Thursday, 25 October 2012

What have the Romans ever done for us?.......

That famous line - what have the Romans ever for us? - from the hilarious activists' (Reg and the lads) scene in the wonderfully funny "Life of Brian" film is concluded with:

"All right... all right... but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order... what have the Romans done for us?

And so it has been throughout history. People disaffected with their society form their own little groupings in protest, sometimes to just sit around and complain verbally, others to take a more direct action. Whether social, political, military or even terrorist. All have their own little agenda, some, far more legitimate than others, whether for a genuine cause in protest, simply as an easier route to making money than entering gainful employment, or to ultimately be awarded in the Queen’s Honours.

Some leave behind a legacy that enters the history books as a landmark - the ending of apartheid in South Africa, the Arab Spring, Gerry Adams shaking Ian Paisley’s hand or even the government acceding to lorry drivers’ protests and not increasing the price of diesel.

However, there is one group who, uniquely leave behind a legacy of total nothingness.

A group who have not developed anything of value, have won no accolades or awards for helping their people, have no famous scholars, scientists or inventors.

A group that has, in reality, contributed absolutely nothing whatsoever to the fabric of their or anyone else's society.

A barbaric group of sub-humans who know only how to murder and repress and have absolutely zero family values. Something, which, in the 21st Century, might be seen as rather bizarre.

This group takes pride in the fact that it shoots young schoolgirls who want to go to school. It threatens and then murders the children of men who are in the police force and refuse to leave. It enforces a ban on women studying at schools, universities or any other educational institution, cuts their fingers off if they are seen wearing nail polish, stones them to death as adultresses if they are are smelled by a man to be wearing perfume, and in fact, simply bans women from doing virtually anything in public or being seen to enjoy themselves, in essence relegating them to a housebound, meal-producing, housekeeping baby factory just there not to be seen and not to be heard.

The group also bans music, films, applause, Western forenames, the internet, kills converts from its religion, expects its people to pray five times a day, expects non-faith members to wear a badge (like the Nazis did to the Jews), its men must have long beards and must wear a turban at all times.

And so on. Ad nauseum.

And who are these wonderful people?

The Taliban.


Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Blogging.....

As you have probably read, judging by the rubbish I write, I do all my own blogging! I use it as a sounding off board to shout about things that make me smile, seethe or just totally see heart-attack red (the latter usually brought on by reading of useless Z-celebrities and the totally untalented X-Factor contestants who incessantly fill newspapers. Oh and bloody supermodels who aren’t the slightest bit super [not one of them is], just overpaid clothes horses, and companies that use the totally incorrect and nonsensical “pre-order” and “pre-owned”).

However, I am actually amazed by the number of advertisements on the freelance job web pages I see, such as that illustrated below:

Experienced Guest post writers needed urgently!
Quality matters
Posts to be completely original
Relevant to the theme/niche of our client's web site and the host blog
500 words or longer
Including one or two copyright free images you will source
Use a different pen name for each post
Copyright is ours
One or two hyper links in the body
Sometimes we will provide the title, sometimes you can suggest titles and later write the ones we get placed
Our relationship is confidential and no contact with our clients
Looking for writers with a professional approach and respect for deadlines!

Aside from surrendering copyright, which I will never do unless I can be guaranteed they use it once only without earning anything further from my work, they don't want much - originality, relevant to client, provide photographs etc etc etc.

However, what I can't get my head around is that some total stranger is going to be commissioned to write something totally off their own head, relevant for a business they know nothing about, that is going to subsequently claim the work is representative of their business!

This is like committing to eating an Italian meal in a restaurant one evening purely on the basis of having had a fried egg and sausage sandwich from the counter in their newsagent shop one morning.

The ‘agency’ might just as well cut out the middleman (themselves) and save their client money and suggest they lasso someone in off the street to write about them!

Or more sensibly, get the client to place their own advertisement.

Reminds me of the way the bloody useless and totally dysfunctional HR "profession" carries on.