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We get everything – people texting or chatting on their phones, talking throughout the film, coming into the screen late and then pushing past you to get to their seat (which is ALWAYS in the middle of MY row – why is that?!), people kicking the back of your seat, couples snogging and groping inappropriately in a showing of a children’s film, and others eating really noisily whilst rustling the packets.
I’ve only taken my 3-year-old to see three films in the cinema so far and he has behaved impeccably. He seats quietly, doesn’t kick the seat or run about, and I always give him his snacks in a small tub that won’t rustle (usually things like yoghurt raisins and other soft snacks – silent food – bliss!). If a small child can behave well, why can’t the adults?
As for politely asking people to pipe down – you’re likely to get a tirade of abuse which causes even more of a disturbance than they were creating in the first place and everyone blames you for antagonizing the cretin who needed to be sushed in the first place. Gone are the days of mutual respect and cinema etiquette, and that’s a very sad thing indeed.
Have you borne the brunt of a cinema cretin, or suffered in silence while they ruined the experience for you? How do you deal with it? I’d love to know.
I take part in a handful of book-related memes and part of the fun in that is visiting the other participating blogs, reading what is there, and leaving a friendly comment behind me. Unfortunately, of late, I’ve found I have a problem with many of the blogs hosted on Blogger.
The problem occurs when I try to leave a comment and am asked to enter a Captcha code. I enter the combination of letters and numbers as shown, but no matter how careful and precise I am, it tells me I have entered them incorrectly and then offers me a different combination. I then try again and get the same result. This means I cannot leave comments on these blogs, which saddens me because on many occasions these have been the blog posts on which I’ve most wanted to comment.
I have no idea why this problem has suddenly cropped up. It never used to happen – it’s only been over the course of the last week or so – but as approximately half the blogs that take part in these memes are Blogger blogs, and approximately two-thirds of these ask me for a Captcha code which then tells me I’m incorrectly entering the information, it means there are quite a lot of posts where I’ve been unable to comment.
So this is my open apology to the owners of these blogs – I desperately wanted to leave a comment on your excellent blog post, but I was unable.
I shall continue trying to find a solution to this problem, but at present I do not know what it is.
Has anyone else had this problem? Does anyone know the solution? If so, I’d love it if you would divulge the answer in the comments below!
ETA: I use OpenID when leaving comments on Blogger blogs, as I do not have a Google address. I mention this because several of the suggestions made in the comments are regarding using that…
It’s also happening on some Blogger blogs that DON’T use Captcha codes. I use the drop down menu provided on the “Comment as” bit and then hit “post” but it doesn’t do anything, even on blogs where I have regularly commented in the past. Sunny, yours is one of the blogs where this happens, so please don’t think I’m ignoring your blog – I’m not, I just can’t comment. 😦
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 69,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
What I find absolutely amazing is that the two most often viewed posts featured on last yar’s round-up too – Nigella Lawson and Gillian McKeith still rack up loads of views every day on this blog. I never woul dhave believed it when I made that post mor than a year ago!
Anyway, have an awesome new year, everybody!
If you worry that consumerism equals a whole load of waste that damages the environment, you might be interested to hear about Buy Nothing Day. It’s the simplest concept in the world; for one day only don’t buy anything. It’s easy – you just don’t go to the shops, you don’t spend any money, you don’t come home with a load of new stuff. For one day you’ll be saving your money and saving the environment, because if you’re not spending money, chances are you’re not going to use the car to go to the shops (saving on petrol and its damaging effect) and you’re not bringing home a lot of packaging that will be going into the waste. Continue reading
1859 – On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin was first published, and sold out its initial print run on the first day.
1955 – Ian Botham, England test cricketer is born.
1963 – Jack Ruby shot and fatally wounded Lee Harvey Oswald.
1974 – A group of paleoanthropologists discovered a 3.2-million-year-old skeleton of an Australopithecus afarensis in the Afar Depression in Ethiopia, nicknaming it “Lucy”.
