LET’S see how this one pans out: the Sun follows up its news that Jon Venables, one of James Bulger’s killers, once sent a picture of his penis to a woman he’d been flirting with online.
Sexting is pretty much the norm. But when you’re Jon Venables, who killed a very young child when he was a ten-year-old – an act the trial judge called “unparalleled evil” – the thing takes on meaning. So. One day after Ralph Bulger, James Bulger’s father, said the sexting was a sign that Venables was a danger, the Sun quotes the victim’s mother, Denise Fergus.
The mum of James Bulger yesterday demanded that her son’s killer Jon Venables should be prosecuted over X-rated images.
EXAGGERATION is key when telling people about the rope-swings of your youth. Of course, some of us did indeed have perilous fun on ropey death-traps, with a variety of injury stories and hilarious swearing that results from landing on your genitals after an aged, withered branch snaps.
However, some people don’t need to hype things up at all. That’s because some people jump off cliffs.
I FIRST read Iceberg Slim’s autobiography Pimp when I was a teenager. The title, the women, the vice and the slang made it exotic, but the story was down and dirty. The women were often wild and fierce. By the end of the book, Slim was man ho’d lived and been chewed up by life. To me, this was no glorifying of the skin game.
THE brains trust running the India-Pakistan border are waging war with stray dogs. The exchange programme began when a stray Indian dog “accidentally” took a train ride aboard the Samjhauta Express (aka the Friendship Express”) at Attari station in Amritsar. The beast ended up in Lahore.
The Pakistanis thought it best to load the train with 50 stray dogs for its return tip to India.
“BULGER KILLER GROOMED ME FOR SEX”
Groomed? Like paedos groom? Grooming is the word the UK authorities use to describe a paedophile’s online communication with a child they plan to meet and abuse.
TWEET pairing shines a harsh light on the masterminds who can see through all the media, the deaths, the burials, the facts and notice the real reasons for 9/11 and The Sandy Hook massacre:
WHY don’t the elite and the law makers rehouse sex offenders in the smarter parts of town, near to their homes?
When I read the headline “sex offender park”, I envisaged a park reserved for sex offenders, all their perversions catered for by fetishists and virtual reality.
REEVA Steenkamp once fired a gun. She posted an image of her firing a pistol on a shooting range. The Daily Mail says the weapon used by the “pretty blonde” is “almost identical to the the one that killed her”.
The busy “Daily Mail Reporter” notes:
This picture may give a clue into how aware Steenkamp was with the gun culture of South Africa
I boarded a jet plane this past Friday and traveled 16 hours through the night to Washington, D.C. I was back on a plane again on Monday morning flying the reverse 16 hours back home. I was in Washington with over 40,000 other protesters for the Forward on Climate Rally …
RICHARD Dawkins has been talking to Al Jazeera telly. He;’ been talking about Jews and Christians.
Dawkins has taken on Catholicism before:
“Horrible as sexual abuse no doubt was, the damage was arguably less than the long-term psychological damage inflicted by bringing the child up Catholic in the first place.”
WHO torched the scarecrow on the cross in Billericay, Essex? Our guess would be the Scarecrow Klu Klux Klan. Someone could care to ask the “mother” who told the local paper:
“I think it’s incredibly distasteful and it is making fun of Jesus. I drove past the scarecrow with my daughter and she said, ‘Look, Mummy, there’s a man on a cross’ – I don’t think she should see that. It’s an unmistakable crucifix and it’s making a mockery out of my religion.
IT would appear that our Far Eastern cousins are actually doing something sensible about this green energy and saving Gaia bit:
Business is also more promising. By 2020 Jiuquan plans to increase wind power generation sixfold to 40GW. Wu predicts even faster growth between 2020 and 2030, when solar power starts to take off: “That’s when the technology will have matured and the generating costs will be lower. By 2030, I think China will get half its energy from renewable resources and Jiuquan will be famous around the world. People here are going to be rich.”
BE afraid. The desperate-to-be-liked police are coming after your freedoms. Scotland Yard wants powers to search newsrooms. This will prove to everyone how much better the police is than what went before. No collusion with phone hacking, see. No need to hack things and get media to do your dirty work when you can just seize everything legally.
They told Leveson that police should have been free to search the News of the World offices during the 2006 phone-hacking inquiry. The Times says “Senior Metropolitan Police officers are known to have been furious that their efforts to seize material from The Guardian, relating to leaks from the current hacking investigation, were thwarted in 2011.”
GET cleaning ladies: it’s because you’re porky fatties. And rather than this being the usual misogynist tripe this is actually sound science. There is a real reason for muffin tops and gargantuan bingo wings: it’s that no one is cleaning behind the stove properly any more. Really:
Women, they found, once had been quite physically active around the house, spending, in 1965, an average of 25.7 hours a week cleaning, cooking and doing laundry. Those activities, whatever their social freight, required the expenditure of considerable energy. (The authors did not include child care time in their calculations, since the women’s diary entries related to child care were inconsistent and often overlapped those of other activities.) In general at that time, working women devoted somewhat fewer hours to housework, while those not employed outside the home spent more.
Forty-five years later, in 2010, things had changed dramatically. By then, the time-use diaries showed, women were spending an average of 13.3 hours per week on housework.
DO you think Oscar Pistorius’s trial in South Africa had anything to do with race, the white man against the blacks? It does.
The Pretoria court allowed audio recording of the judgment. TV cameras could be allowed in to film the trial, and certainly the closing arguments. Trials involving government officials are televised in South Africa. This is because in the days of apartheid, justice was not colour blind. In 1969, South Africa abolished jury trials, because of racial prejudice by white jurors. A jury has to give no reasons for its findings. The judge does.
IT occurred to us that Eurovison might be a rich tablet of talent, but it comes round only once a year. Time to look five forgotten European gems:
Armi Ja Danny – I Want To Love You Tender
BOOK of the Day: The Life and Loves of Mr Jiveass Nigger, by Cecil Brown:
RIP Bruce Reynolds. It’s not often a thief’s death is announced on the national news. But then history has been kind to the gang whose great caper was masterminded by Reynolds, a known armed burglar. Reynolds was arrested after nearly five years on the run and on January 15, 1969, sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment. On August 8, 1963, Reynolds and the gang stole £2,500,000 from the overnight mail express from Euston to Glasgow. They forced the driver to stop at Cheddington, Buckinghamshire, where they unloaded the booty. When arrested in Torquay, Reynolds, 38, told Detective Chief-Superintendent Tommy Butler: “Anyone who thinks crime pays must be mad. It has been driving me silly.” Reynolds was released from prison on 6 June 1978 after serving 10 years. Not all the money was found.
GRIM news in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Retno Purwati, 38, has admitted to killing her eight-year-old son, Vicky Riska. Sr. Comr. Rikwanto tells media:
“It seems like she committed the murder consciously. She filled up a bathtub with water, tied the kid up and drowned him. Afterward, she dressed him. It was all done very neatly, but we still recommend for her to undergo a psychological examination.”