No more Nationwide?

November 30, 2007 at 9:45 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Shame man. What of the folk who had plans to fly away this holiday? Now that Nationwide is no longer a legal eagle people have to scramble for new bookings.

I can’t really say I blame the Civil Aviation Authority for closing them down. I would never have flown Nationwide anyway. I’d rather fly Kulula or Mango but Nationwide and 1Time freaked me out too much.

That was even before the engine-falling-off-the-plane debacle. I don’t know why I thought that way but it just never seemed safe. Perhaps I’m just a snob.

Anyway, I hope the passengers can somehow sort their stuff out. Happy holidays!

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Trying to survive

November 28, 2007 at 8:54 am (Uncategorized)

What a week it’s been.

Driving through the Eastern Cape can be trying at times but with all the detours and potholes it was nightmarish. I’m so glad we finally got to the place where we stayed. It was in Jeffrey’s Bay, a place on the beach and it was wonderful.

The wedding itself was beautiful and the bride looked gorgeous. Fortunately the venue had a generator because the power was out for the entire day there. Needless to say my hair looked crap (hello, coastal air = mince!) but I consoled myself with the fact that nobody was looking at me anyway.

But, now it’s back to work and trying to survive the next four weeks. Can you believe it’s the end of the year already? No? Neither can I. But I’m holding on because in about a month it’ll be my birthday and that’s always a happy occasion.

And today I’m holding thumbs for my friend, Mrs M, who’s trying to get her visa so she can finally join her husband in the states. *holding thumbs*

I’ll keep you posted.

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Weddings for wimps?

November 22, 2007 at 1:47 pm (feminism, marriage)

It’s that time of my life when many of my friends are getting married, are married or are planning to get married. In a few days I head off to my third wedding of the year so I read an article about marriage piece with interest.

I always doubt people who start with “I’m not a (racist, sexist, ageist, etc).” It usually means they are whatever they’re saying they’re not. Anyway, I digress. In this article, Wedded Blisters, this woman writes about marriage being a form of torture, basically. It’s an awful, shocking, medieval way of making prisoners of women the world over.

I find this article hugely problematic. Her arguments seem bitter (even though she insists they’re not). She uses statistics and figures as if they’re bullets but, bar one or two, they all seem rather petty and vague. Clutching at straws comes to mind.

She also victimises the woman. Makes her the weakling. As if she has no mind of her own and implying she can’t make choices. This is 2007 darling. Wake up and smell the freshly brewed java – we’re not the weak wimps men would believe us to be.

Women make choices and they choose to get married. I’m obviously not speaking of women in countries where forced marriages are the norm and prepubescent girls are still raped by older men who marry them. But then again, neither is she.

I’m no cheerleader for marriage – I think there are many couples who live more fulfilling, satisfied lives without ever having put a ring on their finger. People can be committed without having to declare it to all and sundry. But again, I digress.

If a woman chooses to marry, it’s her choice and that choice could be influenced by a great many things.

Perhaps she’s following a tradition. We’re in an age where our parents are still old-school and traditional. It’s expected of us to get married. Our parents believe in the institution because it’s what they know. If she wants to have her dad walk her down the aisle because it makes him happy who are you to tell her she should just go ahead and break his heart? So if a woman decides to marry to make her parents happy who are we to cast stones?

Or maybe she wants to get married because she thinks it’s the right thing to do. Maybe she feels that it would be the beginning of a great, satisfying relationship with her partner, her soulmate, her equal. So who are you to tell her she’s being a dumbass weakling?

The problem with people who pretend to be feminists is that they give the rest of us a bad name. This writer does not do anything to advance the cause of women; instead she just views them as any old sexist male would do.

So do I think she’s talking a load of crap? Well, yes, I do.

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Geen vrede in Vredenburg

November 21, 2007 at 8:46 am (religion) (, , , , )

Uh oh. The freaky folk of Vredenburg have done it again.

Months ago I wrote about the guesthouse owner who declared unmarried couples would find no favour in her establishment because they’re a Christian place. This after she hadn’t declared it on her website or any other way other than when I enquired about prices, etc. Now someone has turned away a gay couple using the same excuse. Tut, tut.

What kind of God is this anyway?

One who penalises those who don’t harm others? One who casts judgement on people who have done nothing wrong other than choosing to do things in a way different to religious zealots?

What kind of God is so wrathful and angry? The same God who mobilises nutsos to get a columnist fired because he dared to speak of Satanism?

Is this the same God who was used to sanction apartheid? The same God who was responsible for millions of people being tortured and murdered by Hitler? Is it the same God who spoke to men and told them to fly into the World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001?

What God is this who is still used to defend the persecution of people across the world? Is it a God who refuses gay or single parents adoption rights because they’re “not normal”? The same God who allows the death of women across the world because abortion isn’t His way? A God who thinks it’s okay for women to be infected with HIV because condoms are not acceptable?

All I can say is. . . Thank God I don’t believe.

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Inspired. Motivated. Greedy.

November 19, 2007 at 6:20 pm (annoying) (, , , , )

I can’t believe this. They’re raising bank charges again? Come on people – are you serious? Surely Standard Bank don’t think we’re so stupid that we believe this baloney about inflation and competition being the reason.

Don’t they make enough money already and are they not already ripping us off? Note how they don’t comment on the Competition Commission’s investigation. Mmmm. . .maybe they know that they’re ripping us off on such a scale that they don’t dare say anything about it.

I really am appalled. What about poorer people who can’t afford these bank costs? What of them? I’m sure the CEO’s and those living off the cream of their profits will spare a thought for those people.

Sies vir julle.

