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The world goes mad … again!

2014 floodsI haven’t posted on here for a while but this story has made my blood boil!

A UK Independence Party councillor has today blamed recent storms and floods on the Government’s decision to legalise gay marriage.

David Silvester, who defected from the Tories last year in protest at David Cameron’s support for same-sex unions, claimed he had warned the Prime Minister that the legislation would result in ‘disasters’.

The Henley-on-Thames town councillor, 73, said the country had been ‘beset by storms’ since the passage of the new law on gay marriage because Mr Cameron had acted ‘arrogantly against the Gospel’.

So we’ve not had floods before this then?   I can’t believe anyone actually votes for these imbeciles.

I just love the response from Richard Lane, spokesman for the gay  rights charity Stonewall.  He is reported to have responded to this absolute tosh by saying: ‘Its hardly surprising that  we’ve seen unusual weather patterns in Britain, considering the enormous amount of hot air being produced by some UKIP members’. 

rio statueWhat drivel will come next?  Presumably tomorrow’s story will be that he also blames gay marriage for the lightning strike that has damaged a thumb of Rio de Janeiro’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue since Brazil also legalised same sex marriage in 2013.  So much for progress.

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Take a walk on the wild side

We’ve all heard of a zebra crossing – but have you ever seen an elephant seal crossing?

This is exactly the sight that shoppers in Brazil were amazed to see when a massive elephant seal hit the busy high street on Saturday.   The seal waddled out of the ocean and into the city of Balneario Camboriu where it went for a walk – even using the proper crossings.   Cars were blocked for 20 minutes whilst police officers splashed water on the seal to keep it wet.   After about an hour and a half in the city, the seal returned on the sea and swam away unharmed.

Which leaves me with one burning question.   Why did the elephant seal cross the road?  To get to the other tide of course!   BOOM!!!

Gold!

At last we’ve achieved a couple of gold medals at London2012!

On day 5 we were treated to an amazing win by rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning in the female pairs.  The world silver medallists led from the start, clocking seven minutes 27.13 seconds to become the first British female rowers to win an Olympic title.

The duo, who joined forces only two years ago, looked calm on the start line at an overcast Eton Dorney, and got their race off perfectly with a heavy acceleration out of the blocks.  By 500m, they were almost a length clear, looking settled and focused.  As they entered the final 250m, the packed grandstands either side of the lake began to cheer, with fans getting to their feet as they cruised across the finishing line a length clear of Australia.

Then a few hours later there was one for the boys!  Our Tour de France champion, Bradley Wiggins (yes him with the sideburns!), became Britain’s most decorated Olympian with victory in the London 2012 time trial.

He now has 7 Olympic medals to his name -four golds, a silver and two bronzes – one more than rowing great Sir Steve Redgrave.  Millions of people took to the streets around Hampton Court to cheer him on and he didn’t disappoint.  What a 10 days this has been for him and as he said when interviewed at the end of the event: “I don’t think my sporting career will ever top this now,” said Wiggins. “That’s it. It will never, never get better than that. Incredible.”

To round off the day, the GB football team managed a scrappy 1-0 win against Uruguay, making them top of Group A and taking them into the quarter finals against South Korea on Saturday.  If they win that game they are assured of a bronze medal at the very least but on the downside, they are likely to meet Brazil in the semis so let’s not get too excited just yet!

Mind you, after a truly inspirational performance by the GB women’s football team the night before when they beat a strong Brazil side 1-0 in front of a 70,000 strong partisan crowd at Wembley, there’s more than just a little pride at stake!!!

Dying for your Art

Every job has its demands, and many people make sacrifices in their personal lives to advance their careers.   However, actors and actresses sometimes experience some peculiar demands on their physical appearance, well beyond the common restrictions in other professions that may simply require neatly-trimmed hair of a natural color.  There are limitations to what can be done with stage makeup and padding. When performers make real changes to their physical appearance for a part, such that they look different in the mirror in the morning, that’s commitment. That’s “dyeing for your art”.

A Brazilian actor was extremely unfortunate recently when he did, quite literally, “die for his art” after accidentally hanging himself while playing Judas in an Easter Passion play.  Tiago Klimeck, 27, was re-enacting the scene in which Judas commits suicide in repentance for his betrayal of Jesus Christ in a performance on Good Friday in the city of Itarare and was hanging for four minutes before fellow performers realised something was wrong.  He was taken to hospital suffering from cerebral hypoxia but died on Sunday.

Initial Police investigations have found that the knot may have been wrongly tied but an autopsy is still to take place.

It certainly brings a whole new meaning to the term “corpsing on stage” … ouch!!!

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