hi mum – cooee it’s meeeeeeee….[thump] – oh, bugger!

The wonder years 1985

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The year 1985 was designated as the International Youth Year by the United Nations.

Soviet leader Chernenko dies at 73 and is replaced by Mikhail Gorbachev, 54.  Rock Hudson dies of AIDS at age 59. He’s the first major star to fall victim to the disease.  Madonna launches her first road show, the Virgin Tour.
Dozens of top-name musicians and bands perform at the Live Aid concerts in Philadelphia and London. The shows benefit African famine victims.  With the availability of relatively inexpensive laser printers and computers, tools for desktop publishing begin to be commonly used.

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POEM: Mary Howitt – The Spider and The Fly

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The Spider and the Fly is a poem by Mary Howitt published in 1829.

The story tells of a cunning Spider who ensnares a naive Fly through the use of seduction and flattery. The poem is a cautionary tale against those who use flattery and charm to disguise their true evil intentions.

When Lewis Carroll was readying Alice’s Adventures Under Ground for publication he replaced a parody he had made of a negro minstrel song with a parody of Howitt’s poem.

The “Lobster Quadrille”, in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is a parody of Howitt’s poem; it mimics the meter and rhyme scheme, and parodies the first line, but not the subject matter, of the original.

ban trophy hunting now!

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The hunting of wild animals has to be the most disgusting practices that another human can do to another animal.  Not for food.  Not for necessity. But only for the sake of pleasure alone.  This video might shock you. It shocked me and I found it disgusting.

BC’s grizzly hunt is horrific and 80% of residents want it banned. But as is often the case, the BC government ignores the scientific, economic, environmental and ethical arguments in support of such a ban. WDL has joined the fight to defend bears and other wildlife against trophy hunting and overhunting. Help us return to the field this fall, in defence of wildlife from exploitation like that seen in this video. Visit http://www.igg.me/at/WDL2015 to learn more and take action.

POEM: Silly Old Baboon by Spike Milligan

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Every Saturday morning at around 07:50 on www.sfmradio.com on 106.9 SFM in Sittingbourne & Swale Jason McCrossan presents Tranquil Time – poetry on the radio.

This week it was Silly Old Baboon by Spike Milligan.

For more information: www.jmccrossan.co.uk

chris morris four lions – worth another look?

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When Chris Morris’s film ‘Four Lions’ was first released in 2010 I remember reading the reviews which included adjectives such as was “fantastic” and “hilarious” – advertising that you see accompanying most films – mutual advertising for both parties.  The hype pointed in one direction – this was a funny film which was worth watching.

I remember going to a muslim friends house and watching the film.  I hadn’t known him all that long – but I liked the fact that although he was muslim – his religion hadn’t all-encompassed him and was, a part of who he was – an important part none the less, bit he didn’t let his religion manipulate him and he hadn’t allowed it to overtake or limit his personality. There was religion.  There was life.  Each had its place.

So I put on the film in eager anticipation that we would both, especially my friend, share in the fun and hilarity of the film – as described in so many of the advertising adjectives.   My friend didn’t find it funny.  I was disappointed.  In fact, I felt a little embarrassed because I then thought – maybe he thinks he that I’d presumed he’d find it funny as it was poking fun at a misfit bunch of muslims who turn out to be just as hopeless at terrorism as they were with managing their daily life routine.

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We both watched the film in kind of silence.  That’s what I remember.  And kinda agreed that it was ok – after it had finished.  Although I think we were both disappointed.

Then 5 years later – in fact, just the other day – I decided to watch the film again.  This time I had set no expectations.   This time I hadn’t set myself up for a laugh-a-minute bomb-com film that would have me crying with laughter.  I just watched it. I watched it detached from the previous me. And, found that I actually quite like this film.

We have seen so many horror films lately that have been created by terrorists and circulated by our media – on their behalf – that this film seems tame and undramatic.  I felt myself warming to the characters in a way I hadn’t before.  I found the inner conflict in liking these guys individually – whilst wanting them to see – what I was seeing – the futility of their cause and how they could direct their passion for the cause in more constructive and less destructive ways.  I saw the characters in a whole new light.  This time – I found it smart – engaging and I enjoyed the dark humour.

Four Lions is definitely worth a watch if you haven’t seen it – or another go if like me you were disappointed all those years ago.

To get you started – here is an interview with one of the writers Chris Morris – who looks a little bit like the late Colonel Gaddafi! But maybe it is just me.

And here is the film Four Lions:

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A whip-smart, slapstick comedy, Chris Morris’ FOUR LIONS takes aim at Jihadi suicide bombers and illuminates the war on terror through satire and farce. Follow five inept aspiring terrorists on their quest to strike a blow, and how they demonstrate that terrorism may be about ideology, but it can also be about idiots.

sittingbourne biker killed in fatal crash – witnesses wanted

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Police direct traffic after closing the A2 at Bapchild

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after a 51 year old Sittingbourne male motorcyclist died on the A2 London Road in Bapchild on Sunday 6 September. Kent Police told SFM News that a blue and silver Suzuki motorbike was travelling along the A2 in the direction of Teynham when it was involved in a collision with a silver Volkswagen Jetta at the junction with Hempstead Lane just after 10am. Emergency services, including Kent Air Ambulance attended but the biker died at the scene.

The biker has been named as local man Andrew David Beaney.

In a tribute David’s family said:

‘He was a loving family man and a hard working father of four. Andrew was also a husband and a grandfather of four who loved his dog.

‘He loved both watching and playing football and he had many friends.  He will be sorely missed especially by his family and all who knew him.’

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Andrew David Beaney who died on 6th September

Appeal – can you help?

Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw the collision, or who saw either the motorcycle or the car beforehand. The road remains closed in both directions.

Witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are asked to contact the serious collision investigation unit on 01622 798538 or by emailing sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk.