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Turn-up For The Book(s): Manc Irony alive and well on this blog!

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Good evening, fellow Bookworms!

Sorry for the lack of blogs since June, but here we are again. Hope you all had a good Christmas! Got a Waterstone’s gift card as one of my pressies, which is always the best idea when you don’t know what book to get someone because they already have so many, which we all know is my situation, lol!

Wasn’t sure what to call this blog. Sometimes I am really stuck for a good idea for a title, so at present, as I type, it’s just got the working title of “Last Blog of the Year” as it certainly will be that! I sure as hell won’t be blogging tomorrow! Got a match to go to, United being at home to Middlesbrough, and then I’ll be off out for a meal to let in 2017 and hope it’s a damn sight better than most of 2016 has been! If the Grim Reaper could please stop bumping off talented people and focus on nasty pieces of work instead, that would be great! The entire right-wing of the political spectrum would be ideal. Just a hint… Especially the far-right. Wouldn’t exactly be too upset at THEIR passing…

As mentioned in the blog in June, I now have a nephew as well as a niece! Reuben David Jack was born on 8th October, a little brother for Charlotte, the Junior Bookworm! I hope Reuben will also love books as much as his sister does. For the record, my pressies for Charlotte were books – a large book of poetry for children and a box set of Roald Dahl’s books. I think there are 15 books in that box set, it’s one I had in from when my niece was little. I saw it and bought it when I was working in Chorlton, and it was always going to be a future birthday or Christmas present for my niece when she was old enough to start enjoying a bit of Roald Dahl. That time has now come, and, indeed, she’s going to be reading some of his stories at school, so Ellie let me know and I decided the time was definitely right!

As you can see, there is a mystery book again. So, let’s open it up a bit further…

Right, the tag and string are off… We shall start to unwrap shortly…

One of the main issues causing the lack of blogging was that I suffered a bout of Reader’s Block once again. Well, sort of, although I did manage to read some non-fiction, but I think A Little Life proved so epic, that I have been unable to face any fiction since I finished the 720 page novel! I had already met my original 25 book target in my Goodreads Reading Challenge, and done so with some months to spare, so I thought upping it to 40 wouldn’t be unreasonable. However, due to the aforementioned issues after A Little Life, I have only managed a total of 30 books this year, the last of which I finished earlier this evening, that being The Ten (Food) Commandments, by Jay Rayner. I recommend this book, not just because it’s about food, not just because Jay makes some bloody brilliant and necessary points, but it is also a small book which would fit in a lot of handbags! I have a nice sizeable Kipling bag and can fit a few books in there, lol, but for those pushed for space, the Jay Rayner one would be ideal. I must say, though, that if you are a hardened bookworm, what the hell are you doing with a small handbag?! Shouldn’t you buy a handbag based on being able to fit a decent amount of reading matter into it?! That’s my criteria, anyway! Why do you think I created a Handbag Books list on List Challenges?!

Ooh! The mystery book is unwrapped a bit…

I mentioned before that I got a Waterstone’s gift card for Christmas, but. talking of book-related gift cards, has anyone else had a go at that game run by National Book Tokens? There are 20 road signs, of which each is a clue to a certain book. Some of them, indeed quite a lot of them, were rather straightforward and easy to guess. For example, the pig on the tractor sign was Animal Farm, by George Orwell, but towards the end, before I finally guessed them all, there were two in particular I was struggling with and had to get help from an online forum in exchange for giving answers to those I’d got which others hadn’t. One of them was the “men at work” warning triangle, and the other was a green arrow with “Emerald Street” on it. Turns out the men at work one was Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel, and the Emerald Street one was The Green Road by Anne Enright

Well, would you Adam & Eve it?!

In a lovely dose of Mancunian irony, the “Secret Santa” book I got at Waterstone’s just before Christmas only turns out to be one of the titles which was giving me such a problem on that pesky National Book Tokens game! The last damn title I guessed! The one which gave me so many problems guessing it! My first guess for that road sign had actually been The Green Mile, the Stephen King novel, and I couldn’t believe it when I was told that was incorrect! So I tried a few other guesses before resorting to an internet forum and an exchange of answers, which gave me The Green Road. Then I go and treat myself to a mystery book at Waterstone’s and it only turns out to be that very novel!

