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an unfortunate age?

Posted 6 February 2002, 9.20 pm by Villager

Western culture today provides for the majority of its inhabitants to live their lives rather freely, doing as they please, choosing their own path through life relatively uninhibited by the state, and with a choice in occupation, for the most part, entirely unprecedented in modern culture or any other. The fundamental education we are provided with, the basic social security most people can rely upon; these factors combine to form a society in which the individual, without ability in either academia, intellect or physical ability, can still enjoy a comparably comfortable and enjoyable lifetime. Gone are the days of outright exploitation, and even the hardest critic would find it hard to contest that people today have a greater freedom of movement, occupation, speech and religion than ever before.

Now, there may still be a degree of obstacles to overcome in obtaining the lifestyle one might desire, but I do wonder how easy some people would like life to be for them. I do not believe the state owes its citizens as much as is demanded of it; and yet it still provides such things. The NHS, beleaguered as it may be, the free education until 18, and heavily subsidised higher education (University), social benefits for those in the bottom echelons of society; these are the hallmarks of a collective society and in turn Government doing its utmost to drive the country forward in every way possible. It may seem as though I’m kissing ass, but trust me I’m no Labour fanatic. The present state of affairs is due to a history of political, social and arguably even economic evolution that has more recently been forced to incorporate world-wide values and human rights.

We have never had it so good. Fact. We have more freedom with less hindrance than our fathers had, or theirs had. Society may prove difficult to flourish in for some, but you are never going to provide a system whereby every single one of your 58 million inhabitants have a comfortable ride through life. We are animals for Pete’s sake, and yet minus mortal threat and hardship we still feel hard done by. We have no worries on an individual level than the world immediately around us, and that’s what defines a modern society.

I use Britain as the focal point because I live here. I have no doubt that many of the principles expressed will have equal or indeed more truth in other countries, for I do not claim Britain to be the best country in the world by any means. Do not take this as a declaration of patriotism, for it is not intended as such. What I wish to convey is the manner in which we have reached a stage of development where large portions of the world can claim an excellent standard of living.

By the same token, I hold with distaste the way in which youth in particular is so unappreciative and indolent. Not an entirely new thing, but certainly more clearly identifiable today than ever before.

Perhaps that is our own fault; perhaps hardship and struggle is the key to progress. Is the enemy within the final opposition, the one which even humanity cannot defeat?


Posted 6 February 2002, 9.11 pm by Craig

When I used to visit Yahoo chat (yes, i was a sad child) I used to hate when people asked ASL. It cracked me up. I wanted to kill them!!

If you are like me, instead of hiting about three keys on your key board you can now type in a URL which is triple the size, just to tell people your age sex and location!!

Go make you own ASL profile Here. Have fun!!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Posted 6 February 2002, 5.24 am by Sunny2Tall

Even though I'm only about half way through this book I must say that it is already one of my favorites. The book is written as if the main character Charlie is writing letters to a friend, which very well may real letters. It is during a time in the early '90s when he starts highschool. He talks of the people he meets, his family, and what he thinks. Kind of like having a personal insight to someone's thoughts. The book is only a little over 200 pages long so it is a pretty quick read (I just got mine yesterday.) I give this book a 9 out of 10 only because its a little expensive for such a small book. But I still think everyone should own it or at least read it once.

Influential Handwriting?

Posted 6 February 2002, 3.09 am by Berly

Upon returning home one day, I discovered a white envelope with some handwriting under my doormat. It simply said “Since I have not been able to catch you at home, I thought I would leave this for you.”

My mind began to calculate. Out of those who know where I live, who would stop by my house and leave something at my door? There are a few. Instead of pondering it further, I simply opened it up.

It was of course, a religious pamphlet. I threw it in the trash and giggled to myself. I had been fooled by the handwriting on the envelope. What is it about a handwritten message that catches my attention? All the other junk mail deposited at my door or in my mailbox is easily identified and disposed of.

I often wonder if handwriting will become extinct. I miss it as a common form of communication. Handwriting experts believe personality traits and other things can be presumed by analyzing one’s handwriting. I don’t much care for those theories, I just find each individual’s interpretation of the standard alphabet we are taught to be interesting.

I was going to illustrate my point by handwriting, scanning and linking this entire post. I soon remembered how annoying handwritten documents are. I appreciate the readability of typewritten text. I appreciate the thesaurus, spell check and grammar features of most word processing programs. I appreciate the fact that the 25 failed attempts to create an adept sentence are simply deleted from this document without much effort. I believe all of these things contribute to more effective written communication among people.

However, I still miss those handwritten letters from friends and family. I feel deprived of a kind of individual art created by the writer. Perhaps I’m just easily amused.

Now if you will excuse me, I have to respond to a text message on my cell phone.


Posted 4 February 2002, 9.29 pm by The_Roach

I hadn't intended to watch this movie. It was about 4 AM, I had finals in the morning, and I was exhausted. The moment I saw James Le Gros' name in the credits, I knew there was no hope. He is, without a doubt, one of the most underrated actors in the 90's, appearing in several B movies and little else.

The film revolves around a slacker named Jon Boyz and the aftermath of the L.A. race riots. Within 24 hours, Jon's life gets turned entirely upside-down and he snaps, culminating in the kidnapping of a woman and planning the murder of a police commisioner.

While occasionally heavy handed in it's philosophy, the acting is excellent and the film leaves you thinking about who you are and what your place is. Highly reccomended

The Simpsons

Posted 4 February 2002, 6.27 pm by Craig

Last year when I went to stay with Homer, I got lost while trying to find their house. This year I've thought ahead and found a map...

The Map of Springfield

I know you always wanted to know this!!

Posted 4 February 2002, 4.47 pm by Craig

Have you ever wanted to know everything you could about your favourite cartoon character. I have and now my search is over!!

The Scooby Doo Character profiles!!


You are being watched

Posted 3 February 2002, 12.46 pm by Alexander

Okay, the fact that your internet activity is constantly monitored is not news in itself, but click here for a disturbing, specific example. Also, if you don't have AdAware I very strongly recommend you download it and run it regularly.

Keep it real.

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80s candy bars were pretty good

only because i traded it for a candy bar in the 80's.

lol we all know you don't have a soul ghoti

my soul for some carbs...

But of course!

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