To say thank you to those of you who have subscribed to (‘follow’) this blog I have decided to try out a new ‘minipost’ idea where I will write, midweek, a shorter post (500 words or less) that will be semi-private. Not promising I will do this every week – let’s call it ‘semi-regular’ for now!
I say semi-private because I won’t advertise the miniposts myself (on facebook etc.) and only my subscribers will receive notifications for each new minipost but that doesn’t mean visitors to my blog won’t be able to read it. I hope some of you will choose to share it on your own blogs or on facebook, Twitter etc. The aim is to give a little extra to you who have committed to supporting this blog – I hope you like it!
Usually, miniposts will be a continuation of things I have written about before but they may also feature something topical – a festival or something in the news. I hope you will contribute – share ideas for future posts/miniposts and enter into these discussions. As always, these posts will be a pot pourri of ideas – but always linking to Bangladesh where I work and Britain, my birth country, as well as issues of education, community and life in general really!
You may query my definition of ‘midweek’ seeing as I am writing this on a Tuesday morning. I should explain to western friends that in Bangladesh (and elsewhere) Friday is the ‘day off’ and Sunday is a working day. Hence, my posts come out around Thursday-Saturday for the ‘weekend’ and Tuesday/Wednesday counts as my ‘midweek’.
So…having used up 250 words already I’ll just give a very short thought for this first minipost.
In the UK news last week there has been a big uproar over ‘motormouth’ Jeremy Clarkson. On a daytime TV show he suggested that the public sector workers who took strike action should be “shot” and “executed in front of their families”.
Now I don’t like Clarkson personally. He’s a loudmouth who seems to be very full of himself. But, I have to admit that on his Motoring show “Top Gear”, he is brilliant. Rude, obnoxious & silly but very, very funny. The whole show is geared around that kind of humour; very ‘laddish’; very testosterone-fuelled. If he is a guest on your show, you know he’s going to say rude, stupid things. For fans of Clarkson, that’s exactly what they want him to say. He’s anti-pc and for that, at least, I salute him.
No one baying for his blood in the press has suggested it was anything other than a joke so no one has got the wrong end of the stick. But they still all want him to resign and leave TV. Yet again, the “Nanny state” I referred to in my posts on Blatter is on the verge of getting involved. How long before all jokes become banned? You may laugh, but what can be said publicly is now extremely limited.