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    Comic Relief 2011 – Why we won’t be supporting it

     Posted in Economic Climate at 23:42 on Saturday, March 5th, 2011 by Mr. Rant

    The Comic Relief charity organisation was founded in 1986 by a team of crack comedians, namely Richard Curtis and Alexander Mendis to help provide a charitable contribution in response to the famine in Ethiopia.  To date it’s raised millions towards the cause and provided similar help around the world.

    In more recent times it’s diversified it’s charitable output to help more in Britain, but the majority of the money still heads to Africa.  This is the problem we have with it.  Whilst we appreciate the need to help our fellow humans around the world there is a worsening degree of poverty in this country that must be curtailed.

    We’re in the midst of a social disaster and personally I don’t feel that sending a boat load of money abroad is conducive to stopping this terrible event.  We have a situation where we’re sending large amounts of cash abroad and not thinking about the people here who desperately need help.

    There are families in Britain today who can’t feel their children because they’ve been made unemployed or have lost their houses because they cannot pay the mortgage, it’s a serious situation and we should be thinking about those on our doorsteps.

    So what can we do?

    By all means if you’re that way inclined give money to Comic Relief, there’s still many people who need help in this world but spare a though for those in the UK who need help urgently and cannot get it.  We may well be a welfare state but in times of recession and social hardship we need to be thinking of people closer to home.

    We won’t be changing the design of the site this year, frankly we can’t be bothered and secondly we don’t think it would be right to give support to a charity where most of the money doesn’t help those in need in this so called First World Country.


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    A Minor Gripe…

     Posted in Anger Level 3 & The Blog at 1:41 on Sunday, March 15th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    As you can see this little old blog is back to it’s usual styling.  I’m sad to see the crazy background of noses go I really liked them. Kind of psychedelic. Anyway, it’s back to being it’s usual boring self.

    I plan to do some major redesign work in the next few weeks, so watch out for some updates, better integration with Twitter and the beginnings of my “Have a Rant on me campaign!”.   You should see changes in the next few days when I start recoding and jigging the page designs around.  So it should be a few interesting and exciting weeks for this blog.

    Now on with The Rant…

    I’ve always been a supporter of some charities, even though I’m miserable and most of the time screaming at the world I do like to make a difference if I can.  I support a wildlife charity called Secret World, it’s not by any stretch of the imagination anything remotely kinky, it’s mostly about badgers.  I support them mainly because our natural wildlife is so pushed these days to survive with the problems we’ve caused for it, that it needs the intervention of ‘man’ to help out every now and then; and besides I like badgers.

    Something grated on me last night.  I usually enjoy Comic Relief; it’s good wholesome fun – most of the time.  However something made me see it in a new light.  It’s been said many things that Comic Relief is all about Africa and for the most part it is; it is this with which I disagree.  Charity starts at home is what I was always told and to me that’s the way it should be.  I understand and get why we need to help people in other countries that’s a basic human compunction, the need to help; ‘human nature’.

    It annoys me vehemently that in a time of recession at home we’re being told that we should put our hands in our pockets and support people with the little money we have or not as the case is likely to be.  As I said I’m not a hard person… much but I really started to disagree with Comic Relief last night. I have a pang of guilt writing this but it needed to be said and someone needed to say it.


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    Red Nose – Tastic!

     Posted in Thoughts on Things... at 21:51 on Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    So it’s Comic Relief from… well now here on my blog! As you can see we’ve gone all red Nose Mental and I’ll be adding some more things that you can download for Twitter or Facebook to show your support for RND ’09.

    Red Nose Day avatar image!

    Red Nose Day avatar image!


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