Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Last night I slept straight through from 12 midnight to 7am and not a thing from the lad opposite(I promise not to mention him again after today). I have however a number of theories why I heard nothing
1. I slept with the window closed as the temperature fell considerably yesterday
Genghis Khan leads his wild hordes to war
2. I was so wiped out after driving so much yesterday that I wouldn't have heard Genghis Khan dancing up the street in his underwear,with his hordes, singing THESE BOOTS WERE MADE FOR WALKING or even singing THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC!
3. The lad is only allowed out drinking on the weekends.
4. The lad is a reformed character after a beating with a rolling pin and sleeping on the sofa for 3 nights.
The litmus test will be Friday when the weekend starts again!

I had forgotten, even after only 3 weeks, just how much noise Ariel makes.
All the way back from the airport Ariel and Fiona played SPOT THE YELLOW CAR(am I glad BT vans are no longer yellow), when they saw a YELLOW CAR they would scream(predictably!) YELLOW CAR and punch the other sibling. I was punched JUST once, on getting into the car I had accidentally hit my arm on the door post of the car and it was really hurting and on seeing her first yellow car, Ariel proceeded to punch me in my bruised arm which not only hurt like a little Bit*h but almost propelled the car(remember I was driving) into the back of a Chrysler Voyager.
I have to have a rant about drivers because yesterday I seemed to be surrounded by numptys on the motorway and it only served to confirm why I hate driving during the day. At one point a woman swerved into our lane at the last moment with no indicating and SHE was pi**ed that I beeped my horn at her. And why did I beep my horn? Because I nearly went up her butt, if she wants to commit suicide then all well and good but don't involve me. Drivers do the maddest things and what for? 2 extra seconds up the road in front of the other drivers. It is either a power thing or way too much caffeine. On Saturday nights I drop Runningman off at the local cons club so he can play his bingo and then pick him up at 10:40 pm and drop him off at his place so he doesn't have to catch the bus post drinking(he could end up in Pontypandy after his Saturday night pints!) and whilst there are not many ordinary drivers around, mostly taxi's, the driving of the other cars can be very worrying. Do they not realise that driving at 20 miles per hour in a 30 area is going to get them pulled over by the police? They drive like they have been drinking and are driving slowly and precisely so they will not get stopped. Driving slowly and precisely and at 20 miles per hour is a sure fire way of getting yourself noticed in Cardiff,the average driver in Cardiff is very good but they certainly do not drive like that.

Did anybody read this?
I am totally shocked, this is so wrong.

US children's reality TV starts
By Kim Ghattas
BBC News, New York

Photo supplied by CBS TV network of the 40 children from across America that took part in Kid Nation
The makers of Kid Nation are accused of exploiting children
A controversial US reality TV show involving children is due to get its first airing on the CBS network.

Kid Nation takes 40 children, some as young as eight, to an abandoned New Mexico desert town where they are left to fend for themselves for 40 days.
The youngsters are meant to create a functioning society with a system of laws, commerce and even a class system.
No outsiders were allowed on the set and children's rights groups have said it is tantamount to child exploitation.
Critics see the show as a modern version of Lord of the Flies with a Wild West twist, while supporters say it is just a summer camp with cameras all around.
The show has been surrounded by controversy and accusations it is using the children as entertainment fodder.
Parents signed a 22-page contract, virtually absolving producers from any responsibility for the children's well-being.
There have been reports of accidents and the children also put in 14-hour days in front of the cameras.

You just cannot do this to children.
By getting the parents to sign contracts does not stop the children suffering psychological damage and complaining of it in years to come.
In this day and age of being more aware I have always felt that certain psychological experiments could no longer be done such as BLUE EYES BROWN EYES as it would be totally unethical but it seems I was wrong.


Anonymous said...

I wonder what sort of kick backs the parents get for signing away their childrens rights? Surely there is a prize these irresponsible parents have their eyes on - nothing excuses it though.

Unknown said...

I probably won't watch it.

That contract is ridiculous but I mean, it's tv. You are trusting producers with your kids?


Can't wait to read your comments about Oprah and Jenny McCarthy.

Unknown said...

BTW, love the new look!

Steve said...

Duh?? What is it with American reality TV shows? This is not reality? In what part of reality are kids ever left to fend for themselves for 40 days? Oh yeah - when the kids are being neglected and abused by their parents. What does that say about the producers of this show and the parents of the kids involved? Kids are not meant to fend for themselves. This does not happen in nature! I am thoroughly appalled.


If the show goes ahead and a child gets injured or dies then the parents will be crying WHY MY CHILD?
Isn't this child abandonment anyway?
In the UK under the Children's Act children have to be with adults to a certain ratio depending on their age.What if fights start or they hurt each other?
I just have to stop thinking about it as my imagination is going into overdrive.

LAA and Family said...

Scary to think that Reality TV has taken a turn like this and that there are such unthinking parents that would allow their children to do this!




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