Binge drinking for all

March 11, 2009

The French Government has decided it has a problem with binge drinking and the young. It wants to pass laws to limit or prohibit alcohol consumption by them. The Spanish, too, acknowledge a problem with youngsters out on the razzle. They drink too much, too quickly. Their aim is obviously to achieve oblivion. Put simply they want to get shit arsed.

But why?

It’s a question no one asks, why do they do it? What’s the attraction? The Scottish parliament, the French, they’re legislating (or attempting to) without examining the problem. That’s a bit like a doctor treating a symptom and ignoring the underlying disease – you can imagine it, can’t you, the conversation with your doctor?

“Christ, your nose is rotting away!” the doctor says. “But we can rebuild it good as new with plastic surgery, no probs!” Meanwhile syphilis untreated turns your brain to mush. Goodnight Vienna.

So why is it we don’t want to know the causes of this particular malaise? Could it be we already know, or suspect we know the answer (we were all teenagers once, after all)? We know, but are unable to do anything about the root causes of the problem?

Could that be it?

To put things right might mean reinventing society? It could mean adopting different values. It might mean that our current rabid materialism was part of the problem – not the solution?

The differences between kids today and teenagers years ago is one of expectation. They expect much more from life than they actually get back. This, obviously, gives rise to a range of frustrations.

They have more money than years ago – which is probably part of the “problem”. When I was in my teens I loved to go to the pub with mates. We enjoyed a pint or two. But that’s all we could afford: “a pint or two”. We didn’t have the “disposable income” that contempory youngsters seem to possess. We’d go clubbing when we could afford it, but it was rare to see guys rat arsed.

Today it’s rare to see guys Friday or Saturday night that aren’t legless.

So, materialism as a value doesn’t cut it, perhaps? The “fuck you I’m alright” attitude of so many parents (its reflected in the whole society) has grown from this same materialism, it infects their kids and spreads like a cancer through the whole body politic. Binge drinking is just one symptom.

Within the UK kids have been demonised by the media: they have become the “BIG BAD WOOLF”, pissed-up most of the time, mindlessly violent, each of them a potential thief, mugger , drug fiend, or worse – young conservative! At least that’s what the press and television would have us believe – because it makes good copy and sells newspapers! If that wasn’t bad enough we have a government that’s pissed about with the education system and qualifications so much, education’s become a right mess (the private sector continues to teach the way it always has, and very successfully)!

Kids in this are the victims!

So, rather than look closely at our society, at what we’ve all become, it’s easier for us to pass laws sayin “Thou shalt not…”!

Whatever we do, we mustn’t move away from materialism (it’s our God!) – if we were to do that we might become less fuckin’ greedy, and that’d never do! We might become more mindful of others. We might begin to think there was more to life than just money? We might let the bank’s collapse under the sheer weight of their own stupidity and greed…

Oh dream on!

Instead we continue to be spectacularly foolish. We allow the corrupt to pass laws ensuring the virtue of (us?) others. We turn our eyes from the banks, as we would turn them from a drunkard vomiting from excess. Never mind the disease at the centre. We can always bung up a couple more CCTV’s, can’t we?


March 11, 2009

We live in secret cities
And we travel unmapped roads.

We speak words between us that we recognize
But which cannot be looked up.

They are our words.
They come from very far inside our mouths.

You and I, we are the secret citizens of the city
Inside us, and inside us

There go all the cars we have driven
And seen, there are all the people

We know and have known, there
Are all the places that are

But which used to be, as well. There is where
They went. They did not disappear.

We each take a piece
Through the eye and through the ear.

It’s loud inside us, and when we speak
To the outside world

We have to hope that some of that sound
Does not come out, that an arm

Does not reach out
In place of a tongue.

Alberto Rios

More about vampires…

March 11, 2009

There’s been a “Vampire” excavated in Venice!

Matteo Borrini of the University of Florence in Italy found the skeleton of a woman with a small brick in her mouth while excavating mass graves of plague victims from the Middle Ages on Lazzaretto Nuovo Island in Venice.

“At the time the woman died, many people believed that the plague was spread by “vampires” which, rather than drinking people’s blood, spread disease by chewing on their shrouds after dying. Grave-diggers put bricks in the mouths of suspected vampires to stop them doing this,” Borrini says.

Borrinin claims this is the first find of its kind, but in fact similar finds have been made in Poland!

Strange indeed are the beliefs of human beans…..

Thought for the day

March 11, 2009

“Someday we’ll be able to choose our own melanin levels as if it were a fashion statement, and once the millennia of social programming are stripped away, we’ll realise that pinky-white flesh is generally just a bit on the bland side. Like boiled chicken.”

Lawrence Miles

Oh, well, no surprise there then. They do say “set a thief to catch a thief” don’t they?

The 1,063 officers were convicted for a range of offences including 59 for assault, three for burglary and 93 for dishonesty, according to statistics from 41 of 52 forces.

A further 210 officers have resigned or been dismissed from their posts since 2004 because of their criminal convictions.”


The Prime Minister has been named the most boring public speaker in the country – well ahead of other boring speakers such as footballer David Beckham and actress Kate Winslet, according to new research.”

Surely not? They mean the most DANGEROUS and boring, don’t they?