Well, I’ll not keep you any longer, I’m sure you need to get ready for any New Year’s Eve events you’re going to, and I will need to do the same, so I shall love you and leave you for this year! I hope to bring you more utter waffle in 2017, which will probably also mention books, lol! You don’t get any “new year new me” bullshit from me! I’ll spare you that crap! You get the same old nonsense from me year in year out, whether you like it or not, lol! Oddly enough, some people actually seem to like it. Enough to subscribe to my blog and like some of my entries! Very kind of you if you’re one of those people!

Until next time, take care and Happy Reading!

Joanne x x x

Books mentioned in this blog entry:

  • A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
  • The Ten (Food) Commandments – Jay Rayner
  • Animal Farm – George Orwell
  • Bring Up The Bodies – Hilary Mantel
  • The Green Road – Anne Enright
  • The Green Mile  – Stephen King

P.S. The “Joanne’s Bookshelf Blog – Books Mentioned 2016” list is now published on List Challenges for your enjoyment! See how many you’ve read!

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NeverEnding Story

neverending story

Good evening, fellow bookworms!

Another blog entry for  your reading pleasure, lol! The title refers to my infamous To Be Read list, of which I will never reach the end, rather than the book, film or the record by Limahl in the 80s! For the record, The Neverending Story is the English translation of a German fantasy novel by Michael Ende, published in 1979, originally Die unendliche Geschichte, the film of which was released in 1984. Limahl’s single was the title song from the said film and released in the charts in early 1984, reaching number 4 here in the UK singles charts. Perhaps I ought to read the book. Then again, perhaps I should just read Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, another fantasy novel originally in German. I do have a copy of Inkheart handy, whereas I’d have to acquire the other book.

Anyway, the Never Ending Story is incorrect as a title as the story clearly DOES end! Which is more than can be said for my TBR list, especially as recommendations are never far away and they come from all sorts of sources. Friends, family, Facebook, List Challenges… Don’t start me on that last one! I see so many other books which sound interesting when I am going through any chosen list and clicking on the books I have at least partially-read!

I have been giving out some surplus books, the ones I mentioned the other day as being ex book club books. I have gift-aided them to a few charity shops in Monton and Eccles. I was going to take a couple to the Barton Arms in Worsley, but, sadly, to my enormous disappointment, they had a refurbishment in January and no longer have the bookshelves to do the book swap service they used to offer. You could either buy a book for 50p in aid of St Ann’s Hospice if you didn’t have one of your own with you, or you could swap your book(s) for theirs if you did. This was how I got hold of Girl With A Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier a year or two ago. I think I parted company with The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, a book club book I didn’t really get started with. Booker Prize winner, though, so that says it all, really!

I might have mentioned this issue before, but what is it about prize-winning books? Sure, it’s not true of ALL of them, and I enjoyed Life of Pi by Yann Martell when I read that some years ago now. That was a Booker Prize winner, but it was readable! It is possible! However, it could be the case that some authors just set out to write a book with book prize judging panels in mind, rather than having a wide readership in mind. Yes, all right, the prize might help shift a few more extra copies at Waterstone’s, but I would be very interested to find out just how much time elapses between the initial victory and increase in sales at the book’s original RRP (recommended retail price, which would probably be something like £7.99 or more), before it fetches up on the shelf of a charity shop for 99p!

I mean, have you seen the most recent Booker Prize winner? A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. Except, it’s hardly brief, is it, Mr James?! Page count of 704 pages! If that is brief, I dread to think what a longer history of seven killings would’ve been like! Probably about the same as a certain epic novel by Leo Tolstoy…

If a book won a prize, the Booker Prize in particular, maybe the best strategy would be to wait until you see a copy in a charity shop for 99p, or a church fair for 50p, or whatever, and risk it for a biscuit then! If it turns out to be readable and you enjoy it, you got yourself a bargain, and if you couldn’t get into it, you’ve not made too much of a loss on it when you give it to another charity shop or church fair!

Books SHOULDN’T be hard-going! On the whole, books really should be enjoyable and readable by many! We need to encourage people to read, not put them off! Literary prizes are a form of book snobbishness, and I can’t stand all that! On a similar note, I am about to post a link to an interesting idea from Book Riot…

10 Best Books I’ve Never Read

In no particular order, here are a few of mine… Many are genres rather than any particular novel, but one or two might be authors or a particular book.

