February 7th, 2006

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Time to Boycott The Welsh!

Paper Pulped Over Muhammed Image (BBC News Online; Tuesday 7th February 2006)

I can understand the Islamic countires boycotting Danish Imports (afterall, what does Denmark export apart from bacon?) but this is getting out of hand. The western papers just need to grow up and stop being purposefully abusive and the Islamic agitators that are fanning the flames around the world also need to get a life. If the images were recent I'd understand the fuss a bit better but for something published about 5 months ago to cause this much fuss and attention now obviously means that there is another agenda behind it.

On the matter of the protests here in London. I certainly don't agree with some of the slogans being bandied around but can certainly accept the 'fancy dress' costumes. I thought the excuse given by the guy that apologised for wearing a suicide bombers costume was perfectly fair. He wanted to create the distress and disgust that the Muslim world felt towards the cartoons within the 'Western' world. By dressing up as a terrorist (acts which he condemns) he caused uproar and anger. Job done. Now you have a vague feeling as to how devout Muslim's felt when hearing about the cartoons (after all - hardly any have actually 'seen' the cartoons).

As a friend (himself a Muslim) pointed out, Islam is a young religion (the youngest of the three Judo-Christian faith) and whereas the Christians went through a tough period of reidentification and uproar during the time of the Crusades Islam is now facing an identity crisis within itself with various views pulling in different directions. Also, now that the threat of the 'Red Menace' has pretty much disappeared with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the western world needs to find a new 'threat'. Islam, for whatever reason, has been chosen as this threat (quite wrongly I feel).

The problem with choosing a religion over a state or political ideology is that religions tend to breed much more 'convicted' devotees. If someone made a rude characture of Stalin or Mao their followers would not be a disgusted as someone who is Christian/Muslim/Jewish would be by a rude characture of their God.

Many people generally have a sense of humour. I have, as yet, to found anyone who is a real devout convert of any religion who has the same degree of humour when it comes to their faith.
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America Is Go! A Tale of America and The Sisters of Mercy.....

Ticket for GAMA Trade Show in Vegas - Check
Rooms for a week at The Riveria - Check
Airplane tickets for London-Vegas/Vegas-Los Angeles/Los Angeles-London - Check
Sisters of Mercy Ticket for LA Gig on Sunday 19th - Check
Sisters of Mercy Ticket for LA Gig on Monday 20th - Check
LA Hotel Room - er, not yet.

Well, almost there. The Vegas hotel, flights and Sisters tickets have been brought and that's the main thing.

I'm flying to the States on Saturday 11th March and will be returning to these fine shores on Wednesday 22nd March. I'll be in Vegas through to the 17th upon which date I'll be flying off to LA for a few days vacation. I've never been to LA before but The Sisters of Mercy are playing two shows there over that weekend so I decided as I was already in the area I may as well hang around and catch them there :p

Mind you the gig tickets were over $50 each!!! I did manage to get them on presale though but that was supposed to be cheaper beacuse of no agency booking fee??? GAG!

It looks like I'll be staying in Hollywood during my LA juant so if anyone can reccommend any decent hotels that'd be appreciated. The gigs themselves are at The House of Blues on Sunset Bvld so somewhere close by might be nice. Especially as I have to be up early on the Tuesday to fly back!
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The Perils of Flying..... (Hopefully Part 1 of 1)

When I usually fly to Vegas I usually fly 'VIA' Los Angeles anyway so my forthcoming trip would have been quite easy and only involving a minimal amount of airplanes.

Not this time though when I actually WANT to stay in LA for a few days. This time I'm having a stop over in Toronto GOING to Vegas and in MOntreal RETURNING to London. Not that I mind too much as it'll allow me to stretch my legs a bit between flights but take-off and touch-down are generally the trickiest moments in flights (although personally I find the tedium of sitting in the same place with nothing really to do alot more taxing) and with my record of flying achievments (one plane crash, one plane struck by lightning mid-flight, and a couple of very bad landings) I generally prefer to keep my flights to the bare minimum.

Add on to this a possible helicopter/light aircraft trip over the Gran Canyon whilst I'm in Vegas and you may not be hearing from me again after mid-March!!! :p

EDIT - Actually ignore me. I've just counted my flights and it's only actually one flight more than usual. Ptah. I'll shut up now....