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How Low Can You Get!

Posted in Europe, Germany, Health, Human Rights, Justice, Modern World, News with tags , , , , , on 31/12/2013 by floroy1942

After a forced absence caused by a stay in hospital for a simple operation, I’m glad to say I am back and rarin’ to go. I was somewhat dumbfounded to read of an incident today concerning the tragic accident of Micheal Schumacher. It would appear from the news that a reporter tried to gain access to Schumachers’ hospital room dressed as a priest.

Where The Accident Happened

Where The Accident Happened

We all know that the press, and especially the paparazzi, are only one step above lawyers, who are surely the lowest form of life on Earth. To be honest, it still amazes me how low these creatures will to go to get a story.

Michael Schumacher  -  Still In A Coma.

Michael Schumacher – Still In A Coma.

During the News of the World scandal in the UK a while ago that brought to light the amount of phone-tapping that went on there just to get a scoop, one would imagine they could not get any lower, but today’s events prove otherwise.

I guess we should all be thankful that the imbecile was found out before he could take any photos of Michael, but it saddens me somewhat that he was only escorted from the building and not charged with something.

It just goes to highlight how some of us inhabiting this planet have absolutely no scruples whatsoever. Ah well! Roll on 2014, and let’s hope things will get better.

My best wishes to Micheal for a speedy recovery, and Happy New Year Everyone!

Roy.

Lance Armstrong Is Not The Only Liar!

Posted in America, Europe, Modern World, USA with tags , , , , , , on 16/01/2013 by floroy1942

One of the top news items recently has been the fact that Lance Armstrong, seven times winner of the Tour de France, has finally come clean about his involvement in drug abuse. For 15 years he steadfastly denied that he had taken any performance enhancing drugs but was eventually caught out by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and banned for life. Serves him right I say.

The Oprah Interview

The Oprah Interview

Having had ample opportunity to ‘come clean’ he has consistently denied having anything to do with drugs, but now, suddenly he has done just that during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. Naturally, there is a sinister motive behind the confession – he wants to get back into sport again! By finally admitting his offences he hopes the USADA will now wipe the slate clean and allow him to ride in Triathlon events.

It seems to me that outright honesty died a tragic death many years ago, for he is not the only person in the world who will not admit to wrong doing. We see it across the whole world where, in particular politicians, refuse to admit their guilt when faced with accusations of impropriety. Other cases in point are Strauss-Kahn and currently the Prime Minister of Pakistan who has been arrested for corruption.

Everywhere we can immediately assume that any offender will enter a ‘Not Guilty’ plea when charged with a crime even when caught red-handed with a ‘smoking gun’ in their hands. Its all a sure-fire indication of the lack of integrity and honesty among people these days. In the minds of the guilty there is always the glimmer of hope that they will get away with whatever it is they have done wrong, and this ranges from corruption through to outright murder.

It may seem like nothing to the ordinary individual but you have to consider the massive expense in many cases of taking the ‘villain’  to court and the long drawn out process of the trial, lawyers fees etc. all at the tax payers expense. Of course the lawyers like it because it makes them rich, and we all know they are at the top of everyone’s tree when it comes to who you distrust the most.

It’s a sign of the times, and there doesn’t seem to be anything we can do about it until people once again learn the essentials in life: Integrity, honesty and respect.

Roy.

Cutting The Foul Language In Football Is A Start!

Posted in Britain, England, Insanity, Modern World, Teens, UK with tags , , , on 23/07/2012 by floroy1942

A week ago last Friday the Professional Footballers’ Association chairman Clarke Carlisle called for a clampdown on foul and abusive language on the football field, and what a good idea it is. After the revelations of the John Terry saga in the last few weeks it is clear the ‘Great Game’ is in desperate need of a thorough clean-up.

The Terry/ Ferdinand Incident

We have had to accept for far too long abusive players and those that stretch the rules to the maximum. Whatever happened to a skilled ninety minutes of fair and honest play?

The UK football teams now have ten times more foreign players than British, and it shows with the increasing number of racial incidents. Racial abuse, foul language and vicious tackling are all part of the current football scene and are accepted, and in some cases encouraged, by both managers and fans alike.  Sometimes it seems that the more violence on the pitch the better the Neanderthal fans like it, but for those who love the game, the whole situation has gotten way out of hand and needs some urgent action. Clarke Carlisle’s statement is but the tip of the iceberg in my view.

Fair Play – Look Again

What all teams seem to forget, is that football is a sport! But unfortunately it ceased to be that when the money men moved in. Now its nothing more than a multi-million pound business and a way to make money. Along with the money men and the exorbitant salaries came new rules; Win at any cost!!! It has all led to an increase in violence on the pitch and a total lack of respect between players and teams.

Something most footballers either don’t know, or worse, don’t care about is that they are role models for the majority of young fans who look up to them and in some cases it borders on idol worship. Their antics on the field are helping to make our youth the most disrespectful and violent in the history of our country. But it is not only the young ones, everywhere you go you hear both men and women mouthing off with the most foul language you can imagine.

Typical Fans

It has become a facet of everyday life as evidenced by the British tourists who come here to the Costa. Practically every day we sit in a local bar or cafe and are forced to listen to the filth coming from the mouths of English tourists with the ‘F’ word being used ten times in every sentence. Among us are Spaniards, Germans, Norwegians, French and many other nationalities, and you can see by the look on their faces how disgusted they are at this English habit.

Of course most of it began when Hollywood started including foul language in films some years ago, and like football, it has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s All Down To You And Your Kind Mr. Furguson!

