disappear altogether.

Sometimes though, it is obvious when someone in the entertainment industry either knows little about a) the internet b) the importance of there presence or c) what it says about them when they treat this media in an ad-hoc manner, because that never works at all. It actually goes along way to discredit them and this can be sad when a person is very talented.
These are powerful tools indeed, jobs are created and destroyed with the use of social media.
Now, I would give examples here of good and bad users of social media, but to be honest, I think this would be totally unfair and probably quite hurtful.

One thing is for sure, while it has changed the way we communicate and make friends – it is also changing the face of business.
Businesses that just come on and think they can sell any old thing or an insurance policy or an ‘enlightenment’ course are completely missing the plot. They are for the most part commercial exploitation within social media and simply not welcome!iran-protest However, within industries like technology, law etc – these are huge areas with worthwile information sharing and in some case collaberation – these are very welcome.

We really are in a time of vast change, amazing change infact, yet it is happening so quickly we’re almost ignoring it. As a ‘for instance’; during the recent protests in Iran and the Israeli gazaattack on Gaza some time ago, the internet and social media brought the reality of what was truly happening on the ground more accurately and quickly that any of the main stream media services like the BBC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CNN. We could in some cases see these things in real-time via streaming webcams.

So, we’re living in great times, the recession is effectively over, the world is getting back on it’s feet slowly and we are the people who are shaping the whole thing – because if you’re reading this (despite my terribly poor English), then indeed you’re part of it.

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Published in: on 9 July, 2009 at 08:28  Comments (2)  
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Facebook – again…..

 

Wow, this is new!!!facebook_pic-copy

 

Users of Facebook will have comment and voting rights over the firm’s future policies regarding how the site is governed.

 

Founder Mark Zuckerberg said the aim was to “open up Facebook so that users can participate meaningfully in our policies and our future”.

 

A prominent leader in the field of Privacy rules and laws said:

 

“No other company has made such a bold move towards transparency and democratisation,” he said.

“The devil will be in the detail but, overall, we applaud these positive steps and think they foreshadow the future of web 2.0.

 

Mr Zuckerberg admitted that the recent changes to the website’s terms and conditions had sparked a “firestorm”.

 

Other Facebook news from the BBC is that a 16 year old girl has been fired from her job because she said her office was boring on her Facebook page! No, I’m serious…. read it.

 

Full story HERE

 

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Published in: on 27 February, 2009 at 16:33  Comments (1)  
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Facebook ToS Explained Perfectly

Here is the stuff people are wanting to know care of ROCKETBOOM Daily News and Crackle.com

Presented by the highly intelligent and ever funny (and stunning)  Joanne Colan

RocketBoom is a great ‘Web-Culture’ site based in New York. Both Rocketboom and Crakle.com are great sites and part of Sony Pictures.

 

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Published in: on 20 February, 2009 at 11:53  Comments Off  
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Facebook goes back – but for how long?!

So Facebook have gone back to there old Terms of Service (funny that). Apparently the usefacebook-copyrs of FB have been cancelling their pages by the thousands, and this has an obvious effect on advertising and sales profits.

But sadly FB have literally said that it’s ‘Just For Now’ until they can re-work it to be more acceptable.

Hmmmmm – kinda not convinced…

 

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Published in: on 18 February, 2009 at 15:25  Comments Off  
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Facebook has finally done it – they own you’re sh*t

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Yes, they’ve changed the ToS (terms of service) to say they can use you’re information and photos as they like (even if you close you’re account) – how long for?  FOREVER !!!

 

Check out this LINK to compare the different sites terms of service.

 

My Facebook account will close on Friday, I strongly suggest everyone does the same…

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Published in: on 17 February, 2009 at 19:47  Comments (5)  
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This and other stuff

I just read an article on the BBC News site, here I’ll cut and paste it;200px-bbc_logo

Multi-million pound pay deals for the BBC’s biggest stars are “extremely unlikely” in the future, the controller of BBC One, Jay Hunt, has said. _45252646_jay_226

She told the Daily Telegraph she could not see herself agreeing to the sort of contracts that see Jonathan Ross earn a reported £6m per year.

“My reputation in this industry… is as one of the stingiest women in television,” she said.

You’re not kidding!! Have you seen the state of the BBC1 channel? it’s like something out of the dark ages. I’m not joking when I say that even ‘I’ could do a better job at BBC 1 than the crap the channel has turned into. Frankly, she should learn to spend the money on programming quality entertainment – not shoving every viable show on to the 6 million other BBC channels.

Other stuff;

The battle for the Taj is over.

Apparently it was Thanksgiving in the US over the last few days, I know it’s a big deal for thbart_vs_thanksgivingem but I still don’t get why it’s such a big thing to be honest – but what do I know. However, it seems several people lost their lives in the ensuing ‘Black Friday’ shopping rush – amazing!

Myfacebook_pic-copy1 Facebook is officially dead and for now I can’t see myself returning to it.

Twitter, I’m so not sure about this thing. It’s kind of weird. Yet it turned out to be one of the single most useful tools during the Mumbai thing – who would have thought!

Obviously we’re moving into crimble-treea more seasonal part of the year and I’m guessing that the pubs of this once great isle are gearing up for the whole thing. I haven’t actually had a ‘Chrichristmas-tree-inside-the-housestmas’ as such for several years due to work commitments. It would be nice to change that this year, but alas it is not to happen. I should get New Year off though. That said, I had my first Mince Pie of the year last night – alright, there were three, steaming hot and eaten with single cream.

I found myself staring into a bowel of Cheerios this morning, I think I have bridled my restlessness too much this past year. I need to sort a few things out and get on to complete any and all outstanding commitments and promises to friends and mates and get on to treading new ground.

Fenny seemds_amazon_laptop_web_188s to have returned from the dead, this is miraculous to say the very least. She is also sounding much better, but sadly her laptop is not in such a good way. Hope an image format will work wonders.

Had an inbox full of emails today. There were the usual Africans begging to allegedly give me millions because of some terrible banking issue with an ailing family member, advertising, a handful from friends, some trade stuff and the millionth email from PMI – but also someone calling herself Brittany who loved some profile of mine and thought I was hot – huh? then she must either be blind and/or grotesque!! 3 of the emails from friends were almost devoid of sense which would be fair enough if they’d sent them while drinking. Anyway as my brain wasn’t working after just getting up, I selected option ‘2’ and promptly deleted them. I’m sure that if they were important, they will write again – but please take your time, think and take a breath before doing so.

Last but not least, if I hear of any more stupid things done by our present government – i’ll take up politics.

 

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Published in: on 29 November, 2008 at 15:42  Comments (3)  
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