1991 – Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen, dies of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS.
That’s right – it’s 20 years ago today since Freddie Mercury died. That means Queen has been without Freddie longer than they had him. That’s a sad thing indeed. He was a showman extraordinaire and remains a huge loss to the music world.
RIP Freddie – you asked “Who wants to live forever?” and through your vast musical talent, you have become truly immortal!
This morning, while we were doing out grocery shopping, an announcement came over the tannoy system to say that at 11am (in 20 minutes time) there would be a two-minute silence. Then at 11am, they announced the beginning of the silence as a mark of respect for our fallen heroes. I was shocked and disgusted at the amount of people who just continued shopping and chatting throughout that so-short period of time.
Is it really too much to ask that people take a couple of minutes, once a year, to show some respect for those who gave their lives (and those who continue to risk their lives) so that we didn’t have to live unde an oppressive regime, and reflect on how lucky we are as a result of their sacrifice?
Even our 3-y-o son, Xander was relatively quiet (with a little “shushing” from us to remind him) and later I explained briefly that some time ago a lot of people fought a big fight and were killed so that we could have better lives now, and that we were quiet to show them we cared about what they did for us. He looked at me very solemnly and nodded his head, even though I’m certain he didn’t fully understand even that simple explanation.
If a 3-year-old can begin to grasp the concept, why is it so impossible for adults to do the same and show a little respect?
Dale was at work, but I had the day off. I was sitting at the computer in the livingroom with the television on in the background for company when I turned and saw on the screen what I thought was a particularly chilling disaster movie. Moments later I burst into tears when I realised a “Breaking News” report had interrupted scheduled viewing and this was really happening.
I spent the rest of the day with tears streaming down my face at the horror of it all.
At 2.03pm (GMT) I sobbed out loud as I watched an airplane hit the second tower.
At 2.37pm (GMT) I was shocked to hear another aircraft had crashed into the Pentagon. The Pentagon! Wasn’t that supposed to be the centre of the department of defence for an entire nation? Shouldn’t it be immune to such an attack? My mind was well and truly boggled.
At 2.59pm (GMT) I fell silent with shock as the first tower started to fall. When the second tower began to tumble at 3.28pm (GMT) I realised I hadn’t made a sound in between.
In the meantime, at 3.03pm (GMT) the fourth passenger flight crash landed, missing its target, which was apparently supposed to be The Whitehouse or the Capitol.
It was a tragic day and one that will never be forgotten. It has become my generation’s “JFK”. Everyone knows where they were and what they were doing, unless they were too young to remember anything at all.
The resulting “war on terror” hasn’t ended yet. We’re all still paying the price for the actions of a few extremists and our world will never be the same again.
My admiration for those who risked their lives trying to save others is boundless, and my sorrow for those families who lost loved ones equals that.
Ten years on, I still feel the same.
When I was pregnant with Xander, we didn’t know I had Group B Strep, which is a major cause of deadly infection in newborns and can be passed from mother to baby during birth. It wasn’t until after my emergency C-section. Xan was having difficulty breathing when he was born, so he was put into the HDU for a while, but because of my infection, we both had to stay in hospital for a week after the birth with both of us on antibiotics to make sure we were both fine.
All this could have been avoided if I had been tested for Group B Strep before I went into labour.
GBS is commonly found in the digestive system and the female reproductive system. It’s estimated that about one in four pregnant women in the UK carry GBS.
There is currently a petition circulating urging the Department of Health to ensure every woman is routinely given accurate information about group B Streptococcus (group B Strep or GBS) during antenatal care; every low-risk woman is offered a sensitive test for GBS, ideally at 35-37 weeks of pregnancy; and every higher-risk woman is offered antibiotics in labour.
If you live in the UK, please do sign the petition. It will only take a moment of your time and every signature counts. It could make the difference between life and death for some, or a life permanently affected to others.
Thank you for reading and signing.