So as a start, I would love to see team managers cracking down on abusive and foul language, racial abuse and vicious tackling on the pitch because it is a dark road that leads to nowhere. If money is more important than the ‘Great Game’ then we might as well give all the players an AK47, and the last man standing is the winner. Thankfully, there are a few countries where football is still the sport it was intended to be and we should all use them as a role model to reshape the British game.

Roy.

The Football Menace

Posted in Britain, England, Teen Violence, Teens, UK with tags , , , , , , on 29/01/2012 by floroy1942

The game of football is not what it used to be. We now have grossly overpaid ‘prima donnas’ inciting violence with their tactics on the field which is having a negative affect on the public in general. The increase in viciousness on the pitch over the past few years is doing nothing to reduce the levels of violence on our streets, especially among the youth.

Is this Football?

When they see footballers at the saturday game kicking, punching and insulting each other with racist comments, it is natural for them to think it is acceptable behaviour. It is clear that social attitudes are often greatly influenced by such things, as is amply demonstrated by the number of football hooligans in recent years. Another example is the foul language so prevalent in Britain after Hollywood introduced it as ‘normal’ in the films of the seventies and eighties.

These ‘sportsmen’ are icons to much of our youth today and in my opinion they should be setting a good example, not a bad one. The game of football is the number one sport in the UK, watched by millions of spectators every weekend, and what do they see for their hard-earned cash, players insulting each other, players kicking each other, and sometimes fighting openly.

Terry and Ferdinand

In the  news this last week it came to light that the FA even allowed the shaking of hands between teams QPR and Chelsea to be cancelled because of a row between John Terry and Anton Ferdinand. Is this show of sportsmanship now to become a thing of the past? It happened because of a racist slur aimed at Ferdinand by Terry during their match last October. Now, someone has sent a bullet through the post to Ferdinand as an obvious threat. Terry was booed by QPR fans every time he touched the ball and was verbally abused by many fans since the incident. Racial abuse is not confined to these two however. An eight-match ban has been imposed on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for racially abusing United captain Patrice Evra. The incidents are increasing week on week.

Bobby Robson When Football Was a Sport

Whatever happened to the wonderful clean game of yesteryear? Well, I think money is to blame. We have reached a stage where there is so much cash riding on a single game that teams are expected to win at any cost! The glory is, as always, being at the top of the league but now it means massive amounts of money for the teams if they can get that far. The entire ‘sport’ has become a money-making machine and sad to say, the days of a sportsman-like game are fast disappearing.

Following a Fine Example?

The antics of today’s teams does nothing to enhance football, it just drags it down into the gutter, and it seems the FA is either incapable, or not interested in cleaning it up. Sure, we had the ‘Fair Play’ campaign which began at previous world cups, but it is sad that it could not be sustained, or dribble down to national matches. It is way past time the FA took a firm stance on pitch violence and racial hatred in the game, for otherwise it will suffer a catastrophic collapse. If I was a father today, I would no longer take my son to a saturday match, or allow him to watch it on TV for fear the on-pitch violence warped his decency.

Roy.

The Return Of The Neanderthal – Kid ‘Cage Fights’!

Posted in Britain, Child Abuse, Children, England, Insanity, Modern World, Parenting, Teen Violence, Teens, UK, USA with tags , , , , , on 23/09/2011 by floroy1942

I was to say the least, disgusted at the news that two children, one eight, and one nine, took part in a so-called Cage Fight in Preston Lancashire, England. The fight took place in front of a baying crowd of some 200 members of the Greenlands Labour Club on 10th September.

The Two Boys Fighting In A Cage

A video of the event was posted on-line, which led to many complaints, and shock among people who saw it. The police were notified, but have said today they could take no action because no laws had been broken. According to the latest reports, the local council will be looking into the matter, to decide if any of the licensing laws pertaining to the club had been abused.

The father of one of the boys said in an interview that he thought there was nothing wrong with it, and his son wanted to do it. When asked how he felt about it, the child answered; “it was exciting” and “it was fun”! The whole idea has been defended by those involved “because it got rid of aggression in young boys”. I have to ask what they think such an experience will do to their development, especially if it becomes a regular thing? It is intended by the organizers to hold another such event in about a months time.

No Protection

Many institutions, like The British Medical Association commented on the fact that neither boy wore any protective clothing like head protectors. Even the British Cage Fighting Association said it was totally against children participating in such a “sport”.

Video of boys fighting:

A Battered And Bruised Cage Fighter

To be honest, I fail to see how cage fighting in any form can be called a sport! It is, to say the least, barbaric, cruel, and totally out of keeping with today’s ‘civilized’ world. I just cannot see the attraction of watching two grown men, let alone children, beat the hell out of each other in a cage. The fight between the two children was toned down, according to the organizers, for no punching or kicking was allowed. When two men get in the cage however, anything goes!

Cobra/Mongoose Fight To The Death

We put fighting dogs and cockerels in a small space and make them fight, and in places like India they put a cobra and mongoose together, which are of course natural enemies, but surely we should not do the same with human beings, especially children as young as eight! But what disturbs me almost as much, is the blood lust of those watching cage fights. According to reports, these same bloodthirsty individuals were getting just as excited at the spectacle of two children fighting, one of whom ended up in tears!

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I am sorry, but it not the kind of spectacle I would expect to see today. We are supposed to have left this kind of activity behind in the Colosseum of Ancient Rome.

Roy.

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