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    The Internet vs. Jan Moir

     Posted in Breaking News & Thoughts on Things... & Tragedies at 20:46 on Friday, October 16th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    When you think that journalists can’t get any worse they always manage to surpass themselves.  Today Jan Moir; a Daily Mail columnist has posted a rather defamatory and extremely offensive article relating to Stephen Gately’s untimely demise.

    In the article Moir seems to contemplate upon her exclusive thought that Gately’s death was not of natural causes but something all together more sinister, focusing on his gay lifestyle as being a key cause to his death, which according to the coronor is simply not the case.

    “The sugar coating on this fatality is so saccharine-thick that it obscures whatever bitter truth lies beneath. Healthy and fit 33-year-old men do not just climb into their pyjamas and go to sleep on the sofa, never to wake up again.”

    Moir has seemingly turned over two pages in her medical dictionary.  Young men do die, and women for that matter at very young ages, it’s called Sudden Adult Death Syndrome and is a very recognised and documented cause for death in younger patients.  Once you’ve read Moir’s article (stand still the link will be at the end) you will see why such outrage has been caused by her.  She doesn’t grasp that it is okay to be homosexual and that this is not a cause of death, her views are best left in the 30’s where she should be left with them.

    This afternoon Moir posted a statement on the Independent Minds (A popular place for journalousts), stating that the comments regarding her prose have been:

    “…a heavily orchestrated internet campaign I think it is mischievous in the extreme to suggest that my article has homophobic and bigoted undertones.”

    A lot of people are mischievous but most of the comments regarding your article have been justified in outing your homophobic and narrow minded view of the world.  I personally think she misunderstands the term ‘orchestrated’.  This campaign has not been pre-planned at all, we are simply speaking our minds and telling You what we think of your article, and rightly so, we are allowed to speak our minds as are you, we are not attempting to string you up, we are telling you, you are wrong.

    If you can’t write an article with an ounce of truth expect a public backlash, be it online, on television or in printed media.  Grow up Jan Moir, you can’t make excuses for this one.

    Read the full article click here.

    Read Moir’s statement here.

    The sugar coating on this fatality is so saccharine-thick that it obscures whatever bitter truth lies beneath. Healthy and fit 33-year-old men do not just climb into their pyjamas and go to sleep on the sofa, never to wake up again.

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    The Rantastic Podcast…

     Posted in Thoughts on Things... at 0:48 on Monday, October 12th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    … Has a new home! It can now be found at: http://www.therantasticpodcast.com! Do not fear your itunes should automatically grab the new url!

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     Posted in Technology at 6:12 on Monday, September 21st, 2009 by Mobile Rant

    The podcast is now available on iTunes!

    See: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=332501823 It’s a proud-ish moment!

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    The Rantastic Podcast!

     Posted in The Rantastic Podcast at 14:38 on Saturday, September 19th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    Yes, you did read that right, I now have a podcast available for you all to listen to; currently it’s available at: http://blip.tv/file/2621742 it will be on iTunes, I’m just waiting for it to hit the store now! I hope you enjoy it!

    You can also listen to it here: The Rantastic Podcast – Week One – 19/09/09!

    Bear in mind this is the first one I have done.

    Show notes will be here shortly.

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    Birmingham City Council’s New Website….

     Posted in Breaking News at 11:54 on Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    New site? No...

    New site? No...

    After nearly two years of waiting and work within the council to ensure that it has a 21st century design, the new site has this morning been launched.  Are we impressed?


    For a start the content still looks the same, a blank page with text on it. Exciting? No.  Informative? Not really.  The new design is effectively the old site re-skinned, it makes you wonder if BCC were actually trying to make the site better or just change the design for the sake of it.  I hope that over the next few weeks the site will be updated with all the new features you would expect: RSS being the biggest.

    For now you can view the site here: Birmingham City Council’s New Website.

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    We Will Rock You… (Birmingham)

     Posted in Reviewed & The Arts at 23:58 on Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 by Mr. Rant


    I expected that the musical written by Ben Elton would give everyone: A Kind of Magic and put everyone Under Pressure to enjoy the production until the hammer fell, alas the production didn’t.  As with most large scale productions there is a certain amount of pre-reviewing done by people who have seen the production before you.  I had heard everything about the show; good and bad.  Desperately trying to enter the theatre with a clear head and no pre-conceived ideas.  I managed it.  I sat waiting for the audience to settle down and for the show to begin.

    It did and a minute later was stopped by a major technical fault – you cannot make a review on a technical error so once again the slate was clean and the show started again after a break of about five minutes.  Once the scenery and flats were reset and the lighting had cycled back through the cues – the excitement in the crowd erupted as round two started with the infamous ‘Innuendo’.

    The lights circled the stage and the audience was lit with a bright white strobe light that shocked the crowd at the very beginning.  Kevin Kennedy was AWOL so the wonderfully welsh Pop played by Mathew Craig took to the stage.  A short introduction ensued and the show was well on it’s way.  From the outset I was somewhat bewildered by the staging, a short flight of steps with a hideously obvious video wall hung ludicrously over the stairs.  The ‘GaGa Girls’ opened with the first of twenty-four Queen songs; Radio GaGa – think prep girls or Alicia Silverstone and you get the idea of what they looked like; although I think the majority of men in the audience rather liked their outfits; clad as they were in short-shorts and high riding skirts.

    After their short and enthralling* song and dance enter our ‘black sheep’; Galileo who is promptly arrested for being free thinking and a dreamer: played well by Alex Gaumond – the arresting officer is Jonathan Wilkes – who is good but not that special.

    Sarah French-Ellis plays Scaramouche.

    Sarah French-Ellis plays Scaramouche.

    My top of the pops for this production is the ‘goth’ character Scaramouche played by the fabulous and stunning Sarah French-Ellis – I honestly think that she is one of the finest stage actresses I have seen in the a touring production: funny and exciting to watch she really is the full ticket.

    The show in typical musical style bumbles along introducing characters at a rate of knots that you can’t possibly remember at the time, frankly I spent the majority of the show and the time after saying I like that ‘whatshisname’ or she was good as that queen person.
    Elton doesn’t entirely make it a whirlwind production though.  You can understand the draw of the show, of course it’s about one of the finest bands that ever lived.  I think if you like a silly show; yes I am speaking directly to the Mamma Mia fans here; you will love it but if you like a strong and sustained three hours of entertainment you will leave feeling a little frustrated.

    I have to give full credit to the cast; they were fantastic, my adoration for them is high but it is not for the story, it’s weak, lulling and about as much fun as watching Aston Villa playing Liverpool.

    The show runs in Birmingham until 12th September 2009 and tickets are available by following this link.

    I have lots more to say about this but alas it is late and my eyes are closing; stayed tuned for Hippodrome Hitlers and the picture Nazis.

    *It was enthralling due to flashes of underwear that were readily visible, which was nice…

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