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Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Love Rats and Doormats

The title for this blog is shamelessly stolen from a magazine article in Psychologies (linked in title) that I want to comment on today. The article (by Amelia Hill) was discussing the obsession behind famous infidelities.

The most interesting point in the article came near the end, where modern celebrity gossip and drama functioned like a morality play or Greek tragedy. Having studied Greek tragedy you can see why I was interested!

In a way, I can see how that might be. Some people have "Celebrity Worship Syndrome" (that's a quote from the article!) and read everything and anything about their hero's, but anything that ever makes the news is how celebrities are in the wrong, or have fallen, whereas Greek tragedy always some kind of GOOD moral message.

I have always found celebrity worship odd, I don't care who is staring in a film, if it looks good I'll go see it, if it looks rubbish I wont - I don't care who is in ok. Ok, I have a small soft spot for Johnny Depp - sue me :P Reality shows like Big Brother are just as bad.

Anyway, the article was quite interesting, and the magazine is good for those of us who don't want to spend money of celeb. gossip and pages of "fashion" that you would never. ever. wear. I recommend the mag. as a good read!

Here are some intersting quotes from the article:

A publicly scorned woman might arouse our sympathy at first, but once she decides to stand by her unfaithful partner, our support is crowded out other emotions. At best, there's pity...at worst, vitriol and scorn.


One of the most bizarre was how some Americans view Clinton:

How can a woman such as Hillary Clinton lead a contry when she can't 'control' her husband?


How idiotic is this sentence, let alone what it implies?! Gah!

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Sunday, 6 July 2008

Long time no post

Howdy all,

Just a quick update from my last post really. After reading what I said, I have to say that I never did get onto the job line! However, I am due to start a PhD at The University of Birmingham in Sept/Oct and I'm really excited about it, so it's all good!

I'd explain what the PhD is about, but it would probably sound like gobble-de-gook to most of you (no offence!). Suffice to say, it is about rocks, mainly those located in Anglesey, Wales, and I will be looking at origin and formation and stuff. I'll get to travel which is awesome, as well as confrences and stuff, I will hopefully be heading out to Newfoundland and Labrador (Canada) to do some comparative work. And one of the best things about all this is that I have NERC and CASE funding, so I won't end up out of pocket this time. Time to practice budgeting for when I have a real job and place of my own, methinks, hehe.

Anyway, in the meantime I've been working hard (lol) at a retail job at Wilkenson. It's not great, but ok. Brings the money in - and I'm using that to learn to drive, got my 1st test in August so fingers crossed.

In more benign news, I'm still working on my website. In fact, I'm quite pleased with myself at the moment as I have written my first fluid layout completely from scratch. Sadly only one page has this at the moment, as it's taking some time to adjust the other pages of my website to it, but it's so worth it! Readers of all resolutions will be able to read without seeing cropped edeges and the like! Hooray.

My PC is currently broken, so not much gaming going on. However, the PS3 is good, and singstar is an awesome game, I don't care what anyone says! I am enjoying trying to beat my own high scores, so it's always entertaining. For me. Not to sure about anyone else in the house, hehe.

Anyway, that's enough of an update for one day, work soon *sigh*

Cheers

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