  1. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy. OK, it’s true that I have read almost 300 pages of it thus far, but it’s over 1000 pages long, and it is hyper-descriptive. You want to slap Tolstoy and tell him to get to the point! Does he really have to be that descriptive? I’m sure there’s a lot he could’ve left out and it would still have made sense…
  2. Booker Prize winners. As mentioned above, with the honourable exception of Life of Pi, many BP winners in recent years have been unreadable, hard to get into. They are writing for a select shortlist of people, a few select book critics who seem to want something specific in the literature they plough through, and what they’re looking for is probably what the rest of us don’t give a toss about!
  3. Anything by Ayn Rand. I don’t know what it is, but when I go on List Challenges, I see her books on so many lists. I think I am put off because I either heard or read that her books leaned towards a right-wing perspective, so I am avoiding her works on the grounds that they would probably annoy me and do my blood pressure and/or mental health no good whatsoever! I am, and always have been, very much left-wing. I cannot abide the right-wing, and the further right they lean, the more they disgust me! As I’ve said before on these blogs, I think such people are heartless, greedy, selfish, uncaring bastards and a disgrace to humanity! So, Ayn Rand can do one!
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Nothing against any of her other novels, indeed I have read Surfacing (back in my uni days, a long time ago), and The Year of the Flood, and I quite enjoyed the latter, but the setting of The Handmaid’s Tale would just anger me too much, I’d want to kill every single character who represented and enforced the sexist establishment in that novel! In the best interests of my blood pressure and anger management, I am deliberately avoiding that book forever!
  5. Horror novels. For the same reason I avoid horror films. I am a wuss and I do NOT enjoy having the living shit scared out of me! I was NOT one of those teens who read Stephen King novels. My sister read a fair few at that age, but not me! I know not all of his are horror, I might be able to find a few of his readable without causing nightmares, but I would have to be advised very carefully on that front!
  6. Chick Lit. With the honourable exception of the Bridget Jones books by Helen Fielding, which I read and enjoyed, I find very little to relate to in this genre. As I said in previous blogs, I’m just not a womany woman! I am far more blokey and would much prefer to read stuff like Fight Club than read about some shoe-obsessed or diet-obsessed woman! I especially love reading about football or music. Or both!
  7. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. If you’ve seen the film that many times because it’s on telly every Christmas, do you really need to read the book? I’ve never read the actual book, and will admit I didn’t even know, for years, that it was originally a book. I’ve grown up knowing this story as a musical film which was always on television at holiday times, particularly Christmas, but I’m pretty sure it’s been shown at Easter as well. So, is the book actually necessary? Same goes for a few other stories, particularly folk tales and suchlike, which have become so well known in their animated form (Disney films, usually) that you know the story without ever having read the book. Pinocchio (by Carlo Collodi) also springs to mind here.
  8. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I actually own a copy of this book, which is lurking somewhere in my room, but I ask a similar question about this novel as I do with Mary Poppins – If you’ve seen the musical, and you own a copy of the cast recording, do you really need to read the novel given that you already know the plot?! Can I not just listen to “Do You Hear The People Sing?” or “Master of the House” – I’d probably be listening to the cast recording, anyway, if I did attempt to plod through the novel! Anyway, while we’re mentioning Victor Hugo, it reminds me of when I was at high school, learning French. When you get to that section in your textbook about learning to ask for directions, and there is a town plan on the page for some fictitious French town, there is ALWAYS a Rue Victor Hugo, isn’t there?! There is also always an Avenue Charles de Gaulle! It must be the rules! I did French to A-Level. I know these things! I know this much is true, as Spandau Ballet would put it!
  9. Literary Theory/Criticism books. This is one of those categories of books which I have had to read in the past, during my uni days, and which I have neither the need nor inclination to pursue further. I enjoyed my degree, don’t get me wrong, but some modules on the literature side of my degree were a tad dull and dry, and I’m pretty sure you can guess which ones those were! Yep, the “lit-crit” modules. The ones which press you to over-analyse nearly every damn thing in any given novel from a certain perspective! I am through with hyper-analysis! Since graduating in 1994, I have been free to enjoy books as they are, and, if I do want to read anything into them, that is my own decision!
  10. Self-help books. Yep, to end with, let’s look at another genre of books I HAVE previously read from, but which I now wish to decline in terms of further reading. I am not sure that they are as helpful as they like to make out. I believe they make rather too many wrongful ASSumptions. (Never assume – it makes an ass out of u and me!) I think these books over-simplify as much as the previous genre over-analyse! They seem to treat the reader as though there is a “one size fits all” solution to whatever their problem might be, and there certainly isn’t!

