>Daylight Saving

>Can someone explain this to me? The country turns its clocks back one hour, giving us the benefit of darker evenings and pale mornings. Summertime has a proven record of cutting traffic deaths in the evening as well providing more time for evening activities i.e making us more social beings. It was first introduced into the UK during the First World War to try and alleviate hardship and promote industry. It was a political and economic decision which undoubtedly promotes society. As a kid, I remember those long summer days, playing football on the green and then riding home around 9pm. Or these days in the pub, sitting outside and enjoy the sun.

But the reason we still turn the clocks back is simply to appease farmers or Highland school kids. Well considering agriculture accounts for less than 2% of GDP these days and Scotland wants to have far greater independence, I am all for them keeping it, while the rest of us managed to get some longevity and breath into our day and lives.

>The rumour is…

>David Beckham is thinking of buying the club. Apparently Brooklyn said he wanted a cowboy outfit for christmas……….!!

The Darkside of Man

Further to the story below but deeply disturbing and horrific. A West London man has been convicted of paying for acid to be thrown in the face of a girl. After meeting her and then finding her on facebook, he did briefly date the girl, only for it to end within weeks. He was also convicted of assaulting her three days earlier, threatening to hang her but the jury was deadlocked on a rape charge. What is more disturbing is I know this girl. Not well but I have spoken to her on a few occasions at MMA events.

She was a ring girl and TV presenter on a London network, mainly interviewing actors and reviewing films. She was always bubbly and cute but also had an intelligence you don’t often find in a ring girl. At the age of 24, she had a lot to look forward to, a promising career in the least, a full and active life at most.

But since the attack in March 2008, she has had 12 operations on her face to try and ‘normalise’ her appearance. And before she was a pretty girl. In an industry which requires beauty and allure, it’s a cruel blow. But far worse will be the mental impact. Will she ever trust a man again? How will she feel about her appearance again? Will she keep that bubbly, vivacious character?

The attacker plead guilty and will be sentenced soon. How someone can do this is beyond me. How lacking in moral fibre, in basic human ethics can you be? Everyone knows the destructive power of sulphuric acid. Yet he seemingly had no second thoughts in doing such an act, not even on the journey to find her. The money was enough.

Danny Lynch, the man who physically assaulted her, threatened to kill her and then paid for the acid attack was also found guilty of the attacks. He too will be sentenced soon. But what sentence does he deserve? How can you compensate for the possible 50-60 years of pain, the looking into the mirror and forever seeing that attack, the memories of the burning, the reddening and peeling of her facial skin? It’s an attack that leaves us all lost for words, struggling with disbelief and choking with anger.

For why did Lynch do this? One reason is clearly his lack of moral base. But it also goes far deeper into the psyche of man. I have long thought men at their most base levels believe they own women and find it difficult to accept others possessing ‘their’ woman. The dark emotions of jealousy or envy rears up within them making it impossible for them. Men have always been vulnerable to their emotions. While they can be infinitely practical with their head, their heart can be equally weak. After all it’s common for men to fall apart after their first-love break up, usually descending hilariously sad drunkenness. I know that from personal experience. But its not always the same for everyone. Many young men have killed themselves, believing they will/can never love again.

Women have a far more logical approach and it stems from their biological imperatives. The high numbers of women living well beyond the death of their husbands can be easily compared to the numbers of men who die shortly after their wives. Suicidal men also often ‘take their families with them when they commit suicide wrongly thinking they won’t survive without them. A case of a father killing himself and his son in a dingy happened off the East coast of England recently. The parents were getting divorced and the father drown his son and himself.

Its warped and illogical but performed through an overly-emotional and desperate framework. Most men are adjusted enough to see a longer-term, more separate view. Life goes on, they tell themselves. Their family support them. Their friends keep them entertained and get them back an even keel. It’s all a learning curve. That’s how most men deal with it. Maturely and calmly despite the alcoholic endeavours.

So what happened her, to Katie wasn’t a normal occurrence. Men are better than that. While I despise Danny Lynch for this, I understand his thought process even if I don’t agree with his actions. Unfortunately for Katie, she has innocently met someone who did something she’ll never be able to forget. And that’s why he did it. To possess her forever.


The male ego and the IMF

That’s Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the IMF which at present is negotiating with a number of countries to provide loans and financial stability in this present crisis. States as large as the Ukraine and Argentina have come for help while worryingly South Korea, the 13th largest economy in the world is trying to stave off its huge debts alone. Pride, I guess. So its a very important time for Mr Strauss-Kahn. Despite being a family man, he is deep in meetings, putting his intelligence and leadership into the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. Well he is deep in meeting all right, defending his lack of judgement in having an affair with a fellow married staff member, Piroska Nagy (pictured below). He has only been in the job for a year but still proved unable to keep his mind on the job.

So what happens now? Well in this time, it hardly the time to fire him. And the IMF lacks the partisan politics which mired the US Congress during the Clinton – Monica Lewinsky affair of the late 1990s. But yet again, you find a very powerful man being unable to make head-led decisions over a frankly average girl. It was as brazen as the Clinton affair and Strauss-Kahn admitted his affair. He and his wife have “tourné la page” sur “une aventure d’un soir”and Mrs Nagy has resigned. Having an extra-martial affair is considered a private matter in Europe and should be here. It’s just the timing and the complete lack of self-control over emotions is a clear indicator of man’s inner ego and priorities.

>Alcohol – Know Your Limits

>I really like this commercial about binge drinking. The music’s cool, the style is right and the message is true. The amount of times I have woken up (including on Thursday night!) with unexplained drinking cuts and bruises along with the broken furniture and lost items. The booting of stereo makes me laugh out loud with joyful nostalgia. Ahh happy days.

>Ramos and Comolli Fired

>Shame for Juande Ramos even though he has looked increasingly hopeless lately. His tactic of playing one striker up front makes little sense. I understand he is trying to protect his shaky back four but by doing so he firstly leaves his attack isolated and secondly takes direct responsibility away from the centre midfield to play like the players they are paid to be. Zokora wanders around, consistently 10 metres from the action, Jenas tries to be world class and he had headless chickens on the wing.

Comolli should have gone years ago. What qualifications does he have to evaluate players? When was this considered a good idea?

Daniel Levy the chairman, wants to sell the club. Its worth a lot with its support and location but naturally a great deal less in the Championship.

>Important Breakthrough in MS treatment

>Shocking disease. Deserves to be combatted.

A drug developed to treat leukaemia may be a powerful new weapon against multiple sclerosis, researchers say.

Alemtuzumab appears to stop progression of the disease in patients with early stage active relapsing-remitting MS – the most common form of the condition.
The University of Cambridge study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, also suggests the drug may enable repair of previous damage.

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