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Any Video Will Do

Should I be using the computer in a thunderstorm? Ah well, I've got rubber soles on, so I'll assume I'm safe for now.

About to listen to Christopher Eccleston narrating something about angry sexy working class boys on Radio 2 - thanks to arborophile for the heads-up! (Ooh, it's a series.)

They're releasing Any Dream Will Do as a single for Children In Need, sung by the guy who won, um, Any Dream Will Do. If that's what it was called. There's a clip on YouTube. They seem to have spent approximately ten pence on the video, and got the work experience kid to make it. It's the worst video I've seen in about 25 years, and at least the ones in 1982 had the excuse that it was cutting-edge technology then. I'm not sure what bits of the video are in that clip; I saw the full thing at work. Honestly, it's AWFUL. Badly CGI'd "rainbow" pyramids, and ribbons slightly reminiscent of the original Wipeout. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Graham Norton gurning and waving cuddly toys. Badly edited clips from the TV show. And I'm not that impressed with the guy's singing, either - seems very stage school.

(*squees at Chris Eccleston's voice*)

This purity ring thing? Bollocks. Not even the plaintiffs believe it - the father of the girl is the UK importer of these things, it's all a publicity stunt. Anyone who's been convinced it's a Christian's right to wear a tacky "purity ring" when the rules say no rings has been well and truly conned.

I do like the suggestion that all Jedis will now be able to take their lightsabres to school, if this case is decided in the Playfeet's favour, though.

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momentsmusicaux
Jun. 22nd, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
Her father imports them? Interesting. I'd just figured she was badly in need of getting laid.
pickwick
Jun. 22nd, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
I can't back up that he's directly the one who imports them right now (read it on another forum!) but he's the Parents' Programme Director of the company involved, Silver Ring Thing, and the mother is the UK company secretary.
kniblet
Jun. 22nd, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
I'd just figured she was badly in need of getting laid.

Agreed! I don't think much of her commitment to so-called sexual purity if she can't maintain it without a constant written reminder.

Now that I think of it, my Mom used to recommend tying a string around my finger if I needed to remember something. Maybe if the string had come with a bible verse it'd have worked better as a strategy.
momentsmusicaux
Jun. 22nd, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
Obviously I'm just jealous.
If back when I was a desperate and frustrated teenager there'd been an official abstinence society that came with badges and things and the cool kids were into it, I'd have joined up like a shot, just so I could say 'Hey, I'm not getting any FOR A REASON'.
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caitirin
Jun. 22nd, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
You know.. I just have to say that it makes me feel a bit better to know that the Christian nut buckets are not solely confined to my country.

And that whole thing IS bollocks.
pickwick
Jun. 22nd, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
Hee. It's even funny seeing Americans WRITE "bollocks", for some reason :D

Yeah, we have our share of them too. Unfortunately.
redatt
Jun. 22nd, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
Not at all. Christian nut-bucketry is one your country's biggest, most successful ex-ports! :oD
caitirin
Jun. 22nd, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
*headdesk* Seriously. That is VERY sad. I'd much rather be known for... corn or something!
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san_valentine
Jun. 22nd, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of boggled that the school policy bans even a fairly simple ring. Are they allowed to wear *any* jewellery ? We were allowed to wear pretty much what we liked, and it didn't cause any problems. I even got away with wearing a studded leather wristband, which none of the boys were allowed to do :)
pickwick
Jun. 22nd, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we were allowed to wear most things. I think it's health and safety along with "being consistent" - I suspect they're actually trying to stop people wearing big jewel-encrusted rings, which could get caught in things or hurt people, and those bizarre gold rings that stretch over about three of your fingers, but they decided that "no rings" was more easily enforceable than "only sensible rings".

They're allowed to wear small stud earrings, and that's all.
matgb
Jun. 22nd, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
My school had similar rules; no jewellery. I think they repented to allow one stud per ear after a fuss, but such bans aren't that uncommon.

Apparently they only got involved in the company after she left the school, but regardless, it's lunacy.
purplesnap
Jun. 22nd, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
"I do like the suggestion that all Jedis will now be able to take their lightsabres to school, if this case is decided in the Playfeet's favour, though."

Won't happen. Freedom of religious expression only works for actual religions.
londonkds
Jun. 22nd, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
The only thing to say about this "silver ring thing" thing is that if anybody who violently opposed the veil in schools on "feminist" grounds defends religious freedom now, you know where they're coming from.
nyarbaggytep
Jun. 24th, 2007 02:23 pm (UTC)
Heh, good point, well made.
spiderpixie
Jun. 23rd, 2007 09:09 am (UTC)
Purity rings. Among the kids I've worked with something like that would merely be seen as a good challenge, essentially a sure fire way of getting laid ;)

We watched the Joseph thingy, and that guy was awesome. Made me cry more than once. But that may be my hormones..... :D Good god that vid is BAD, and they've managed to make his voice sound really generic. Close your eyes and it could be Jason. He was pro before the comp tho, working as an understudy, so stage school, aye. In case you didn't know already :)

Bugger I can't slag you off for Big Brother when I confess to know this much eh........

Who tonight :) And Rosy says hi!
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