I don’t think this final category of books takes introverts into account, nor do they account for a huge range of disabilities their potential readership may have. This is the real world! Shit happens. A lot of shit! Thus, there are a lot of problems which CAN’T be overcome, and implying that the reader is making excuses is just going to make them feel WORSE than they were before they started reading! We are human beings, not robots! Plenty of us have LEGITIMATE limitations which we can’t overcome. We’ve tried and failed countless times! For someone, or some book, to then come along and try to suggest that the reader hasn’t tried hard enough, or that they’re making it up, is crass, thoughtless and hurtful in the extreme, and does them far more harm than good!

I am not negative. I am neutral. I respond according to how I’m treated. The problem is that I’ve had to put up with too much negative treatment, including pushiness and bossiness. They say that a definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. People have tried the pushy approach again and again, and every time it pushes me back into my shell. It doesn’t seem to have occurred to them to think up a fresh approach. An approach which showed affection and gentle encouragement might be a good idea… In fact, it might be a VERY good idea…

I have never responded well to pushiness and bossiness. That approach does not work for me. It makes me want to head off in the opposite direction as fast as my slow little body will allow! It makes me retreat into my shell. I have always been like this, certainly for donkey’s years since I started school, and I finished my compulsory education over a quarter of a century ago!  Some people have a decision to make – either change their approach towards me, or leave me the hell alone and go and find someone of a similar nature to themselves!

Apologies, but that last category set me off on a bit of a rant, something which needed saying. I doubt certain people will take any of it on board, though. They’ll just do the usual… When I post the blog on my Facebook timeline, they’ll give it a “like” without really having read this and understood what I was trying to get over! Those wanting a positive response need to treat me positively. They could start by believing me, taking my word for it.

I have something wrong with me. Always have had, always will. I tried my damnedest to overcome a lot of physical difficulties, but many of them remained impossible to overcome by the time I left high school in 1989. 12 years of significant effort every damn PE lesson went completely unrewarded. I got to 16. I was still shit, and I was still the object of ridicule. I wonder, sometimes, if people think I actually LIKE being shit at physical activities! I am NOT doing it on purpose! I genuinely CAN’T do things others take for granted, and I HATE the fact that I can’t do these things! I also HATE the fact that some people don’t seem to believe that and insinuate that I ought to go through all that hell again just for their benefit! NO! Believe me or bugger off!

Further apologies for this blog entry going into extra time, and I haven’t even listed the books mentioned in tonight’s entry yet! Feels like ages ago since I mentioned books, and I probably need to go and read something pleasant. That last point on my list was too much of a reminder for me about matters which piss me off enormously! I’d be fine if people just let me be me, but, unfortunately, some people don’t seem to want to let me be myself…

I shall try to keep it at least a little shorter next time! Thanks to anyone who has seen this through to the very end tonight! Until next time, when I hope to return to the joy of books throughout the entire entry, take care and Happy Reading!

Joanne x x x

Books mentioned somewhat earlier in this blog entry before my rant…

  • The Neverending Story – Michael Ende
  • Inkheart – Cornelia Funke
  • Girl With A Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier
  • The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
  • Life of Pi – Yann Martell
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • Surfacing – Margaret Atwood
  • The Year of the Flood – Margaret Atwood
  • Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
  • Mary Poppins – P.L. Travers
  • Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi
  • Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

 

 

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The Charles Dickens Birthday Book Blog!

7th February 2012 - 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens

The Charles Dickens Birthday Book Blog!

 Good Evening, Bookworms!

And a very happy what-would-be 200th birthday to Charles John Huffam Dickens, born 7th February 1812 in Portsmouth. Regular blog readers will know that I posted a blog last night on this matter to try to get votes for favourite Dickens novels. I also did likewise via Facebook and Twitter, and had responses from some of my friends, particularly on FB. Hence, this evening, the names of nine Dickens novels were written out by yours truly on slips of paper and folded up. They were then put into my snowman teapot! Don’t worry – the teapot was dry inside – haven’t brewed up in it for quite a while, which is a bit of a shame, but at least it didn’t make the papers soggy! I was going to draw out the slip of paper myself, but then decided, in the interests of neutrality, that I’d ask my mum if she’d like to do it! Mum duly obliged and picked out a slip of green paper from the teapot, unfolded it, and thus, drawn by Mrs Jean Dixon-Jackson, the winner of the Joanne’s Bookshelf Dickens Draw is…. Our Mutual Friend.