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Odd ramblings

November 16, 2007 at 9:12 am (Uncategorized)

I know it’s been rather silent here but this week was a bit manic. Even though the time flies by it feels as if I haven’t got anything done.

It’s also been a week of many sad, depressing stories and my faith in people have taken a knock. I can’t understand why there are so many cruel, cold, unfeeling people. Ok, I can understand why but sometimes it gets a bit tough to deal with.

But after yesterday I’m feeling better again. I have lots of friends at work (how many people are that lucky?), I do enjoy my job (except when I have to interview grieving families) and I am in good health (except when I fall over from exhaustion). All in all, my life is good.

So in that spirit, I’m going to say I hope you all have a good weekend. Do something nice for someone (even if it’s just one thing) and feel proud of yourself for doing it.

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Oh thank heavens for Paris

November 14, 2007 at 1:52 pm (celebrity) (, , )

Oh. My. Like, Gosh. This is just too much for me.
Geez, Paris Hilton is nothing if not entertaining. She’s now patron saint of drunk elephants it seems. Read more here.

Just an extract from The Guardian’s piece:

“Conservationists today hailed the socialite Paris Hilton, who was convicted of drink driving earlier this year, for apparently trying to highlight the problem of binge-drinking elephants in north-eastern India.

Activists said the celebrity endorsement would raise awareness of the plight of pachyderms that got drunk on farmers’ homemade rice beer and went on the rampage.”

I am so totally, like, cracking myself. I mean, like, really.

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Me, myself and email

November 14, 2007 at 10:57 am (annoying, religion)

Mrs M wrote about those annoying forwarded emails we receive almost daily. Although I also find it annoying to have to face the deluge of emails that reveal I’ll die a painful death or something of the other if I don’t send it on, that’s not what annoys me most.

What really annoys me is the fact that people who know me should know better than to send me mails like that. Unlike Mrs M, I don’t believe in God. My friends know this so I can’t understand why they still send me messages detailing how wrathful He will be if I don’t send this on to ten friends.
One thing’s for sure: I should’ve died a million deaths by now given I delete those emails, which I fondly call crapmails, without a second thought.

I just don’t get it though – are the people sending this trying to convince me to believe in God?  Or are they feeling guilty because they only ever take note of Him when they need something (in the digital age, it’s clearly easy to worship by sending an email. . .). Or are they just sending it on because they fear punishment from Him if they don’t?

I’m not the person Mrs M refers to in her post but I make it very clear to people who send me God emails that I don’t want, like or appreciate it. If they want to take their religious views somewhere, they should try a church. But oh wait, that can’t be done by just clicking ‘forward’ .

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What women want

November 12, 2007 at 9:33 am (abuse against women, advertising) (, , , , , , , , , )

Do advertisers think we’re stupid? Really man – do they think all women are brainless tits with nothing more than childbearing capabilities?

I’m starting to believe that’s the case. Just take these three ads. If you’re familiar with them, you don’thave to read the descriptions. Just give your comments on what you think of them.

I’m almost sure there is not a single woman on the teams who created these ads (bar those acting in the actual ad) – and if there are, shame on them for being part of such garbage.

I just wish I knew how many women still go out and buy the stuff based on the rubbish we’re fed on our screens.

1. Nivea Cellulite ad

Most vomit-inducing of the three – five or so girls sing an annoying song about how happy and great their lives are now they’re cellulite free. The Sex-in-the-Cityish vibe shows these women are carefree, flitting about in revealing clothes and being happy because their bodies are now perfect.
Firstly, they look as if they’ve never had cellulite in their entire lives.
Secondly, the fine print on the ad is so ridiculously small and flashes away so quickly that I’m sure it reveals a crucial fact (such as this study/statistic/fact was found in a study of three women. So two people saying they like it would be something like 75% women love it or some other crap like that).
Thirdly, why are we still perpetuating the myth that those cellulite creams work and that we need to be cellulite-free to be beautiful?
And lastly, why do we create ads for men when we’re selling stuff for women?

2. Kellogg’s Special K muesli

Unbelievable. Not as in this-is-unbelievably-great. More as in this-is-such-crap-I-can’t-believe-they-made-it. In the ad a woman has been dumped by her boyfriend.
Her friends rally around as she laments, “He’s just not that into me.” In a twist on the classic stuffing her face after she’s been dumped thing, the friends hand Crying Carla a bowl of muesli. Presumably, this is supposed to perk her up in a way that the comfort food would have done.
In the next screen we see the dumpee “looking and feeling great” in a red dress dismissing her former beau with a flick of her blonde ponytail.

Geez. . . nobody with half a braincell would buy this bullshit. Nobody.

3. Zoot “unscripted” veet ad

It’s unscripted. Riiiggghtt. The two women in this ad (I think the one’s from Survivor and the other is Irene but can’t be 100% sure) discussing the great things Veet hair removal cream can do. It works for all skin types, the one gushes, so I’m recommending it to all my friends.
I know for a fact that’s nonsense because it burnt my skin badly but that’s not what sticks in my craw. It’s the little line that says “this is an unscripted advertisement” that made me think these people really are taking us for a gat.

I mean really, come the fuck on.

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November 9, 2007 at 2:40 pm (annoying) (, , )

I just had the most irresistible urge to press all the buttons in the elevator now. Sommer just.

Earlier we had to stop on every single floor and I was one of the last to get off. Now, I was one of the first to get off and my fingers were itching to press the buttons so those people could be subjected to some of the frustration I’d been subjected to earlier.

But. . .common sense prevailed. Wonder what would’ve happened if I had though. . .

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