Sunday, June 19, 2005

"Father's Day", some typical ranting and then some

Today happens to be Father's Day. I talked to my dad yesterday and both of us agreed, Father's Day is just a 'US' thing. Something we don't really care.

During the run up to Father's Day, major retailers has been bombarding us with advertisements reminding us to get gifts for our fathers. The gifts were obviously suggested to be bought from said retailers. A store I passed by the other day was the Silverscreen's local high street outlet and had a giant banner which uses the Star Wars famous Darth Vader quote "I am your father" before suggesting us to purchase the trilogy DVD boxset for our dads. Not a bad idea, but my dad hates science-fiction films.

I am not against the concept of Father's Day, but the day itself has long since been hijacked by self interested companies who sees nothing more than to encourage us to spend money on more useless stereotypical fatherly gagdets like DIY products. The so called love your father message has been lost. Clever people will no doubt be able to see through all these shenanigans as I am sure most of you would.

Oh and the summer sale begins next week, so save your money till then.

My thoughts on Mother's Day.


Watching last night's Channel 4 screening of the Donington Park festival (called Download now), I had regret I did not jump on the chance when an old old friend of mine asked me to come along. There was Megadeth, Slayer, Velvot Revolver, In Flames, Motorhead, Nightwish, Garbage, Lacuna Coil, Shadows Fall, Napalm Death and Anthrax, bands I would kill to witness.

But then again there was Feeder, HIM, Slipknot, System of the Down and Papa Roach. Granted they were scattered over at different stages and Donington is big enough to escape around should a crap band plays. The line up was weak. Feeder, yes, Feeder was headlining the Friday Ozzfest line up. I hear you mate - what the bloody fuck is going on??? But this is not surprising. Ozzfest has a knack of attracting less than ideal bands.


Today's London temperature is 33°C with a high risk sun index. Enjoy it while it last.


I am no Tory supporter but if Ken Clarke runs for Conservative party leadership and win (quite unlikely but I will blog on), then for the first time in many years we will have a Conservative party led by a fairly left wing (albeit a Conservative) moderniser who happens to be pro-Europe (yay!) while the Labour party is still being led by a fairly right wing moderniser.


So today's Formula One race will feature only six cars? least some excitement back into Formula One. Bernie, if you want the papers to start raving about Formula One, then you will do good by courting controversy and banning those cars with those French tyres.


Speaking of le frogs, we were thinking of getting away to the nation populated by bourgeois pretending to be bohemians this summer but with the weather this hot how could you do so (remember how many people dies there every summer?)? I think I will wait till the winter chill sets in in January before escaping to the South of France only then.


And finally...

On the subject of Savvy Vs Myvi: Who the fuck cares? Jesus, this is getting old. I have not actually seen either in person but both looks like Nissan Micra rip-offs, only uglier. And both continues the tradition of silly, weird and idiotic model names.


According to this BBC test, the four aspects that make up my personality type are:

Spontaneous, Ideas, Heads and Extrovert

Summary of Big-Thinkers

  • Outspoken, ingenious and bored by routine
  • Think of themselves as talkative, curious and self-sufficient
  • May neglect the routine work required to make their plans successful

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