Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being sent email that suggests I approve of child abuse for not wanting to forward junk email, especially by members of my own family.
In fact I don’t see what a campaign like that clogging up people’s inboxes does to combat anything. The message I’m referring to claims to be “The blue ribbon campaign against child abuse” and consists of a poem written from the perspective of an abused 3 year old girl called Sarah, followed by a request that the recipient broadcast it out to everyone the recipient knows via their email boxes. The poem is pornographic in the way the writer tries and fails to imagine what an abused 3 year old thinks, and really badly written.
Claiming that someone failing to pass on a chain email approves of child abuse, is as bad as claiming that someone failing to pass it on will get bad luck (or at least fail to get good luck) and have horrible things happen to them. Actually, it’s worse. Using child abuse as the emotional hook to get someone to pass on your chain message is to my mind just plain sick, whereas tails of good luck or rewards from Microsoft are relatively harmless.
A quick browse of http://www.breakthechain.org/ (bookmark it- a fantastic site) finds their take on the poem. Apparently the poem was originally about a child called Misty but since then someone has renamed the little girl in the hope of bypassing all the “Don’t pass this on” postings on the internet. This surely says buckets about the sort of people that pass these things on.
If you want to do something yourself about child abuse, visit the NSPCC (or your country’s equivalents) and look into the Full Stop campaign. Don’t forward sick chain emails to people.
Earlier tonight I had someone swear blind to me that one of the most common Scouting urban myths was true. ‘British bulldog is banned’ is up there with ‘you must be wearing uniform to be insured’
Apparently it had come from his DC. I will write a list of urban myths when I get home.
Did you know that 600,000 people die each year in the UK alone?
It’s an outrage, somthing must be done about it!
To Jon… My computer was refusing to start. Unplugging the CDRW drive in order to allow more power to other peripherals seemed to help. Jon came up with the inadequate power supply suggestion by the way.
Odd thing about ebay auctions, everyone seems to bid in the last 24 hours. What’s the point in a 9 day listing if everyone ignores it for 8 days?
Today I have clashing meetings, so the unit won out.
I think it’s a ritual.
I tried to make these things easy for my family by setting up an Amazon Wish List. But every year my mum still rings me up and asks me what I want for my birthday, with an implicit “you never tell me what you want.”
I wonder if the wish list has now become part of the ritual, she knows I have one and “Simon Jerram” isn’t a common name. So me emailing the link to my wish list has supplanted me handing over a piece of paper listing various items I may like. My mum could get my sister to bring the list up for her, but then the yearly ritual wouldn’t be there.
And they say men are difficult to buy for…
Needless to say if anyone wants on of my “availables” from my bookcrossing bookshelf let me know. Please note not all the books there were originally mine, they’ve just been captured/rescued by me.
Oh you can even try asking for a book marked “To be read”, I may have given up on it.
With all the fuss over banks “banning” piggy banks, I discovered this figure from my childhood.
A memory worth £4 you think?
Just goes to show, though that the hype around the banning of piggy banks is just a load of nonsense. Banks have always used a variety of shapes for money boxes and rarely give out pigs. Nat Wests collectable pottery pigs being the notable exception. Choosing not to give out pig shaped money boxes is not an assault on British culture, that say changing the name of St Bart’s hospital would be.
PS if you have a Nat West baby pig (but not the rest of the set) in perfect condition and want to sell it, please get in touch.
Tsch. In just two days I had a letter asking me for the cheque to my solicitor I’d already handed over in person, and a letter from my building society asking for a completed direct debit mandate, but not asking for the other form I sent in the same envelope just over a week ago.
I’m told this is all typical.
But my appraisal was fine yesterday, so I’m not too fussed. And I think I’ll be getting a new bike soon.