I have now acquired, not quite free but very cheaply, an electronic version of said novel for reading on my Kindle. I would like to thank all my friends who named their favourite Dickens novels and thus earned those books a place in the draw. Gitte Hannus and Claire Howarth both recommended Our Mutual Friend, although a couple of other novels got more than one mention too – Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities were recommended by more than one friend. They will not be ruled out as future reading matter, but let’s see how I get acquainted with Our Mutual Friend as the Dickens 200th Anniversary read! 😀

On a Dickens-related note, and regarding one of his works that I HAVE previously read, I would be interested to know if anyone can tell me exactly how many film and television adaptations of A Christmas Carol have been made by now! I reckon it must be in double figures by now. This Christmas just gone (2011), I watched two different adaptations of it on tv, both on Christmas Eve (which, of course, is the most appropriate day to show it)! Surely that has to be one of his best-known and best-loved works of fiction, and one whose chief protagonist, Scrooge, has entered into popular culture to describe anyone miserly and tight-fisted with their money! (Now, why am I thinking about politicians here? I can’t possibly imagine! lol!)

Anyway, now I’ve done the draw and announced the result, it’s time I settled down in a nice cosy bed and started reading Our Mutual Friend on my Kindle. Until next time, take care and Happy Reading!

Books mentioned in this blog entry…

  • Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

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A Winter’s Tale (or two…)

Good Evening, Bookworms!

Yes, I know, long time no blog, so I’d better wish you all a Happy New Year. And a Happy Chinese New Year too as we’ve recently let in the Year of the Dragon. Kung Hei Fat Choi! In case anyone needs to know, I’m an Ox as far as Chinese astrology goes, so there you have it! Anyway, on with the blog…

Having not blogged since before Christmas, I thought I’d better have a quick shufty through older blog entries of mine, see if I could get some inspiration for this one. It’s not that I haven’t been reading books, I have, but due to matters at work, it has been very personal reading purely to help myself remain positive during potentially tricky times. I guess, though, to celebrate the re-forming of the Happy Mondays, I ought to continue with Shaun Ryder’s autobiography, Twisting My Melon. Plus, he’s a local lad! (No, not remotely biased, lol!)

I did have a look at an old blog from December 2010 and I was reviewing Read This Next, which was basically a book of book recommendations! In that book, there was mention of a book called The Conscience of a Conservative, which I said, at the time, had to go down as an oxymoron as I didn’t believe the Conservatives could possibly HAVE a conscience! Well, not one in full working order, at any rate! Actually, I didn’t believe anyone on the right-wing of the political spectrum could possibly have one.

However, I feel I may have been too narrow in my criticism in that blog because it is patently obvious that politicians, the whole world over, regardless of party, regardless of left/right wing leanings, are all as bad as one another and none of them can possibly be proper believers of ANY faith! To my mind, it is how you treat others which shows me whether you have any sort of faith or not. You can wear all the symbols you like (a cross, a crescent, a Star of David or any other outward sign of any belief system) and you can witter on in Parliament until the proverbial cows come home about the country you are the government of being a Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, etc (delete as appropriate) country… BUT if you then carry on like a selfish, avaricious, money-worshipping fatcat, then DON’T expect me to believe that you’re a believer of any sort!

I am fairly certain that ALL faiths have rules regarding how you are supposed to treat your fellow human beings, mostly along the lines of “Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself”, this biblical instruction being echoed in Charles Kingsley’s novel, The Water Babies, particularly by having a character in this famous children’s novel named Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby! If politicians treated us as they would like to be treated themselves, they would NOT be treating the rest of us like shit, as they currently do! Therefore, I maintain they cannot currently be genuine people of faith. Not saying they can’t ever be changed, but I fancy it would take something major to cause them to see the error of their ways – perhaps they need some ghosts to visit them, as happens to Ebeneezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol! After all, the eventually-redeemed anti-hero of Dickens’ festive novella is one of the most tight-fisted, money-worshipping fatcats in literature, but thanks to the intervention of 4 ghosts (his ex-business-partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet To Come), ol’ Scrooge realises, just in time, that a major change needs to be made for his own good and for everyone else’s!

Does anyone need that much dosh anyway?! Enough to make you and your nearest and dearest comfortable, but beyond that, where people have absolutely bucketloads of “wonga”, for what can they actually require all that much money? As I said in my blog back in 2010, when I first commented on The Conscience of a Conservative, if our world’s politicians had any TRUE understanding of the teachings of any major religion, they would know that having money is a test and brings with it enormous responsibilities! Those who have been blessed with considerable financial fortune are expected to ensure they use it to help those who haven’t been so financially blessed! As this clearly isn’t happening, dare I suggest the ghosts which visited Scrooge should pay a visit or two to some of his modern-day imitators?! I would love nothing more than to see a transformation happen in this day and age, to see some high-profile MP acknowledge that he or she has behaved like a selfish, greedy, moneygrabbing tosser but has realised that he/she cannot continue in that manner.

