Monthly Archives: August 2012

Ecuador snubbed by Channel 4


29th August: Paralympic opening ceremony.

London Paralympics 2012 were set to be the biggest Paralympics since they started. The ceremony was finely balanced between Science and Astro-liturature. All the right people were there, The Queen, Prime Minister, Lord Coe, the Mayor of London and many other notable people. The only missing part was Ecuador, “where was it?” You may ask, it was there but Channel 4 blatantly sidestepped the fact, with Krishnan Guru Murphy hastily commentating over with “let’s see Clare Balding interview some of the Irish competitors” after El Salvador came out, the cameras cut to Clare and a member of Ireland’s team, she spoke to him as though he were a member of Team GB, but as there was a conversational pause so that the man could compose an intelligent answer, we heard from the Arena’s commentator say ‘Ecuador’, then after Ecuador were given their 30 seconds to walk past, Krishnan interrupted Clare saying “Great stuff Clare, let’s get back to the Arena”.. Erm, what was the whole point of that? Firstly let me say that speaking to the Irish team wasn’t important because he wasn’t team GB, that’s not the point, he was important. Every athlete has an equal chance of winning as the next. I would have much preferred to have seen interrupted coverage so that Clare could speak to members of the teams of different countries. It could have been done during the walk past of the bigger countries like Australia, Brazil, China and USA, instead they chose only to have one interview with a person from another country while little Ecuador had their moment. I can now see why they (Ecuador) said they wouldn’t release their decision over Julian Assange until after the Olympic games, as if they had announced that they had granted Julian asylum on the day before the Olympic opening ceremony, when the time came for Ecuador to walk through, you probably would have heard Huw Edwards saying “look an Alien” whilst panning to the sky, cutting all sound and letting Ecuador run along as though they were an embarrassing odour.
The part that really gets me though is that the Olympic and Paralympic games stand for equality and to compete without prejudice, but where is the fairness in broadcasting a country that turns up with 300+ athletes and goes home with at least 50 golds, when they refuse to show a small country that is lucky to go home with one medal because they only have 5 athletes?
As a viewer, I don’t care if a country is poor, corrupt or stands up for its beliefs, all I want to see those athletes do is play a good, drug free, fair game. I want them all to leave their inter-country disputes outside as soon as they enter the building. Because they are there to become Olympians not a government patsy and I certainly don’t want to watch a television channel behaving childishly.
So channel 4, don’t you want to see a game free of prejudice? Or are you politically motivated? Because if Julian Assange didn’t do what he does, then you wouldn’t have a story to report on for your precious news at 7, but yet again whenever I watch your news channel (which isn’t very often), I feel as though I’ve wasted half an hour of my life that I’ll never get back, whilst Jon Snow prattles on about JP Morgan being good guys and that England is in Recession, yes folks, that’s real *cough* news at its finest.

Should the Age of Consent be lowered in the UK?


The current Twitter trends running around at the moment for London are “#WhenIWas14” and “At 14”. From what I’ve been reading, it seems that the Age of Consent is being lowered. Until I read a word of actual proof, I won’t believe this, but supposing the United Kingdom did lower the age (which is currently 16), would it make any difference?

There are so many questions that come to mind:
Children are already losing their virginity under 16, so does this law actually have a point?
Children aren’t adults until 18, so are they saying children should have sex?
Would a 25 year old be molesting a child if the were to have (consented by the teen) sex?
Is the body of a 14 year old capable of carrying a baby if safe sex wasn’t practised?
Is a 14 year old mentally developed enough to understand what a responsibility having cautious sex is or what is inappropriate or even the decision of having an abortion?
Does a 14 year old understand the repercussions of a nude photograph?
Can a 14 year old name 3 STDs?
Most 14 year old’s don’t know the meaning of ‘quantitative easing’ let alone knowing if they are ‘ready’

Here’s my view: At 14 to a girl, boys are just crushes, and that’s all they should be. Only rarely do we see “we’re childhood sweetheart stories, we met at 13”. With statistics showing that children as young as 9 have accessed or watched porn, there is still a lacking of maturity. Porn is great viewing, but when you’re curious about the birds and bees, its not a realistic portrayal of what goes on between the sheets, porn is a mass produced product, with 5 spotlights, multi angle cameras and (in normal films) 2 actors. An actor is some one who professionally trained to be someone or something to the highest standard, not once do you see the woman fail to orgasm or them using protection. The condom fairy does not exist, you have to do that part yourself. It doesn’t even show the ‘behind the scenes’ work, for example; the medical examinations and sexual health tests the actors must go through. At 14, you shouldn’t have to learn someone else’s body, you should be letting yourself grow up and you should learn about yourself, only at 16+ do these things really matter, and even to most 16 year old’s, they aren’t bothered if they’re getting it or not. Even though there are people as young as 12 in the UK losing their virginity, I think the consent age should be kept at 16.

Dear 14 year olds,
Your body is a temple, don’t mistreat it otherwise it will come crumbling down in years to come. Treat yourself with a level of self respect as morals are highly regarded still.

So, you’ve heard my view, now I want to hear yours! Don’t forget you can follow me on Twitter and until the next blog, have a great day!

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