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A bee in my bonnet – cinema etiquette

One of the things I hate about going to the cinema is the other people who are so inconsiderate.

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.

Buy Nothing Day UK

Buy Nothing Day UK 2011
Official Website

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

Ten Years Since the Twin Tower Terror

11th September 2001, 1.46pm (GMT) – just after lunch. I can remember exactly what I was doing.

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.

Where were you?


That’s Life Magazine with offensively misleading headline story…

That’s Life Magazine (a publication I would never buy in the first place, but that’s beside the point) has released an issue with the main cover story headline as follows:

 My warning to Mums – Breastfeeding left me infertile

I am so shocked and angered by this I’ve been compelled to send an email of complaint:

 I am appalled and distressed by the negative message your cover story headline “My warning to Mums – Breastfeeding left me infertile” on your most recent issue.

Whether or not anyone buys this magazine, it is highly irresponsible to emblazon such a false message right across the front cover. I’m aware that magazines such as yours use sensationalism to raise sales, but this is beyond the pale and an insult to mothers who choose to breastfeed their babies.

In future, please do not print such biased and blatantly misleading headlines – it would do you much credit to instead give FACTS:

* Anorexia (which, from all accounts, the Mum in question is a sufferer) can adversely affect fertility.
* Breastfeeding can reduce fertility while you are nursing but does NOT leave you infertile.
* Fertility goes back to normal when weaning occurs and even whilst breastfeeding it is still possible to fall pregnant.

I think it is only fair that an apology be printed on your cover reading “We got it wrong – Breastfeeding does NOT leave you infertile!”

Yours sincerely,
Kell Smurthwaite
(An angry mother who breastfed her son for 14 months!)

I urge others to follow suit and email the publication direct regarding this. If you want to complain to them, please do so using their email address: stories@thatslife.co.uk

Apparently they promise to answer ALL emails, so please do give them lots to answer!

I also urge people to join the Facebook group HERE.

What’s your sign? Actually, let’s just check…

According to a report I read on Yahoo news today, we might all have new star signs now, due to the movement of Earth and the reintroduction of a thirteenth sign.

See HERE for full article.

Apparently, the new Western astrology line-up runs like this:

Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11
Pisces: March 11-April 18
Aries: April 18-May 13
Taurus: May 13-June 21
Gemini: June 21-July 20
Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23-29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17 – The new sign!
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20

So, according to this, Xander and I are no longer indecisive Librans (which, before Julius Caesar, we wouldn’t have been in the first place), but are instead, tidy Virgos (we’ll just see how tidy I get after this – LOL!). And my orderly Virgo hubby, Dale, is now a showy Leo (try telling that to the man who likes a quiet life!).

So, take a look and tell me – what’s your sign?

Re. Gillian McKeith vs. Nigella Lawson…

On 25th November I made THIS blog post.

Today, my Mam sent me an email with this:

Merry Christmas everyone.  Please have a safe and happy Festive period and most of all, stay healthy!!!  It is in the interests of good health I send you this important message. Enjoy!

This woman is 51.

She is a TV “health guru” advocating a holistic approach to nutrition and  ill health, promoting exercise, a pescetarian diet high in organic fruits and  vegetables. She recommends detox diets colonic irrigation and  supplements, also making statements that yeast is harmful, that the colour of  food is nutritionally significant, and about the utility of lingual and faecal  examination.

This woman is 50.

She is a TV cook, who eats nothing but meat, butter and deserts [sic].

Only you can decide which woman you want to be!

It seems I may have inadvertantly started an email meme! 🙂

Soapbox Tuesdays – Boxing

I’ll be clear right from the start – I do not like boxing. I do not consider it a sport.

Let’s face it, if you were to go out into the street and start punching someone in the face and torso repeatedly, the police would most likely get involved. People would be charged with all manner of offences including GBH, assault, and generally causing a disturbance.

So why is it any different when two boxers step into the ring?

Why is the law suspended simply because two people are surrounded on four sides by rope, with people cheering and a bell ringing to mark off 3-minute intervals?

The object of this so-called sport is to beat your opponent so badly that they fall to the ground, possibly unconscious, and are unable to get up to defend themselves any longer. Does that sound like fun? If it happened to you on the street, would you consider it sporting if your attacker stopped once you couldn’t get up again?

From Wikipedia:

Knocking a person unconscious or even causing concussion may cause permanent brain damage. There is no clear division between the force required to knock a person out and the force likely to kill a person. Since 1980, more than 200 amateur boxers, professional boxers and Toughman fighters have died as the result of ring or training injuries.Thus, in 1983, the Journal of the American Medical Association called for a ban on boxing.

It seems to me, this is the last of the gladiatorial “sports”, with the masses baying for blood and betting on one man’s ability to knock another man senseless, possibly causing brain damage (among other more visible, injuries). I cannot understand why, in this modern and supposedly enlightened age, this barbarity continues when it is nothing short of legalised brutality.

I’d be interested in hearing your point of view, whether you agree or disagree. Please leave a comment below and, if you post on your own blog, please leave a link to your Soapbox Tuesdays post!