The REAL Christmas Story

Ever wondered what the Christmas story would sound like if it was sung in multiple parts by mostly one person, washed down with some ET related outtakes?

If you ever wondered, here’s “The REAL Christmas Story” from the madly talented Zoe Anne

 

In her imagination

Tonight I witnessed a conversation between An Adipose from Doctor Who, Duck from Sarah and Duck, and a random black cat toy*.

Such a conversation can only happen in the imagination of a two year old right?

Obviously this wasn’t a real conversation…

Doctor Who Life Advice To Tell Your Children.

She was looking up it. It was looking down at her. All of a sudden, I couldn’t help but say “If the Shop Dummy starts moving by itself, then run. Quick.” Whilst I thought that this was important Doctor Who inspired life advice to give the little one, the good lady wife didn’t seem to convinced. I still couldn’t help but wonder what other nuggets of life advice could be learned from watching Doctor Who.

Know when to say Goodbye

Remembering people we’ve lost is ok.

If shop window dummies start moving. Run.

Does that plastic chair feel alive? Probably best not to sit on it.

Always do the best you can. Particularly when fighting monsters.

If you want to wear a fez. Wear a fez. (But people may remove it from you)

Times change. So must I. (or something like that anyway)

Fear. Doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Any more out there?

 

 

 

Doctor Who – The Feast of Steven

Well, here’s a little something. Back during the third season of Doctor Who, I mean during the “classic” years, a 12 part Dalek epic had an interlude on Christmas Day called “The Feast of Steven”.

Featuring no Daleks, but a lot of weirdness, its one of the lost Doctor Who episodes.

If you watch it, please dont complain to me about the last half of the episode. I said it was weird…

Breastfeeding Mum? Thinking about Voting UKIP? Nigel Farage has something to say to you…

There seems to be an interesting combination of headlines about breastfeeding today. On one hand, new research has been released reporting that, new mothers should be encouraged to breastfeed their children up to the age of 18 months to save the NHS money. On the other hand Nigel Farage reckons breast feeding mums should go in the corner, rather then feed in an “ostentatious” way. Which I think is a fairly “ostentatious” word itself.

According to The Independent website:

He said some people feel “very uncomfortable” and “embarrassed” about seeing women openly breastfeeding, although it isn’t a scene that he is “terribly hung up about”.

“I’m not particularly bothered about it, but I know a lot of people do feel very uncomfortable, and look – this is just a matter of common sense, isn’t it?” he said on LBC Radio.

“I think that given that some people feel very embarrassed by it, it isn’t too difficult to breastfeed a baby in a way that’s not openly ostentatious,” Mr Farage said.

His comments come after a mother was given a large napkin to cover her baby while feeding her baby in Claridge’s to avoid causing “offence” to other guests.

“Frankly, that’s up to Claridge’s, and I very much take the view that if you’re running an establishment you should have rules,” he said.

When asked if women should perhaps sit in a toilet if they want to feed their babies, he came up with another solution.

“Or perhaps sit in the corner, or whatever it might be – that’s up to Claridge’s,” he said.

I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that Nigel Farage isn’t aware that according to the The Equality Act, it is illegal to stop mothers breastfeeding their babies in public places. It is a surprise that as someone who tries to position himself as “a man of the people”, Nigel Farage has made such a pro-business comment.

Or maybe breastfeeding mums dont count? Thinking about it, I dont think I’ve ever met a mum that feeds in a pretentious way…

On a slightly different note, the official UKIP twitter account for the fictional town of Trumpton had this to say.

 

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For more reading check out:

More mothers should breastfeed for 18 months to save NHS money, say researchers
Unicef
Trumpton UKIP
Independent

 

Beer Marketing 1 – Me 0

Here’s what went through my head when I found myself in the local Morrisons beer aisle:

“Not seen that beer before…
Oh ok Waggledance has a new label. Probably to try and get people’s attention I bet…
Why I’m I picking it up?

Seriously, If I still fall for cheap marketing tricks, how the heck I’m I meant to be an example to the Little One? Who I have no doubt will be bombarded by adverts as she grows up.

Barbie Can Be A Computer Engineer – Possibly

So here’s a something thats been going around the internet for a while. It looks like there is a new Barbie book called “I Can Be a Computer Engineer”. On the face of it, this should be good news. After all, Barbie, the most girlie of girls toys has started to encourage girls that they can work in a fairly male dominated profession when they get older.

Good thing right?

Well it seems to be getting reactions like my brother in laws comment on Facebook:

This is wrong on so many levels! Anyone getting this for my niece, even as a joke, may be in for beatings!

The Mirror breaks down the plot:

Our dear Barbie is at her laptop designing a game to show kids how computers work.

“You can make a robot puppy do cute tricks by matching up coloured blocks,” she says.

So far, so good. But unfortunately that’s where the compliments end, because within seconds she’s pointing out to her sister Skipper that she’s “only creating the design idea, I’ll need Steven and Brian’s help to turn it into a real game”.

Within a matter of a few pages, Barbie’s computer gets a virus, but thankfully she’s been smart enough to wear a flash drive as a necklace (a pink, heart-shaped monstrosity) so she remembers to back up her work.

However, when she goes to use Skipper’s laptop instead, disaster strikes: THE VIRUS IS ON THE FLASHDRIVE. Skipper’s homework and all her music files are corrupted. Barbie legs it to class, but not before Skipper “playfully hits Barbie with a pillow”.

At class, Barbie meets up with Brian and Steven, who end up helping Barbie retrieve the lost files from both the laptops. “It will go faster if Brian and I help,” says Steven

So Barbie backs off and lets the men do the bulk of the work. Once the files are retrieved, she returns Skipper’s laptop to her.

When presenting her homework to class, Skipper praises Barbie for her technological prowess and describes her as “a great sister and a great computer engineer”.

So basically, its a book about Barbie designing a game, getting a virus, then the guys creating the game, and fixing the laptop.

Good work…

The really good news is that a “remixed” version of this book has been designed that encourages girls to work in computing, I’d suggest checking that out rather then the official book which is STILL available on amazon.co.uk.

In the meantime, remind me to keep my daughter away from Barbie merchandise.