Snippets that caught my eye today, and my sage-like thoughts thereon:
A Very British Protest: Whilst hot-blooded southern Mediterraneans set up road blockades and arm themselves with sledgehammers in Greece, a very British protest is taking place on our more northerly shores. A Dorset pensioner, fed up at the ever-increasing traffic rumbling through his village, and frustrated at the lack of response from his local Council has taken the law into his own hands.
Tony Fuller and a few like-minded supporters are continually bringing traffic to a standstill by endlessly pressing the button at the automated pedestrian crossing that is situated in his village. The resulting traffic tailbacks can be as much as four miles long and Tony says the reaction of motorists ranges from beeping in support to a one fingered salute.
Oh how I love this country!
Madonna – ‘au naturel': A new set of photos has been released of Madonna, taken by Mert Atlas and Marcus Piggot for the June edition of ‘Interview‘ magazine. Said to be non-airbrushed, they show Madonna with a body many 21 year olds would be happy with.
Completely free of the airbrush? Well, I have my doubts but, if you say so…. Good lighting? Yes definitely – the photographers have done a great job. Does she look good? Oh absolutely! Madonna can, and has looked a bit rough on occasion (don’t we all?) but you’ve got to admit that she looks just great in these shots. There is no doubt that her tremendous self-discipline and steely will is keeping that bod looking pretty darned fine.
Cinco de Mayo: Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!
I know this isn’t a public holiday as such but it brings back another constant thought of mine: Oh how we need more public holidays and more reasons to celebrate in this country. If I ruled the world England would celebrate St George’s Day (April 23rd), and I’d throw in a couple more public holidays just for good measure. Ages ago I came across a league table that showed the UK and Ireland were bottom of the European chart for Public Holidays, with substantially fewer public holidays than countries like Greece. I know what you’re going to say: Look at the mess Greece is in. (But then that’s you just being a smartie pants). Seriously, we all work so hard now – I think we deserve at least two more public holidays. Now…who do I write to? …