I am usually a fairly happy bookworm, I want to get on with people as much as possible and don’t really want any cause to have to hate anyone. It disappoints me enormously that I live in a world which has far too many disagreeable arseholes in it, particularly politicians, as they get my back up and cause me to go on a rant, which is not good for me, let alone for anyone else who has to put up with any of my said rants! It destroys my peace and calm and is unhealthy on several fronts, particularly mental well-being. This is partly why I have practically given up reading newspapers! (Well, OK, not local papers, they’re not too bad, but the national ones…. oh dear, oh dear, oh dear…)

As you can probably gather, the main reason for me avoiding papers is to avoid reading about politicians, particularly right-wing ones, thus preventing my blood from boiling! I also often have issues with the back pages of the papers and feel like most papers are prejudiced against the team I love, so again, I avoid reading their negative shit-stirring in order to prevent my blood pressure going through the roof. And what else there is in my country’s national daily papers, alongside the detestable ConDems and ABUs, tends to be “news” of the celebrity gossip variety. Well, when I say “celebrity”, I use the word in its loosest possible sense, of course! As Jim Royle on The Royle Family might put it, “Celebrities My Arse”!  Most “celebs” these days aren’t even worthy of the definition, they are in fact infamous rather than famous. They have become well-known for behaving like utter tossers!

What is even worse, and is a damning indictment of the pathetic world we live in today, is that some of these plebs have become “celebrities” because they went on Big Brother or X Factor and made a complete undignified tit of themselves. This then made them famous (infamous, more like) and in the eyes of the media qualified them as a celebrity! This then means that the same said plebs can fetch up on some “celebrity” reality tv show! Hence you get some eejit who gets booted off Crap Factor for snorting drugs, a fact which then renders him “famous” and thus, hey presto, he is now a “celebrity” and entitled to turn up and make a similar arse of himself on any celebrity-based reality tv shows!

Even ACTUAL celebrities, though, can also get on my nerves. OK, if you actually DO have some talent worthy of fame, then you are at least a cut above the rest of today’s idiotic celebrities, but please try and uphold that difference by acting with class and proving you are deserving of your fame. Regular readers of my blog will know I am a football fan and Manchester United season-ticket holder. Die-hard Stretford Ender, in fact. Even so, I will not exempt my own club’s players from criticism if they are fetching up on the front pages of papers! Your job is to deliver the goods on the pitch and NOT get a bad name away from the field of play!

I may have admired many players ON the pitch, but there are very few I can admire for their conduct OFF the pitch! In fact, footballers, I only TRULY admire you if I don’t bloody hear about you other than for footballing reasons! My roll of honour is VERY short! It contains two players. Those two players are Paul Scholes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Those players did not go out on the town, you didn’t see them getting drunk and/or cavorting with scantily-clad females of the cheap tart variety. Those two players won LOADS of trophies and have medal collections of which many other players the world over would be insanely jealous. And yet, despite all this vast achievement, they were not players to even mention it! They avoided the limelight as much as they possibly could, gave all credit to the manager and their teammates if they ended up as man of the match and had to give an interview, and just wanted to go home to their wives and kids after the game with as little fuss as possible. I wish more players were like Scholes & Solskjaer! My admiration for those two guys is enormous. If only more footballers followed their examples, I might have a longer list of players I could genuinely admire.

Oops! I do seem to have gone on a bit of a rant! Mind you, as I’ve not blogged since December, it’s only fair to do a reasonably-sized blog, isn’t it?! Wouldn’t want to leave you short-changed, lol! Also, I had matters to get off my chest, such as politicians and so-called “celebrities”. Just don’t start me on spammers! Seriously, I really do think there ought to be an 11th Commandment. Thou Shalt Not Spam! The amount of drivel I’ve had to delete from my inbox of late is unbelievable! I don’t want all this crap in my life! All I really want to do is settle down somewhere comfy and read my books in peace!

Oh well, I shall get down off my soapbox now (I can imagine your sighs of relief there) and bring this waffle to a close! Until such a time as I blog (or rant) again, take care and Happy Reading!

Books mentioned in this blog entry:

  • Twisting My Melon – Shaun Ryder
  • Read This Next – Sandra Newman & Howard Mittelmark
  • The Conscience Of A Conservative – Barry Goldwater
  • The Water Babies – Charles Kingsley
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

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